Meet your UW Fitness Day Coaches: Community Partners (part 2)

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The Whole U announces the 2024 UW Fitness Day community partners who will be leading various movements as UW Fitness day coaches! 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Husky Stadium for a day of fun, fitness and camaraderie!

Meet Your Coaches

With community coaches specializing in yoga, Pilates, Barre, Zumba, rowing, cycling and running, UW Fitness Day will be full of a variety of motivating movement and fun!

Read about our Fitness Day coaches from UW Athletics, UW Recreation, UW faculty/staff and The Whole U and additional UW community fitness partners!

CJ Basolo

The three best words to describe CJ’s teaching style would be “intentional, fun and clear.” His classes are energetic and fun so you can expect to be challenged but feel accomplished — all to the soundtrack of some amazing tunes. CJ’s day of the week is Tuesday, with a full body-lower body focus. His playlist genre of choice is disco/EDM.



Chelsea Murphy
Pranify Yoga 

Chelsea is the director of Pranify Yoga in Green Lake, a certified yoga teacher for 11 years and a lover of all forms of movement. Her sankalpa, or sacred intention, is: “I am liberated joy.”

Chelsea’s advice for someone starting their fitness journey? Find the type of movement that makes you EXCITED to move! If it’s not bringing you joy, even when it’s challenging, then try something else.


Dave Johnson

Dave is an instructor at  TruFusion with an extensive background in the fitness industry through owning and managing gyms for over 20 years. He has tens of thousands of personal training hours under his belt and has helped a wide range of people during his time as a trainer. HIITribe is one of his favorite classes to take and teach!

One piece of advice that Dave would give to someone just starting their fitness journey? Be proud that you are finally doing what you have been saying that you will do. It is all about moderate exercise, consistently.

Yijiao Hong
Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy

Yijiao Hong established the Chinese Wushu and Taichi Academy in Seattle in 1996, and has fostered tens of thousands of students. She offers seminars and workshops to schools and corporations both nationally and internationally. Her passion for Taichi is evident in her belief in its therapeutic value and martial application. Master Hong has mastered numerous Taichi forms and skills, both traditional and modern competition forms.

Master Hong’s favorite workout or exercise routine? Stretching and standing Taichi Meditation.


Aaliyah Earvin
Movement & Run Coach

Aaliyah is a personal run and movement coach. She aids runners in increasing mobility and building strength. From drills to correct running form to plyometric and strength training, Aaliyah allows clients to become more confident. She describes her superpower as growing your confidence and speed. And she knows you’ll make one epic team.

Aaliyah’s favorite workout or exercise routine? A tie between running and strength training.


Jade Tabares
Jade Tabares Pilates & Solidcore Queen Anne

Seattle native Jade is excited to share her passion for fitness with you! She is a trainer to local celebrities — including high-profile sports figures — and can be counted on for teaching thoughtful and challenging sessions. She is the founder of The Sweat Studios, Jade Pilates and co-founder of The Seattle Movement Society. Over the last 15 years, Jade has taught many thousands of group classes, charity classes, corporate fitness events and pop-up events. She loves to teach fun, musically driven workouts that get you moving and sweating!

Jade’s piece of advice to newcomers:  Start small and make consistency your main goal. Even if you start with just five minutes of movement a day, you are ahead of the game!

Benefitting National Marrow Donor Program (formally Be The Match)

This year, UW Fitness Day will benefit NMDP, the
nation’s largest marrow-donor registry. Our goal is raising $5,000 and 100 new registry members.

Learn about National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and, if you are able, make a $5 suggested donation through the UW Combined Fund Drive when you register for UW Fitness Day. And even if you cannot attend UW Fitness Day, you are invited to help us reach our fundraising goal.

Join us on May 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Red Square for Get in The Game, an annual event to share the mission of NMDP and encourage people to join the registry.