Meet the Mojo Fitness Team
Founder, Fitness Choreographer, Fitness Motivator
AFAA (Group Exercise Certified)
Bio – Cindy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, with profoundly deaf parents, Viv and Joe Carrico, and three feisty hearing siblings. Viv enjoyed the art of dance, because she felt it was a way to “see” music. With Viv as inspiration, Cindy grew up dancing and became adept at choreography – bringing music to life. Cindy danced and choreographed her way through college at the University of Missouri (Mizzou) as the captain of a performance dance team,The Golden Girls. She also choreographed of a number of stage productions…a few of which were produced with Brad Pitt. Her experience working in theater taught her that anyone can dance – with the right choreography.
Cindy’s passion for the arts evolved into a 20 year career in broadcast television as the host/producer of promotional television shows including, American Spotlight (Financial News Network), The Consumer’s Connection (Fox Television) and a variety of corporate and independent projects. As a producer, Cindy learned how to utilize music to manipulate emotions and drive home a story. This experience proved to be a uniquely valuable skill set as a fitness choreographer.
Having moved to the Philly area with older kids and a husband who traveled extensively, Cindy felt the need to mix things up. In 2010, she combined her choreography, fitness and television production expertise to “produce” a music based, interval fitness class, Mojo Fitness. She started with a roomful of friends in a small dance studio teaching the traditional Zumba curriculum. Seeking a more fitness-focused regimen, with a wider, more popular, selection of music, and dance styles, Cindy created Mojo Fitness. Eight years later, with only “word of mouth” advertising, Mojo has grown to gymnasiums full of friends – all ages, rhythms and exercise levels.
How Mojo Fitness changed my life…
Growing up as a dancer, I never had to “try” to stay in shape, so most exercise regimens were mundane and boring to me. I was active and played tennis five days a week, but had gained 25 pounds since college and sported an unruly muffin top. After I started teaching four Mojo classes a week, I lost three sizes – and have kept them off. I’m sporting “guns”, and my energy level rivals any teenager. Most importantly, I’m having a blast dancing with my Mojo friends all week long. ~ Cindy
Leah Raup – Instructor/Low-Impact Specialist
All Mojo routines are choreographed to incorporate both the upper and lower body equally. The more muscle groups used, the more intensity expended. Mojo choreography allows friends to enjoy hi-intensity results, with low-impact movements (keeping feet in close contact with ground).
Leah is known to our Mojo community as one of our “low impact/ high intensity” instructors. Since she has some knee sensitivities, she is careful to alter Mojo movements to decrease or eliminate stress on her joints. Leah is the perfect example of how a low-impact regimen can bring hi-intensity results. A busy mother of 3 children, aged 5 and under, Leah was struggling to lose her post-pregnancy weight. With the help of Mojo, she lost over 62 lbs in less than a year – and kept it off. She has dramatically increased her muscle tone and is enjoying the stress-relieving benefits of an endorphin boosting lifestyle.
Before having children, Leah practiced law at an international law firm. She is an active volunteer in her church community. As a former ballerina and college cheerleader, Leah connected with Mojo through her love of dance. She credits Mojo for giving her the energy boost she needs to manage her feisty and adorable crew. “Spending one hour at Mojo equips me to be a better wife and mother. My skinny jeans fit much better too!” Leah has also started blogging and can be found here: Unbored Housewife – She works with willing hands.
Haidee Sullivan – Instructor/Low-Impact Specialist
As one of our more “mature” Mojo friends, Haidee is a fitness phenom and a wonderful example of how it’s possible to maintain a youthful, muscular physique via a low-impact exercise regimen. A former Jazzercise franchisee/ instructor for 7 years, Haidee is well-trained on how to burn calories and strengthen muscle tone without sacrificing your joints along the way. Her advice to Mojo friends is to focus on crunching (contracting) as many muscle groups simultaneously as possible, including the glutes, back, triceps etc. Her secret to a lean and mean physique? “Don’t Stop! There are always so many reasons to put exercise on the back burner. Don’t give in.” Haidee says her commitment to a healthy lifestyle has paid her back in youthful dividends.
Haidee’s passion to help others inspired her to become certified in health coaching. Whether the topic is weight management or increasing energy, she provides hands-on support for clients looking to lead healthier lives. For more information, see Haidee’s web site here: healthbyhaidee.com
Laura Yancoskie – Instructor, Low/High Impact Specialist
An ex-cheerleader with a razor sharp memory, Laura is a spit-fire who brings delicious energy to our evening class. Laura was not a fan of group classes, but is now addicted to the Mojo boost and gets antsy when her 2xs a week schedule is disrupted. “The class flies by and I can feel it the next day. I hit muscles I didn’t know existed and it puts me in such a great mood!” Laura is a “Jersey girl” with three young boys. She works with her hubby at their recruiting firm in King of Prussia and enjoys watching her sons’ sports, volunteering at school and hanging out with friends and family.
Kristen Chase (left) Low/High Impact Specialist
Kristen and Trish are a mother/daughter duo who beautifully embody the spirit of our Mojo community. After almost four years, they still enjoy mojo-ing together. Kristen says, “Mojo allows me to be silly and have fun while enjoying the benefits an intense workout. It’s also one more thing my Mom and I can share in life. She’s my best friend.” Kristen’s passion to help others is what led her to take on a leading role as an instructor. Her unbridled energy and athleticism is infectious and a wonderful motivator for all of us.
Outside of Mojo, Kristen owns a popular photography business, KC Photography Co. (www.kristenchasephotography.com) specializing in natural light family portraits. She also loves being outdoors and thrift-shopping adventures.
Trish Chase – Administrative Assistant
Trish is our warm and contagiously positive assistant on Tues/Thurs evenings. At an age when most people are slowing down, Trish seems to get younger with each week. In addition to her Mojo role, she has the physically demanding day job of caring for the elderly and dogs. Since becoming a Mojo regular, her numbers have been so consistent that her doctor asked her “secret”. When she mentioned Mojo as her go-to fitness class, the doctor was surprised at how often she heard about Mojo from healthy patients 🙂 We are so thankful for all Trish does for us and for being one of our many walking billboards!
Lindsey Calabretta Clark – Photographer, Social Marketing Assistant And Class “Wild Card”
With a degree in photo journalism from Penn State, Lindsey has a unique talent at telling our story through the eye of a camera lens. A former college athlete and mother of four feisty young ladies (who are also Mojo regulars) Lindsey has energy to spare and helps keep our classes rocking. We’re so lucky to have her on our team!