Meet our Instructors
Susan McPherson: Kettlebell Fitness
My original reason for getting into fitness and health promotion was due to adolescent obesity; the total percentage of adolescents who are overweight and obese has increased substantially. With changes occurring in society, children, adolescents, and adults have become extremely sedentary; the introduction and growth of technology has been a gift and a curse. With my observations, I decided to pursue a career in health and fitness. I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. I teach a few fitness classes and hope to expand. When I'm not at the gym, I enjoy spending time doing other recreational physical activities such as biking and bowling; I also love to travel.
Jim Stout: Yoga
Jim joined UDM in 1994, and also teaches at two yoga studios: Everyday Yoga in Royal Oak/Clawson, and Yoga Now in West Bloomfield. Jim is an avid runner and cyclist, having participated in marathons, long distance road cycling and mountain biking. Jim has the 200 hour certification as recognized by Yoga Alliance. He is also a certified spinning instructor.
Crystal Payter: Total Body Strength
I have a BFA in Dance and an Associate’s in Fitness Leadership. I am currently working on my MS in exercise science. I am an ACE certified personal trainer, Cancer Exercise Specialist, AFAA group fitness and kickboxing instructor and a RYT 200 yoga instructor. I also hold certifications in Zumba, Spinning, and Silver Sneakers. I got into fitness through my dance training. The conditioning classes and strength training exercises I would do in dance class improved my dance technique and helped my knee issues. I have been hooked ever since! Outside of the gym I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping, going to concerts, and reading.
Matt Chesley: Cardio Bootcamp / Butts & Guts
From age 14 to 24, I gained 100 lbs. Sadly, 80% of that weight was gained in a 6 year span. As a former varsity athlete, I was ashamed and depressed about what I had done to myself. When I started working at UDM in 2012, I decided it was time to make a change. Down over 70 lbs since January 2013, I want to help others acheive what I have acheived. I am now a NASM Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Apart from fitness, I sing and play guitar and have performed at Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, St. Andrew's Hall, and The Pike Room. I'm also married with a daughter born in July 2014.
Mina Cunmulaj: Yoga
I got into yoga/fitness because in October of 2014, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Instead of taking medication, I wanted to take a more holistic pathway by becoming healthy as a whole. I changed my diet and my lifestyle, and that's what made me so passionate about yoga! (: I'm going to school for Pre Med Biology, in hopes of becoming a neurologist some day. In my free time I do yoga...of course, ride my horse, and prepare for the Miss Michigan pageant by working out. In addition to that, I really enjoy cooking!
Ashley Trefney: Zumba
I used to struggle to find a workout that i enjoyed and that i would stick with longer than 6 months. In 2013 I went to my first Zumba class as a student, and within a little over one year of having the time of my life in my classes, I knew I wanted to start teaching and showing people that working out can be fun!
When I'm not teaching Zumba, you can find me working full time downtown at Quicken Loans, finishing my Master's Program, working out at Crossfit, and working with the active members of my sorority!