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Fun Effective Fitness

There are a million different exercise plans, fitness centers, fads, and personal trainers in the world today. So why should you choose Tough Lotus? The answer is simple. We understand that fitness needs to be both fun, effective, and constantly new. Our routines change and we are always learning and growing.

Designed to Stick

At Tough Lotus, we stay ahead of the game. In 2017, we were the very first studio to bring The Bungee Workout™  to the United States. We knew that it would be a great addition to our already amazing Aerial Fitness classes. Our instructors are passionate about helping and would love to help you on your fitness journey. Our programs are designed to stick.

Meet Our Team - Trainers With Heart

Warm and welcoming are just two of the positive words that describe the Tough Lotus Aerial and The Bungee Workout™ Fitness Trainers. Fitness is our passion and each of our trainers want to help you build, strengthen, and tone your muscles, while making the experience fun and enjoyable. The most important thing to our trainers is that you feel safe and comfortable during each of our fitness classes at Tough Lotus.

Amanda Paige

Owner & Instructor
Professional Dancer
Master Bungee Workout Trainer

Trained in classical ballet, Amanda was a professional dancer for over 25 years. Her credits include various Broadway Shows and Featured Films, and her career gave her the opportunity to perform all over the world. Amanda has worked for the most distinguished Directors and Choreographers including Adam Shankman ( So You Think You Can Dance) and Kathleen Marshall (Tony Award Winner).

After moving from New York City to Arizona, her passion for helping people find wellness through nutrition and movement blossomed. Amanda began teaching and choreographing at the most reputable studios and theaters in the valley, winning multiple awards, including 4 Zoni Awards for Best Choreography.

Shortly after opening Tough Lotus, she spent two weeks in Thailand to train for 132 hours in The Bungee Workout and was the first studio in the United State to offer this incredible fitness class. She is now a Master Trainer and trains others who want to be certified. Amanda believes that if we take care of our bodies, our bodies will take care of us. She wants nothing more than to spread her love of fitness to anyone ready to make a change for the better.

Amanda Paige

Owner & Instructor
Professional Dancer
Master Bungee Workout Trainer

Trained in classical ballet, Amanda was a professional dancer for over 25 years. Her credits include various Broadway Shows and Featured Films, and her career gave her the opportunity to perform all over the world. Amanda has worked for the most distinguished Directors and Choreographers including Adam Shankman ( So You Think You Can Dance) and Kathleen Marshall (Tony Award Winner).

After moving from New York City to Arizona, her passion for helping people find wellness through nutrition and movement blossomed. Amanda began teaching and choreographing at the most reputable studios and theaters in the valley, winning multiple awards, including 4 Zoni Awards for Best Choreography.

Shortly after opening Tough Lotus, she spent two weeks in Thailand to train for 132 hours in The Bungee Workout and was the first studio in the United State to offer this incredible fitness class. She is now a Master Trainer and trains others who want to be certified. Amanda believes that if we take care of our bodies, our bodies will take care of us. She wants nothing more than to spread her love of fitness to anyone ready to make a change for the better.

Elyce Haskins

Trainer

Elyce, a Colorado native, moved to Arizona with her loving husband. In her search for friends and an activity to help her settle into a new state, she found aerial fitness. She fell in love with all things aerial from her first class at Tough Lotus and now she is falling in love all over again with her newest adventure flying trapeze. Tough Lotus has had a profound impact on her life and she wishes to share her experiences with others.

Elyce has taught at Tough Lotus since it opened and is always looking forward to her next class whether she is a student or the trainer. When Elyce is not hanging updside down, all-be that rare, she enjoys the outdoors. She likes to spend her time hiking, camping, paddle boarding and trying out new adventures with her friends or her husband.

Elise Thompson

Trainer

Elise grew up as an athlete, dancer, and gymnast. When she started college at Arizona State University, she came across Tough Lotus. She has always loved finding fun, challenging alternatives for gym exercise.  The Bungee Workout™ and Aerial Fitness were just that. Elise was one of the first to be trained in The Bungee Workout™ in the United States and her class is full of creativity and athletic choreography.

Elise has fallen in love with the family here at Tough Lotus. All of the employees and clients create for such a welcoming environment. Her goal as an instructor is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident as they test their physical abilities. Since fitness has been such an impactful part of Elise’s life, she hopes to influence and inspire others throughout their personal journey.

