COME WORK OUT WITH US!

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We are a group of fun, energetic, like-minded health and fitness professionals with one goal – to get you moving and begging for more! We love spreading the Slow Resistance Training movement in the Philippines!

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Our Instructors go through 200+ hours of training, practice classes, and community classes before becoming an Elev8 Instructor.

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Our Instructors have been collectively teaching for over 26 years! They participate in advance training every year to ensure you are always offered the safest and most advanced workout!

MEET OUR TEAM!

JANIE BUELOW

Elev8 Founder, Co-Owner, & Lead Instructor

 
 

Janie turned to Slow Resistance Training when she wasn’t getting the results she wanted from her marathon training. She began taking classes in Los Angeles and realized she found her true fitness love. She began teaching in San Francisco with the goal to open her own studio someday.

She has excelled as an instructor, training all over the world and teaching globally in countries such as the United States, Australia, Lebanon, and Brunei. Janie is certified in Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree Fitness™, Schwinn Cycling™, Aquaspin™, and American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She couples her positive, infectious energy with a mentality of if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Get ready to step out of your comfort zone!

CARLA GADI

Lead Instructor

 

Carla’s love for movement and sports started at a young age. She was an athletic scholar at Ateneo de Manila University and competed in the UAAP with the Women’s Football and the Track and Field Varsity teams. After college, she joined the Philippine National Futsal Team and competed in the Asian Indoor Games and the SEA Games, garnering a Bronze medal in the latter. Carla left her career in brand management to positively affect people’s lives through wellness. She is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, is certified in Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree FitnessTM, YogaworkTM 200-Hr Teacher Training Program, Yin Yoga, Inside FlowTM Yoga, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Flyweight Group Boxing, and is currently completing her 500-Hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification under Joan Hyman.

Carla fell in love with the Elev8 Method when she felt the tone in her core the day after her first session. She felt stronger with every class, which translated into better performance and mindfulness in her other training disciplines. She knew this was more than just a physical workout, it was also strengthening her mentally.

Carla hopes to share this unique workout with more people and help them strengthen themselves, be more mindful, and to have fun while doing it! She wants her students to realize and own their beauty and strength.

 
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AMANDA ZABAT

Instructor

 

Amanda started her fitness journey after graduating from college. Yoga was her gateway in discovering the transformative power of movement and the many benefits it has on everyday life. Since then, she has explored different modalities and is certified in Slow Resistance Training, 200-Hour YogaWorks Teacher Training, Animal Flow, Functional Range Conditioning, and NeuroKinetic Therapy. She is always on the quest to learn more to help her students move, feel, and live better.

An advocate for mindful movement, she found the Elev8 method as a wonderful way to enhance anyone’s fitness journeys – from those who are just starting out to those looking to add more in their regimen. In each class, she encourages everyone to respect their bodies, to embrace the challenge and, of course, to have fun while doing it!

 

BEA TORRE

Instructor

 

A self-confessed “nerdy academic” and psychology lecturer by day, Bea got into the group exercise and fitness community because of her passion for sharing with others the unique sense of challenge and accomplishment that a great workout can bring. Bea is certified in Les Mills BodyPump™, Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree FitnessTM, and has a background in strength training and high intensity interval training.

Her favorite aspect about teaching the Elev8 Method is seeing clients surprise themselves with their own strength as they get hooked on the shakes and the burn!

 

BERN OSIAS

Instructor

 

Bern started dancing at the age of five and graduated from Santa Clara University in California with degrees in both business and dance. After moving back to the Philippines, she spent 10 years in the corporate world. Since then, Bern has taught ballet, Barre, rowing, and is certified in Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree FitnessTM, and Piloxing SSP. Bern also served as a choreographer for several corporate events.

Whether guiding her young ballet students or leading her group fitness classes, Bern always tries to make each session both challenging and fun. She is excited to be a part of the Elev8 community and hopes that her passion and enthusiasm for the Elev8 Method will transform the mind and bodies of everyone she has the opportunity to teach!

 
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DANA USON

Instructor

 

Dana is a corporate workhorse by day who finds refuge from the grind in fitness. Knowing full well the transformative power a good class can have on one’s day, she’s always on the search for classes that are both challenging and inspiring. When she found Elev8, she knew it ticked all the right boxes.

