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She has been a certified Group Exercise Instructor for the past eight years. She teaches Strength and Pilates. She is also a registered nurse and a CPR instructor. Her passion is to help people get healthy and learn to love themselves!


She has taught group classes for many years. She believes no two classes should be the same and plans each class to be high intensity with different choreography each time. She enjoys the members and receives pleasure from watching them get stronger and gain confidence. She teaches several of our classes including Cycling, Total Body Pump, Senior Circuit, Silver Sneakers, and Friday Strong.

Donna is certified with Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA).


She has been doing Zumba for over four years and started teaching in October 2016 after receiving her Zumba certification.

“I think Zumba is the best, definitely a fun way to burn 600+ calories per class. I love watching my students get into the music, the routines, have fun, and become healthy all at the same time. You don’t have to be a dancer to attend a Zumba class. It’s all about having fun and getting a good workout.”


She has taught for Curitons Sports Club prior to Katrina, the City of Kenner for 17 years receiving high praise from the Mayor, Jefferson Parish for eight years, Kenner’s Council on Aging, Metairie Manor Senior Fitness for 10 years, and Special Connections for adults with special needs for five years. She is certified with Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and has been a Group Exercise Instructor for 20 years.


She has been enjoying Zumba for over five years. She loves Zumba because it is a great way to get healthy, let go of your inhibitions, and have fun! She believes it is so important for everyone to feel comfortable, move around, and enjoy the music.


Kristin Pevoto has been in the fitness industry as a professional for over ten years and has been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, Maddog Athletics, and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America. She has practiced yoga for over twenty years as a compliment to her dance training, and and chose to study with Sean Johnson and Mitchel Bleier at Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans to become a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in cooperation with Yoga Alliance in the Vinyasa, Tantra, and Bhakti traditions. Kristin is a certified Holistic Health Coach through the institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and she enjoys helping people discover the path to their optimum wellness and bliss. Join her in class and get ready to feel good!


She has been a Group Fitness Instructor for 37 years. Yoga Instructor for 27 years; Pilates Instructor for 21 years. She started her Group Fitness instructing with Aerobics in 1982; Step Reebok Certification 1990; Body Pump Certification 1999. Attended a Fitness Conferences in 1991 and fell in love with Yoga Aerobics. Attended a Mind-Body Fitness Convention in 1998 which continued her interest in Yoga. Pilates Certification 1999; Yoga Fit Certification 2002. She teaches a flow class of different Yoga styles, therefore every class varies in movement. She is very interested in injury prevention and enjoys all the continuing education classes for Yoga and Pilates. She still looks forward to teaching and sharing Yoga and Pilates with the students.


"I was never interested in exercise or athletic activity."
At the age 48 Julie's doctor suggested her to workout to help with her depression and weight gain.She joined a Barre class at STAR Fitness in 2016 and it has changed her life. She lost 50 pounds and has kept it off since. She has been teaching Barre for over a year now. She loves how it makes herself and the members feel! She uses fun music from the past to keep the energy level up and everyone has a great time. She also incorporates a lot of stretching into the class to keep your muscles long and lean.

Justin Scudder

Justin graduated from NCTC with his IT degree in 2018. He is now taking classes for Computer Aided Drafting. He has been teaching classes at STAR for three years. Right now, he is teaching Circuit classes on Thursday's. He has four years experience of weightlifting. Justin has been training since December 2019 and he is currently pursuing his PT Certification.

Sara Matamoros

Sara got certified in Zumba and Personal Training in 2011. She has been teaching classes throughout the years. She also has experience competing in NPC bikini in 2011 and 2015. Zumba is a great way to exercise and fellowship with other people in a fun atmosphere! Sara loves helping others and showing them a healthy lifestyle.