David Barton Presents


Studio Instructors


I have worked with David Barton as Studio Class Director for over 30 years, teaching group fitness & personal training. This has given me a unique insight into the exercise equation. When I started, weight loss was the focus, but since losing 82 pounds, strength gains, cardio conditioning and flexibility have now been the focus. The music, mind and body movement connection are my passion.


My entire life, I have desired to be of service to those around me, and being in fitness has helped me to accomplish that. I strive to be a productive person in society and help to strengthen and unify people through health and fitness.


I started as a ballroom dancer before spending 13 years exploring and competing in hip-hop and various types of other popping dance styles. Dance has given me the ability to express myself in so many different ways, and I’m here to help you express yourself in each of my classes.


I found my love for sports very early on. I participated in many, ranging from baseball and soccer to MMA and boxing. I moved to New York City when I was very young and have had quite a journey since then, but I have always found my way back to what I love most, which is fitness.


Hi, I'm Liza! I’m a professionally trained dancer. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Afterward, I went on to continue my training by assisting and subbing professional dance classes at many famous NYC dance studios, including Broadway Dance Center.


Since I was nine years old, I played football and absolutely loved it, but I always struggled with being the smallest player on the team. My passion for fitness sparked when my journey to gain some extra pounds began. Ever since, I've been in love with fitness and find joy in helping other people reach their fitness goals.


Through yoga, I've learned so much and continue to learn every day. One thing that has been continuously shown to me through practice is that strengths can be displayed in so many different ways outside of what people think is “traditional” strength.


I started as a performer way back in the day when I found a groove in Chicago’s fitness scene, both as a teacher as well as a manager. Now, I am fully integrated into the NYC fitness scene and am here to help people be the best they can be at GYM U.


I have been teaching group fitness classes in NYC since 1991. I have enjoyed the journey in teaching movement for many years here in Manhattan. Through this time, I've found that my approach to facilitating movement is light-hearted, energetic and fun.


I trained as a dancer for most of my life, becoming a professional ballet dancer later in life. Movement and flexibility are an integral part of my daily life, and more than ever, I believe in feeling strong & fit physically and mentally.


I’ve been a fitness instructor for many years and have shared my knowledge while writing for Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines. I also have a background in Musical Theatre that has influenced how I designed my workout so all ages, genders, and fitness levels can enjoy them.


I'm originally a theater actor from Michigan, but have found my stride in NYC as a motivator and coach in the fitness industry. Living in the city is hard. Dashing to catch the subway, carrying groceries...


I’ve always been in love with movement, having been raised as a dancer and an athlete. When the opportunity arose to become an instructor, I jumped at the chance! I wanted to create an accessible, fun, and exciting space for all to enjoy exercise.


Originally from Brooklyn, I have danced around the world with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for ten years and performed in the Off-Broadway Immersive show ‘Queen of the Night.’ I’m grateful to have had the opportunities to fuse my love for Dance...


I walked into my first yoga class over 15 years ago and my life was changed forever. Being a native New Yorker, I know firsthand that this city can be overwhelming. When things are always moving at such a fast pace, it can be hard to be in touch with your body and mind.