What started as a hobby evolved into a passion to share the benefits of movement with others. Drawing from her own fitness journey, Dana is all about encouraging everyone to find the fun in fitness. She currently teaches indoor cycling and rowing, has a background in high-intensity bodyweight training, previously trained in and taught the barre technique, and most recently added Slow Resistance Training (SRT) certification to her arsenal. When not working or working out, you’ll find her in a coffee shop, or in a park taking pictures of her dogs.

 
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ERICKA MEJIA

Instructor

 

Ericka has been active in sports since elementary, including dance, gymnastics, flag football and cheerleading. An injury restricted her from high impact sports, but years later she discovered yoga and indoor cycling. She fell in love with teaching indoor cycling and soon after took the plunge to undergo her yoga teacher training. In 2017, she quit her full time job to pursue a career in fitness. This further deepened her appreciation for movement and the mind and body connection. When she heard about Elev8 offering one of the most challenging workouts you’ll ever do, Ericka was sold. After her first class, she knew it was something she needed to compliment her other activities and get even stronger in the process.

Two years later, she signed up for the training program and is now certified in Slow Resistance Training in hopes to keep growing as an instructor, improve as an athlete, and share her love for shakes at Elev8.

 

MAE EVANGELISTA

Instructor

 

Mae was always active in dancing and sports growing up, as her love for movement started at a young age. When she discovered yoga, she left the comfort and security of her corporate job to teach full time. She became certified for different disciplines of yoga and also taught the barre technique. Mae is certified in Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree FitnessTM.

It wasn’t long before Mae heard about the Elev8 Method. Not one to shy away from a challenge, she decided to attend a class and it was love at first shake. She enjoyed how each class challenged both her body and mind. Mae was hooked and when the opportunity to train for Elev8 presented itself, she knew she couldn’t pass it up.

Learning to use the breath, to focus and to have proper alignment are three of the things Mae hopes to teach her students. “Start strong, finish stronger.”

 

MARGAUX LIM

Instructor

 

A business graduate and former corporate manager, Margaux always found herself immersed in spreadsheets and presentations. To balance out corporate life, she found the love for fitness and saw how exercise had a positive impact in her work and life in general. Fast forward to years later, she is now a full time movement coach who finds the most fulfillment in helping others understand their bodies and training them to move better. Seeing her clients and students get better with each class inspires her to keep training and deliver the most effective classes. Margaux is certified in Slow Resistance Training, YogaWorks 200-Hour Teacher Training, Neurokinetic Therapy, and Functional Range Conditioning. She continues her educational pursuits in rehab, sports conditioning, and movement therapy.

Margaux is thrilled and honored to be a part of and to grow with the Elev8 team. Get ready to work (and know!) muscles you never thought you had in her classes!

 

MEL SIYTAN

Instructor

 

Growing up, Mel was always active in sports, including swimming, tennis, and squash, but it was yoga that she really fell in love with. In 2009, after three years of consistent practice, she decided to complete the Bikram yoga training. In 2014, she did training in power yoga with Bryan Kest. As her practice deepened, she started seeing yoga as more than just a workout and looked for another medium to turn to for her exercise. It was during this time that she joined Manila’s first indoor cycling studio as an instructor. Mel is certified in Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree FitnessTM.

Mel is very open minded about trying out different fitness concepts and was eager to learn the Elev8 Method. During her very first Elev8 class, she didn’t know what was going on but the feeling afterwards kept her coming back for more! She is very happy and grateful to be part of this amazing team and is looking forward to growing with the rest of the Elev8 community.

 

MEL TORRE

Instructor

 

Mel is a true fitness success story. After a family member fell ill, her and her family shifted their lifestyles and began focusing on their health. She swapped out fried foods for fitness, lost 80 pounds, and pursued a career in the health and wellness industry.

The Elev8 Method is her newest passion, something she fell head-over-grip-socks in love with when she discovered how intense it was and how it’s modifiable for people of all fitness levels. She also teaches barre3 and Yoga. Mel is certified in Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, Lagree FitnessTM.

In her spare time, Mel loves to run, bike long distance and sing in the rain. She is the alto of Baihana – an awesome jazz vocal trio – and is one of the vocalists of the Blue Rats, the country’s longest-running blues band.

Come experience Mel’s energy and heart for fitness!

 

MICHELLE CO SAY

Instructor

 

With a strong passion for teaching, Michelle has transformed her life through fitness and wellness. Having been a yoga instructor for three years, with certifications for different disciplines of Yoga, Barre and Cycling, Slow Resistance Training (SRT), and Lagree FitnessTM tucked up her sleeve, she continues to find ways to make her students understand that fitness is holistic rather than just physical, and aims to make them reap its benefits with every class. She firmly believes that no matter what the starting point, everyone has the ability to become the person they desire.

