Chris began her professional career in the Banking and Human Resource fields, followed by several years at home, dedicated to raising her 2 children. She had always enjoyed participating in Group Fitness classes, but was never inspired to teach until she attended her first Zumba® class. The great music, fun moves and smiling class members made the hour-long session fly by. How could working out be this much fun?
Leaving the corporate world behind, Chris became a licensed Zumba Fitness® Instructor in 2008 and has loved every minute of it. In addition to Zumba®, she also teaches Zumba®Toning, Zumbatonic®, Zumba Gold®, bootcamp, core and strength classes. Expanding her knowledge and skills as a fitness professional, Chris became a NASM certified Personal Trainer in 2008. She is proud to be an alumni Ambassador for lululemon athletica and is the founder of Inspire Fitness of Columbus.
Leslie has been a Group Fitness instructor since 2010. She fell in love with Zumba®, specifically, the moment she tried it. After three years as a student she took the plunge to become a licensed Zumba Fitness® instructor. She says she has found her “passion” in Zumba®. Leslie enjoys the social aspects and benefits of exercise, as well as, the camaraderie and accountability that come with working out with others. Leslie is AFAA certified and also teaches other formats of Zumba® such as Zumba Gold®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold/Toning, and is a licensed instructor for Flirty Girl Fitness®.
Dawn Ball Gabel
Formerly a project manager in the corporate world, Dawn is currently a stay-at-home-Mom, with two beautiful girls. A Columbus native, Dawn has been active all her life. Sadly, her 25 yearlong soccer career came to an abrupt end with back surgery in 2003. Longing to find a new passion, she attended her first Zumba® class after the birth of her first daughter in 2007 - and fell in love instantly! Zumba® licensed in 2011, Dawn also teaches Zumba® Toning, Zumba Gold® and is nationally certified through AFAA. Dawn is excited to be a part of the fitness community and welcomes all to join our family. Let's DANCE!
Heather began attending Zumba® classes as a student during the summer of 2010 and after just a few months as a regular attendee, she was so motivated by the energy of the classes, she decided to become an instructor. With Zumba®, Heather has lost 35 pounds and gained a second family within the Zumba® community in Columbus, Ohio. She teaches Zumba® and Zumba® Toning and her classes are a combination of traditional Latin dance mixed with all over fitness moves. Heather also went on to receive an Aerobic Fitness Association of American (AFAA) Group Fitness Certification in 2011. She says the best compliment she has received was from a student who said “you look like you are just having so much fun up there, it makes me smile!” Heather resides in Dublin, Ohio with her family and is a software marketing manager by day.
Kelley was introduced to Zumba® in 2010, by following Zumba® DVDs in her living room. She attended her first live class with Chris in 2012 and loved the energy in the room. “I feel Zumba® has changed my life in so many ways. I instantly get lost in the music, fun and smiles. I love seeing that from others, now, as an Instructor.” Kelley was a competitive gymnast from the age of 6 and has coached competitive gymnastics for 13 years. Fitness and health have always been a part of her life. Kelley is AFAA certified and loves to share her passion with everyone at Inspire Fitness of Columbus.
Michelle was first introduced to Zumba® in 2011, while taking classes at a local gym. “I was all over the place”, she recalls. “But, it was so fun, I kept going.” Nine months later, this once shy student became a licensed Zumba® Instructor. As they say, the rest is history. Michelle has since earned her Zumba® Toning license, is AFAA certified and is a licensed Piloxing Instructor. A full-time hairstylist and mother of 2, she enjoys having fun and letting loose in class.
Meredith attended her first Zumba® class in 2011. She was looking for a fun workout that she could stick with to shed post-baby weight. She started attending Chris's class's several times a week and was hooked! With support from her husband and friends, Meredith decided to challenge herself and become a Zumba® instructor. In June of 2012 she went for it and earned her license. Meredith continued her education and is now AFAA certified.
When not at Inspire Fitness of Columbus, Meredith is either at home with her loving husband Jason and their two, adorable children, or working with clients at her Salon Loft, where she is a full time hairstylist. Meredith loves working out with great people and great music. In teaching Zumba®, Meredith has found her passion and sense of fulfillment.