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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 simply fell in love with the Latin inspired aerobic dance. It was then that Adriana decided to teach Zumba fitness. Adriana has been a certified Zumba instructor since June of 2013.


FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT UH-DOWNTOWN

Adriana’s ultimate goal for UHD students who participate in Zumba fitness is to reach unexpected fitness levels in every session. She provides a fun and enthusiastic 60-minute, high-energy dance 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 is a Certified AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, a Certified Body Vibe Instructor and a Certified Group Power Instructor. Antoinette teaches Punch & Crunch fitness here at UHD. Punch and Crunch combines fighting and kickboxing with abdominal strengthening and stability exercises.

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 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 all while controlling your breathing. Yoga also focuses on improving the mind and body, utilizing balance and strength skills.

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 UHD in the fall of 2012.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Cecealia teaches Club Cardio, 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’s 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 is a Certified Zumba Fitness instructor and has been teaching Zumba since June 2010. Olga leads a one-hour Zumba Fitness class, so ditch the workout and join the party with upbeat world rhythms and easy-to-follow choreography.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
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.

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 began assisting Grandmaster Kim Soo with UH physical education Karate class during the fall semester of 1987, and has 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 display the value of being in tune with the human body by providing the fundamentals of martial arts and an opportunity for refinement through repetition. 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, and has recently broke into the industry of fitness training and modeling. 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 at UHD and 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
As the campus dietitian for the University of Houston-Downtown Dining Services, Sarah is 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. She hopes to inspire her clients to eat healthy and live mindfully. 

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 is a Certified Club Cardio instructor and has been teaching Club Cardio for two years. Club Cardio is a high-energy dance cardio class that comprises a combination of exercise and nightclub dance move to the hottest hits across multiple genres of music.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Shanita is currently training to be a Club Cardio Master Trainer. She loves to watch people transform their bodies and improve their health. 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.

   
   

Sharon Hughes

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Sharon teaches Pilates and yoga full time. Sharon is fully trained in mat and equipment exercises by STOTT PILATES®, which is 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

Tyra Hessel, Ph.D. 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 at UHD since 2008.

FITNESS CLASSES TAUGHT AT THE UHD
Tyra’s Step Aerobics 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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