LaVonda Wagner

Experienced Collegiate Athletics Professional LaVonda Wagner

Over the course of her career in physical education, LaVonda Wagner has served in coaching positions at a number of universities throughout the United States, including the University of Illinois, Duke University, and Oregon State University in Corvallis. Between 1988 and 1994, LaVonda Wagner worked as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State University before being promoted to the position of recruiting coordinator. She has additional experience as a women's basketball television analyst with Fox Sports Northwest in Seattle, Washington.

While Ms. Wagner maintains an interest in many sports, she is particularly focused on refining her golf game. She attended the Kris Moe Golf School in Napa, California, and received direct instruction from retired PGA player Kris Moe. She also enjoys cooking and has studied at the Le Boscarecce Cooking School in Tuscany, receiving a certification of participation, and the Professional Culinary Institute in San Jose, California. Ms. Wagner also participates in events and charitable activities with the Cathedral of Faith Church and the Lee Street Baptist Church.

Psychological Benefits of Spin Class

LaVonda Wagner has nearly three decades of experience as a women’s basketball coach at the college level, having coached at elite programs including Duke University and the University of Illinois. Today LaVonda Wagner enjoys staying physically fit through a number activities, including taking spin classes.

Taking a spin class can provide both the body and mind with a number of benefits, including a considerable mood boost. The physical output exerted during a spin class releases several chemicals in the brain, including endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Endorphins are used by the brain as a natural pain killer, allowing the body to continue working with a sense of euphoria.

Dopamine, meanwhile, creates excitement in a person’s brain. Dopamine is often referred to as the brain’s reward response, instilling a sense of accomplishment as cyclists continue to push through the final few miles. Finally, serotonin is associated with pleasure and feelings of pure happiness. The rigorous exercise of a spin class triggers the release of all three chemicals, contributing to an overall sense of well-being.