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Group Exercise DirectorBorn: Huntington, WV Education: Marshall University, BS in Chemistry and Mathematics; West Virginia University, Doctor of Medicine; West Virginia University, Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia Fitness Certifications: ACE Group Exercise, Empower Kick Boxing, BOSU Integrated Balance Training In the Fitness Industry: 35 years Teaches: Step Aerobics, Boot Camp, Tabata, Powerhouse Hobbies: flower gardening, hiking, reading, travel
Carmen Cordova Carricaburu is one of our Zumba Fitness and Core Strength Instructor.She is certified by AFFA to teach Yoga/Pilates Core Strengthening and certified in Zumba Toning.Born in Cuba, but raised in the Florida Keys where she has spent most of her life.Carmen worked in Real Estate for 32+ years but retired when she discovered her passion for Zumba. In 2013 she decided to relocate to Murphy and pursue her passion for Zumba at the Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center(now MHF), which she says is one of the best experiences of her life.In her spare time, she and her husband spend every day enjoying life and are passionate about living an active lifestyle. She enjoys sharing her passion with others and developing lifelong friendships with all of her students.
Certified Personal Trainer Debbie Thigpen has been training for 3 years. Debbie enjoys working with people who are having trouble reaching their personal fitness goals. Most of Debbie’s previous experience has been training people who want to compete in powerlifting. However, Debbie has experience working with injury recovery, cardiovascular endurance, and weight loss.Debbie has an AAS from Tri-County Community College, BSW Western Carolina University, and MSW Tulane University, and is licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Clinical Social Worker. She is certified in Core and Functional Fitness. Debbie is currently working on certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine for Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance Enhancement Specialist. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys playing English Hand bells with several of the local churches. In addition, she competes in Powerlifting and currently holds six World Records with the Southern Powerlifting Federation.
From Albany, Georgia. Youngest of six children.Wrestled NCAA Division 1 at Gardner-Webb University. Has a Bachelors degree in Public Relations with a Minor degree in Sociology. Has a Masters Degree in International Business. Continued education with the MBA-Plus (teaching certificate) in Economics. Former professional MMA fighter. 26 years of experience in the martial arts. 4th degree black belt and Master instructor in Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jit-Su. Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Silver Sneakers instructor.
Born: Culver City, CaEducation: University of San Francisco, BS Human Relations and Organizational Business; California State University, Dominquez Hills, MBA Fitness Certifications: Aquatics & Fitness Professional Assoc: Seniors Fitness and Aquatic Arthritis Silver Sneakers; Classic Range of Motion First Aid and CPR In the Fitness Industry: 11 years Teaches: Water Arthritis Senior Balance, Flexibility and Strength Hobbies: Macramé, latch hook, leathercraft, reading.
I was born in Cincinnati, OH but moved to Hayesville in 1983.I attended Appalachian State University. I received my Certified Personal Training certification in 2012, and my Sports Nutrition Specialist Certification in 2017. I have been a fitness instructor for 7 years. I have two kids, Katelyn, 23, and Austin, 21. I enjoy anything outdoors.. hiking, running, and lake time with friends.
Born: Fayetteville, N.C.Education: PhD. Integrative Medicine(HOLOS Univer.), MA in Education and Human Resources Management( Pepperdine Univ), BSN (ECU)Years teaching group exercise: 18 yearsInstructor for: Yoga and PilatesFitness/yoga certifications (including CPR)- BLS CPR Certification, Hatha Yoga CertificationHobbies: hiking, woodturning, quilting, scuba diving,flower gardening.
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