|Take a moment and read about our instructors and you will find instructors who
are nationally certified and have a minimum of five years experience. But more
importantly, they really love what they do! And they are thrilled to be able to offer
you home exercise videos via Workouts On Demand.
Step Aerobics, Low Impact and Total Body Toning
19 years ago, after experiencing my first broken heart, I needed a distraction and I thought"Hey, why don't I teach aerobics." I had started taking classes 6 months earlier and thought, how hard could it be? I had no idea the challenges that lay ahead. I put together a routine and went to a tiny health club in Santa Rosa, CA and I was hired on the spot. I taught my first class 3 days later, and I was horrible. But I really enjoyed it so I sought out professional training and
received my certification thru the American Council On Exercise (ACE). 19 years later and with over 20,000 classes under my belt, I'm still teaching, and I love it more than ever.
I really enjoy it when I get a new student who has never taken a class before. Many times they
are nervous and say "I'm really uncoordinated" or "I can't do this". I just smile, welcome them
and watch the transformation. Within just a few weeks of continued practice, they realize that
they can do something they never thought possible.
Yoga, Cardio Dance, Stability Ball and Total Body Toning
20 years ago, I received a two week free pass to a brand new gym. After enjoying a few
classes at this club, I was asked by the management to stand at the back when participating
because I was making the teachers look bad. Two weeks later, I was asked to teach and
haven't stopped since. Shortly after starting to teach I received my certification through AFAA
as a Group Exercise Instructor, then 2 years later, received an additional certification through
AFAA as a Personal Trainer.
I just love movement and getting a great work out. I believe people have to enjoy their workouts
to stick with them. Some may prefer the endorphin high they receive from aerobics, some
may crave the calm and stress release of yoga, while others enjoy the sheer joy of
dancing....whatever it is....just do it and stick with it. With continued practice, exercise can absolutely
change your life! I hope you'll find my love of fitness contagious and motivating, and
my teaching style gentle and encouraging.
Cardio Kickboxing and Total Body Toning
My interest in fitness came out of a triumph over adversity. In 1996, I suffered a torn Anterior
Cruciate Ligament with damage to the Medial Meniscus cartilage. After full knee reconstruction
surgery, I found myself faced with the daunting challenge of a year of strenuous rehabilitation.
A very patient and skilled physical therapist helped guide me into making a career out of personal
health and fitness. He taught me to listen to my body in a whole new way. In 1997, wanting
to help others the way my physical therapist helped me, I got my Personal Training certification
though the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).
It was in Los Angeles in 1998 that I really discovered the fun and fitness benefits of group exercise.
I had been enjoying the satisfaction of one-on-one training, when I was inspired by a
great, dynamic instructor at a women-only gym in LA. She showed me how group exercise
could be personal and individual, while incorporating the fun of the group dynamic for a whole
new level of exercise experience. Several group exercise certifications though AFAA followed--I
found I really excelled at constructing creative, powerfully motivating classes. Kickboxing was
where I started, but I discovered that I really enjoyed experimenting with unique classes combining
resistance training, plyometrics, interval training, martial arts, core strengthening, step
aerobics and more.
I love challenging myself and my classes with new ideas and techniques. One things for sure,
my classes are never boring! Im often referred to as the tough instructor but only because I
expect you to put in 100% when you take my class. But dont worry, you can count on me to
push myself as hard as I push you!
Cardio Hip Hop
I've been dancing since the age of five. When I discovered that performing was my forte, I began
to study music and the arts formally at the East Bay Center of Performing Arts, where I
was introduced to Indian, African, Ballet, Modern, Latin, and Mexican styles of dance, adding to
my already rooted Latin and Hip-Hop skills. In 2003, my Bay Area Hip Hop Team, Hypnotik
Groove took the State by storm, sweeping up 1st place trophies regionally. Later that year, we
excelled through Nationals, to be the first U.S.A. Team to compete in the International Hip Hop
Competition held in Bremen Germany . I returned home with the passion to teach locally and
throughout Northern California .
Aside from choreographing for various singing and dance groups, I teach beginning to intermediate
hip-hop movement to ages 7 through adult; pin-pointing such basics as: special
awareness, isolations, strength, balance, groove, and technique, as well as some of the popular
commercial dances, both new and old school.
Cardio Kickboxing, Step Aerobics, Total Body Toning, Yoga and Pilates
I started taking group exercise classes for the same reason a lot of
people do--I needed to lose weight. I had always been a chubby kid and
was never good at sports or dancing. So, when I was 11 years old, I
begged my mom to take me with her to aerobics class. At that time,
aerobics was all about high impact Jazzercise, done to disco hits while
wearing leotards and legwarmers...and I loved it. One reason I loved
taking classes so much was it was a place where people were encouraging
and non-competitive. And even if you missed a step here and there, the
instructor told you that you were doing a great job.
By the time I got to high school, I knew that I wanted to teach group
fitness. I became certified 12 years ago through the Aerobics and
Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and started teaching step and
high-low aerobics. Since then, I added strength training,
kickboxing, cycling, aqua, pilates and yoga to the mix. In
addition to teaching classes, I am the group exercise director at a
racquet club and have recently started presenting Instructor
Certification Seminars for AFAA .
Each day I teach, I am grateful to my students for the energy and
enthusiasm they bring to my class. I thank you for working out with me
and I commend you for taking this step towards a more fit and fulfilling
Pilates Mat, Total Body Toning and Stability Ball
Sabin began her teaching/coaching career at age 14, assisting her figure
skating coaches with classes and younger skaters. Knowing that teaching
movement classes was the direction she wanted to go in, she began
working as a Health-Fitness Specialist and Personal Trainer in corporate
fitness centers and commercial clubs after earning her degrees in
Psychology, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Cal State Chico. She
then began teaching group classes and has never looked back!
Sabin is certified through ACSM, AFAA, and The Pilates Coach and her
classical Pilates training was done with Josie Riley, owner of Pilates
of Santa Cruz and Stella Lorvan, professional dancer and Pilates
instructor for over 20 years. Sabin is currently a Presenter and Master
Trainer for The Pilates Coach and has begun faculty training with
Balanced Body University.
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