My answer? Ridge Fitness class instructor, exercise guru and Zumba expert, Kelly Saunders.
If you live on the Ridge and the sun is shining, you’ve probably seen her running. If you exercise at Ridge Fitness you probably already know her. Kelly Saunders is my favorite person for inspiration to get off the couch and to the gym. In no way is Kelly a drill sergeant about it either. For me, her inspiration is through example, a warm smile, friendly hello and incredibly fun exercise classes.
Kelly began exercising at Ridge Fitness when it opened in February 2007. She became a certified fitness class instructor in fall 2008 and was then recruited to work at Ridge Fitness. She did what many of us strive to do. Take a passion and turn it into a career. Exercise, and the love of it, have always been a part of Kelly’s life. Since having her daughter 9 years ago she admits there’s only been one time that she went three days (in a row) with no exercise. How many of us can say that?
This past year Kelly added Zumba instructor to her list of qualifications. Zumba is the latin dance-inspired, calorie-burning, exercise/dance program popular nation-wide. Zumba strives to bring fun back to exercise and get people moving. Kelly brought Zumba to Ridge Fitness last year – and has developed quite a following. She uses fun, ever-changing music and incorporates coin skirts into the routine. Yes, that’s right, flashy silver skirts that move and “sing” to the music with your hips. If you aren’t moving, your silent skirt gives you away!
Kelly now teaches 4 weekly Zumba classes at Ridge Fitness. This week also marked her first weekly Monday class at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge – a packed class of almost 30 people! Kelly also instructs weekly after school enrichment Zumba classes at Cascade View Elementary and Snoqualmie Middle Schools. She’s getting valley kids moving and even donating some of the class proceeds back to each school’s PTA. On top of all this, if the weather is warm you might find her at Snoqualmie Community Park teaching Zumba classes to anyone up for it.
In addition to Zumba, Kelly also teaches strength and cardio classes at Ridge Fitness. And if she’s not instructing you’ll probably still see her around the gym keeping in shape for the job she loves. She is truly an inspirational person with exercise, attitude and community involvement. At a time when every health study cites the importance of daily exercise, Kelly Saunders inspires by example – AND with a smile on her face. Thanks to Kelly for teaching me the importance of strong core muscles. I promise to get back to the gym soon!
Ridge Fitness is located at 7713 Center Blvd SE, Snoqualmie, WA. For more info on Kelly’s classes visit www.ridgefit.com