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Studio Fit Offers More Than Just Exercise

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By Samantha Lambert


When you walk into Studio Fit, you feel the vibe of having fun and working out at the same time. You hear voices singing along to the Latin and world rhythms that play loudly. People are moving from side to side, jumping up and down and clapping. You hear an occasional “Hey” that fits right into the music. This is the world of Zumba® taught by Studio Fit owner Susie O’Neal Macdonald.


Zumba® is one of many fitness classes held at Studio Fit, located at 233-A Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach. Various types of classes are available six days a week and showcase group fitness at its best with certified and licensed instructors who capture the heart, fun and calorie burn of the hottest fitness trends available. You can drop in or pay monthly.


Zumba® classes are offered six days a week and mix low and high intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Yoga offers total relaxation for the body and spirit while gently stretching and moving the body. It is taught by Ann Hoffman and Richard Pascalli and is offered three days a week. R.I.P.P.E.D. – The One Stop Body Shock® combines resistance, interval, power, plyometrics, endurance, and diet and is offered three days a week. It is taught by Regina Tudlong.


Silver Fit, Sculpt and Tone, and Total Body Circuit are other classes that are offered at Studio Fit. Childcare is available during each class with attendants who are CPR certified.


Member Kathy Lepper first met Macdonald at Riviera Fitness. “I was morbidly obese when I first started there,” she says. Lepper went on to lose 115 pounds in a year and a half. She gained 50 back and then started Macdonald’s “90 Day Weight Loss Challenge” in January 2017 and lost the 50 pounds. Lepper attends classes five days a week. “I really love Zumba®. People are dancing and having a lot of fun!  Susie is a motivator!”


Suree Morrison has been attending Studio Fit for the last six months. “When I started, I had back problems, headaches, dizziness and no flexibility. I started coming five to six days a week. By the second month, I was feeling much better, and by the third month, my health issues disappeared.” Morrison says exercising is now a part of her life and makes her feel happy and have more confidence in herself.


Macdonald is a Fort Walton Beach native, born and raised. She graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1993 where she was a member of the band and the All-American Dolls dance team. After high school she earned her Bachelor’s in Communication Arts with an emphasis on Public Relations. She married her husband Kenn in 1997 and became a stay-at-home mom with two little girls.


Macdonald went with a friend to a Zumba® class at Riviera Fitness, then located at Miramar Plaza in Fort Walton Beach. She loved it and promptly signed up. She ultimately lost 75 pounds doing Zumba® and watching her diet. Macdonald then attended training to become a Zumba® instructor and became licensed. She taught Zumba® at Riviera for over five years before opening Studio Fit in August 2016.


“Forty people attended my first Zumba® class in my own fitness studio.” Macdonald says. She adds that membership has doubled in the last two years. She attends the Zumba® Convention each year where she receives more training and learns new routines.


“Friendships and a feeling of community are a big part of Studio Fit, along with becoming a healthier you,” she says.


Contact Macdonald at 850-621-2145 or visit

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