Joi L. Brown-Thompson
It’s me, Joi and I love the Zumba®
I am a licensed Zumba®,
Kids & Kids, Jr, and Certified Aquatic Instructor of H20 within the
Washington Metropolitan Area.
I love teaching Zumba®
classes. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a
party! It’s fun and fitness all at the same time.
I have been an instructor since December 2012 and have been
teaching ever since.
allows me to help others enjoy being physically active and reach
their fitness goals in a fun and exciting way.
My classes are high energy with easy-to-follow
choreograph steps and upbeat music that create a party atmosphere.
Check out my class schedule at:
Remember that with every
Small Step you take and move in Zumba®,
you will see Big Results.
Mary began her fitness career in 1991. She performs her fun,
exciting, and safe aerobic routines under the name of
“Get-Up-And-Move with Mary”.
Mary is an AAAI Certified Senior Aerobics’ Instructor in Primary and
Advanced and recently received the certifications for, Enhance
Fitness, and H2O Aquatic Fitness.
Mary’s safe routines include cardio fitness, strength conditioning
(hand-held weights), toning exercises (exercises bands) to shape the
and stretching. The choreography routines are simple and allow
plenty of time for the student to learn the moves. She uses the
stability ball as well.
Currently, Mary instructs “The Mixed Ages Senior Aerobic Classes” at
the Lake Arbor Community Center in Largo, MD, and the Congress
Heights Senior Wellness Center in Washington D.C. Throughout the
years, Mary has also taught at Bally’s, World Gym, and the Hattie
Holmes Senior Wellness Center, in Washington, DC. She has
volunteered at many scheduled events throughout Prince Georges
County and Washington, D.C., area. In the summer of 2007, 2008 and
2009 she was the requested senior instructor for the senior “Camp
Dynamite” in Hagerstown, Maryland. In addition, Ms Bryant has had
the privilege to demonstrate her fitness expertise at the 2008
Annual NBC 4 Fitness Expo held in Washington D.C.
Mary’s “Mixed Ages” and “Mature Adults”
Wilma has been teaching Zumba since 2010, but she’s been dancing
since she was four. She’s certified in AFAA (Group Exercise) and
Zumba (Basics 1, Zumbatomic and Gold). Zumba combines her passion
for dance, love of teaching and vision of a healthy community. Her
classes reflect her diverse training and experiences in movement
to Polynesian and Dunham Technique to Hip Hop. She taught and
performed hula for five years with a nonprofit Hawaiian school in
Arlington, VA. This DC resident is a journalist, culinarian and
theater artist who works with arts, media and youth organizations.
Unhappy with the cookie-cutter,
one-size-fits-all approaches that she found offered at most gyms,
Susan entered into personal training at the age of 60 with the goal
of helping people achieve the optimal level of health possible
within the unique context of their individual abilities and
circumstances. She is
an ACE and Arthritis certified personal trainer, specializing in
conditions such as Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes, MS,
breast cancer recovery, weight issues, or injury recovery.
She works with clients to develop a well-balanced and
fulfilling approach that
sequential cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility exercises, but
also emphasizes the importance of motivation and drive. This
holistic, tailored, and compassionate approach allows her to do more
than just design fun exercise routines, but to truly motivate,
inspire, educate, and challenge her clients.
After retirement from 42 years of local
government and private sector employment, I decided to pursue
part-time work as a certified senior fitness instructor. I currently
instruct senior fitness classes and water aerobics for H20 fitness.
I'm having a ball! It makes me feel great to help my generation the
"Baby Boomers", live healthy and productive lives as we get stronger
and better, at this game called life.
Linda is an International Fitness Presenter and
Trainer, and founder of LG total Fitness located in Seat Pleasant,
Maryland. She is a certified aquatics instructor and CEC
provider for AEA. Linda teaches aqua aerobics, kickboxing, abs
and glutes and is also an aquatic personal trainer in the greater
Washington, DC area.
Heather holds many
certifications and teaches many types of classes throughout the
Metro area. Her credentials are: Trainer and Instructor for the
National Arthritis Foundation - AFYAP/AFAP, PACE and ASHC; Trainer
and Instructor Water Fitness for YMCA; Water Fitness Personal
Trainer and Instructor AEA; Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) AFPA
and YMCA; Yoga certified instructor AFPA and Yogafit Level I and
Senior Yogafit; and CES (Cancer Exercise Specialist).
is a certified aquatic instructor with AEA and H2O fitness. She also
holds has a certification in Pilates Mat Science I & II with AFAA.
