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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.


Heather Mazzei- Program Coordinator

Heather Mazzei mgmtHeather Mazzei is the Program Coordinator for the LifeFit Center @ The Beach! She is a recent graduate of the Long Beach State University Kinesiology Fitness department and is grateful to be working at her alumni campus. Health and wellness continue to pervade her life as she follows her passion in inspiring and teaching others to make fitness a lifestyle instead of a side job. Heather is a certified strength and conditioning specialist as well as a certified personal trainer through the NSCA and enjoys watching people’s bodies and minds change as a result of exercise. She is a former dancer in the LBSU program and currently teaches ZUMBA for the LBSU Student Recreation & Wellness Center. She loves stretching, the Krankcycle, and her dog Shellee. Heather hopes to increase awareness of the many benefits that come with exercise and to make a difference in the community that has given her so much. "I look forward to working and getting to know all the members of the LFC as well as the LBSU staff and students!"


Heidi Engler - Operations Manager


Heidi Engler is the Operations Manager 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 NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) certified Personal Trainer as well as a Johnny G KrankCycle certified instructor.Some of her 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!


Emily Sopo - Marketing Coordinator

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 became a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Next year, she will graduate from LBSU with her Master's in Kinesiology, Exercise Science.

A true fitness enthusiast, Emily is happiest when she is exercising or teaching others about health and fitness. She is in her second year of teaching at the LifeFit Center and is also a teaching associate at LBSU. Additionally, she is certified in group exercise instruction through AFAA.

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



Nicole Mier - Personal Trainernmier

Nicole is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Kinesiology at Long Beach State University. She has been involved in athletics much of her life as a competitive runner and as a rower for the Long Beach State Crew Team. Nicole has been a personal trainer for the last nine years finding inspiration in helping people reach their fitness and athletic goals while encouraging a healthful sustainable lifestyle.  "My educational path has developed my passion for working with and developing strength and confidence around past injuries and my motto is learn to love to move!"


Araceli Velasco - Group Fitness Instructor


Araceli graduated from Long Beach State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Fitness Option. She is a certified group exercise instructor through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) 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. 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.


Leiana Swanson - Group Fitness Instructor

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Leiana graduated in May of 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Fitness from Long Beach State University. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a Certified Johnny G. Kranking Instructor, and a recent 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor through Corepower Yoga.  During her undergraduate studies her passion for fitness has grown through the education and experiences she has received. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, yoga, hiking, reading, dancing, traveling and camping. Leiana believes that a lifestyle of health and fitness has doors open to all. No matter what goals you have, staying active is a positive way to increase health, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.


Kaitlyn Jones - Group Fitness Instructorkailtyn 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 currently holds a Group Exercise Certification through AFAA, and she loves being able to share her knowledge and passion in the group exercise setting!


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.

She is currently in the process of finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness, and will be graduating this Spring 2015! "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 Long Beach State University. 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. Her other hobbies include traveling, reading, and playing sports. Melissa 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 the Fall of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, Fitness option. Jared works here at the LFC as personal trainer and also leading equipment orientations. His passion in life is improving fitness and wellness, and developing healthy living in others. "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."


Jennifer Rodriguez - Personal Trainer

jrodJennifer Rodriguez is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness and will be graduating Spring 2015! She has been involved in athletics all of her life and decided to continue her love for fitness and sports at the BEACH! Jennifer is a NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association) certified personal trainer and her passion for fitness and sports keep her fueled up to learn and grow every day. “The best part of this industry is helping change lives and becoming an example to living a healthy lifestyle no matter what age or physical level!” Some of her favorite hobbies include soccer, being active, traveling, dancing, movies, and always trying something new.


Asia Yates - Group Fitness Instructor / Fitness Specialist

Asia YatesAsia fell in love with fitness during her undergraduate years as she earned a BS 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 program at LBSU, majoring in Kinesiology. 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.