I have been delighted to meet Sheilla and take many different classes with her, as an ‘advanced’ middle-ager. I had done a couple of programs with regular 3 times a week drop-in, using music, machines, and resistance or weights. NO comparison! I have had knee issues hiking, but after two years with Sheilla’s classes – mostly lo-impact ones – I am so happy to report that I did MORE hiking in Ireland than other years without trouble with knees – and with so much more stamina. How did this happen? I don’t know! Don’t really feel like I am working hard or getting out of breath – often I am singing along in the class, how easy is that?
Sheilla is an inspiring and fun instructor and you don’t feel like you want to miss her class. I always try to sub in an evening class if my usual 3 times a week morning one isn’t possible for me to get to (and she has a nice arrangement for a discount to do that. The classes also give me a ‘can-do’ attitude that carries over into my week – much more energy and strength in whatever I am doing around the house and garden. Sheilla is sincerely delighted to have all ages and abilities give her class a try and cares how each one of us feels about our time with her. She is there for us – not for her!
Bravo, Sheilla! We love you! — Anne Thomas
I had tried Zumba® with two other instructors before, telling myself “never again.” Then, a good friend of mine recommended that I try classes with her friend, Sheilla. Reluctantly, I agreed. After that first class, I felt like a fish out of water, but there was something so special about the instructor that I kept going. After just a couple of classes, I started remembering some of the moves! Sheilla checked in on me; asked how I was doing, and I could tell she genuinely cared about me and how I liked her class.
For me, it was all about the instructor and due to Sheilla’s magnetic personality, I’m addicted now. I’ve watched her grow as an instructor and watched myself shrink as I’ve lost weight. I’m happier when I do Zumba®. If I HAVE to miss class, I’m not in a good mood. I sleep better and feel stronger. I have more endurance. It’s the highlight of my week. I look forward to seeing my Zumba® friends. It’s like my second family.
Speaking of family, my daughters both love ZumbAtomic® and with the help of Sheilla and QueViva Fitness, we are all leading healthier, happier lifestyles! — Nicolle
I just want to say over the years I have tried a variety of programs and this is the first fitness program I really want to stick with. I feel that you, Sheilla are an inspiration to me by making it fun and healthy at the same time. Physically I have improved the movement in my legs. I enjoy going to class rather than it feeling like a chore. So thank you Sheilla for all you do for me personally. — Marie Straitiff
Sheilla is truly an inspirational motivator. She manages to put FUN into fitness. I love the way she magically works all the muscles from head to toe and does it in a way that makes you want to come back for more! I especially like the way she modifies the workout for aging bodies and minds and keeps us all smiling through the work out. Kudos to a great professional! I have withdrawal symptoms when I have to miss one of her classes!! There is no doubt in my mind that Sheilla will succeed and excel at any endeavor that she undertakes. — Susan Wood
No matter what happened during my very busy day, the time I spend at Zumba® with Sheilla is like a little vacation! I look forward to every class and ALWAYS feel great when I leave.I’m learning new moves to great tunes, and toning everything all at once! This is way more than a workout! — Colleen Clark
My goal was to lose a few pounds, tone my body and to feel healthy. I participate in Sheilla’s classes three days a week. QueViva Fitness has so many classes at all different times so I can participate in a class that meets my time schedule. Sheilla makes the class fun and she gives you the motivation to want to come back for every class she teaches. She just makes you feel good about yourself. I have never felt healthier, happier and more confident in my whole life. Thank you QueViva Fitness, it is not just a toning class, a Zumba® Class, it is a lifestyle! — Peggy Smith
Sheilla, your Zumba® classes are not only just fun and have bomb Latin beats, but they inspired and motivated me to want to be more healthy and fit. Honestly, I love the passion and energy you put into your classes. As long as I live in this area you’re the only teacher I’ll take classes from too. Congrats on your business and good luck in the future!!! — Ashley Thompson
I NEVER thought exercise could be fun but your Zumba® classes are a blast! I love dancing away my stress at the end of the day, and hanging out with the girls. Oh yeah, and I’ve lost 10 pounds. Thank you Sheilla, and congrats on QueViva! — Marie Cassady
I have been participating in Sheilla Parkerson’s Zumba® and other fitness classes for the last 18 months.
Working full-time as an acute care nurse is both physically and mentally demanding. The fun atmosphere in Sheilla’s classes always helps my mind, mood and body. My job requires both physical stamina and strength. Working out with Sheilla has greatly improved my energy level at work and my core strength, allowing me to assist patients safely and confidently. Also, there is nothing like breaking out a Zumba® move in front of your co-workers or your patients to get a smile! As a health care professional who regularly encourages patients to exercise regularly, by being involved in Sheilla’s Zumba® class, I am able to effectively communicate a message of health and the benefits of regular physical activity.
My personal health has also improved from regularly attending Sheilla’s classes. I am at high risk for developing Type II Diabetes and my blood sugars have remained stable in the past year, my weight has been stable and both my blood pressure and resting heart rate are much lower. I, like most people, would love to lose weight, but being able to lose a few pounds and increase my physical fitness by attending Sheilla’s classes is a great health benefit.
Sheilla always brings a high level of energy and involvement to her classes. Many fitness teachers arrive for class at the last minute, appear distracted and do not seem to express a personal interest in their students. Sheilla always has plans for a great class – whether it is Zumba® Toning, Aqua Zumba® or Zumba® – and is genuinely concerned that her students have had a good, safe workout. Sheilla’s classes are also a great value for the price and her schedule is flexible enough to allow a student the opportunity to attend any of her classes. Even with a busy schedule of working and grad school, I can usually find time to attend 2-3 classes every week.
Living in a rural area can be limiting when looking for fitness classes. By offering many fitness options in the Jaffrey-Rindge area, Sheilla Parkerson’s company, QueViva Fitness is providing a great health benefit to our community. — Sara Lyon, RN, BSN, CCRN
I have experienced Zumba® from several instructors and I must say, Sheilla Parkerson is by far the most energetic, caring and exceptional at what she does. Because of her energy, humor, and instruction, the classes just fly by and before you know it, the hour is over, you are sweating like a cold drink glass on a hot day and you laughed and had fun! What a joy to know Sheilla and experience her talent. — Pam Kingston
Thanks for being such an inspiration to me!!! Your classes have made me feel the best that I have felt since before kids :) I’m so excited for you to continue on a great adventure in life – which will also continue to keep our community healthy. — Tracy Lennon