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.
AFAA Group Fitness Certification, AFAA Personal Trainer Certification, Zumba License, Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, AHA First Aid & CPR/AED Instructor Certification, NCCPT Weight Management Specialist
Care’n Chato’s passion for fitness began as a child in gymnastics and dance, where she enjoyed countless competitions and performances, and grew to teach both activities as an adult. She is now a professional dancer, musical theater choreographer, and dance and fitness instructor. After graduating high school, with a passion for aerobics and yoga classes, she acquired her Group Fitness Certification from AFAA. Following that, she acquired several additional teacher certifications based on her love for the combination of dance & fitness: Zumba (latin dance fitness), JitterBlast (swing dance fitness), EverBarre (ballet dance fitness), and CorePower Yoga-Sculpt. Care’n hopes to share her joy of that wonderful well-being feeling that fitness brings into our lives with all ages and abilities.
MFA, AFAA Group Fitness Certification, Zumba License, First Aid & CPR/AED Certification
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.
AFAA Group Fitness Certification, Zumba License, Zumba Gold License, Silver Sneakers License, AHA First Aid & CPR/AED Certification,
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.
Kristine’s path to group fitness began when injuries halted her plans to become a professional ballet dancer and set her on the road to a very rewarding career teaching Classical Ballet.
From there, her studies in the correct use of the body along with her joy in movement and love of a challenge led her straight to group fitness which she loved so much, she became a PiYo instructor so that she could share her knowledge of and enthusiasm for health and fitness with others!
Kristine is very excited to be at Hard Core Fitness Studio!
Ride or Die Cycling
Sandy has had a love for working out since she was a young teen. However, since she tried her first cycle class 13 years ago, she was hooked! It quickly became her favorite kind of work-out and she knew sooner or later she would end up becoming a certified instructor. She’s a very passionate person with great energy and you can feel it in her cycle classes. She’s lived in 5 different cities across the nation and originally from Ecuador. And she introduces all her vast cultural influences in her music choices. That, paired with her great energy will guarantee you an amazing and fun workout!
Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification, AHA First Aid & CPR/AED Certification
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..
Piyo License, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification
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.
AFAA Group Fitness Certification, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification, AHA First Aid & CPR/AED Certification
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.
Zumba License, Zumba Kids License, AHA First Aid & CPR/AED Certification
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