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About Shalaine

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

She is a Master Instructor with Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and has been a speaker at IDEA World, IDEA Personal Trainers Instititue, FIBO USA, NASM Optima, APEX Asia, multiple Zumba conventions and cruises.

It is her passion to educate and to inspire people to become more active in a fun and sustainable way. 

Shalaine's mission 

Be better than she was yesterday:

  • As an Instructor--constantly strive to hone her craft—to be a better group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and presenter. 
  • Attend trainings, fitness conferences, and continual learning. Currently she is working slowly on  her masters of Exercise Science at CalU.

Improve the world around her:

  • Improving the quality of life for her 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.

Copies of certifications/licenses and performances

Instructor rating at Idea Fit: https://pro.ideafit.com/conference/sessions/175-creative-cuing-to-help-prevent-common-workout-injuries

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



  • 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 
  • SWET
  • YouGX Total Sculpt

Zumba Fitness Licenses:

  • Basic 1/Basic 2/Rhythm 3
  • Aqua Zumba 
  • Sentao (first-ever instructor class) 
  • Toning
  • Step
  • Pro Skills
  • Take the Lead
  • Zumbatomic/Zumba Kids
  • STRONG by Zumba

Additional trainings/conferences:

  • Zumba Instructor NetworkTM  Annual Convention 2011—2022
  • NASM Optima, Phoenix, AZ Sep 2019—2022
  • AEA/International Aquatic Fitness Conference Jun 2021/May 2022
  • IDEA World July 2021/2022
  • IDEA Personal Trainers Institute Feb 2022
  • AFAA/NASM Master Instructor Summit May 2018/2019
  • ECA/OBOW NYC 2013—2017
  • Zumba London Conference Feb 2012

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

Conference Presenter:

  • IDEA World, Virtual, Jul 2021, Las Vegas Jul 2022
  • APEX Asia, Japan, Aug 2021, Mar 2022
  • IDEA PTI, DC Feb 2022 (3 different sessions)
  • NASM Virtual OPTIMA, Chandler, AZ Oct 2020/2022
  • Zumba® Instructor Convention, Orlando, FL 2018/2019/(2020)/2022
  • FIBO USA, Orlando, FL Dec 2019 (two different sessions)
  • Zumba® Cruise, Miami, FL Apr 2018/2019

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:

  • AFAA "We Speak: Creative Pricing for Group Fitness" Segment Feb 2021
  • AFAA "We Speak to the Team" Segment Dec 2020
  • AFAA "We Speak" Coaching Cues Segment Sep 2020 
  • AFAA "AFAA Live: The Evolution of Group Fitness" Segment Apr 2020
  • Zumba Live Stream with ZES Loretta Bates & ZJ Mauricio Camargo, Miami, FL May 2018
  • 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 Show at Madison Square Gardens, New York, NY Oct 2010
  • Zumbathon for Susan G. Komen NYSC, Stamford, CT Oct 2010
  • WNBA Suns Halftime Show at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT Jul 2010

When I'm not teaching:

I'm a mom of daughters 18 & 25. I volunteer with my therapy dog, Kona, and as VP of communications with the Cornell Club of Sarasota-Manatee.

Trading Floor to Gym Floor?!

In the late 80's Shalaine discovered group exercise. Fast forward twenty years. She was now a mother of two, and worked full time in sales on a trading floor for 10 years.  She had stopped exercising after college and gained weight sitting all day at a desk. She was extremely stressed from her investment banking job and living in Greenwich, CT. She was taking blood pressure medication and already had two ER hypertensive crises. After the second scare, she joined the gym, found Zumba and was hooked. 

About two years later, her job and family slowly started monopolizing her time and had stopped going to the gym because again, she put herself last. It took the death of a co-worker to turn her world around and for her to realize only she can prioritize her health.

Shalaine became a Zumba instructor in 2010 and started teaching classes as a way to schedule in time for exercising. The energy and smiles of the participants; she finally found her passion. She practiced all the time, at work during breaks, in the elevator, at lunch, and to the embarrassment of her kids, during carpools and at home...all over and all the time. She became AFAA certified in 2012 and immediately started attending fitness conferences getting certified in multiple formats. 

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


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