Maria started gaining weight in high school and by the time she was a sophomore in college, she was a size 14. The year was 1986 and while sizes have changed, she was certainly not very fit! It wasn't until her mother in law encouraged her to become a fitness instructor in 1989 when she became fit and healthy.
Besides earning her degree as an adult (while raising a family), one of her biggest accomplishments is being a Health Fitness Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine. She has been in the fitness industry 24 years and has coached and train thousands of people and has taught over 8000 group exercise classes. Currently, Maria is a Body Pump, CX Worx, Sh'Bam and Body Step instructor as well as many other formats. She has written a book, What Your Trainer Is Not Telling You and has produced fitness DVDs along with spending years in fitness management.
Maria has won over 25 state, national and international titles and has won the fitness award over 20 times! Her first title was Mrs. Virginia-America 1999 and she was also the first Mrs. Galaxy.
She is the reigning Ms. Classic Essence 2012.
Her area of expertise is helping people goal set and achieve them whether it's with weight loss or pageantry.
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