My main go-to’s throughout the years to stay in shape have been I.Robics Dance Fitness, Sprints, Walking and TRX. Some may ask, what is TRX and what does it do? TRX, also known as Total Resistance exercise, refers to a specialized form of suspension training that utilizes equipment developed by former U.S. Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick. TRX is a form of suspension training that uses body weight exercises to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. It requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete the exercises. TRX’s designers claim that it draws on research from the military, pro sports, and academic institutions along with experience gathered from the TRX team, who work “with thousands of athletes, coaches, trainers, first responders, subject matter experts, professors, and service members in all branches.
I basically take it everywhere with me, mostly when I’m working out at the park. It’s a great alternative to getting the same benefits with weights but more of a better range of motion. It’s my favorite resistance workout in which I at least will incorporate 3 times a week. TRX also gives me the advantage to workout anywhere I want, in my bedroom, outdoors or at the gym.
Over the years it’s got me in the best shape of my life along side my dance fitness cardio, I look leaner than I was in high school. It’s my fountain of youth, I’m 44 and after 40 we need more resistance for testosterone production. It really makes you feel like a machine like TRX’s main motto, “Your body, your machine.” You can purchase your very own TRX Suspension Trainer by clicking this link https://amzn.to/2s93msB for $99.95 on Amazon.
Happy New Year!
I’m so excited to announce my new location and class schedule. I’m also adding LIVE STREAM class sessions for those of you whom are unable to make it to every class. I.Robics will be Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturday at 12 pm noon. $10 drop ins, located at 4523 Fulton Industrial, Atlanta, GA 30336. Also, you will have the opportunity to stay for the fabulous Von’s The Humble Beast Experience, an amazing bootcamp that will sculpt and tone your body like never before from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays!!!
The GRAND OPENING is January 19th on Sunday January 19, 2020 from 1 pm to 4 pm, you don’t want to miss this trust me! First class at the new location starts after the grand opening, January 22,2020! Hope to see you all, love you all let’s get it for 2020!!!
Zumba was and will always be an experience that I will always have an appreciation for. It got me to explore a talent I love and open my eyes to the world of entrepreneurship. But as you know what comes with the good, there’s also the bad side of things. I want to post this blog and speak my truth, in efforts to hopefully help others to dream big and not be afraid to step outside the box.
Back in 2007 or 2008 I ventured into the world of Zumba, it was so great to know that I can teach a dance class, something I love doing all my life as a kid. I always dreamed of dancing in music videos growing up, so when I started teaching Zumba and as it became popular, I felt it was just as good as becoming a professional dancer. How cool is it to dance and get paid by the hour for it. I loved the platform so much I decided to put my own flavor into it. This is where the problems started. Without knowing, I began creating attention grabbing choreo, which I posted on YouTube. Without knowledge of how powerful YouTube was for Zumba, my following started to grow on the platform. This was amazing and it encouraged me to pursue Zumba full time in the city of Atlanta, Georgia.
At this time Zumba was the new kid on the block and so was I. I started teaching at L.A. Fitness in Midtown ATL, I went from having 4 people in my class to over 100 in less than a 6 month period. So as you know, the popular you become, the more drama comes with it. I got tons of invites from fellow Zumba teachers to do events and collab. I also got private eyes coming to my class to spy on me. Over the years I always got critiqued for doing more hip hop and pop, not following the Zumba format. So this encouraged me to branch out and focus on my own format, which is a combination of 80s aerobics and my southern roots of line dancing. Once I cancelled my Zumba membership, you would’ve thought I left the church of scientology.
I created my own brand called I.Robics Dance Fitness and before you know it, I was treated like an outcast. I got emails from Zumba threatening to sue me for using their name, no Zumba instructors wanted to support my new venture and the list goes on. I think the thing that hurt the most was, Zumba stated in their enrollment training packet they support entrepreneurship. I felt that was not true in my case, it’s like you’re either with us or you’re not. The people that I felt had my back and was there for full support abandoned me because I wasn’t apart of this community that didn’t allow growth.
I love the journey Zumba took me on. It paved the way for me to become my own business man and make a name for myself, which I’m forever grateful for but we all have our own path in life and I was always told to dream big, so I do. I hope my story help anyone that want to create their own brand or just enjoy dance fitness and not feel pressured to pay a membership or be apart of a crowd. I stepped out on faith, so can you.