We believe in the power of group fitness. This page is dedicated to those who lead with love, mastery & endless energy!
At AOK!, our Instructors are the leaders in the room; they plan the moves, music and motivation! They step into the center of the room and create a class that will rock you! Whether early am or early evening as well as weekends they show up...so we're giving them the spotlight monthly to surprise you with their best and most favorite workouts ever...all you need to do is book and get ready for the all the fun from one instructor!
You'll find in your AOK! App, this "INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT CLASS". It will be engineered by this special team member each month!
I cannot believe I'm coming up on ten years of teaching group fitness! What started as a side gig in college turned out to be something I'm so passionate about! My love of movement started at the dance studio. I started dance lessons when I was four, and, by the time I was nine, I earned a spot on my studio's competition team. I continued to compete and take classes until I graduated from Holy Name
, and I was on the school's dance team and cheerleading squad all four years of high school. I truly think all those years of memorizing dances and cheers really helped train my brain to learn and retain Zumba, WERQ, Turbokick and HIGH choreography today!
When I went off to Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA, I decided to try fitness classes to stay active since I wasn't dancing anymore. Zumba seemed like the obvious choice for me. By the time we got to the cooldown during the first class I attended, I knew I could teach a class myself. I completed my Zumba instructor training in June 2011, and, when I went back to campus that fall, I started teaching twice a week at the student rec center. The class was a hit and I continued teaching on campus until I graduated in 2014. After completing my degree and returning to Cleveland, I began teaching locally.
In addition to Zumba, I've completed several other fitness certifications and trainings- Aqua Zumba, Barre Intensity, WERQ, Turbokick and, mostly recently, HIGH and High Low. I also passed my AFAA Group Fitness Instructor certification in 2019.
During the day I work as an Internet Research Specialist for a staffing firm (the title makes the job sound cooler than it really is, LOL!). My husband, Brian, is a Cleveland Firefighter and we've been married for almost two years. We have two dogs- a beagle mix named Gunner and a yellow lab named Farley. If you're my friend on Facebook, you've probably seen tons of pictures of them! When I'm not working or teaching I love to unwind by watching mindless reality TV, especially The Real Housewives franchise on Bravo...trust me, I really hate to admit that! My husband and I are also super eager to start going to concerts (especially country concerts!) and traveling again. I studied abroad in France during college and look forward to adding more stamps in my passport!
I've been a member of the AOK! team since October 2018 and I am so honored to be in the Instructor Spotlight this month! This community is THE BEST and when I'm teaching it's pretty much impossible for me to wipe the smile off of my face...unless I'm yelling out my signature "WOOO!" ;) I hope to see you in class soon!
Lauren Koney, AOK! Spotlight Instructor for May
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It's her choice and plan for you!
A before the sun kind of surprise!
Now what's she got up her sleeve! Could be any format!!
Could be barre, could be strength - could be cardiodance...could be just Lauren doing all the things she does best!