She is currently studying for her personal training certification
and works at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex where
she has been teaching deep water therapy for approximately 8 years.
She is known for her shallow/deep/bootcamp format) which has her
students screaming for mercy :-)
Her career in water therapy
started after she was forced to begin alternative cardio and weight
training due to her arthritic problems. As a result she now enjoys
helping other students to gain strength, flexibility, range of
motion, agility and overall better health through water therapy. One
of her favorite quotes is "when you execute a change, you rise to a
new level of prominence"...execute your life change today towards
Mary is a dance and dance fitness instructor in
the Baltimore-Washington Area. She teaches aerobics, bellydance,
African dance, bhangra, and specializes in senior health and
wellness. She is a Zumba qualified instructor in Zumba Gold,
Zumbatomic, and Aqua Zumba, is a member of AFAA, is an instructor of
the Kukuwa African Dance Workout and is certified as a Shimmyfit
I was born and raised
in Saxony, Germany and received my degrees as preschool teacher and
Bachelor Social worker there.
After giving birth to my 2 children in
2009 and 2011 in Arizona I worked as a swim instructor for very
young children and taught prenatal water classes.
Working with children is my passion. Here
in the DC area I have the chance to teach children in German but I
am also very excited to have the opportunity again to instruct the
Aqua Mommy class, a workout for Mommy and child at the Germantown
Christina T Lazdins
I'm a Swedish born exercise instructor and moved
to the USA 21 years ago. I started teaching water aerobics and
continued with deep water and water Arthritis classes now going on
11 years. The first 6 years I worked for Columbia Association where
I was also trained. I took my AEA (Aquatic Exercise
Association)certification for group exercise. Since then I've added
on a Personal trainer certification with NASM (National Association
for Sports Medicine), a Yoga certification with Yogafit and lastly a
Zumba certification class.
I have always enjoyed exercise. Before water I was cycling and
downhill skiing mainly in the European Alps. I studied Aikido
(Martial Arts) for 6 years in Sweden with a Japanese master, enjoyed
dance especially Jazz Ballet from my teens on at a studio in
Stockholm with a dancer from New York.
I love teaching classes and the joy in seeing people rediscover what
their bodies can do for them if they ask for it is so rewarding.
Life is all about movement, movement, movement in water or
out-of-water. It keeps you young at heart. Who needs age numbers
when you feel what you feel? Bring on the Joy and Happiness that
movement brings to life and Live life to its fullest.
I'm Sharon McCoy and I have been an exercise teacher since 1995.
I am certified to each by the following organizations: AAA/ISMA
(Land), Aquatic Exercise Association, The Arthritis Foundation, and
Once I took an aquatics exercise class, there was no going back
to land. I teach 16-18 classes per week. These include shallow
aquatic classes, arthritis aquatic classes, multiple sclerosis
aquatic classes, and deep water aquatic classes. Although my love is
deep water, I truly enjoy all my students who have chosen aquatic
exercise as a way of life.
I currently teach classes at The Prince Georges Sports and
Learning Center for H2O Fitness, and at Riderwood Retirement Village
for the Prince Georges Community College.
It's me, Shawni, and I am truly excited
about the Zumba(R) Fitness program! Not only does it feed my desire
to dance, exercise and perform, but it also allows me to share my
passion with my daughters and my community as well. Although I am
not a formally trained dancer, moving, grooving, and creating
positive energy through movement comes naturally for me and I love
it! I became an instructor in March 2012, 5 months after having my
second daughter, and it does wonders in my quest to shed pounds and
increase my energy level. It also allows me to help others to
achieve their fitness goals in a fun and exciting way. My classes
are high energy, fast paced and it's really a party! Check out my
class schedule at
Join me and spread the Zumba Love in my classes in and around the
I’m Carroll Saunders and I was certified
through H2O Fitness in March 2004. I started out as a student of
Sharon McCoy’s and had to stand in for her during an illness, after
that incident I took the training and decided to become a substitute
instructor. I was happy with this situation until the sudden death
of my husband in 2005. I felt I needed to have something to do to
occupy my mind. I have always loved the water and this was an
opportunity to do something I liked as well as help others. I
currently teach shallow water aerobics, deep water aerobics and aqua
step aerobics at Rollingcrest Splash Pool and Prince Georges
Carroll is certified through H2O Fitness in
water aerobics and deep water exercise. She currently teaches at
Rolling Crest Splash Pool and Prince George's Sports and Learning
I am a total water fitness person and I love to
teach water exercise. I swam for fitness until I discovered water
aerobics in 1995 at my outdoor pool. From the first moment of my
first class, I loved being vertical in the water instead of always
being horizontal. My head was out of the water, I could look around
and see what’s going on and I could talk to my friends.
