March – Angela Borges
Angela was first introduced to Zumba Fitness® in 2011. With her lifelong dance training, Zumba has become the perfect outlet for giving her the chance to share her love of dance with others. Having tried a variety of different workout crazes over the years, Zumba is the first thing that Angela has found so much joy in and such great results from. Angela became an instructor in 2014 and started teaching right away. She is always bringing new music to class and makes sure to create a “trip around the world” each time! You do not have to be a dancer or even consider yourself coordinated to enjoy Zumba, you just need to come ready to let loose and have a great time! Bring your smile and your water and let the music move you!
- Thursday 7:30pm Zumba
February – Shannon Roark
Up until the age of 23, Shannon’s idea of living healthy was to order a Diet Coke on the side on her hamburger and French fries. A scary blood sugar reading at a routine doctor’s appointment was the wake-up call she needed. Thanks to a diet overhaul and Les Mills, she was able to gain control over her weight and find her true passion: fitness.
Shannon’s journey with fitness started mostly with running and BodyPump, completing a half marathon in the fall of 2014. As she attended more and more group fitness classes, she kept picturing herself at the front of the class, leading it. So she thought, why not?
In 2014, Shannon left her corporate consulting job and moved to the public sector. This was dually beneficial, as not only was public service her passion and her career intent all along, but it also freed up her time to teach group fitness classes. First came her Mad Dogg Spinning certification, then her ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification, then her Les Mills BodyPump and BodyCombat certifications. Most recently, in the past year, Shannon has be- come certified in Les Mills GRIT and earned her ACE Certified Personal Trainer certification. And she’s already thinking about what will be the next one…
This past year, Shannon was one of five (out of approximately 200 appli- cants) people accepted to the Les Mills TAP (Trainer/Assessor/Presenter) Team as an Assessor for BodyPump and BodyCombat, reviewing instructor video assessment submissions and determining if they are ready for certifica- tion. Shannon loves providing thoughtful and detailed feedback to help in- structors in their roles, praising strengths and identifying areas for growth. Contributing to the expansion of the Les Mills tr1be has been a great way to repay it for all it has done for her own health and happiness!
- Sunday 10am LessMills BodyCombat
- Thursday 6am LessMills BodyPump
January – Emilia Bohac
In the water, on land or on snow, Emilia is a mover and a shaker. She leads an energetic class, with positive vibes and diverse music. She’s thrilled to frequently teach Pre-K through Seniors on the same day – both on land and in the water. This gives Emilia unique insights on body movement and teaching progressions. In over forty years of teaching swimming, she’s seen all ages, abilities, and mobility’s gain benefits from increased buoyancy and resistance in the pool.
Emilia’s love of movement began at age five with ballet. Ballet expanded to classes in pointe and modern dance. Not one to be put in a box, she also competed in western style square dancing and contra dancing! Teaching swimming was her second love, and began while she was in junior high. Next her interests grew to include soccer, leisure education, recreation, and boating. Emilia has led both “the go getter” and “the tentative” to success while teaching a variety of activities including kayaking, Nordic skiing, sailing, and canoeing. Currently she coaches middle and high school sports, and also teaches Physical Education. Additionally she has spent many years as a waterfront director, aquatics consultant, and lifeguard trainer. Athletes of all ages, from around the world, find success with her fun creative teaching style.
Emilia considers herself an educator and a coach; developing people’s potential and actualizing their goals is her passion. Emilia’s commitment to helping people make the most of life’s experiences shines forth in her leadership. Whether you exclusively prefer a water workout, or like to change things up once in awhile – come join her at the pool!
