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California State University, Long Beach
CHHS Lifefit Center
LFC Management

LifeFit Center @ The Beach
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-2015


Day Hours
Mon - Thurs 8:30am - 7pm
Fri 8:30am - 2pm
Sat 8:30am - 12pm







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Ayla Donlin, Ed.D. - Director of the LifeFit Center @ The Beach

aylaAyla Donlin obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She then moved to warm and sunny California to pursue her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from LBSU. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, Ayla became a lecturer in the Kinesiology department and has been teaching courses since 2008 in the Fitness and Sport Studies options. Ayla completed her Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership from LBSU. Ayla is the Co-Director of the Beach Community Wellness Program (BCWP), a community-based wellness program ( She oversees the Fitness & Wellness Leadership component of the BCWP.

Ayla has been active in the fitness industry for over 10 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, group fitness director, and health club general manager. She is currently an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer and works with Johnny G. and Matrix Fitness as an International Educational Representative for the Johnny G. Krankcycle ® by Matrix. She has traveled to locations like Singapore and Germany to instruct fitness professionals on the use and benefits of the Krankcycle®.

As a passion and hobby, Ayla has organized, led, and participated in over 75 hours of Spin-a-thon/Krank-a-thon fundraisers benefitting various organizations like Challenged Athletes Foundation, Mychal’s Learning Place, Project VisAbility, and the John Tracey Clinic.


Emily Sopo - Assistant Director

sopoEmily originally planned to work in the advertising industry after graduating from Chapman University, but her experience teaching group exercise classes during her senior year convinced her to pursue a career in fitness. Emily immediately began taking coursework in Kinesiology and collecting certfications. Emily is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She has over 5 years of experience teaching in the fitness industry and recently completed her Master's in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, at LBSU.

A true fitness enthusiast, Emily is happiest when she is exercising or teaching others about health and fitness. In addition to her role at the LifeFit Center, Emily is a lecturer in the Kinesiology department at LBSU.

Working at the LifeFit Center has been the highlight of Emily's career. She admires members' dedication to fitness and loves learning from fellow staff members.


Heidi Engler - Operations & Membership Coordinator


Heidi Engler is the Operations & Membership Coordinator at the LifeFit Center. She is a graduate of Long Beach State University with a degree in Kinesiology with an option in Fitness. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. Heidi is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Johnny G KrankCycle certified instructor.

Some of Heidi's joys are Kranking, spinning, spending time under the sun at the beach, reading, being active, and spending time cultivating friendships. She is grateful and excited to continue her work here a the LifeFit Center!




Kaitlyn Jones - Group Fitness Instructor / Saturday Lead kailtyn jones

Kaitlyn graduated in December 2014 from LBSU with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness. Her favorite part of her degree program is the immersion into the fitness industry. With the guidance of amazing professors and mentors, Kaitlyn has been able to attend multiple fitness conventions and events that embody what she loves most about active lifestyles. "Being a part of a community that is so interconnected through drive and determination is more than a blessing!" Outside of the fitness industry, Kaitlyn still enjoys staying active. Hiking, surfing, camping... Just a few of her favorite outdoor activities. Her passion is in yoga! “Yoga has taught me so much about myself and life.”

Kaitlyn holds a Group Exercise Certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and she loves being able to share her knowledge and passion in the group exercise setting!


Araceli Velasco - Personal Trainer


Araceli graduated from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Fitness Option. She is a certified group exercise instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and has been teaching for over a year. She enjoys nature, interacting with animals, exercising, and dancing. “Teaching group exercise is fun and rewarding for me. Seeing our members improve and hearing their success stories is a great feeling.”

Araceli got the great opportunity to work overseas for the United States Navy. For the summer she stayed at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan where she helped run a fitness and nutrition summer camp for kids. The goal was to educate kids about developing a healthy lifestyle so they can grow up to become healthy adults. “It was a great experience interacting with the kids; teaching them different forms of fitness and healthier options they can incorporate in their daily lives.”

She is looking forward to expanding her fitness knowledge and experiencing more of the fitness industry. Her goal is to assist individuals develop a healthy lifestyle; to be fit and build confidence. She wants to educate them on the importance of fitness and all the great benefits it gives us.


