Fitness, Family and Fun

How our Family Became Owners of 'The Club'

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Meet Our Staff

Michele Hastings

Personal Trainer/ Fitness Instructor/ Owner

I have been actively involved in the fitness/exercise field since 1994. I am one of the original Upstairs Studio/Club Energy group fitness instructors and personal trainers. My love for group exercise classes started back in high school (thank you Lonnie Walkup), and a college PE class introduced me to the world of weight/strength training, which I loved immediately. Teaching in a small town facility has allowed me the opportunity to teach a variety of classes/formats. Fitness is constantly evolving, and I enjoy learning new formats and sharing with members. I really enjoy the challenge of providing modifications for member safety, making it an individualized workout for all participants. Just recently, due to our COVID closure I ventured into the virtual world of teaching classes live. Definitely out of my comfort zone, but a way I felt I could stay connected to our members. Whether you like the camaraderie of a group class or one on one instruction try us out.

American Council on Exercise (ACE), Certified Personal Trainer

PiYo & P90X Live Instructor

Zumba Basic Levels 1 & 2 Instructor

Strong Nation (Strong by Zumba), Instructor

SH1Ft & L1FT Instructor

Masters of Education in the Administration of Physical Education and Athletics

Shari Brownell

Gym Manager, Trainer, Class Instructor

I have found, aside from being a school teacher, that guiding others in their fitness journey is so incredibly rewarding! My passion for CrossFit began years ago when I was simply attending classes under the direction of a phenomenal coach. After moving to Newport, I joined The Club, began teaching a friend CrossFit and it wasn’t long after that several other women joined in. We were a small tribe of women connected by fitness and the burning desire to be better at CrossFit. It was my husband’s guiding hand that finally made me attend and acquire my Level 1 Certificate. Since then, I’ve been teaching the Hybrid Strength and Conditioning classes, Spinning, and am now available for personal training. I’m overwhelmed everyday with satisfaction, joy and love for this industry! I look forward to growing our CrossFit community and working with individuals as a personal trainer!

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CR-L1)


Front Desk/ Customer Service

Maryanne has been with The Club since 2018, she works along side Shari and Chelsey at the front desk. She is a very talented gardener and is the reason for the beautiful bouquets you see around the gym.

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Front Desk Staff: Chelsey
Cleaning Staff: Chelsey and Will

This group is truly the core of this establishment and the reason for the overall cleanliness of the gym and make every member feel welcome.

Dalene Zieske

Personal Trainer

My passion for fitness and weight training began in 1983 at the Pend Oreille Fitness Center in Priest River Idaho. That passion continues today, having competed in triathlons in my 40’s and eight years of competitive bodybuilding, two of those years at the national level. 

During my 40 years of training and competing I have gained a clear understanding of how aging affects our bodies, our training and our performance.  I have a passion for helping women discover what weight training and fitness can do to improve their quality of life, their confidence and appearance.

My goal as a personal trainer is to help clients achieve their fitness goals with a focus on establishing lifelong habits, so they will have the confidence and knowledge to succeed on their own.

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Certified Nutrition Coach

Founder of EmpowerU Health Coaching

Bodybuilding National Level Competitor

Ryan Miller

Personal Trainer

Hello, my name is Ryan. I have been a certified personal trainer in Spokane for the past 3+ years. My family and I just moved up to this area and I would love to share my knowledge and experience with you. Helping people meet their fitness goals is what I enjoy. I am also currently working to obtain a nutrition degree. If you are interested in weight loss, muscle gain, self-defense, injury prevention, or injury recovery lets schedule a time to meet.

Certified Personal Trainer PTA/NASM

Lindsay Henley

Yoga Instructor

I found yoga 15 years ago while living pursuing a degree in dietetics with emphasis on whole foods nutrition. I explored many different types of yoga in studios and found the common thread of a mind-body approach. This practice resonated with my passion for living and teaching a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
After graduating from college, my yoga practice continued to flourish, as I began working as a Registered Dietitian teaching whole foods nutrition cooking classes and seeing clients through the Providence Cancer Care Alliance. I found myself recommending yoga as part of a therapeutic diet and lifestyle plan for everything including depression, physical exercise for weight loss, and increasing body awareness around food and nourishment. It was at this time I knew I wanted to take my yoga practice into the realm of teaching.
In 2013 I completed my 200 hour teacher training (Yoga Alliance) at Rasa Yoga Center in Ashland, Oregon. I wanted students in the modern world to be able to grasp the yoga practice for their specific needs, whether that be physical exercise focused on alignment, healing from injuries, or enhancing their mind-body connection. You will find classes to include a challenging and creative vinyasa flow to burn off the chaos from your daily life and enliven your spirit, ending with calming postures and meditation to ground yourself before stepping back out into the world. I encourage students to lead with their heart and be true to themselves every breath of their practice.
When I am not teaching yoga classes, you will find me outside hiking or gardening with my husband Tad and our two sons Theo and Will, or in our kitchen cooking delicious and nutritious meals.

Registered Yoga Teacher; Yoga Alliance-200 hour teacher training

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Desiree Persyn

Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor

My name is Desiree Persyn and I have been a certified trainer since 2016. I teach several classes at the club and also do one on one training. I have always had a love for fitness and enjoy sharing that with others.

Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), Personal Fitness Trainer

P90X and Insanity Live Certified

SH1FT and L1FT Certified

Tina Batsch

Fitness Instructor

I graduated from St Mary’ College of MN with an undergraduate degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. This lead me to a second Bachelor’s program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine’s pathology department called Clinical Laboratory Science. After graduating in 1998, and taking the board examination I accepted a job in a laboratory here in Newport. I currently am the Laboratory Manager overseeing 14 talented lab staff at NHHS.

I participated in track and field from junior high through college and being a “number person” I became interested in fitness and how it affects our bodies. I started teaching classes in the fall of 2005 and was certified for Group Fitness instruction by the American Council on Exercise in 2006. Although I do not routinely do personal training, I do like working with people to get their “numbers” to where they want them. (Cholesterol, A1c, body fat composition, weight, blood pressure, etc.) . I enjoy teaching Spinning, kickboxing, TRX, and special running programs. My job as a group instructor is to plan the workout so those attending don’t have to and to make sure people get the workout they want.

American Council on Exercise (ACE), Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Lonnie Walkup

Yoga Instructor

I have been teaching Fitness classes since 1982. I have attended multiple training courses throughout the years and held certifications in the areas of Group Fitness and Personal Training. I am now teaching yoga on a regular basis. Most of my yoga training is from Yoga Fit a company that offers training nationally and focuses on teaching in a gym environment.


Erin Mix


Co-founded Newport Martial Arts (2000)
Girl Power Unleased!/ Women’s Self Defense Workshop (2000)
Promoting-awareness, inner strength, and basic defense techniques for women ages 12-90. Workshops have been held all over the Newport and Priest River area.
Co-founded Keishin Kan Karate/ Priest River, Newport (2005)
Kids Karate Club Energy (1999-2017); The Club (2018-present)

Karate is a traditional style of the Martial Arts. I love the art and sport of karate. A true practitioner shares the knowledge and the “Art of the Way.”

  • Okinawan: Shorin Ryu Karate; promoted to Black Belt (2000)
  • 4th Degree Black Belt
  • World Black Belt Bureau Certificate
  • World Black Belt Bureau/ School Instructor (2000)