Zumba master opens Powell studio
A new studio in Powell aims to unite fun and fitness with aerobic-dance workouts seven days a week.
Inspire Fitness of Columbus, 4004 Presidential Parkway in Powell, offers one-hour workout classes in the popular dance-based Zumba style, including some workouts that incorporate weights, bands and stability balls.
Owner and experienced Zumba instructor Chris Pinkerton, a nine-year resident of Powell, said the workout style is a fun and low-pressure way to get fit.
"It's a cardio workout that's actually fun to do," she said. "We have a blast and the hour goes by just like that."
Zumba classes are cardiovascular workouts set to upbeat Latin, salsa and other international music. No dance experience is required to participate.
The workouts mix rhythmic stepping and jumping moves with arm movements. Some classes also incorporate strength-building exercises with light dumbbells.
Classes are open to men and women of all ages and body types, Pinkerton said. Instructors will teach a low-impact alternative to every movement for older or less-experienced participants.
Pinkerton said she and other instructors work to be warm and welcoming to new members.
"There's a real sense of camaraderie in these classes," she said. "You will always be part of a nice, supportive group. People come back because they feel welcome and never judged."
Participants are not required to sign up for a membership. Payment options are available for individual classes, packages of up to 140 classes, or unlimited classes month-to-month.
Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings for working residents. A full schedule of classes can be viewed at the website inspirefitnessofcolumbus.com.
Members also can track their fitness goals and progress on the website.
Pinkerton said she believes physical fitness can improve every aspect of life.
"You're healthier, you feel better about yourself, and you might even meet some new friends this way," she said.
Pinkerton previously taught Zumba classes in Dublin and at the Powell Dance Academy, but decided to open her own studio due to high demand.