Carly Hopper, Fitness and Wellness Program Coordinator

| Staff

Address: 1410 Highland Center
Phone: 507-389-3269

Carly coordinates the Fitness and Wellness Programs in Campus Recreation. She oversees group exercise classes, personal training, fitness assessments, exercise plans, equipment orientations, scheduling fitness certifications and continuing education workshops on campus, aquatics programming for open and lap swim, and hires and trains students to work in these program areas.



  • BS in Health Education and minors in Psychology and Sociology at Mayville State University, Mayville, ND


  • MS in Community Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN


  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor with National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
  • Group Exercise Instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Competed a Fitness Nutrition Specialist Certification through ACE
  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) through the Yoga Alliance and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP®)
  • American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid instructor


  • Employed in Higher Education at Minnesota State Mankato since 2008 in a variety of roles:
    • Student Health Services
    • adjunct instructor in Human Performance Department
    • currently working in Campus Recreation
  • Adjunct instructor in the Health and Human Performance Department at South Central College, North Mankato, MN
  • Yoga instructor and teaching faculty at Sun Moon Yoga in Mankato, MN
  • Lead yoga retreat in Bali, Indonesia
  • Presented at the Minneapolis Yoga Conference
  • Experience teaching group exercise classes for 20+ years

Off-campus Experiences

When Carly is not on campus working, you’ll find her at a baseball field watching her son play, with her daughter paddle boarding or hiking, at home reading a book, exploring the world with friends, chilling with her cats and partner, or practicing yoga and meditation.

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