Toning in Zumba (Arms)

by Liana Tsirklin

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Arm toning in Zumba to "Tu Ta Quedao" by Papi Sanchez, at the University of Arizona Campus Recreation Center.

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Liana Tsirklin

Liana Tsirklin IDEA Author/Presenter

I am a recent graduate of the dual Master's program at San Diego State University in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences, as well as the Fitness Lead at the Aztec Recreation Center. Some of the career goals that I wish to accomplish as a result include nutritional education outreach, in adults and youth, to combat obesity; weight loss consultation; recreation management, and/or personal training. My undergraduate background is in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, which I chose in order to lay a thorough foundation for what I truly wanted to study: nutrition. I also completed minors in physiology, nutritional sciences, and mathematics. I began teaching fitness classes in January of 2010, starting with TurboKick. I then received my Zumba license and was offered the opportunity to start teaching a core conditioning class, in addition to hip hop, as well as a step aerobics class with integrated muscle conditioning intervals (Calorie KO, Lean and Mean, Cardio Sculpt, Step and Strength, S.E.T.). I went on to receive my group fitness certification through the American Council on Exercise and began to teach strength training classes (Tone and Sculpt, Total Body Conditioning), BoSU, high intensity interval training, and Boot Camp. Since then, I have also completed certifications in Bokwa, Spinning, U-Jam, BodyAttack, PiYo, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and Insanity. I have had the opportunity to attend trainings for Pilates and Aqua as well. I have taught and subbed at many gyms in the Tucson, Arizona and San Diego, California areas. I have also taught private classes at special events, such as a joint TurboKick/Zumba class for 200 students for Sorority Wellness Week, Residence Life, Bellezza Modeling, Zumba blacklight party, Zumbathons (for Autism awareness, as well as for heart health), children's summer camp, group fitness exhibitions and demonstrations, and grand opening events. I exhibit my passion for health and wellness in every class that I teach. I spread my energy throughout all of my participants, and make them feel comfortable and excited to be at the gym by getting to know them personally before class starts. I have worked with a wide spectrum of ages, ability, and physical activity levels, from youth as young as 5 years old to retired adults (age 85), and everything in between. I tailor every workout to each participant by providing a diverse array of high and low impact and intensity modifications that sufficiently challenge and empower them. Finally, I feel that I am very relatable, especially because I have personally lost 30 pounds, mainly through group fitness classes. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to reach out; I would love to get in touch with you!