Fitness & Wellness
Many Paths - Find Yours

Cardio Classes

Some people want to Salsa and Merengue without rounding up a partner, so I started teaching Zumba.  What started as a fun thing to be more inclusive of more dancers has taken on a life of its own.  I now teach 12 classes a week, in a variety of formats, including Zumba Step and Zumba Toning.

Over the years, I've found that my niche is in corporate wellness.  I specialize in bringing Zumba classes to corporate America, resulting in fitter, happier, more productive employees.

If you're interested in getting your own Zumba class going, either as a one-off, or something more recurring, I'd be happy to talk to you.

For more information, and to learn which of the Zumba specialties I'm licensed to teach, please visit my official Zumba page.

Group Strength & Circuit Classes

Some Zumba instructors came from the fitness world first and learned or refined their dance skills to be better teachers.  Some, like me, came from the dance world first and learned or refined their fitness knowledge to be safe and effective.

Either way, it's highly recommended that Zumba instructors receive a certification in Group Exercise from an accredited fitness organization.  I earned and continue to maintain mine through American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Maintaining that certification requires examination on fitness-related topics of our choosing.  Over the years, I have completed a variety of continuing education courses, and have found a real appreciation for strength training and anatomy.  Strength training has made quite a difference in my personal physical well-being, and learning musculoskeletal anatomy pacifies my inner geek. 

I started applying all that continuing education a couple years ago by leading group circuit training classes.  Perhaps to my surprise, it has become one of my favorite formats!

Drop me a line to discuss group strength or circuit classes.  Check out my ACE Pro profile.

Injury Prevention and Recovery Coaching

Not too long ago, I injured my hip, thanks to a "perfect storm" of circumstances (muscle imbalance/weakness, sudden-onset overtraining, and just plain stupidity).  Recognizing the extent of, treating, and now, coming back from that injury has been a real journey - and I'm still not quite there yet.  I would be much better off if I had known then what I know now...

...but since I didn't, perhaps I can help future me's spare themselves some of the frustrations I've felt.  Enter into my life a new passion for Corrective Exercise and Orthopaedic Exercise.  Also known as "Doing the boring stuff that keeps you in shape to pursue your life without injury" and "Doing the boring stuff that bridges the gap between release from physical therapy and getting back to your full-out workout/sport", respectively.

I have earned my certification as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and am about to begin studying for the Orthopaedic Exercise certification through ACE.

The body is complex, but the premise of Corrective Exercise is simple:  most of us go through our daily tasks habitually doing movements and using postures that create muscle imbalances; muscle imbalances lead to improper movement; improper movement leads to injury.  Injury sucks [that one's not part of the official NASM manifesto, by the way].  The solution?  Identify the imbalances, formulate a plan to fix them, execute the plan...and hopefully avoid injury. 

Contact me to discuss your body's issues, with the understanding that if your situation calls for medical expertise, that's where I'll send you.