Tara Simich (The Jungle Body)

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

tara simich jungle bodyI am the Founder of The Jungle Body & an absolute Group Fitness addict. My life consists of running The Jungle Body; coordinating Workshops, assessing new Instructors, marketing our Programs, creating Choreography & managing all the business side of things! I work 7 days a week & basically live & breathe The Jungle Body because I love it so much. I still teach 2 classes a week to keep connected to the Programs & because I can’t imagine not teaching our Programs! In my spare time I love reading biographies, staying up to date with Politics & working with my husband! 

2. What made you get into Dance/Fitness?

I spent 12 months working in the US in the health club industry which opened my eyes to Group Fitness. I fell in love with Programs like Zumba & Pilates but felt there was a gap in the market for something that had it all in one. So once I returned back to Australia I created The Jungle Body! I think Dance Fitness is one of the best ways to workout & get results, not many other workouts compare to the feeling of an amazing Dance Fitness class. Our KONGA Program has it all, Dance, Boxing, Pilates & Cardio – it gives me everything I want in a workout in one hour!

3. If you were not a Dance/Fitness Instructor, what would you have been?

An Economist. I studied Economics & Management always thinking that I would work in the field. It still blows me away to see where I am today! However, it’s that business background that has helped The Jungle Body prosper from the small city of Perth in Australia. I love what I do now & wouldn’t change it for the world.

4. Can you give our readers your favourite top health/fitness tip?

Be consistent! Being fit & healthy is a constant challenge & its not easy! You need to change your lifestyle so that eating healthy, taking care of you & staying fit is part of your week – each & every one. Put a priority on your wellbeing and all facets of your life will be better.

Mel Carpenter

I’m Mel C aka The Health Carpenter – I have over 25 years teaching experience in the Dance, Fitness and Martial Arts Industry. I run a successful Dance and Fitness business and I also coach/mentor several Dance & Fitness Instructors, both online and Face-to-Face. I am a normal person just like you – I’ve faced my own weight loss demons and have battled just like you with cravings and lack of enthusiasm. I have two children so I know what its like to have a completely different body shape and feel frustrated! But I’ve also lost that weight, twice and have helped many others to do the same! You’ll see the kinds of things I do through this blog and I’ll also be providing tips on various things such as exercise, recipes, the right kind of attire to wear at class, the topics are endless! You can also ask me a question and I’ll do my best to answer it for you! www.cardiocentral.co.uk

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