I started training for shallow water aerobics
in 1997 and have been certified with the Aquatic Exercise
Association (AEA) ever since. I am also certified to teach Aqua
Arthritis through the Arthritis Foundation.
Currently, I teach deep and shallow water
exercise, aqua yolates, and aqua arthritis classes at the Martin
Luther King pool in Silver Spring, MD and at the Fairland Aquatics
Center in Laurel, MD.
I hope to see you in one of my classes!
LET’S GET WET!!! LET’S HAVE FUN!!!
I’ve always enthusiastically channeled my
high energy into a multitude of physical activities, including
dancing, cycling, and hiking as well as various individual and team
sports. I especially enjoy moving in the water.
After earning a BS degree/certification in
Kinesiology/Physical Education, I taught physical education to
children and aerobics classes to adults; researched and wrote
effective teacher strategies for Maryland State Department of
Education; wrote physical education curriculum for the Montgomery
and Howard County Public Schools Curriculum Guides; presented to
educators at Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Conventions, Maryland State
Department of Education Conferences, and Howard and Montgomery
County Public Schools staff development meetings; awarded
"Outstanding Teacher of Physical Education".
With my ongoing enthusiasm in health and
fitness, I eventually discovered the wonderful world of water
fitness classes and became certified to teach with H20 Fitness and
Aquatics Alliance International (AAI). Currently, I teach various
shallow and deep water classes at several indoor and outdoor pools
and am the Director of children’s sports and fitness program.
I absolutely LOVE the power and effect that teaching fitness
classes have on my body, mind, and soul and strongly desire
to share my passion with everyone!
I was an Army brat and moved all over the world
while I was growing up -- I guess that's why I love to travel
so much!! I went to Agnes Scott College and graduated with a
Major in German and a Minor in French plus a Teaching Certificate --
which I've never used! After college I started working
for the National Security Agency. After I married, I worked in
Personnel (now Human Resources) for several years before having
My husband was an airline pilot, so luckily
I could stay home with the children until they were in Kindergarten.
But when my first daughter was only a few months old, I started
having problems with my joints, etc., so I started taking water
aerobics.......28 years ago!! (So maybe it was just
natural that someday I would teach it!)I took the training this
summer (2005), and the rest is history!
I have loved the water all my life. I grew up in a
small town in central New York. My parents had a cabin on a lake so
I spent my summers in the water. My introduction to water aerobics
began in 2004.
I had recently lost 60 pounds with Weight Watchers and was looking
to add something new to my exercise program. A friend of mine
suggested Peggy’s class, which she was enjoying. After retiring from
teaching elementary school for 28 years it was “me” time. I was a
student in Peggy’s shallow water aerobics class for 3 years before
taking the H2o Fitness training in 2007.
Being a water exercise instructor combines many elements which I
love including; music, movement, teaching, friendship, & fun. I tell
my new students I want them to do two things; move & smile.
I currently teach deep water aerobics at the Martin Luther King Pool
and both shallow and deep water aerobics at the Silver Spring YMCA.
I am certified by the Arthritis Foundation to teach water arthritis
classes. I also teach land based classes for seniors.
Lane has been
AEA-certified Aqua Fitness Instructor since 2004. She likes to teach
challenging formats, such as Aqua Boot Camp and Burdenko Water
Walkers. Lane also manages her own marketing consulting business.
She and her husband, Stephen, enjoy kayaking, hiking and traveling.
Hello, I'm JoAnn Thomas. I
started out on this fitness journey at least twenty plus years ago.
