Guest Blogger: Sherri Stripling Assistant Controller & Zumba Instructor
Dedication to the fitness and health of the team members at Win-River Resort & Casino has resulted in a whole new world opening up for me. It started with a simple gym membership offered to all team members (including me) in 2010 and ended with me embracing my new passion for teaching Zumba.
A friend of mine teaches Zumba and invited me to attend her class. I declined the invite several times. Finally, with the help of the Win-River Resort & Casino gym membership benefit, I attended my first Zumba class. Getting the opportunity to go to the gym at no cost to me was perfect and a true gift.
So, what is Zumba? Zumba is a dance fitness class incorporating dance styles from all around the world (Salsa, Cumbia, Hip Hop, and Flamenco to name a few). Zumba class feels like a party. I fell in love with Zumba because I love dance, the music is fantastic, the people in class are so welcoming (like a family), I’m able to leave my stress at the door when I go in, AND I get a killer workout. In 2011, I took the leap and became a Zumba instructor. Sharing my passion with each class participant is everything to me. I get to help them learn how to dance, get fit, build confidence, have fun, and go home to their families with a positive attitude. I love my (second) job!
Win-River didn’t stop with just a complimentary gym membership. Win-River encourages team members to participate in company designed weight loss and fitness competitions. They organize hikes and host onsite fitness classes, from yoga, to Zumba, to strength training. Win-River also organizes company sponsored community obstacle runs and softball teams. They provide us with healthy snacks, offer a special healthy menu at our restaurant, and distribute a Win-Fit newsletter with healthy tips. I have never worked for a company that has provided so many benefits toward the goal of having a healthy team.
Cheers to Win-River for your dedication to our health and fitness. I cannot thank you enough for the jump start you gave me that resulted with a passion for teaching Zumba. I’m proud to be a team member here. I love my job!