Maria Browning


Since Feb 2006

Please read the following testimonials about people who have changed their lives by joining Zumba. 
Their stories inspire me and shows how Zumba can bring us new hope in our life. 

It's all about being an inspiration!...This testimony from Brittany Allen is showing what we teach at a ProSkills training. She took ONE class with me and thanks to my PRO SKILLS I was able to make a huge impact in her life

Brittany, your testimony and photo speak Pro Skills all over! I am using both to help instructors to understand why taking a ProSkills training is a MUST

"Maria, I would just like to take a moment to say how ABSOLUTELY AMAZING it was to take this class with you as an instructor! I enjoyed it so much and can't wait to teach as an official Zumba Instructor myself! I love Zumba and it has saved my life....literally, as I have lost 60 lbs with the system and I have overcame my battle with depression because of Zumba as well! Thank you so much for all you do and the INSPIRATION that you give to others. You may never know how you have TRULY CHANGED SO MANY LIVES! I'm attaching the picture I took with you in Flatwoods this weekend because I cherish it so much! Thanks again!"

Thank you Dris!! Of course I LOVE hearing from you guys!

"Hi Maria,I have been wanting to write to you for awhile now but always hesitate because I know you are super busy! But seeing how much you really enjoy hearing from us, I thought why not? I recently went to Gaby's (Gabriela Leal's) class in Gaithersburg and she even let me present one of my songs! It was super cool and just by taking herclass I learned so much too! Zumba is nothing but life changing. Teaching 5 classes is seriously a blessing to me and just wanted to say thanks to you for having such an important role in training us but not just that; it's the fact that you care about how we are doing that means soooo much! I look up to you tremendously! I hope you are doing well!
See you at B2 training June 1st in Glen Burnie

B.S. in Kinesiology 
University of Maryland

"I just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you for allowing me to squeeze into your Aqua Zumba class Feb 23rd and Basic Zumba the day before. It's no coincidence that things worked out the way they did for that weekend. After you shared your touching story of being able to be there with you mama the weekend before, it was just more of a light that this was a God send and a reminder that all things work in His time. I'm teaching my very first Aqua class this morning and I am nervous but extremely excited. I've had gyms in the area contacting me to teach and things just seem to be falling into place. It's been a long bumpy road for the past 6 years as a single mama, and it's now at 31, that I see where I am supposed to be headed. Thank you for your instruction, your enthusiasm, guidance and strength!"

Jennifer Malinowski
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Janett Garcia
"Hi Maria, I hope everything is going well with u, I can tell u I'm still teaching I'm still loving it and I have 4 paying classes. As of December 31,2013 I only have one job! I'm planing to take the new Zumba Step and I'm very exited about this, I still practice all my new routines and gotten much better with Qing. Classes are full from 25 to 30 some every night.  Just wanted to let u know how I'm doing so u know ur input and teaching help me stay in the right direction. I love, love Zin 49."

Alena Wheeler

THIRD class, 22 people and MORE job opportunities...

Congratulations Aleena! 
Thanks for letting me be a part of your career!

ShaVonda Williams

I am so unbelievably proud and happy for you ShaVonda!!! This is why I continue to do what I do because I want my motivation to inspire others. In doing so, people such as ShaVonda have  found the courage and strength to become an inspiration for others! ShaVonda this is HUGE DEAL!! 
Thanks for sharing this with me!

Original Testimonial 

ShaVonda Williams: First I want to say what an HONOR it was meeting you and learning from you this weekend!  Also I had a blast dancing with you on Friday at the waterfront with the Zumba Fest!!!! But most importantly I wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to join your class to become a new instructor!  This has been a looooong time goal of mine but I was just to freaking scared, unsure and full of low self-esteem to do so!  If it wasn’t for my husband, my zumba instructors Michelle Yeager Turner and Jessica Carpenter, and YOU accepting me I would had giving up on my dream!

<-- This is me in 2012. My heaviest weight EVER….301lbsI was so sad, I was so hurt, I was so depressed. Life had beat me up and won.  I had huge financial trouble, I had a lost my cousin who was single mom of 3 so my family grew from having 3 kids (at that time) to having 6 kids, we lost our house to the housing crash, my husband had lost his job and the troubles piled up for years, hence the weight gain.

Nothing made me smile, nothing was fun anymore and in the meantime my health and physical condition fell.  I had no social life and I felt like my life had no meaning. I felt no one cared for me, not even myself! 

Then I became pregnant adding more weight to my already overweight body.  I had no life left. I just wanted it all to end. But I thought to myself who would take care of my children including the ones who just suffered a great loss of losing their mother.  My breaking point was when I went to the doctor about my knees and thought I needed a knee replacement, and the doctor looked me in my face with no regrets and called me FAT.  I was so hurt and embarrassed. That was it!  I had enough at that point. 

Your awesome instructors, Michelle and Jessica, reached out to me and advised me to try Zumba.  I didn’t want to be embarrassed exercising in front of others, but they insisted.  When I got there and it was like a huge dance party, it didn’t even feel like exercising but dancing!  No one laughed at me but surprisingly we had soooo much fun when didn’t even notice the sweat….lol….and from there my story turned!  I danced my way down to 219!!!!

Now I am so ready to spread my story and help others.  It’s horrible what depression can do to a person and if I can inspire someone to keep the faith and hope than I think I‘ve done what God has called me to do!!!!!!

I am ready for this challenge!!! I am so scared but excited at the same time!!!!!  If there is ever anything I could ever do to pitch in and help spread the love of ZUMBA, please don’t hesitate to call on me!!! I love being your new ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR!!!!! Thanks again Maria!!!!!!

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