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:YouTube Channel
Be better than I was yesterday:
Improve the world around me:
Zumba Fitness Licenses:
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:
Media, Master Classes, & Performances: