I am soooo excited to do my first ever INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT!!!!
As you know, since last August, I have become completely ADDICTED to zumba! It’s changed my life! I have never had soooo much fun working out, I swear. When I walked into the studio for the first time, I gotta admit, I was a bit nervous. Sandy was so sweet, and assured me that it didn’t matter if I knew the steps or not. She said, ” Just make it your own, have fun with it, and the coordination will come” Well, now…I am always in the front of the class, going FULL OUT every time! I never thought that I would feel confident enough to do that, but her energy, and motivation pushes pushes me to work that much harder! I promise, you will feel the same!
Sandy’s passion for dance, music, and encouraging people to get healthy, is contagious.
So, I approached Sandy about doing a write up. About her, her style, and how to get started. I am all about promoting upcoming people, or businesses that I believe will be the best advocates of healthy lifestyles. Trust me, I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t such a BELIEVER and so PASSIONATE about this FIT program. She doesn’t just teach fitness, she LIVES it.
SC: What led me to become a Zumba instructor was all the many years I was involved in dance. I grew up dancing Folkloric Dance and Flamenco in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. I LOVE Latin music; it moves me to no end. One day I was watching TV (which I rarely do) and was flipping through the channels and ran across “Zumba Fitness.” I thought, “I want to teach that!” A month later I was certified.
FF2F: What are the benefits to this type of exercise?
SC: There are many benefits to Zumba. It’s a full body workout, which means you’re going to burn more calories. I have seen some amazing transformations in students who come three times a week. It’s also a GREAT cardio workout.
FF2F: do people need dance experience to take a class like this?
SC: You definitely don’t need dance experience to take a Zumba class. You need only to be willing to allow yourself to have fun and connect to the music. Because I repeat a lot of the routines from week to week, my students who come on a regular basis get to know the routines well. The key is to not give up and to be patient with yourself.
FF2F: how long does it typically take to choreograph for your class?
SC: When I choreograph a new routine, it takes me a couple of hours. I want to find the balance of the fitness and dance element of the routine, which can take me time to find. I always have my students in mind. I want to challenge them and yet not make the routine to difficult to follow.
Every week I make a new playlist, and that takes me about 20 minutes. I pay close attention to the order of the routines so as to challenge my students and to help them get the best workout.
FF2F: what keeps your business thriving?and why would someone choose this class?
SC: I think what keeps my business thriving is the fun factor. I really do love what I do, and I have so much fun doing it. It’s also important to me to know my students’ names, and that, I believe, makes the environment a safe one and more personal. I also have some AMAZING students who are so supportive of each other and any new student that comes to class. I’m a lucky gal.
FF2F: what are the future plans for Sandy Campy Fitness?
SC: As for the future of Sandy Campy Fitness, I hope to add more classes. I think the key to success in fitness is variety, the time you work out, the instructor, the type of workout, etc. I hope to add a Self Defense/Body Sculpt class and maybe a Yoga/Body Sculpt class and eventually fitness classes for kids.
FF2F: do you offer instructor training?
SC: Right now, I do not offer instructor training. However, I encourage my instructors to come often to my classes, free of charge, so they can become familiar with how I teach and with the students.
FF2F: what words of advice can you give people struggling to get fit for the new year?
SC: It’s important to make exercise a part of your daily life. You need to make it a habit, so that, regardless of how you feel on any particular day, not exercising is not an option. Exercise and connecting to my body has gotten me through some challenging times in my life. It’s like hitting the reset button. After a hard workout, I say to any challenge, “BRING IT ON!”
FF2F: Where can we find sandy campy classes and info?
SC: You can find Sandy Campy Fitness at Independence Dance Company, 11108 Huston Street , North Hollywood, CA 91601. You can find my class schedule atwww.sandycampyfitness.com.
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Check out her reviews on yelp! 5 STARS!
Here a great 15 minute video to get a bit familiarized with Sandy and her style! She’s a little firecracker!