AFAA-certified fitness instructor Kari Fundingsland did three decades' worth of research before opening Kari Kardio. Beginning with her first Jazzercise center in 1983, she amassed group- and personal-training knowledge at gyms stationed from the United States to Australia. She took note of club fads and their effects, and experimented with different exercise styles to create the Kardio Flex System—a malleable workout template that allows instructors to pair her proven exercises with their own music playing over speakers or inside their heads. Today, more than 30 group classes per week at Kari Kardio attest to the breadth of her industry savvy.
With backgrounds in competitive athletics, personal training, and other high-level fitness activities, Kari Kardio’s teachers pair time-tested training methods with the latest workout trends. Their classes—which run the gamut from spin to kickboxing to strength training—accommodate all experience levels with safe exercise modifications. Treadmills and stationary bikes line the 9,000-square-foot studio, helping students chase their fitness goals and complete stationary paper routes when not attending classes.
When she’s not standing in front of an early morning boot-camp session, certified trainer and nutritionist Sue Meredith can be found hiking, camping, or crawling over rocks in her jeep. Her passion for the outdoors transfers into her fitness classes, where she inspires women to have fun and make friends while working toward better health. Designed for a diverse range of women—including those of any ability level—Sue’s four-week programs combine fitness instruction with nutritional guidance, as well as the motivation to help students breathe the outdoor air. Two trained experts back up Sue's services with their own work. Dr. John Spencer Ellis holds 15 fitness certifications, which makes him the most qualified instructor since Einstein potty-trained his sons. Kelli Calabrese also pitches in her talents, which include three science degrees and 23 fitness and wellness certifications.
Before finding her calling as a yoga instructor, Sylvia taught biology, Earth science, and general science for more than 25 years. Throughout her years in the classroom, she practiced yoga as a way to calm her mind and balance her body. In 2005, she switched gears—she trained for more than 1,000 hours and earned her E-RYT 500 certification. She specializes in Kripalu-style mindfulness yoga, which emphasizes self-acceptance and consciousness of the interplay between life and yoga. Although she primarily teaches multi-level classes, some sessions, such as chair or adaptive yoga, are intentionally geared toward those with limited mobility. At the beginning of class, she occasionally reads inspirational passages or practices levitation.
Cheryl L. Sington's interdisciplinary dance and fitness training has led her to study with, and sometimes even work with, famed figures such as John Landis, Michael Jackson, and Natalie Cole. As the owner of The Dance Warehouse, she passes on her experience in a setting that's professional, yet noncompetitive and fun-focused. Programs for children and adults span nearly every dance genre, including beginner through advanced training in jazz, tap, hip-hop, and ballet. The studio also branches out to include instruction in areas such as musical theater and acrobatics. To supplement these courses, The Dance Warehouse hosts special workshops and master classes, many led by guest choreographers.
Dance has defined much of Zumba instructor Paula's life. As a child, she took ballet and jazz classes as a means of both exercise and play. In college, she discovered ballroom dancing, and met her future husband in a ballroom class. But after having three sons, she found herself retaining weight, and tried multiple forms of exercise to lose the excess pounds. Nothing worked, until she once again returned to dance. This time, she discovered Zumba, and the blend of dance and exercise became a true passion for her. Now she helps other people burn calories during the Zumba classes she leads at Fort Myers Zumba Fitness.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or work around an injury, Tina Johnson can develop a routine, and help you stick to it. Johnson––a marathon runner and Ironman competitor––has worked as a personal trainer since 1989, and has experience training everyone from teens to seniors to those suffering from knee problems, back problems, injured rotator cuffs, and disco fever. But whatever your particular needs, she offers private, semi-private, and group sessions that will help you set and reach achievable goals.