Cathy Medina has turned a part-time job at Golds Gym Miami Lakes in 2008, to a successful career teaching Zumba and Strong by Zumba classes all over the world. Medina keeps a busy schedule, but we caught up with her for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @catmedinaa.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

A part-time job at Golds Gym Miami Lakes back in 2008

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

Being able to motivate and help people become the healthiest version of themselves.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

Rest up, drink coffee, lit music, and pray.

How would you describe your classes?

It’s like a party but without the alcohol and a lot more sweat.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

Modified push-ups with your feet up or the silly women who think weights will do them harm but Cuban bread won’t.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

Elevation in Downtown Miami

Besides fitness, what’s the one thing you’re passionate about?

Eating. 

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

Masters Degree in Sports and Fitness Management

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I pray, jump in the sauna, and stretch to disconnect.

What do you love about the South Florida fitness/health & wellness community?

It’s spicy and everyone is pretty much on the fitness trend wave.