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More About Us2019-04-23T15:22:13-07:00

Talia

Movement and fitness have been part of my entire life. As a young child, I studied dance. I continued dancing through high school as a member of a competition team. In college I was part of a Modern Tour group. Additionally, I worked out in a gym with a trainer. While in college, I started my own dance company, which I managed for ten years. I taught classes and also lead a competitive group. I graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree where I received one of two Undergraduate Chancellor Awards for Dance Research Work. I decided to close the dance business after college when I was given the opportunity to teach high school dance. I taught at the high school level for three years while organizing and directing the school dance team. As the dance program was eliminated from the high school, I made a decision to focus more on my own fitness. I began taking Zumba, Step, Yoga, Body Pump, and Spin classes while continuing to train with a personal trainer. Many peers told me they would follow me instead of the class instructor, and they suggested I should teach. I decided to get certified. Several of my fitness instructors also encouraged me to train to teach. I hesitated for a year as I was focusing on my fitness due to a 50 pound weight gain I incurred in a year due to a personal challenge that interrupted my life. After much persuasion and support, I decided to get certified in Zumba and CPR. Immediately after I was certified, I began teaching at numerous locations. I also began losing the weight I gained that took me to a total of over 200 pounds. I secured many teaching jobs at 24 Hour Fitness as well as private gyms and community centers from Brea to Upland. I taught ten or more classes per week for years. After a few months teaching, many of the gym members began asking if I was a trainer. I always smiled and responded, “No”. Class members again told me, “If you were a trainer, I would train with you”. Approximately a year after teaching and becoming certified in Zumba Toning and Yoga Levels 1 and 2, I took the necessary steps to become a personal trainer. Then I knew what I had to do. I had been teaching dance and fitness classes while helping people in the exercise world since the age of 12. I studied for 11 months to become a trainer and passed the certification test with the first attempt. A short month later, I started working as a full-time trainer and group exercise instructor. Soon I added Strong by Zumba to my list of certifications.

I have taught thousands of classes and trained hundreds of male and female clients. I have taken all of the education from school, conventions, fitness journals along with many years of experience with personal trainers to become the trainer I am today. I understand how hard it is to lose weight and stay motivated because I have walked in my clients’ shoes. I am so proud to be a trainer who has decided to make this a career and not just a hobby. I take my classes, sessions, and clients seriously and have devoted my life to helping people gain confidence, build self- esteem, and become healthier individuals. I am one person who is driven to assist those who need help making a change in their lives through fitness one step and calorie at a time.

Teresa

Hi! My name is Teresa. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I taught beginning children’s dance classes for four years at Cornerstone Christian School in Chino. From those classes, I developed my own independent competition dance team, “The Kitty Kats”, and they competed around Southern California. At the same time, I was offering a family fitness class through the city of Chino, which incorporated different sports/exercises for all family members. I then began teaching adult fitness classes at the Chino Valley YMCA. I also ran the Youth Basketball League in Chino for several years. During the last five years, I started to personally train clients. My background covers a wide variety of formats: aerobics, step, body sculpting, boot camp, cardio dance, and Zumba. I have taught professionally for over ten years in Chino and Chino Hills.

I have CPR and First Aid certification; Group Exercise, Step and Personal Training certifications (all through FiTour). I am also Zin certified for Zumba.

I became involved with the TWT Team because Talia impressed me with her energy, love of fitness and drive to help others. I also liked Talia’s professionalism and philosophy on fitness. I too am very passionate about helping and motivating others reach their fitness and personal goals, so I knew TWT was the place to be!

I am so proud to be a part of the TWT Team!.

Matt

My name is Matt. My fitness journey began after high school after securing a summer job. I started as a front desk assistant at a gym in 2008 before converting to a Level 1 trainer after three months. Within six months, I obtained a certification through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) which is one of the most acclaimed certifications a fitness professional can possess. Over the coarse of the next 10 years, I helped individuals reach their fitness goals through diet and exercise.

My love for fitness came from personal loss. My grandfather passed away from complications with diabetes. Since I came from a family with a history of diabetes, I told myself I wanted to do everything possible to prevent such a diagnosis. I played sports growing up, but I lost sight of my goal. Gaining weight put exercise and fitness back into my life and allowed me to learn while teaching my clients fitness for a healthy lifestyle.

I have worked with Talia since 2013, and her excitement and enthusiasm are contagious to everyone she meets. By joining the Train with Talia Team, I hope to bring some experience and knowledge to those looking for a fun, high- intensity, and constantly varied class. Now let’s get fit, and I hope to meet you soon!

Jessica

My name is Jessica. I am married and have two beautiful children. After having my son, I was determined to get in better shape! A close friend of mine told me about a Zumba class she thought I would like since I love dancing. Eight weeks after I had my son, I tried my first Zumba class and fell in love! After that class, I started taking other group fitness classes as well as lifting weights and discovered why people love working out! After about a year of taking classes, I decided to become a Zumba instructor. I had to take a break from teaching in December of 2014 when my son was diagnosed with type one diabetes at 4 years old. This was a very hard time in our family’s life, but we pulled together. This journey has enlightened us even more to how much exercise and the foods we put in our bodies affect us. Once my son started elementary school, I decided I could get back to teaching. I began teaching Zumba again in October of 2017, and I’m so glad to be back! I am also certified to teach Strong by Zumba. This format is so different from Zumba, but such a fun and amazing full body workout! I’ve learned fitness is a journey with ups and downs, but overall the best choice is to stay active and participate in things you love!

Julie

I first stepped into the health and fitness world when I was in the midst of a divorce with three children under the age of six. I knew I wanted to be a strong example to my children, but I wasn’t sure how. I received a free 7-day pass to a local gym in Arizona. I happened to have that week off work. I started to go to the gym, not because I liked working out, but because it was an hour to myself. I locked my phone in the lockers, the kids were in the play area, and no one could reach me. It was my escape. Eventually, I started enjoying the workouts and began going to the classes. I found what I enjoyed doing – yoga. I took the passion I had and became an instructor. I now can model for my kids a healthy marriage AND a healthy life! I always tell my students, “You never know what you are capable of unless you try!”

My husband and I have five wonderful children, although having four teenagers at one time can definitely be challenging! We love to be outside and active whenever we can.

Kasey

Hello! I’m Kasey. From gymnastics as a child to any form of fitness activity as an adult, I developed a passion for teaching. As a Health and Fitness Director in Chino for over 15 years, I created and taught Health & Fitness classes in our community from preschool to the Spirited Senior.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Personal Training Certification with AFAA, Fitness Specialist Certification through Mt. Sac and several group fitness certifications that allow me to teach several class formats in water and on land. I twice trained, competed and placed in NPC Figure Contests and now appreciate active daily living. I look forward to staying active with You!