Hello, my name is Gloria, I am a qualified Group Trainer (L2 GTM), a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor, Zumba Gold ® Instructor and a certified Aerolatino® Fitness Instructor.
I was born in Italy and moved to London in my 20s.
Whilst dance has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, I did not pursue my dream for many years due to lack of support, self-belief and determination. However, that all changed when I decided to take my first Zumba® Fitness class in my late thirties. This was the turning point for me as I knew immediately that this world-wide phenomenon would change my life forever. I was blown away by the fact that each class was the perfect combination of dance and fitness and felt like a party. Not only was I having fun dancing to great music and with great people, I was burning tons of calories and getting fit without even realising it. This experience completely changed my perception of exercise. I left each class feeling happy, energised and empowered by the good vibes. That is what motivated and inspired me to train to teach. I obtained my Zumba® Fitness instructor licence in Feb 2017 and started teaching in 2018. I am an active ZIN™ (Zumba® Instructor Network) member, a ZIN™ Mentor (providing mentees with guidance in preparing the teaching skills needed to successfully teach a Zumba® class) and ZCOM™ (ZIN™ Community Council) volunteer. I am enhanced DBS checked and BLS (Basic Life Support) trained. My further learning includes: Zumba® Core, Zumba® Glutes, Zumba® Cue like a Pro, Zumba® World Rhythms: AFRICA, INDIA, Caribbean-Jamaica, Brazil, ZIN™ Academy UK (2020, 2022), ZIN™ Jam Sessions, Zumba® Rhythms 2, Zumba® Virtual Pro, Zumba® Pro Skills.
In 2021, I was a finalist at the National Community Fitness Awards and I received the Runner Up award for the Community Impact Project 2021. This award recognises an instructor or business who have devised a project for community benefit using physical based activities.
I obtained my Active IQ L2 certificate in Group Training in 2021. This qualifies me to support behaviour change and healthy lifestyle, plan and instruct group training sessions to music, deliver safe and effective group training sessions.
In 2022, I obtained my Zumba Gold® licence. This is perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original well-loved Zumba® moves at a lower-intensity. The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. The class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!
My personal development continues exploring alternative dance-fitness workouts, such as the Latin American fun-filled aerobic classes proposed by the exciting international Aerolatino® programme. I cannot wait to start teaching this low impact, easy to follow, energetic and enjoyable workout based on Latin American rhythms and dance styles like the Salsa, Merengue, Bachatango, Cha-Cha-Cha, Samba, Reggaeton, Lambada, Bachata, Cumbia and more… watch this space!
In the meantime, as a qualified Group Trainer and licensed Zumba® Instructor, my motto is to help you let loose and achieve your health goals on another level: Zumba® is fun, effective and made for everyone! It is pretty much the most awesome workout ever… a fun filled dance-fitness revolution. Every class feels like a party and this is why I love teaching Zumba® classes.