Jo Bélanger: STRONG by Zumba® Instructor
Meet Jo Bélanger. She is fit, strong, energetic, enthusiastic, positive and very driven. How nice right? Well keep in mind that this was not acquired overnight!
As a child, Jo was always the “chubby” one. She always ate a lot not knowing right from wrong when it came to health and good nutrition, especially as a teenager. In high school, Jo was struggling with eating disorders and poor body image. Life was overwhelming, frustrating and tiring since her body was not getting the nutrition it needed to sustain her runs and workouts. Then she found her first love. He helped her find herself and realize that there was more to life than worrying about how she looked. Life was a little easier after that until she encountered a bump in the road a few years after high school. Mathieu was killed in a work related accident in 2005, a month before their wedding. Life stopped.
After a few years of mourning and trying to find herself again, she rekindled her love for fitness. The struggles were real, the workouts were short, hard and sometimes discouraging. But with a strong will power and signs of improvement, she pushed on.
Jo then decided to go to university and become an elementary school teacher. During that process, she gave birth to two incredible kids (Alec, 6 and Joanie, 5). Then comes the dreaded “mommy body”, with more discouragement and more frustrations. It was time to take matters more seriously. Jo got out of her comfort zone and decided to join Beachbody as a Coach. This allowed her to keep herself as well as others accountable for their health and fitness. Again, pushing herself out of her comfort zone, Jo decides to go for her Insanity and Turbokick Instructor Certifications. A new fire has been lit in her life. Teaching these classes made her realize that she was not the only one going through certain struggles, regrets and mistakes. Jo decided that best thing to do is grab the bull by the horns, take a hold of life and go for it! Her persistence, dedication and motivating teaching skills make her the perfect STRONG by Zumba® instructor!
Her energy and enthusiasm will inspire YOU to become everything you want to be. Life is about taking steps ahead and not looking back. It’s about learning from our mistakes and making it better the next time around. Take charge of your life. She is there for you every step of the way.