Cities (Live/work): Walnut Creek, Danvill, Alamo

Certifications/Qualifications: AFAA Group Fitness Certified since 2009; Other fitness format licensures/certifications include: Bombay Jam®, Zumba, Zumbatomic, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba, Turbo Kick, PiYo, Hip Hop Hustle, Balletone and Hot Hula. Though my PhD work is in the industrial/organizational space, my research question investigates the role of employer provided fitness classes/programs and employee engagement levels. I had no other dance training as a child; the only dance training I’ve had has been through my own love of music and movement and the fitness formats I’ve completed.

Teaching Experience: I’ve been qualified to teach fitness since 2004, but did not start teaching until 2008 and have not stopped since. At one point, I taught 8 aerobics classes a week. I currently teach three; one at my employer, another for 24 Hour Fitness in Alamo and for the Senior Recreational program in Danville.

Fitness Philosophy: My fitness philosophy is that fitness is achievable for everyone, no matter your current fitness level. Give it a chance, it might not just be something fun to do for an hour…it might just change your life! I know teaching fitness has changed mine!

About: I heard about Bombay Jam® through a colleague at work who was interested in teaching the format at her office location. As the first person allowed to teach fitness anywhere in our service territory, I’ve had several phone calls like that but usually for Zumba. When I read about Bombay Jam®, I decided I needed the training too. I love Bollywood movies, music and dance. I usually have at least one song in my Zumba line up that is either Bollywood or Bhangra inspired. Now that I’m certified to teach Bombay Jam®, I can teach a whole 60-minute class! I love teaching, it gives me great joy to see the smiles on people’s faces when they challenge themselves with choreography and get it. Or when they’ve struggled with weight or health issues and they’ve visited their doctor and their cholesterol is down, dropped 20 lbs or they no longer need their diabetes medicine.

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