About Us

Cardio Central was founded in 2013 after the team had outgrown the original Zumba Central and Bokwa Central names due to the increase in skill set and qualifications obtained.

Who Are We?

A community fitness organisation that truly cares about its members! We pride ourselves on the family friendly feel that you will experience when you come to one of our classes!

We know your name, we celebrate your successes and dish out hugs when you need them!

What Do We Offer?

Zumba at Oldbury Academy

Fun fitness classes that are guaranteed to make you work, whilst keeping you engaged and motivated!

Always at the forefront of what’s new in the industry and recognised by many for the community spirit and family feel that resonates throughout every class!


 Mel C

Mel is the founder of Cardio-Central.


Led by Mel C, Cardio Central has continued to become one of the leading and most innovating Fitness Organisation in the West Midlands!


Rosie D

Rosie D is the Senior Trainer for Cardio Central. Mel’s right-hand woman, she manages the team of Cardio Central Instructors and is integral in the content production of the two in-house programs that Cardio Central deliver, BURN and B3 Bootcamp.

Gemma Shrimpton

Gemma is the Cardio Central Business Manager. She manages all of the administrative duties and is responsible for the background running of the company that no one sees! She is also a great Zumba Instructor and is currently training to be a Fitness Instructor.

Joan Salmon

Joan is Mel’s Personal Assistant (and the title doesn’t do her justice!). Joan manages the running of registration across all of the Cardio Central classes and also manages the Cardio Central Members group.

Emma Pearce

Emma is a Clubbercise Instructor for Cardio Central and also a Beatz Presenter/Choreographer (www.beatz.fit). She helps manage the Cardio Central Facebook pages and team teaches every week with Mel and Rosie D.

Emma is also studying to be a Fitness Instructor and has many plans for her fitness career, watch out people!

Francine Campbell

Francine aka Franki is a Zumba Instructor and in charge of all things technical at Cardio Central. She manages the upkeep of the equipment at Cardio Central and also makes sure Mel is ready to go at the beginning of each class!

Additional Cardio Central Instructors

Abbie Millward

Maxine Mills

Vince Taupin-Kaur

Leanne Browne

Clare Gore

Natalie Kumar

Linda Vernerova