MARICOPA -- Copa Craze has been in business in Maricopa since 2012, providing healthy options for those craving protein packed smoothies or various flavored teas.

In order to help bring people in and get a more complete experience, the shop also incorporates fitness classes such as yoga, hiking club and Zumba. The newest addition, cardio kickboxing, started on Saturday.

The one-hour classes will be available at 9 a.m. every Saturday at Copa Craze, focusing on the movements of cardio kickboxing.

“One of the things that we love doing at Copa Craze is we have a belief of being 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent fitness,” said owner Danyle Nguyen. “A lot of people are more attracted to the fitness side of it. So we provide a relationship between instructors and the general public.”

The first class is free and $5 after that. The money goes directly to the instructor, which does not give profit to the business. Nguyen said that through incorporating classes, Copa Craze is ultimately giving people more options for a healthy lifestyle.

The business tries to focus on the idea that healthy lifestyle comes with a 100% change in mindset.

“We’re trying to hit all three stages of the nutrition, physical and mindset all together,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen, originally from Oregon, noticed that kickboxing was an activity that was missing in the city of Maricopa.

“We have more of an array of different types of workouts of all different types in Oregon. When I moved here, they were more selective, not just with food choices but also on the fitness side of it,” Nguyen said.

The fitness instructor, Dezra Mendez, received her Interactive Fitness Trainers of America kickboxing certification at the end of April. She has a background in dancing, and this is her first time teaching her own cardio kickboxing classes.

Mendez believes that group classes better motivate students because it is a collaborative effort.

“I am super excited about it because it’s going to be something new. Maricopa loves new,” Nguyen said.

“It’s another sport for the residents to get involved in. It gives a chance to really launch the healthy lifestyle that the community is trying so hard to build.”

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