Meredith Rae Lyons
Group Fitness Professional
A group fitness professional with proven skills in class development and group instruction. A veteran of the Chicago stage, I enjoy using my stage presence to create a fun, upbeat class environment. Experience in a 30-year-old martial arts academy as coach and instructor, successfully creating and maintaining a savate program as well as teaching within an established blended system. Experience creating fun, safe cardio kickboxing, weight training, circuit training, cycling, vinyasa flow and yoga sculpt workouts for students of varying skill levels in both boutique studios and large health club environments. AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Yoga RYT 200, Certified Yoga Sculpt Instructor, Restorative and Yin Yoga, CPR/AED Certified, Savate Silver Glove, Degerberg Academy 2nd degree Black Belt
actor and stage combatant
With seventeen years on the Chicago stage, I have experience within the Chicago Storefront theatre scene both as a company member of The Side Project Theatre as well as working with others such as The Factory Theatre, InFusion Theatre, Babes with Blades and The House Theatre of Chicago. Represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent Agency until relocating to Nashville, my commercial clips include Cheetos with Onion Labs and Office Depot, other work includes Webb Auto and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Experience on film is showcased in my demo reel, including Harold’s Gift, which won the Golden Eddy Award at the Cedar Rapids Film Festival. Stage combat experience includes blood work, hand to hand, broadsword, gun and knife, short sword and found objects.
private boxing, kickboxing and yoga instructor
As a competitively active martial artist prior to a bike vs. auto accident, notable competitive achievements include 2008/2010 National Savate Champion, 2011 Savate Gold Medalist, Chinese Sparring Gold Medalist, Sanda Bronze Medalist at Disney International Martial Arts Festival and 2011/2012 Chicago Golden Gloves Finalist. I began a regular yoga practice to balance out competition and have my 200 RYT from Yoga Now Chicago as well as Yoga Sculpt Certification from Core Power Yoga and Yin and Restorative Certifications from Wild Abundant Life. I am available for private, semi-private and small group training in home or at certain facilities.