WE ALL START SOMEWHERE!!!! 

As instructors, we hope to inspire our students and help them reach their fitness goals in a comfortable and encouraging atmosphere. We personally understand what it is like to take risks, try something new, & put yourself out there. Each of us have had our ups & downs, which is why we like to share our stories with all of our students. We look forward to hearing about your journey as well! 


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OUR STORIES

Desirée Alba    https://www.facebook.com/DesireeDanZa/    "I have always loved latin dancing. It's in my soul. My husband and I used to go all the time. Then we had our 2 children, and little by little... we stopped going. After I had my second child I had gained so much weight, I never wanted to go anywhere...I was miserable. Then my best friend introduced me to Dance Fitness & my world (and body) was transformed forever! I have been an instructor for 10 years, I have lost over 25 lbs and am the happiest I've ever been because of how I feel inside. I am now doing Dance Fitness and Weight toning classes and it is my time to let my inner-goddess out. It has improved my physical body, my relationship with my husband, my health, my life with my kids...everything! I love shaking it to the beat of life!"

Desirée Alba

https://www.facebook.com/DesireeDanZa/

"I have always loved latin dancing. It's in my soul. My husband and I used to go all the time. Then we had our 2 children, and little by little... we stopped going. After I had my second child I had gained so much weight, I never wanted to go anywhere...I was miserable. Then my best friend introduced me to Dance Fitness & my world (and body) was transformed forever! I have been an instructor for 10 years, I have lost over 25 lbs and am the happiest I've ever been because of how I feel inside. I am now doing Dance Fitness and Weight toning classes and it is my time to let my inner-goddess out. It has improved my physical body, my relationship with my husband, my health, my life with my kids...everything! I love shaking it to the beat of life!"


Heather Cooley    https://www.facebook.com/HeathersHealthyPlace    "I am so excited to be an instructor at Alba Fitness.    I grew up as an active child taking dance/gymnastics lessons and cheerleading all through middle school and high school. But as I became less active and less involved, I gained weight. By the end of college I had gained 60 pounds and lost myself.    After graduating from Penn State, I decided to make a change. I set a goal to lose 50 pounds. When I stepped into a group exercise class, I found my life again. The energy of being together gives you the strength and belief to keep going. It took three years, but I lost the weight by changing my eating habits and living a healthy active lifestyle.    Now, I get to pay it forward by leading group exercise classes to all of you.    My certifications include: AFAA Group Exercise, INSANITY Live, PiYo Live and P90X Live.    I am honored and privileged to be able to live out a passion of teaching and helping others realize their potential! I hope you leave my class dripping in sweat with a smile on your face!"

Heather Cooley

https://www.facebook.com/HeathersHealthyPlace

"I am so excited to be an instructor at Alba Fitness.

I grew up as an active child taking dance/gymnastics lessons and cheerleading all through middle school and high school. But as I became less active and less involved, I gained weight. By the end of college I had gained 60 pounds and lost myself.

After graduating from Penn State, I decided to make a change. I set a goal to lose 50 pounds. When I stepped into a group exercise class, I found my life again. The energy of being together gives you the strength and belief to keep going. It took three years, but I lost the weight by changing my eating habits and living a healthy active lifestyle.

Now, I get to pay it forward by leading group exercise classes to all of you.

My certifications include: AFAA Group Exercise, INSANITY Live, PiYo Live and P90X Live.

I am honored and privileged to be able to live out a passion of teaching and helping others realize their potential! I hope you leave my class dripping in sweat with a smile on your face!"


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Mandy Anderson

I have always been in Love with fitness. I loved going to the gym and taking all kinds of classes and working to create the best version of myself. My first pound class I was off beat and looked wild but I felt like I was in the band for life after that first class. I fell in love with Pound at first Strike. I’ve been teaching Pound for over a year now and I love feeling strong, empowered and rocking out with the BAND. Pound is a chance to workout and have a blast while burning calories and making new friends. The best feeling is when everyone strikes the ground together and the whole class feels that satisfaction of being a group and succeeding together. The second best feeling during class is your legs are burning but with all the fun you don’t feel the pain you drum and yell through it. I can’t wait to continue to introduce Pound to the Alba Family and ROCKOUT with everyone. Drum solos are always welcome so don’t be nervous to try it!


