Maria Finnegan

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Maria Finnegan
Instructor
Email: mhf10@duke.edu

Overview:
Maria Finnegan serves as a full time instructor in the Department of HWPER at Duke
University.

She teaches undergraduate physical education courses for credit across several
modalities including: Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Fitness, Beginner Yoga, Intermediate
Yoga, Weight Training for Women and Fitness for Women. Maria has led SUP classes
for the Duke Senior Athlete Interactive Leadership Experience (S.A.I.L.) as well as yoga
for LDOC and other student groups.

Maria has a Masters degree in Neuroscience and holds several certifications in yoga,
group fitness, TRX and standup paddleboarding. She owns “Maria Finnegan Fitness,”
a fitness business specializing in group and private fitness training as well as wellness
events and workshops. She also trains and mentors aspiring fitness instructors and
trainers. This past year Maria began providing online fitness content for students and
clients through BurnAlong.com. Maria has spent much of her life playing sports,
staying physically active, and inspiring and motivating others to get up and move. While
she initially had a career in clinical research science, she soon discovered a strong pull
towards teaching and promoting health and wellness. Maria is so grateful to have found
a career where she can combine her love for exercise, yoga and healthy living with her
passion for science and education. “Stronger thank you think” is Maria’s daily mantra
and she uses this to guide her students and clients in discovering their inner strength,
overcoming obstacles, and pursuing their goals.

When she is not teaching at Duke you can find Maria on her paddleboard at the lake,
coaching her three children on the soccer field and basketball court, going on dates with
her husband, or playing with her golden doodle puppy.

Teaching Areas:
PHYSEDU 116 WEIGHT TRAINING FOR WOMEN
PHYSEDU 117 FITNESS FOR WOMEN
PHYSEDU 170 BEGINNER YOGA
PHYSEDU 171 INTERMEDIATE YOGA
PHYSEDU 186 STANDUP PADDLEBOARD FITNESS

Specialties/Areas of Interest:
Yoga and the brain
Standup Paddleboarding
Creating and practicing healthy mind-body connections

Education:
M.S., Neuroscience, Drexel University, Philadelphia
Elementary Education Teaching Certificate, University of Richmond
B.A., Biology, Rutgers University