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Adriana Hinojosa

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Adriana has always been interested in fitness. She started participating in Zumba classes three years ago and in the year of 2013 she decided she wanted to teach Zumba fitness. Adriana has been a certified Zumba instructor since June of 2013. She loves teaching Zumba!


FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT UH-DOWNTOWN

Adriana’s ultimate goal is for students who participate in Zumba Fitness classes to reach unexpected fitness levels in every session. She provides a fun and enthusiastic 60 minute Zumba session. It is a great workout and you are guaranteed to have a great time!  

   
   

Amp Bogany

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Amp is an I.F.P.A Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Conditioning Specialist with 13 years of experience. He is also an H.C.C Certified Fitness Instructor and TRX Instructor.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT UH-DOWNTOWN

Amp teaches Boot Camp and Butts & Guts. Boot Camp is designed to increase agility, strength, endurance and power.  Butts & Guts will challenge your entire body, improving your muscular strength and endurance. Amp’s classes are guaranteed to increasing training levels while toning and tightening the entire body.

   
   

Antoinette Hagger

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Antoinette has taken college courses at the University of Houston Downtown. She is a Certified AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, a Certified Body Vibe Instructor and a Certified Group Power Instructor.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT UH-DOWNTOWN

Antoinette teaches Punch & Crunch. Punch and Crunch combines the popular fighting class, kickboxing with abdominal strengthening and stability exercises.

   
   

Bissan Rafe

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Bissan has an Associate Degree in Biology. She studied Emakimono Japanese Pictorial Art Training under Master Yasushi. She is currently perusing a pre-MD (Sports medicine) Bachelor of Science in Biological and Physical Science. Bissan is a certified Yoga Fit Yoga instructor, Dance & Gym USA Ballet Dance instructor and AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor. She has been teaching Yoga for three years both domestically and internationally at universities, private studios, and gyms. Bissan also has her own personal studio.

Bissan teaches Breath & Stretch, Yoga and Ballet. Breath & Stretch and Yoga are designed to improve flexibility while you learn to control your breathing. Yoga also focuses on improving the mind and body utilizing balance and strength skills. In Beginner Ballet, you will learn proper alignment of the body while being introduced to elementary positions of classic Ballet that will increase flexibility, strength and endurance.

What you might not know about Bissan:

Bissan loves learning new languages. So far, she has learned Arabic, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. She also likes to give pineapples and coconuts as special gifts occasionally.

   

Cecealia Booty

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Cecealia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Houston Downtown. She started teaching group exercise at the University of Houston Downtown in the fall of 2012.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Cecealia teaches Club Cardio. Come join the party! Club Cardio is a 60 minute high-energy class, which perfectly blends nightclub dance moves with exercise. Get a great workout while dancing to your favorite upbeat tunes.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CECEALIA “CECE”
Cecealia loves music and exercising/dancing to any song with a good beat.

   

Charlie Finch

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Charlie has over 15 years of experience leading group exercise classes and providing personal training.  As a faculty member, Charlie also teaches psychology courses at the University of Houston-Downtown.




Charlie leads a high intensity, low impact step aerobics class with easy-to-follow choreography.  Come join a class that is both fun and challenging.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CHARLIE

Charlie is the proud father of three boys.

   

Dionicio Martinez

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Dionicio has been dancing multiple styles of Latin Dance for many years. He is an entertaining instructor that makes classes fun for all levels of dancers, beginner through advanced.

Dionicio will keep you moving in the Specialty Latin Dance class. This class is designed to provide techniques that you need to shine on the dance floor! You will learn the art of dance influenced by Latin culture.

   

Olga Hernandez

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Olga graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Olga is a Certified Zumba Fitness instructor and has been teaching Zumba since June 2010. Teaching fitness classes aids Olga in staying fit and healthy while helping others accomplish their goals. Olga is currently perusing her Certified Nurse’s Aide Certification and nursing degree.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Olga leads a one hour Zumba Fitness class. Ditch the workout and join the party with upbeat world rhythms and easy-to-follow choreography.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT OLGA
In addition to being a group exercise instructor, Olga participated on the UHD Powerlifting team.

   

Robert Henriksen

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Robert graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor degree in Economics. He is the founder and president of a local IT consulting group called the Houston Technology Consulting. Robert began assisting Grandmaster Kim Soo with UH physical education Karate class during the fall smester of 1987 and has continues taught with Kim Soo Karate ever since.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced martial art student, Roberts Karate class will provide the fundamentals of martial arts as well as opportunity for refinement through repetition. Robert says, “Chayon Ryu means, ‘Natural Way’ martial art. We emphasize performing movements in ways that are in tunes with the human body. You’ll learn self-defense techniques, which are immediately practical, as well as a strong foundation in core martial arts offensive and defensive movements.”