I started taking aerobic classes on my lunch hour. I loved it! Then
one day it hit me, I said, "I can teach this stuff." The rest is
history. I overcame personal problems with weight and lack of energy
by exercising three to four times a week. Currently, I’m a personal
trainer, I'm certified to teach hi/lo and step aerobics, strength
training, kettle bell, and aqua. I'm a certified coach with RRCA
(Road Runners Club of America). I've run marathons and ten mile
races in the metropolitan area. I have an BA in Health Education.
I'm thankful and grateful to God that he allowed me to start this
fitness journey many years ago and I’ve been "keeping it moving" to
Kennedra has a
tremendous passion for health and wellness. She believes in the
principle of lifetime fitness:
exercising and making nutritious choices should begin in childhood
throughout a person’s adult life.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science & Physical
Education from McDaniel College.
The 2012-2013 school year, will mark her 7th year as a
Physical Education Teacher for
Prince George’s County Public Schools.
She regularly presents at professional development workshops
for physical education teachers in PG.
She has also presented at the annual MAHPERD (Maryland
Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance)
Convention for physical education and health teachers from across
the state. Currently,
Kennedra is a certified aerobic instructor
and personal trainer through AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of
America, certified Zumba instructor
and certified cardio-kickboxing instructor thru
She enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals and make healthy
changes that improve the quality of their life.
I have worked out for 8 yrs. concentrating only
on running & weightlifting. A few years ago, I tried a Pilates
class & got hooked so my instructor encouraged me to get certified.
I did and have since been teaching Pilates & other core related
classes. Since then I have become certified to teach ZUMBA and Water
I believe that working out should be fun and
fulfilling so my goal is to bring the fun to my class no matter what
I am teaching. My motto is, "Life is short, LIVE it!"
Doris was a student in water exercise classes
for six years before pursuing instructor training. She is currently
certified as an instructor by both the Aquatic Exercise Association
(AEA) and the American Aquatic Association
International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA).
Doris has been teaching water exercise for six years; regularly
teaches classes in deep water and shallow water as well as specialty
classes such Abs and Gluts.
Doris has participated in new instructor
training and has assisted in workshops for instructor improvement.
Monica is a native New Yorker.
She has loved dance and the water since her early childhood
growing up in New York City.
She is a former member of the Joyce Harrigan Dance Co. in NY,
as well as a former member of Spirit Wings Dance Co. in Laurel, MD.
Monica has studied dance at
the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.
She was exposed to Zumba and
Aqua Zumba at a local gym in DC where she was a member taking
classes. While taking
classes she said “I can do this!” Monica
is a licensed Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Aqua Zumba Instructor.
She is also certified in Water Aerobics through H20 fitness.
“I love teaching Zumba Gold, Zumba, Aqua Zumba, as well as
It is a blessing to help my students get and
stay active and become healthier.”
A few years ago, as a new nationally certified aerobics
instructor, I was enthusiastic about getting into the fitness arena
and showing what I had learned. What I didn’t know was that
facilities were not eager to employ inexperienced, older
instructors. Willingness, eagerness and energy accounted for
nothing. A little discouraged, I happened upon the pool area of the
Sports Complex in Landover and saw a water aerobics class going on.
As I continued to observe, a very big, bright light bulb went off in
my head and almost immediately I determined that teaching water
aerobics was my destiny. I inquired and was told to call Peggy. In
no time, I started on my journey to become a certified water
aerobics instructor through H2O Fitness. That was almost 3 years ago
and surprisingly, I have not lost my enthusiasm. Water aerobics is
an activity that suits the majority of fitness levels, and with
portion control, and other forms of physical activity, may improve
your health. Added bonuses are better endurance, strength, and
stress reduction. I would recommend that you check the H20 schedule
and find a class in your area and do something good for your health.
After retiring from nursing & as assistant manager of a health club,
I decided to start my own land & water exercise programs. That was
over thirty years ago. I discovered Peggy quite by accident while
surfing the tv & found her there promoting H2O Fitness. That's when
I gave her a call & became certified in 2003.It has been a pleasure
working for Peggy & hope to continue as long as she will have this
old lady in her employ. I also became certified in Aqua Arthritis &
am currently studying for the AEA exam. I especially enjoy working
with the older adult & hope to prove that age is just a number. I
still teach my own group with some of the original members who
started with me so long ago. Most are in their 70s & 80s, still
working out & looking good.