June – Amy Cook
Amy began teaching HI-LO aerobics back when leotards and legwarmers (she actually knit her own) were the exercise fashion. Though she didn’t know it at the time, her instructor abilities started blooming at Bedford High School where she was a three year varsity cheerleader. After high school, Amy continued to stay active by hiking and jogging. She discovered the recreation department in town offered a Jazzaerobics, a privately owned trademarked class. Twice a week you could find Amy and her friends dancing, somewhat a little rigid – remember it was a fitness class, to 80’s Pop hits like Flash Dance, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Physical and Centerfold. After a year and a half of being a participant Amy was approached by the Jazzaerobics instructor inquiring whether there was an interest in teaching. Amy didn’t have to think twice, the answer was YES and that’s how it all began.
Over the past 30+ years as exercise fashion improved, Amy has extended her fitness instructor career to include: step, muscle conditioning, yoga and indoor cycling classes. She brings her passion for teaching to a variety of venues including schools, churches, private corporations and fitness centers. Her certifications include: AFAA Fitness Instructor (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America), Mad Dogg – Spinning, YogaFit, FreeMotion’s RIP:60, Les Mills: BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyFlow, CXWORX and most recently an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Personal Trainer.
A graduate of Bentley College in Waltham, Amy is a full time accountant when not teaching classes. She has one adult daughter. During Amy’s free time, she enjoys running (always in training mode), yoga, cooking, reading, knitting, gardening and baking – her specialty being cookies.
May – Deanne Dunmyer
I have always been a mover. In my youth, I was a cheerleader, on the track team running mid-distances and I also took ballet lessons. After several years at the barre and in the back row of the annual dance recital, I realized my future promise did not lie in classical dance, but I continued running, began a bit of cycling, and enjoyed intramural sports. Living and working in New York City in the early nineties, I took part in the growing gym culture attending the latest classes led by celebrity teachers at some of the most popular clubs in NYC, as well as taking class at the Martha Graham Dance and Peridance Studios where I was introduced to Pilates and Gyrokinesis. I have also been a student of Yoga, Capoeira, and Alexander Technique. An injury suspended all of these activities and pushed me into the pool for healing. It was in aquatics that I synthesized all of these movement modalities — and made the symbiotic connection between cross-training and a whole well-body practice. A veteran instructor valued this diverse background and offered me my first certification course along with a teaching spot. Now I instruct about 8-9 classes each week in Aqua Fitness. With respect for practice, I use high energy music for fun yet there is a palpable mental focus in our time together on what you need to do physically to revitalize and release — since the properties of water achieve both. You don’t need to wait for an injury to get in the pool — the hydrostatic pressure of the water increases circulation ands speeds muscle repair which improves and augments your on-land conditioning. After an aqua workout, the body and mind should feel as cool and clear as the element of water itself .
April – Dimitra Moretto
I joined my first gym (parental signature was required!) at the age of 15 and got into weightlifting on a daily basis after school. I had no license and had to find rides to the gym in Cambridge, but I never wanted to miss a workout.
I started teaching Group Fitness at a small club in Watertown 12 years ago. My first certification was in Cardio Kickboxing and Cardio Sculpt — and I never would have pursued fitness as a part or full time career had I not been asked to do so back then! It wasn’t something I volunteered for, but so happy that someone noticed my skills.
Teaching is important to me because fitness and a healthy lifestyle are such a huge part of my life, I love that I get to share that with others on a near daily basis. It works well when you believe in something and have passion for it. Others notice and want a part of it too. My job is to spread health and build strength in others. It’s a privilege.
There are so many significant memories over the past 12 years that have made me love my job… members overcoming illnesses, moms whipping their bodies back into incredible shape before my eyes, countless tryouts where I thought I didn’t know what I was doing only to be hired on the spot (confidence boosters!), and classes that I had to give up that I miss dearly and won’t ever forgot, obviously.
What I love most about my classes are the people. There have been SO many instances where driving to a certain location or continuing to teach at a certain club just no longer makes sense for me or my schedule and yet I find myself continuing to teach there for years after simply BECAUSE of the members that I see every week. They appreciate what we do and it makes it worth it.
Join me in Tabata on Friday and share my passion for Fitness.