Elise Thompson

Trainer

Elise grew up as an athlete, dancer, and gymnast. When she started college at Arizona State University, she came across Tough Lotus. She has always loved finding fun, challenging alternatives for gym exercise.  The Bungee Workout™ and Aerial Fitness were just that. Elise was one of the first to be trained in The Bungee Workout™ in the United States and her class is full of creativity and athletic choreography.

Elise has fallen in love with the family here at Tough Lotus. All of the employees and clients create for such a welcoming environment. Her goal as an instructor is to make everyone feel comfortable and confident as they test their physical abilities. Since fitness has been such an impactful part of Elise’s life, she hopes to influence and inspire others throughout their personal journey.

Turiya Chavez

Trainer

Turiya is a professionally trained dancer and choreographer that has been creating and performing in the Phoenix area since 2014. Having studied both dance and psychology, Turiya can say with confidence that she has a profound understanding of the body, kinesiology, and somatics and is passionate about sharing that knowledge with those around her.

Turiya stumbled upon Aerial Fitness and The Bungee Workout™ classes which have sparked in her a new passion for the group fitness industry. One of her main goals as a fitness instructor is to find ways to bring high energy and creativity into her classes while allowing the environment to remain fun and comfortable. When Turiya is not dancing or instructing, she can most likely be found curled up with her cats, reading a book or traveling and seeking a new adventure.

Jessica Thomas

Trainer

Positive vibes, smiles, and a great time is what you will get from Jessica. She was raised in Chandler, AZ and is known to always be moving around or dancing. She began dancing at age 3 and it has remained a large part of her life. She attended Tempe Dance Academy where she was trained in all areas of dance – ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, contemporary, and acrobatics. She was a competitive dancer for 10 years as well as a teacher at Tempe Dance Academy. She taught hip hop and tap classes and choreographed several dances for their annual Disney Land performances. You can also find her teaching around the valley when needed.

Jessica fell in love with aerial fitness and The Bungee Workout eight months ago and knew she needed it a in her life routine. Now a trained aerial and bungee teacher, Jessica looks forward to her next class where she can share her passion of aerial and bungee fitness with others and watch their growth overtime. She is known for her high energy and bubbly personality which is incorporated into each of her classes. A class with Jessica will be nothing less than a party with sweat!

Jessica Thomas

Trainer

Positive vibes, smiles, and a great time is what you will get from Jessica. She was raised in Chandler, AZ and is known to always be moving around or dancing. She began dancing at age 3 and it has remained a large part of her life. She attended Tempe Dance Academy where she was trained in all areas of dance – ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, contemporary, and acrobatics. She was a competitive dancer for 10 years as well as a teacher at Tempe Dance Academy. She taught hip hop and tap classes and choreographed several dances for their annual Disney Land performances. You can also find her teaching around the valley when needed.

Jessica fell in love with aerial fitness and The Bungee Workout eight months ago and knew she needed it a in her life routine. Now a trained aerial and bungee teacher, Jessica looks forward to her next class where she can share her passion of aerial and bungee fitness with others and watch their growth overtime. She is known for her high energy and bubbly personality which is incorporated into each of her classes. A class with Jessica will be nothing less than a party with sweat!

Emily Pavkov

Trainer

Emily is an Arizona native, born and raised here in the East Valley. She was a competitive dancer growing up, training in styles such as; ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop. While in high school and college, Emily taught at many competitive dance studios in the east valley by choreographing and training young dancers. In May of 2014, Emily graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Dance and Education.

Since graduating ASU, Emily has been the Director of the Dance Department at Red Mountain State High School in East Mesa. For the past 4 years, this has been Emily’s main concentration and love. Ultimately she has a passion for any form of movement. Emily believes there is ALWAYS something new to learn, so she hopes to grow as a teacher, dancer, and choreographer. Outside of teaching and dancing, Emily loves to spend time with her family. She also loves the outdoors and her favorite activities are snowboarding, going to the lake, fishing, hiking, and so much more.

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Tough Lotus | Fitness Redefined

Located in beautiful Chandler, Arizona we provide The Bungee Workout™ & Aerial Fitness Classes designed to redefine how you workout. Our energetic trainers and fun workout facility create the perfect environment for growing both mentally and physically. With 13 effective classes you can find a workout that fits your schedule, abilities, and will keep you wanting more.

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