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 over 12 years. She started 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.