VANCOUVER - They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Such is true for fitness coach Abi Salas, except the gem she is referring to is not the precious stone, but her Diamond Zumba Fitness and Nutrition Club Canada.
Cariss Abigail Salas, 29, established the Diamond Fitness and Nutrition Club Canada in Vancouver, B.C. that focuses on 80% Nutrition and 20% exercise. The program educates fitness enthusiasts in “clean eating,” or a diet low in cholesterol, high in fiber, low in carbohydrates, and high in protein, accompanied by 20% of exercise.
“An average person who exercises a lot but eats fatty, high cholesterol foods will not have much weight loss than an average person who eats clean and right plus does the exercise. This unique program educates individuals about their personal health, fitness
and weight goals. We recommend an effective plan for each client. We have a 30-day weight loss challenge program and healthy body program where you can really see results of the fitness class incorporated with proper nutrition and supplements,” explains Abi.
Abi’s club offers private classes for a minimum of five. She goes directly to the client’s place to offer this effective and fun program for all ages. She also offers counselling, health and fitness evaluation, and supplements from Nutrilite.
Abi, who has been dancin
g since a little girl, believes that everyone can dance.
“Most of my students are kids from 4 to 12 years old from schools and day care centers. We offer Zumba Gold for 50- to 80-year-olds. I love teaching teenagers and people of all ages. I teach fellow instructors, accountants, teachers, engineers, doctors, stay-at-home moms. I teach both female and male. Zumba is for everyone. I learned, yes, everyone can dance,” says Abi, whose source of happiness is dancing.
“I feel good while I’m doing it, there’s an unexplainable joy in my heart when I’m moving. I became very active at school in terms of dancing and singing. I led dance groups as well. And eventually, I decided to get a Zumba fitness certification in 2012,” recalls Abi, adding that she chose Zumba fitness because she wanted to inspire and motivate many people to become happier, healthier and fitter by promoting a fun and easy exercise.
“My goal is to build healthier and fitter families and communities since I believe that a healthy and fit society will lead to a more productive, wealthier, and successful country,” Abi says.
Zumba fitness is not only the most popular exercise nowadays, but also the one with the most health benefits: 600 to 1000 calories burned in an hour of Zumba class, full body workout from head to ankles, improved coordination especially when aging, mood-boosting since it gets rid all of the stress accumulated every day and sets the mood-improving endorphins on fire, and increases confidence by improving posture and lightening mood.
“Plus, you get to socialize and make a lot of new friends. You feel younger, too. It is so enjoyable that people come back because it changes their idea of exercise. It’s easy and fun. You’re burning calories while having a dance party!” adds Abi.
The Diamond Zumba Fitness and Nutrition Club Canada has Zumba fitness classes for all levels: Zumba kids, Zumba gold for seniors, Zumba toning, Zumba sentao, Zumba using chairs, Zumba steps, and Aqua Zumba in the water. In the future, Abi will include Yoga, pole fitness dancing, and basic hip hop dancing.
Abi would also like to put up a club in her hometown in the Philippines to inspire and motivate more of her kababayans.
“All I want to do in life is to inspire, motivate and help people change from dull to full of life, fat to fit, sick to healthy. I know that life is short, and to spend this whole life inspiring everyone that life is beautiful and full of hope is one of the best things that can happen in my life. To give awareness that health is very important as wealth. A healthy and fit individual is happy and more productive and can highly contribute to his own and others’ success. I am a mom, and I want to inspire women that there’s no excuse to not be healthy and fit and to neglect yourself. A healthy mom will be a good role model to her family,” Abi ends.