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Emily Sopo | Myzone Master Trainer

Emily began her fitness career teaching group fitness classes while completing her undergraduate degree. What started as a side job quickly became Emily’s full-time passion, and she fully immersed herself in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, fitness manager, and -now- Myzone Master Trainer. In 2015, Emily graduated with a Master of Science in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, with a focus on exercise physiology and fitness from Long Beach State University (LBSU). 

Emily was first introduced to Myzone in 2013 at the LifeFit Center @ The Beach, a health and fitness facility and educational laboratory on the campus of LBSU. She found that the feedback she received from her belt became such an integral part of her workouts that she even wrote her graduate thesis on aspects of the Myzone system. She loves that Myzone is valuable for individual feedback and for working with individual clients or with large groups. 

Emily is a certified personal trainer through NASM and a group fitness instructor through AFAA. In addition to her role with Myzone, Emily is the founder of Heartmybody Fitness and is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at OLYMPIX Fitness in Long Beach, California.

Ayla Donlin | Myzone Master Trainer

Dr. Ayla Donlin is the director of the LifeFit Center @The Beach, a health and fitness facility and educational laboratory on the campus of Long Beach State University (LBSU). Ayla’s passions are fitness, education, and well-being, and as a result, she holds multiple positions within higher education and the fitness industry.

Ayla obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and business from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She then moved to California to pursue her graduate degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise psychology and fitness from LBSU. Upon receiving her master’s degree, Ayla became a lecturer in the kinesiology department and has been teaching courses since 2008 in the fitness and sport studies options.

Ayla completed her doctorate in educational leadership from LBSU in 2014. Her dissertation research examined the career decision-making processes and well-being of students pursuing health and fitness careers.

Ayla has been active in the fitness industry for over 13 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, group fitness director, master trainer, and health club general manager. She is currently an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified personal trainer and an Exercise is Medicine® credentialed fitness professional. 

Ayla has been a Master Trainer for Myzone since 2014. She creates educational content for the Myzone blog, live Fitness Friday broadcasts, Myzone Moves podcast, and learning management system. Ayla also serves as a consultant within the fitness industry.

Ayla lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband Nate and their two dogs, Chewy and Darla.