Group Fitness Schedule at Franklin Health & Fitness

Group X Instructors

Cathy Long

Group Exercise Director

STEP, Fitness Boot Camp, CardioTabata & PowerHouse Instructor

Born: Huntington, WV

Education: Marshall University, BS in Chemistry and Mathematics; West Virginia University, Doctor of Medicine; West Virginia University, Residency in Anesthesiology and Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia

Fitness Certifications: ACE Group Exercise, Empower Kick Boxing, BOSU Integrated Balance Training

In the Fitness Industry: 35 years

Teaches: Step Aerobics, Boot Camp, Tabata, Powerhouse

Hobbies: flower gardening, hiking, reading, travel

April Ximenes

Zumba, Fit for Life, Total Body & Silver Sneakers Instructor

Born in Miami, Florida

I've been teaching Zumba for 10 years.

Licensed in: Zumba, Zumbatomics, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Toning, Strong by Zumba, and Silver Sneakers.

My hobbies include being creative whether it be home goods, fashion, or design. I also enjoy coordinating social “outings”, fundraisers, and benefits. I also love to travel and to garden.

Chris Federico

Yoga Instructor

Yoga teacher Chris Federico shares her passion for moving meditation with Gentle Flow vinyasa. Registered with Yoga Alliance, she holds a Masters Degree in Education and taught secondary language arts for 35 years in Florida. She used yoga in the classroom to inspire, motivate, and calm students, and also led faculty in yoga practice. An avid outdoor enthusiast, she teaches paddleboard yoga and leads adventure yoga hikes for Nantahala Hiking Club and Alarka Expeditions. Ten years ago, she suffered a serious back injury and believes yoga played a key role in her recovery. Today, she shares her compassion and body wisdom with her back-friendly yoga classes.

Jade Hervey

Zumba Instructor

Born: West Palm Beach, FL

Education: Southwestern Community College, Associates in Arts Fitness Certifications: Zumba, Zumba Toning

In the Fitness Industry: 7 years

Teaches: Zumba

Hobbies: Working out, traveling, going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, shopping and lots more!

Jane Brown

Yoga Instructor

Born: England

Education: England

Fitness Certifications: Lighten Up! Yoga and Healing Arts 200 hours (BKS lyengar), Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers

In the Fitness Industry: 18 years

Teaches: Yoga

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, gardening, birding and cooking

Tom Brown

Yoga Instructor

Born: Sioux Falls, SD

Education: BA in Art/Art History

Fitness Certification: Lighten Up! Yoga & Healing Arts, Teacher Training Institute 230 hours

In the Fitness Industry: 14 years

Teaches: Yoga

Hobbies: gardening, cooking, birding, taking yoga classes and drawing classes

Charlotte Weingartner

Zumba Instructor

Born: Kansas City, MO

Education: University of Missouri, Bachelor's in Physical Therapy; University of Missouri, Master's in Exercise Physiology; Arizona School of Health Science, Doctorate in Physical Therapy

Fitness Certification: ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist

Teaches: Zumba

Hobbies: hiking, dance, pottery

Cheryl Contino-Conner

Tabata Boot Camp & Powerhouse Instructor

Born: Akron, OH

Education: Western Carolina University-BS in Education; Western Carolina University-Master's in Business Administration; Western Carolina University-Masters in Education

In the Fitness Industry: 14 years

Teaches: Tabata Boot Camp, Powerhouse

Hobbies: Cheering on my kids (both are athletes, Harrison at WCU and Kennedy at FHS), going to the lake, kayaking/boating, listening to music, chopping/stacking wood, yard work, gardening, outdoor exercise and watching GLEE