This was me the summer 2008. I look at this picture and think, “Oh my, I look five months pregnant!” Although, I was busy raising my children, helping my husband with his business and doing all the other things women do I didn’t let this stop me from working out. I worked out regularly at our local YMCA doing step classes and some weight training. Maintaining a healthy weight has been a struggle for me and something that I always tried to achieve. As a matter of fact, one of my prayers is, “Lord keep me near the cross and away from the refrigerator!”
My family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. So I work hard to feed my family well and keep them physically active and healthy. About two months after this picture was taken I was in my step class. The instructor said, “I got this music from an instructor friend of mine and I want to play it for you and do something called Zumba.” Oh my goodness. It was instant Zumba Love! In that five minutes of doing Zumba I was hooked. I found several classes in my area and began attending a couple of days a week. I was moving in ways I hadn’t in years and because I didn’t feel like I was working out, it was really easy to stick with it.
I made radical changes to my eating habits (I eat healthy foods, but I was eating a lot of healthy foods–you know too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.) Within months I really started to see my body go through a radical transformation. My mid-section was getting more tone, not bad for a 40-something year old lady! I attribute this new love for fitness to Zumba. I started really getting excited about fitness and adding more variety to my workout regiment.
It was then that I decided that I wanted to become an instructor of Zumba and impact other’s lives the way my life had been impacted.
I have been a student of African dance and Latin dance throughout my life. So for me, becoming a licensed Zumba instructor was the right fit. It combined dance and fitness and was so much fun. After my Zumba instructor training, I then began to pursue certification as a group exercise instructor. I took the AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification and passed the written and practical exam on the first try. God is good! I later became CPR/AED Certified. Now today, I am a healthier, happier person and I have tons of energy.
Now I am teaching Zumba classes on a regular basis. My desire is to help others reach their fitness goals and be the best person that God created them to be!
Pam has earned the AFAA Group Fitness Certification, is CPR/AED Certified. She is licensed to teach Zumba Basics 1 and Basics 2, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold and Zumbatomic, is a pilates/yoga instructor and is a certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. Additional training include AFAA Youth Fitness (6 CEUs).
On April 23, 2012 Pam celebrated the opening of Shake It! Fitness Studio in Bear, DE. For more information click here.