phrase that inspires you: b • brave
"Brave" can mean to be bold, courageous, heroic, determined or unafraid. Some of the best moments of my life have been when I have taken leaps of faith and braved to try something new or to try something again after not succeeding the first time. b • brave reminds me to make the most of life by stepping up when I might otherwise shy away. We can inspire one another by encouraging each other to b•brave and never give up.
what inspired you to start leading fitness classes?
I have always been passionate about dance and love to share that with others. This, coupled with how I found being physically active and strengthening my body could completely change my life, is the main reason. I did nothing to restrengthen my core after having children and ended up with severe back pain that was affecting all aspects of my daily life. After being inspired by my Zumba instructors, who turned my life around, I dreamed of helping others in the same way. Luckily, I was given that opportunity and I have loved every minute of it.
what keeps you motivated?
The “high” I feel after a great workout, the friendships I have made in class, the strength I have gained physically, the music, and knowing that I have a better chance of living longer for my family – all of these things (and more) motivate me.
STRONG by Zumba
Zumba Basic 1
Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr
selected as one of Tippy Connect's Top 40 Young Professionals under 40
Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN)
Purdue Alumni Association
Marketing Manager, Studio b
Owner/Artist jhendon Photography and Design
what do you do when you're not teaching fitness classes?
I am a mom of 2 great kids, capture the art of life with photography, travel, and cuddle my Aussiedoodle.
why do you teach at studio b?
I can’t imagine any other place I would rather be! It’s not just about physical fitness. Studio b focuses on the fitness of mind, body, and spirit – with an amazing group of people where all are welcome and encouraged to be themselves. I like being part of a team of women who's focus is building up those around them. I teach because I hope to inspire others to be the best they can be and to share my love for Zumba fitness with all ages.