She fell in love with Elev8 classes, which is why she immediately took the opportunity to train so she can continue to learn and grow. She loves how the Elev8 Method is the combination of challenge and grace in every move, getting stronger each and every time she steps on the machine.

Michelle is ecstatic to be part of the Elev8 community. With her grounded and fun teaching style, motivating, positive energy, her students not only get physically fit, but they also end up loving life more! She is dedicated and will always offer support and encouragement every step of the way. Get ready to shake and burn!

 

PREM TAMAYO

Instructor

 

After spending a couple of years as a fitness instructor in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, Prem returned to the Philippines to further his fitness career. His love for Slow Resistance Training started in Las Vegas where he found the perfect complement to his CrossFit and HIIT regimen. Over the years, Prem has added different modalities of fitness in his repertoire such as Hot Pilates, TRX, Kettlebell, Barre, Cycling. He is certified in Hatha Yoga, Slow Resistance Training (SRT), Advance SRT, and Lagree FitnessTM.

His classes are full of life, energy and sass! When not in the studio, you are sure to catch him sashaying his stuff around BGC.

 

TIN LACUESTA

Instructor

 

Tin started working out at home to transform her life after giving birth to her two daughters, wanting to keep up with their endless energy and to be healthy for her family. Discovering her new passion, she soon formed fitness challenge groups with her mom friends, and eventually made the big leap and took a Fitness Instructors Course in order to have solid foundations for teaching.

After trying many different workouts from various leading studios in the metro, Tin quickly fell in love with Elev8 after her first session. Walking out of the class feeling stronger but also challenged, she knew that she had to come back for more. When Elev8 announced their instructor certification program, Tin challenged herself and went for it, knowing how tough the program would be. She did it to share her passion and to inspire people with her message: You’re never too weak, and it’s never too late to start your own fitness journey!

 

VIELLA GALVEZ-CUI

Instructor

 

Viella’s passion for movement stems from having spent almost two decades as a professional ballet dancer with Ballet Manila. She has performed and competed on stages across the Philippines, Scotland, Russia, United States, Korea, Cambodia, China, and Japan. She hung up her pointe shoes at the age of 22 to work on her degree in Biochemistry and prepare for a career in medicine, but fate had other plans.

Upon graduating in 2011, Viella instead entered the fitness industry by becoming a pioneering barre instructor and has never looked back. Over the years she has trained and earned certifications in Stott Pilates (Mat), the MELT Method, GFit, Schwinn Cycling, Slow Resistance Training (SRT), and Advance SRT to supplement her ever-growing experience teaching group fitness workouts.

She currently teaches a variety of disciplines including Barre, group boxing, cycling, and HIIT Pilates. She now adds Slow Resistance Training to her résumé. Known for her calm, collected energy, light-hearted one-liners, fun playlists, and well-rounded sequences, Viella is excited to share the shake with the Elev8 community!

 

YAEL UMALI

Instructor

 

Yael has been an athlete practically her whole life, playing varsity football throughout her high school and university years. After graduating, she still craved that endorphin high; however, after tearing her ACL a second time, she knew something had to change. That’s when she turned to various group fitness classes alongside her strength and conditioning therapy.

Having briefly taught young kids football in 2015, she decided to take a gamble on group fitness in 2018 and never looked back. In March 2019, she decided to leave her corporate job as Operations Manager for a retail company to pursue a career in fitness to help others find their passion and find an escape in her classes. Fitness is something she is very passionate about and she makes sure that all the modalities she teaches are ones she believes in and compliment each other so she and her students benefit from them both physically and mentally.

She is currently certified to teach indoor rowing, mat-based SLT resistance, indoor climbing utilizing the VersaClimber™, and most recently added Slow Resistance Training (SRT).

 

PIPER MICHELLE

Elev8 Master Trainer

 

It was love at first lunge when Piper discovered Slow Resistance Training in 2007. A former fashion designer and Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Piper brings high-energy and the motivation to move. Piper quickly realized that the method is more than just a workout, but also something that can inspire change in every aspect of your life. As an instructor, she wants to support and create the opportunities for you to shine and uncover what you can do, in and out of the studio.

As a Master Trainer, she has been lucky to share her passion with studios, trainers and clients all over the world, including the USA, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Philippines!