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ROBERT
Robert teaches high speed driver’s education at Texas World Speedway for the Porsche Club of America. He raced cars at an amateur level for several years, and had since moved into racing motorcycles.

   

Samantha West

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Samantha is a passionate and devoted actress and dancer. She has recently breaking into the world of fitness training and modeling. As a student at the University of Houson-Downtown, she received two O’Kane Theater Best Actress Awards for her performances in Antigone and Aint Misbehavin’. Samantha has graced the Hobby Center of Houston stage with Theatre Under the Stars in the Stephen Schwartz Project, A Wonderful Life, and When You Wish. Samantha is a three year veteran at the Ensemble Theater. She is a Certified Zumba Fitness instructor and has been a Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) member since July 2013.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Samantha teaches Zumba Fitness. Every class feels like a party! You don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body, feel the music and follow Samantha’s lead. You are guaranteed to have a good time!

Samantha believes that if you keep following your dreams and letting your creativity speak a powerful message, you will be taken all the way to the top! She believes we are all quite awesome as individuals

   

Sarah Feye

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PHILOSOPHY OF FOOD AND NUTRITION
As the campus dietitian for the University of Houston Dining Services, Sarah’s focused on promoting healthy eating and wellness in an academic setting. Sarah hopes her passion for food, nutrition and dietetics is transcendent to all of her clients. Sarah hopes to inspire her clients to eat healthfully as well as mindfully. The term “dieting” tends to be a negative word, but in fact a healthy diet can be both enjoyable and easy to maintain. As Socrates said, “food is thy medicine”. 

PERSONAL INTEREST
Sarah enjoys traveling and cooking. In her free time, you can find her watching movies, enjoying the outdoors, and trying new recipes. 

CERTIFICATIONS
Sarah is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is licensed in the State of Texas. Sarah also has a Master’s of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

   

Shanita Ebere

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Shanita has a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Shanita is a Certified Club Cardio instructor and has been teaching Club Cardio for two years. She is currently training to be a Club Cardio Master Trainer. She loves to watch people transform their bodies and improve their health.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Shanita teaches the high-energy dance cardio class entitled Club Cardio. Club Cardio has a combination of exercise and night club dance move to the hottest hits across multiple genres of music. Come join the fun while getting a total body workout!

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SHANITA
Shanita’s journey in fitness began through merely working out to lose weight. As she watched her body begin to transform and take shape, she developed a passion to take fitness to another level. Shanita’s internal motivation shines outward to inspire, motivate and encourage others.

   

Shannon Steverson

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Shannon has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University and a Master of Science in Exercise Science from Oakland University. She has been an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Aerobics instructor for over 6 years. She has managed two women’s health clubs and completed three fitness internships in Vermont, New York and Michigan. Shannon was an Exercise Science Graduate Assistant and a Fitness and Wellness Graduate Assistant during her graduate studies. Shannon has been the Fitness Coordinator for UHD Sports & Fitness since May of 2013.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Shannon teaches Boot Camp, Butts & Guts, and Zumba. You will get a head to toe strength workout and cardio work out in Shannon’s 30 minute Boot Camp class designed to increase strength, endurance and power. Butts & Guts is a 30 minute workout that will challenge your entire body while focusing on training, toning and tightening your abdominals and glutes. Zumba is a total body celebration that helps participants melt away calories while trimming and toning to upbeat rhythms.   

Shannon is very shy but loves to enthusiastically teach Zumba and Strength Training classes with a smile!

   

Sharon Hughes

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Sharon spent a decade in the fast-paced field of daily newspapers, providing her first-hand knowledge of the pressures working in a competitive, deadline-driven environment.  After 11 years as a writer and editor, she left the field to study yoga and meditation.  Sharon now teaches Pilates and yoga full time. In addition to Vinyasa Krama, a flow yoga class that she teaches at UHD, Sharon is fully trained in mat and equipment exercises by STOTT PILATES®, one of the most respected brands in the mind-body field.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Sharon teaches Vinyasa Krama, a slow flow yoga class grounded in the ancient tradition, but informed by modern training. Her classes move slowly to enable students to focus on form and make full use of muscles that respond to slower engagement. 

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SHARON
Sharon’s sabbatical to studying yoga and meditation was spent at an ashram in Colorado.

   

Tyra Hessel

Tyra Hessel

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Dr. Tyra Montgomery is a chemistry faculty member at the University of Houston-Downtown. Additionally, she teaches step aerobics at the Student Life Center. She has been teaching step aerobics here since 2008.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Step Aerobics – The class consists of 30 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of resistance training and 10 minutes of abs and gluts followed by a 5 minute cool down.

WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT TYRA
When she is not teaching, Tyra enjoys traveling.

   
   
   
   
     
 
         

 

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