Meet the Trainers
We aspire to always provide:
- A Welcoming, Non-Intimidating Environment
- Challenging and Dynamic Classes
- Fitness and Nutrition Education
- A Clean and Well-Equipped Studio
- A Professional and Considerate Staff
- Affordable and Accessible Programs
Creator of BURN® and Co-Founder of Hard Core Fitness Studio
Maria has been a successful group fitness instructor for many years, having undergone her own dramatic weight-loss and understanding full well what that journey entails. She started her fitness career by teaching kickboxing and cardio salsa for various local gyms in Orange County. Throughout the years, she has also taught club boxing, bootcamp, Zumba, kettlebell training, weight training, indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates. She has since created her own High Intensity Fitness Program, BURN™. Hard Core Fitness Studio is the culmination of Maria's experience and passion for fitness and empowerment through exercise.
Elsa has always had a passion for fitness and overall physical wellness. She started attending indoor cycling classes back in 2004 in her hometown in Mexico. Later, while attending college at Cal State Long Beach, she found a new passion for it while taking daily Spin classes. She soon found out her stamina and conditioning improved dramatically and it also helped relieve stress tremendously. Shortly thereafter, she began practicing high intensity interval training and Yoga on a daily basis. After having her daughter and going through a rough recovery, Elsa discovered the amazing benefits of Zumba while attending classes with Maria at UCI, which helped her recover quicker, as well as regain and improve her overall physical conditioning. She is now a licensed Zumba instructor and is teaching cycling classes as well. Elsa wishes be an example of perseverance for her daughter and others in her community to continually discover their inner and outer strength through fitness.
Felicia has enjoyed all forms of dancing since she was a child and after attending her first Zumba class with Maria in 2012 she has been hooked! Her participation in Zumba classes has led to a steady commitment to BURN sessions and a passion for fitness. Witnessing her mom’s health issues and increasingly limited range of motion has compelled Felicia to become a Zumba Gold instructor. Felicia is fun, energetic, silly and genuinely cares for everyone around her. She is committed to helping everyone enjoy exercise regardless of their abilities.
At the age of 20, Jessica gave birth to her first child. Unfortunately, at that time she felt lonely and depressed. To compensate, she began eating all day, gaining weight and topping out at 190 pounds. She had very low self-esteem and felt no hope of ever losing the weight. Soon after, she met Yesenia, who made a huge impact on her life. Yesenia introduced her to Zumba, healthy eating and working out. Now, Jessica feels much better about herself. Not only has her self esteem improved, but she also lost over 50 pounds! Today, Jessica wishes to have a similarly positive impact on others. She joins the Hard Core Fitness Team as a dynamic Zumba instructor filled with energy and inspiration. When you dance with Jessica, you can’t help but smile (and sweat, lots and lots of sweat).
Jam Session Cycling
As the former owner of Bike2theBeat, Jim has been teaching indoor cycling for close to 10 years. He is known for his upbeat choreographed moves and his rhythm-based style. In other words, when you take his class, you will literally be dancing on the bike! Jim, who enjoys music of all kinds, likes to feature an eclectic play list in his classes. When he is not at the studio, Jim can be found at his day job as a program manager for an engineering firm or at home watching sports on TV or renovating his house with his wife and two King Charles Cavaliers. He is also the proud father of a 21-year-old entrepreneur son.
Justin is a fitness coach, competitive dragon boat racer and endurance athlete with a deep passion for competition and for coaching others in one-on-one and group environments. Since 2008, he has been blending his passion for fitness and competition with his high energy, high intensity and fun style of coaching to bring all those he coaches the most effective and rewarding experiences. Justin’s current fitness and coaching certifications include NSCA Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, USA Cycling Level 3 Coach, RRCA Running Coach and Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor.
Zumba® & Pound®
Rocio has a great passion for dance and fitness. She is an energetic, fun and loving instructor of various formats, including Zumba and Pound. Rocio took her first Zumba class in 2007. Ever since then, she has been addicted to dance and fitness. She became a Zumba instructor in 2013 and has been teaching in the Orange County.area since then. She is the proud mommy of three young men (even though she looks like their sister). Outside of dancing and working out, her joys and hobbies involve spending time with her family.
As someone who has always struggled with weight, Shannon developed a love for fitness in the 1990’s while losing 50 lbs. She educated herself in fitness and nutrition to overcome personal obstacles. As a single mom of three for fifteen years, she understands how difficult it is to put yourself first.
Shannon became a Beachbody Coach in 2011 and uses her passion for fitness to motivate her clients to accomplish fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is also a certified PiYo® and Cycle Instructor and has an American Red Cross certification in CPR and First Aid. She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Fullerton..
Viviana’s journey in yoga began in 2011 after many years of other athletic endeavors in movement (tropical dancing, kick-boxing, weight training, aerobics and cycling) that ultimately led her to complete her 500 hours teacher training program in yoga. She loves to empower her students on and off of the mat and she understands that everybody is unique, so she makes accommodations for every student’s needs. Her love for teaching is reflected in her sessions and her diverse background makes her classes not only interesting but harmonious and exceptionally enjoyable.
Ride or Die Cycling
Wendi is a recent Hardcore Fitness Transformation! She has been road cycling since college and joined our studio one year ago looking for a place to train, but found a fun fitness family to help cure her empty nest syndrome now that her two fantastic daughters have gone away to college. Elementary Montessori Teacher and life time Fitness Fanatic, she has always had a passion for fitness and an active lifestyle. As a Schwinn® Indoor Cycling Certified Coach, Wendi has a passion for life and loves working with people helping them achieve their fitness goals.
Kids Zumba® / Kids Athletic Training / BURN® / Zumba®
Ever since Yesenia could remember, she loved to dance and play sports. Her life changed when she became a full-time mom with no time for herself. Then Yeseniai found Zumba and discovered she could workout by doing what she loved and, best of all, lose weight. She has since lost 60 lbs in just a year and a half.
Under Maria’s tutelage, Yesenia became a Zumba instructor instructor in 2013 and a BURN trainer in 2014. She is also certified in First Aid and Pediatric and Adult CPR/AED. Being a mom of three beautiful children under the age of 8 has also motivated her to teach Kid’s Zumba and Athletic Training. Our children can also have fun working out. We set the example and they follow.