When I walked into my first fitness class - a Zumba® class at the Towson YMCA - 5 years ago, I hadn't a clue as to where my fitness journey would take me. I was simply an overweight, depressed housewife without much going on in my life. I hated my appearance, I hated my life, and I hated myself.
Not in a million years did I ever think I'd be asking my friends, students, fellow instructors to vote for me as Baltimore Magazine's 'Baltimore's Best Fitness Instructor'.
Exercise - first dance fitness, then strength training - changed everything. I dropped the weight.......but that's the least of it. I also dropped the sadness that plagued me. I lost the physical pains that came from carrying the excess weight around. I began to like myself.
I never intended to teach. I took instructor training out of curiosity, nothing more. 4 days after my training, our Zumba® instructor told our class that she was moving out of the area. I stepped up to keep the classes going, figuring at some point a "real" (experienced) instructor would come along.
That didn't happen. Five years later, I'm still going.
I have gained so much. Strength, confidence, focus, happiness! I have wonderful friends in the fitness world -- and I'm certain that I have the BEST students on the planet.
FAVORITE, not best instructor
Now, about the survey. I need to say this: I really wish that it read "Favorite Fitness Instructor" rather than "Best". I don't see myself as best. There are tons of great instructors in our area - many far more experienced than I am; many that I can & do learn from.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I would love your vote! - but listen: if you don't vote for me, please vote for someone! Fitness instructors work HARD. I'm sure that yours would love the recognition.
Cast your vote HERE!
UPDATE: We did it! Thanks so much for taking the time to cast your vote! I know exactly who the best people are ---> my amazing students, friends, and fellow instructors. THANK YOU!