Anna Garalde - Personal Trainer / Fitness Specialist


Anna Garalde is a recent LBSU alum, holding a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with an option in Fitness. Anna started at the LifeFit Center as an intern, working to complete her hours for her degree. She is now a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Anna is currently leading a Strength for Living group and conducting personal training sessions, equipment orientations, and bod pod assessments. On her off time, Anna enjoys getting a good workout in, cooking and baking, and going on adventures.


Elizabeth "Liz" Taylor - Group Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer

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Liz Taylor has been a personal training and teaching group exercise for 8 years.  Prior to coming to the LifeFit Center, Liz worked with the United States Navy in fitness for 6 years teaching active duty sailors, military families, and retired military service members how to live a healthier lifestyle, be active, and stay positive.

Liz is recently completed her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, option in Fitness, and will be staying at LBSU for her Master's in Kinesiology, Exercise Science. "My PASSION is helping everyone see the importance of staying physically active no matter their age, gender, or physical limitations and ailments. And my life MISSION and purpose is to help people find their inner warrior, and discover the power to overcome their greatest obstacles. I’m so happy to be at the Life Fit Center, and look forward to sharing my energy and passion for fitness with all!"


Melissa Klaeb - Group Fitness Instructor melissa

Melissa is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at LBSU. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She has always enjoyed being in the water, playing water polo in high school and junior college, and coaching at the club and high school levels.

Melissa's other hobbies include traveling, reading, and playing sports. She is very passionate about her future career in physical therapy that will allow her to help people restore their health and wellness to improve their quality of life.


Jared Lupian - Personal Trainer / Fitness Specialist

jaredJared is currently a student at Long Beach State University and will be graduating in Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, option in Fitness. He started here at the LifeFit Center as an intern and is now a Certified Personal Trainer through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Jared is also a Strength for Living leader and conducts personal training sessions and equipment orientations.

Jared’s passion in life is to help others improve their fitness and wellness. “In my free time, I enjoy basketball, yoga, meditation, and skateboarding. I love to motivate others regardless of physical fitness levels and abilities. My goal is to teach and encourage healthy lifestyle habits that are life-changing.”


Adrian Salazar - Personal Trainer / Group Fitness Instructor

Adrian HeadshotAdrian has been working at the LifeFit Center as a group fitness leader and a personal trainer for the past year. He is completing his undergraduate career at LBSU with a major in Kinesiologyand an emphasis in Fitness. Adrian is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Adrian loves to stay active, whether it be surfing, playing sports or working out at the gym. "Being involved in athletics has taught me a lot about my body and the limits I could break, both mentally and physically. I believe that each and every person has the capacity to surpass their limitations, regardless of what shape they are in. I enjoy helping others realize their true potential."


Asia Yates - Group Fitness Instructor / Fitness Specialist

Asia HeadhostAsia fell in love with fitness during her undergraduate years as she earned her Bachelor's degree in Health Science. After graduation, she decided to take her passion for fitness to the next level and earned certifications in PiYo, Pilates Mat, and Reformer.

Asia eagerly pursues her higher education and endeavors to gain a greater understanding of the human body; she is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Kinesiology program at LBSU. As a graduate student, Asia recently began conducting research in the Biomechanics Movement Analysis Lab. Additionally, she started working as a teaching assistant for a Motor Control and Learning course at LBSU. In her free time, Asia continues to focus on improving her own physical health and enjoys hiking, HIIT routines, and running.


Ulises Rivas - Personal Trainer

UlisesUlises is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an option in Fitness and will be graduating Spring 2016. He started as an intern at the LifeFit Center and is now a certified personal trainer.

On his time off, he enjoys working out, reading, creating music, trying new things, and interacting with others. His passion in life is to help others develop a physically active lifestyle and improve their ability to carry out their activities of daily living. Ulises hopes to provide others with the resources and support needed to live a healthy life in a safe and effective way.


Jason Devisfruto - Personal TrainerJason D

Jason is currently finishing his last undergraduate year at LBSU in pursuit of his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, option in Fitness. Once an intern at the LifeFit Center, Jason now works as a certified personal trainer and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also an assistant in the Strength for Living program.

Jason loves resistance training, playing a variety of sports, cooking up healthy recipes, and expanding his unique sock collection. On the weekends, he enjoys paddling for the LBSU Dragon Boat team. His passion in life is to help inspire others to overcome any boundaries and achieve their goals. “I believe that persistence and a positive mindset can help you strive to conquer any obstacles in life. My goal is to help guide and motivate others to develop a physically active and healthy lifestyle.”