Britney Hammil

My love of fitness started early on the soccer field. Soccer was a fun, social event with fitness as a bonus. After my soccer days were over, I began running as a way of stress relief. Running became a new passion and hobby that led to multiple half-marathons. (I'm only half-crazy). While pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics at Penn State, I was learning all the nutrition aspects of living a healthy lifestyle and wanted to pair that with personal fitness. I became a certified personal trainer in November of 2016. I like to teach high intensity interval classes that provide the most bang for your buck. Time is a hot commodity these days. My classes are great for all and provide a great workout in a short period of time. 

I am so excited to bring my love of fitness to Alba Fitness!





Christina Mediate    https://www.facebook.com/zumbawithchristinamarie    "Dancing has been a HUGE part of my life from a very young age. Unfortunately, after ten years of dance lessons, competitions, and recitals, the studio I had grown up in, sadly closed in 2009. Almost a year later, I felt like I was in a rut. I wasn't dancing anymore, I felt so out of shape and I wasn't myself. It felt like a part of me was missing. Luckily that all changed when I met Desirée Alba in 2010 during my sophomore year of high school. After just one routine in her Zumba Fitness class, I was hooked! From that point I religiously attended her classes each week. In 2013 I myself became certified in Zumba Fitness B1 & Zumba Kids just in time for our grand opening of Alba Fitness. Fast forward to 2017, I am now a college graduate and adapting my fitness classes to our DanZa style while adding in some extra toning through AB Solutions. I am so thankful for all of the opportunities my fitness journey has brought me and for the fitness family it has led me to. I have changed both physically and mentally for the better and am now the best version of myself, yet! I sincerely enjoy every moment that I get to spend with our clients as we shake it and laugh together while reaching different health/fitness goals. Building each other up and just "letting go" is what it's all about!!!

Christina Mediate

https://www.facebook.com/zumbawithchristinamarie

"Dancing has been a HUGE part of my life from a very young age. Unfortunately, after ten years of dance lessons, competitions, and recitals, the studio I had grown up in, sadly closed in 2009. Almost a year later, I felt like I was in a rut. I wasn't dancing anymore, I felt so out of shape and I wasn't myself. It felt like a part of me was missing. Luckily that all changed when I met Desirée Alba in 2010 during my sophomore year of high school. After just one routine in her Zumba Fitness class, I was hooked! From that point I religiously attended her classes each week. In 2013 I myself became certified in Zumba Fitness B1 & Zumba Kids just in time for our grand opening of Alba Fitness. Fast forward to 2017, I am now a college graduate and adapting my fitness classes to our DanZa style while adding in some extra toning through AB Solutions. I am so thankful for all of the opportunities my fitness journey has brought me and for the fitness family it has led me to. I have changed both physically and mentally for the better and am now the best version of myself, yet! I sincerely enjoy every moment that I get to spend with our clients as we shake it and laugh together while reaching different health/fitness goals. Building each other up and just "letting go" is what it's all about!!!


Nicole Ferguson   I have led an active lifestyle for as long as I can remember. I started dancing at the age of 2 and finished my training at Point Park University. Since then I have taught various types of dance at different schools and studios in the Pittsburgh area. Dance and health and fitness have been my passion for years, but after bilateral hip surgery in 2005 I had a minor setback. After 2 surgeries and a year of physical therapy, I came back stronger than ever and with a reignited fire!  Teaching Barre Fitness has aided in my own personal recovery and has given me the opportunity to help others reach their health and fitness goals. My hope is that all of my students leave class feeling strong, healthy and accomplished. It is NEVER too late to start your journey! There is no better time than the present!! Come join us and find a new you!!!

Nicole Ferguson

I have led an active lifestyle for as long as I can remember. I started dancing at the age of 2 and finished my training at Point Park University. Since then I have taught various types of dance at different schools and studios in the Pittsburgh area. Dance and health and fitness have been my passion for years, but after bilateral hip surgery in 2005 I had a minor setback. After 2 surgeries and a year of physical therapy, I came back stronger than ever and with a reignited fire!

Teaching Barre Fitness has aided in my own personal recovery and has given me the opportunity to help others reach their health and fitness goals. My hope is that all of my students leave class feeling strong, healthy and accomplished. It is NEVER too late to start your journey! There is no better time than the present!! Come join us and find a new you!!!