Group X Instructors

Cathy Long

Group Exercise Director

Group Exercise Director

Born: 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

Zumba & Zumba Toning Instructor

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.

Dana Bolyard

Zumba Instructor

A long time resident of Cherokee County, Dana took Zumba and other group fitness classes for years before becoming an instructor herself.

Her class play list includes songs that appeal to all styles and tastes.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening and quilting.

Bonnie Patterson

Senior Balance & Fit

Born: Culver City, Ca

Education: 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.

Barbara Haydon

Yoga/Pilates Instructor

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 years

Instructor for: Yoga and Pilates

Fitness/yoga certifications (including CPR)- BLS CPR Certification, Hatha Yoga Certification

Hobbies: hiking, woodturning, quilting, scuba diving,flower gardening.

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