ZINspiration!

There are some pretty amazing people in the ZIN community. Every Monday, The Z Beat shares an inspirational story from a Zumba instructor or enthusiast. These folks have lost weight, overcome physical disabilities, sacrificed themselves for their students, and survived abuse. They're everyday heroes!

  • Laura nearly died during childbirth and used Zumba to regain her health, making great friendships in the process
  • Audrey, an honorary ZIN at the age of 6, has overcome her disease to inspire us all - even performing at ZINCON 2015
  • Megan overcame domestic violence and reclaimed her health
  • Amy shook off her nerves to try Zumba and ended up using it as a tool in her 100 pound weight loss
  • Sonja went from being overweight and unhappy to the instructor with the purple hair, beaming with confidence
  • Paula lost a ton of weight, which prepared her to fight for her life against cancer
  • Nekisha ditched the meds and got addicted to getting healthy!
  • Bonnie lost her husband to unhealthy ways but found opportunities to change her own lifestyle, and now inspires seniors to do the same
  • Wendy went from a size 16 to a size 4, getting healthy for her family
  • LaRonda fought stage 3 cervical cancer and inspires others to get fit and take care of themselves
  • Suzi lost 70 pounds and now teaches Zumba and strength training classes
  • Tameka lost 120 pounds with Zumba!
  • Pamela turned a stressful situation into an opportunity to get healthy
  • Victoria finally found a way to focus on her own health after caring for her injured daughter
  • Marylin battled back from depression and lost a ton of weight in the process
  • Leesh credits Zumba for helping her and others with Asperbger's
  • Chris used Zumba to combat her chronic cervical distonia
  • Rachel's quick thinking and first aid knowledge made her a hero when one of her student's fainted during class
  • Rose put caring for her grandmother ahead of all else, but got healthy when she finally started taking care of herself
  • Claudia battled depression but broke free and lost 170 pounds
  • Jennifer needed a change and lost 100 pounds with Zumba
  • Krishna recovered from two tough pregnancies and lost well over 100 pounds
  • Brenda lost 50 pounds and changed her health
  • Karen W. used Zumba to stop yo-yo weight loss/gain and live a consistently healthy lifestyle
  • Lydia uses her other senses to compensate for her visual impairment when teaching
  • Cody used her Zumba career to get out of an abusive relationship
  • Cayla is a rockin' instructor, working around hereditary sensory neuropathy
  • Cara finally invested in her own health, losing weight and building a fitness career
  • Deborah got her B1 license despite lacking a support system and battling low self esteem
  • Mary lost weight and gained a ton of confidence
  • Tiffany lost 80 pounds and became an instructor to inspire others
  • Rob built new healthy habits, quit smoking and lost weight
  • Kirsten volunteers to teach Zumba for special education students in her community
  • Tony used Zumba to get healthy and represents for men!
  • Karen started working out with Zumba despite her osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease
  • Ray lost 100 pounds with Zumba and a move overseas
  • Kristi lost 70 pounds and documents her health journey at Becoming Supersonic
  • Ana lost 70 pounds and became a health coach
  • Mariann overcame myxedema and got B1 and Gold licensed
  • Amy lost a ton of weight and became a Weight Watchers instructor after a polycystic ovarian syndrome diagnosis and a number of other setbacks
  • Charita became a Zumba instructor on Extreme Weight Loss
  • Jacqueline found a passion for Zumba and got licensed at age 67
  • Christine lost 50 pounds and gained a ton of confidence

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