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ZUMBA Instructor of the Day: Rick Smith

Featured above: Rick Smith Photo taken by Antonio Franco, Zesty ZUMBA does not own rights to this photo.

Featured above: Rick Smith
Photo taken by Antonio Franco, Zesty ZUMBA does not own rights to this photo.

Feeling a little down from the weather? Do you feel the sunny days slipping by from the freezing cold? Heat up your day with a ZUMBA class from Rick Smith!

Smith is known as an instructor that will have you jumping for joy; literally. This local instructor got licensed in Sept. 2012, and although he may seem new to some, he has the teaching capability of an experienced instructor.

So how did Smith get into the ZUMBA community? Even instructors  have their share of workout history.

“When I first took a ZUMBA class in the summer of 2010, I was sweating profusely and I thought this was a cool class. I also needed a workout program at that time to lower my blood pressure, lose some weight and this was one that was fun and not boring like a treadmill or elliptical can be,” he said.

Smith is licensed to teach ZUMBA Gold and ZUMBA Basics, but his education will not stop here. “I am currently trying to study for AFAA Certification,” Smith said.

So what is Smith’s style of teaching? “My style is Gangnam style,” Smith said jokingly.

But really, Smith is one of the most humble ZUMBA instructors you will ever encounter. “I would say not so much a style but I try to approach each class as if I am just like one of the students,” he said. “I have no formal training in dancing, I never took a dance class in my life, I never danced in plays or performances so I am no different than then my students.”

Rick works two part-time jobs and truly believes he is the “average Joe.” But this modest instructor does have a goal for his students that will inspire you to run to one of his classes. “I am just an average Joe (Rick) who wants others to be healthy, feel healthy and groove to the beat,” Smith said.

This instructor has grown significantly since his licensing, and so have his students. “My most memorable moment is when one student who started my Gold class back in the summer,” he said. “She had to sit down because she was tired about three songs into the class. It was her first time doing ZUMBA Gold. By the end of the session she was moving and I could even hear her behind me singing softly. That is what I love to see and it inspires me to keep doing this.”

What advice does Smith have for future ZUMBA instructors? “Practice, practice, practice! Practice in your car if you are stuck in traffic. I will do that. The driver next to you might give you looks but hey, we instructors can’t stay still for too long if we hear a Zumba song we do in our class,” he said.

Currently Rick Smith is a ZUMBA Gold instructor in Silver Spring, MD. For those readers still nervous about going to try a class, this inspiring instructor has just one final piece of advice.

“If you can move, you can do ZUMBA is what says on my card and I believe it,” he said.


Local ZUMBA Instructor of the Day: Jessie Roderick

Jessie Roderick (left), and Denise West (right) Photo taken from Inspire Fitness LLC Facebook page.

Jessie Roderick (left), and Denise West (right)
Photo taken from Inspire Fitness LLC Facebook page.

For those of you who are shopping around for a place to call your ZUMBA home, you may not have to search very far. Local instructor, Jessie Roderick teaches at multiple locations and is full of energy.

Roderick, licensed since June of 2010, decided to get certified after other instructors encouraged her to go for her full potential. Roderick is licensed to teach ZUMBA basics one and two, Aqua ZUMBA, R.I.P.P.E.D, Coreboxx, and is AFAA Group X certified.

Worried about looking silly in class? This instructor won’t mind, in fact, she may be even more of a goofy person than you!

“I really try to engage people and have fun so it makes them want to take a class and keep coming back. If I have fun and am not super serious people are not intimidated and relax,” she said.

Currently, Roderick teaches at Hood College and Gold’s Gym. For those of you who are Hood students and worried about gaining that college weight, take a class from this instructor and you will definitely feel the burn.

Although many people see only the silly side of Roderick, they don’t know how much they make her day. “When I have people tell me that I have changed their lives for the better, that is a wonderful feeling and it is priceless… and little do they know that they impact my life just as much,” she said.

Still intimidated by ZUMBA? Roderick has some advice, “Anyone can do it, I always tell my people in class  ‘If you don’t get the step perfect it doesn’t matter just have fun.’ If all else fails step touch and shake!”

Roderick is starting her own business with partner Denise West called Inspire Fitness Studio.  “We will offer a wide variety of fitness classes and you will be able to participate by paying per class or packages rather than committing to a monthly membership like most gyms,” she said.

The studio will be located on Gas House Pike in Frederick Md. and the grand opening is currently scheduled at the beginning of 2014. “We want to fill the niche and bring the highest quality instructors all under one roof all while catering to the participants by giving then the best experience possible,” Roderick said.

Inspired by Jessie Roderick? Want to learn more about her? Visit her website or email today to learn more.

Learn how this instructor lives her daily life by the following saying…

“To inspire is great, to inspire is incredible.”