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About Shalaine

I have been a fitness instructor for over a decade and teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua, Sculpt/Weights, Kick Boxing, Boot camp, HIIT/Tabata, Piloxing/Barre, TRX, Silver Sneakers.

I am a Master Instructor with Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and have presented at FIBO USA, Optima, annual Zumba conventions and cruises.

It is my passion to educate and to inspire people to become more active. 

Trading Floor to Gym Floor?

In the late 80's I discovered group exercise. During college in the early 90s I discovered Muay Thai. Even though I worked multiple jobs while completing my degree from Cornell University in 3 years, I still prioritized fitness.

Fast forward to about 13 years ago. I am now a mother of two, working full time in sales on a trading floor for the previous 10 years.  I had stopped exercising after my second baby and gained weight sitting all day at my desk. I was stressed from my investment banking job and living in Greenwich, CT. I was taking blood pressure medication and already had two ER hypertensive crises. No brainer, I joined the gym. I found Zumba and was hooked. 

About two years later, my job and family slowly started monopolizing my time. Although I loved it, I had stopped going to the gym because again, I put myself last. It took the death of a co-worker to turn my world around and realize I must prioritize my health.

I became a Zumba instructor in 2010 and started teaching classes as a way to schedule in time for my exercising. Guess what? I loved it so much!! The energy and smiles of the participants; I had finally found my passion. I practiced all the time, at work during breaks, in the elevator, at lunch, and to the embarrassment of my kids, during carpools and at home...A LOT. I became AFAA certified in 2012. I started attending fitness conferences annually. I got certified in teaching multiple formats. 

I am beyond blessed to be hired by AFAA in 2018 to give their 8 hour practical workshops & speak at conferences. Again, I found another calling. I love training the trainer! When the lightbulbs go off and participants are excited again about group fitness, I feel such joy and rightness of being “at the right place.” I find fulfillment in changing lives through fitness, whether it’s through improving the lives of people in my weekly classes, Group Exercise Instructors in my trainings, attendees at conferences, or people overseas during my service trips.

During quarantine, I started a fitness/health webinar & podcast series for beginners, seniors, group fitness professionals, and anyone interested in continued learning  about their health, wellness, and fitness. I hope to inspire you to prioritize your health and live your best life by providing you with the why & how. 

You can find the replays:

Apple Podcast Channel

YouTube Channel

My mission 

Be better than I was yesterday:

  • As an Instructor--constantly strive to hone my craft—to be a better group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and presenter. 
  • Attend trainings, fitness conferences, and continue learning. Currently I am working on my JOGA & AEA certifications, my NASM CPT/CES, and am accepted into a graduate Exercise Science masters program.

Improve the world around me:

  • Improving the quality of life for my participants, physically and/or emotionally by providing safe, effective and fun classes in a caring and supportive environment.
  • Finding opportunities to serve underprivileged communities locally and overseas.

My Education: 

Zumba Fitness Licenses:

  • Basic 1/Basic 2 
  • Sentao (first-ever instructor class) 
  • Toning
  • Step
  • Pro Skills
  • Aqua Zumba 
  • Zumbatomic/Zumba Kids
  • STRONG by Zumba


  • AFAA 
  • ARC CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers 
  • Bokwa
  • EMP Intl (CIC + Pediatric CIC) 
  • LA Fitness (Kick Box, Power Circuit) 
  • Lifetime (Strike!) 
  • MixxedFit 
  • Piloxing & Piloxing Barre 
  • Silver Sneakers, Foundations/BOOM Move/Muscle/Mind, Splash 
  • YouGX Total Sculpt

Additional trainings:

  • Optima, Phoenix, AZ Sep 2019
  • AFAA/NASM Master Instructor Summit May 2018/2019
  • ECA/OBOW NYC 2013—2017
  • Zumba Annual Convention 2011—2019
  • Zumba London Conference Feb 2012

B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1992—1995

Copies of Certifications and videos: https://shalaine.smugmug.com/ShalaineFit/

ZIN member in good standing: https://www.zumba.com/en-US/profile/shalaine-mclaughlin/62721

Training Manual/Guides Produced:

  • Gluteus Fabulous Feb 2017
  • Total Rhythm May 2016

Trainings Assisted/Held:

  • AFAA GFI 8 hr Live Workshop @ ZINCon 2018/2019, Atlanta, Detroit, Nashville, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa, Sarasota (2), Fort Polk, NYC
  • Assisted: B1/B2 with ZES Irena Meletiou/Nick Logrea/Jenna Bostic
  • Assisted: Aqua Zumba with ZES Richard Gormley

Media, Master Classes, & Performances:

  • Presenter, NASM OPTIMA, Chandler, AZ Oct 2020
  • Presenter, FIBO USA, Orlando, FL Dec 2019
  • Presenter, AFAA Workshops, Zumba® Instructor Convention, Orlando, FL 2018/2019/(2020)
  • Zumba Live Stream with ZES Loretta Bates & ZJ Mauricio Camargo, Miami, FL May 2018
  • Presenter, AFAA Workshops, Zumba® Cruise, Miami, FL Apr 2018/2019
  • Zumbathon for Puerto Rico w/ZJ Jenny Blackburn Dec 2017
  • Master Class, Studio Z Fitness with ZJ Natalia Uy-Chan, Newark, CA Aug 2017
  • Zumbathon for Move 2 Empower, Nairobi, Kenya Jun 2017
  • Backup dancer for Beto & Myrto, Zumba Cruise, Miami, FL Apr 2017
  • Back up Dancer/Presenter, ECA, New York City, NY Mar 2017
  • Warm-Up for Jingle Bell Run, Harrison, NY Dec 2016
  • News 12 Segment Feature, Harrison, NY Oct 2016
  • Fios1 Fitness Friday Segment Feature, Harrison, NY Sep 2016
  • Back up Dancer, Zumba, ECA, New York City, NY Apr 2016
  • My Brother Vinny Zumbathon with ZES Nick Logrea Apr 2015
  • Zumbathon for Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk, CT Apr 2015
  • FFTA Zumbathon, Ryebrook, NY Aug/Dec 2014
  • Zumba at the Coliseum, White Plains, NY Monthly, Oct 2014—Apr 2015
  • Ivivva store demos, Westchester, NY Monthly, Aug 2013—May 2014
  • Video extra, Bouje by J. Perry featuring Admiral T, Orlando, FL Aug 2013
  • Zumbathon for Al’s Angels, New Canaan, CT Oct 2011—2013
  • Lululemon Yogabowl, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY Feb 2013
  • Zumbathon for CT Humane Society, Fairfield, CT Jun 2012
  • CT News 12 Pet Talk TV Interview, Norwalk, CT Jun 2012
  • Lululemon in-store classes, Greenwich, CT Jan/Apr/May 2012
  • Fitness First at St. George’s Center, London, UK Feb 2012
  • Northolt Social Club, London, UK Feb 2012
  • Zumbathon for St. Jude’s, Milford, CT Dec 2011
  • Mamapalooza, Kensico Dam, NY May 2011
  • NBA Halftime at Springfield Amory, Springfield, MA Feb 2011
  • NBA Knicks Halftime at Madison Square Gardens, New York, NY Oct 2010
  • Zumbathon for Susan G. Komen NYSC, Stamford, CT Oct 2010
  • WNBA Suns Halftime at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT Jul 2010

When I'm not teaching:

I'm a mom of daughters 17 & 23. I volunteer with my therapy dog, Kona, and with the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee.


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