I spent what felt like the majority of my childhood in a dance studio, studying numerous forms of dance. I trained with the Goleta Civic Ballet, Santa Barbara Festival Ballet, Santa Barbara Chamber Ballet and American Ballet Schools in California, the Milwaukee Ballet in Wisconsin, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Just as I became an adult, my body gave out on me in the form of tendinitis and knee failure, requiring surgery and rehabilitation, and my hoped-for dance career came to an end. During the next decade and a half my love of music and dance brought me back to the dance studio numerous times, but I was petrified of re-injuring myself, it was always painful, and it was completely frustrating to not be able to make my body do what my mind thought it should be capable of.
Knowledge is power, and I'm committed to learning all I can so my classes will be safe and effective in addition to being fun. I've completed day long trainings to receive 6 of the 7 currently available Zumba® format licenses, as well as additional online and in-person training with Zumba®. I am Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Primary Group Exercise Certified and I hold Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Certifications from American Council on Exercise (ACE), as well as Spinning® and Tabata Bootcamp™ Certifications. I'm incredibly honored to be a member of the Tabata Bootcamp™ Master Trainer team (I train other fitness professionals to run their own Tabata Bootcamps). I am also Red Cross certified in adult, child and infant First Aid, CPR and AED and maintain liability insurance as well as music licensing.
Enough about me!
I'm passionate about what I do, but ultimately I teach for YOU, and I'd love to share my love of dance and fitness with you. Please feel welcome to join the Fitness with Rachel family in one of my classes or bootcamps. Forget your troubles, smile and laugh with us, work up a fantastic sweat and burn tons of calories. I truly hope that I will see you soon!
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