Ayla Donlin, Ed.D. - Director
Dr. Ayla Donlin is the director of the LifeFit Center @ The Beach, an educational laboratory and health and fitness facility on the campus of Long Beach State University (LBSU). Ayla is a lecturer in the Kinesiology Department and has been teaching courses in the fitness and sport studies options since 2008.
Ayla's passions are education, fitness, and well-being, and as a result, she holds multiple positions within higher education and the fitness industry.
Ayla has been active in the fitness industry for over 13 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, group fitness director, health coach, master trainer, and health club general manager. She is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer and an American Council on Exercise (ACE) health coach.
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.
Jared Lupian - Personal Trainer / Fitness Specialist
Jared is graduated from LBSU in May 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.”
Jason Devisfruto - Personal Trainer
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.”
Scott Fagan - Personal Trainer & S4L Leader
Scott graduated from LBSU in Fall 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness. Scott joined the LifeFit team as an intern in his final semester of college; since then, he has taken on roles as a personal trainer and Strength for Living leader. He has his personal training certification from the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF).
In his free time, Scott enjoys working out and visiting with his family and friends. He also participates in recreational activities such as volleyball and flag football.
Scott’s favorite part of being a fitness professional is seeing the progress of his clients and witnessing their enjoyment and feeling of accomplishment when they obtain and even surpass their goals.
Juan Salazar - Group Fitness Instructor
Juan is an undergraduate student at LBSU pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness. He joined the LifeFit Center team as an intern and enjoyed every moment of it. Next, he transitioned from an intern into a group fitness instructor and is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Juan loves teaching group fitness and he is happy to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise.
In his free time, Juan enjoys working out, reading, writing and hiking. He tries to lead an active, healthy lifestyle and be a good example to others. Juan loves playing both regular and beach volleyball and likes long distant runs outdoors. Juan even ran the LA Marathon in 2011 and plans to run more marathons in the future!
Juan believes that as a society we can improve the quality of our lives by simply getting up and moving every day. He says that exercise should be an integral part of our lives because it not only helps our physical well-being; it also improves our mental and emotional well-being.