Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work – Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 99

I am getting more and more last minute with learning the choreography for Les Mills BODYPUMP releases.  For BODYPUMP 99, I set my alarm 2 hours before my 8:30 a.m. class to wake up and learn the second half that I was responsible for teaching during the launch that day.   Needless to say, I  was super surprised that Rihanna was on the line up, so yeah, that’s the title of this review.  No doubt, BODYPUMP 99 will have you putting in the work, work, work, work, work, work the original barbell weight style!

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35 Tips on How to “Live Healthy & Active. Be Prosperous.”

I turned 35 in June!  Hello September right?  I know this is late.  I wanted my birthday post to be a list of nuggets I’ve learned or developed to make life easier.  Here on PFL,  the focus is to deliver practical information and share the events along the way that accomplish the theme “Live Healthy & Active. Be Prosperous.”.  Welcome to my virtual birthday party where you get to receive the gifts!   Here are your party favors…

35 Tips on How to Live Healthy & Active. Be Prosperous.- Rx Fitness Lady

 

 

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3 Ways To Use A Challenge To Develop Your Fitness & Health Journey

Monday I finished up a 21 day challenge with my girl Janice Shephard and almost 250 other people within her circle of influence.  Janice is known as the Zumba princess and it’s nothing for 75 to 100 people to show up for her classes weekly.   Beyond her Zumba super powers, she is a stellar fitness and health influencer.  Her foresight to host these occasional challenges is much appreciated from people at all stages of their fitness journey.  Here were the rules….

We Are Fitness Ultimate 21 Day Challenge with Janice Shephard

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Black Women: There’s NO Room for Hair Shaming in Fitness

Hair shaming!  Are we really doing this?  Are the internet trolls really ignorant enough to judge the appearance of someone’s hair that has made the lifetime accomplishment of competing in the Olympics?  My struggling thoughts for the past week!

The Olympics are a series of games where the world’s top athletes compete for the opportunity to win medals while representing their country!    I know you know what it is.  I am just baffled that the internet is acting as if they don’t.  When you take a stab at Gabby Douglas and other women for the appearance of their hair, you hurt all of us.

I mean seriously, I was boiling, 38, big mad when I saw posts speaking on Gabby’s hair AGAIN. I take it personal and so should you if you are an African American woman.  I have written about it time and time again. One of the top reasons why black women will not work out is for fear of messing up their hair.  When a woman is competing at life (Olympics, WNBA, Hypertension, Diabetes, stress, etc.), she is not expected to look like Cookie on Empire, Olivia Pope on Scandal, or Mary Jane Paul on Being Mary Jane.  There is a time and place for everything and BLACK WOMEN: There’s NO Room for Hair Shaming in Fitness!

Black Women There's NO Room for Hair Shaming in Fitness

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Should I Attend a Les Mills AIM training: BODYCOMBAT 68 Review

My club just launched Les Mills BODYCOMBAT 68 last week and new releases will come out in two weeks.  Thanks to my girl Michelle attending an Advanced Instructor Module (AIM) 1 on BODYCOMBAT 68, we have the review before I had to teach it over 2-3 weeks.   Michelle and I are like Les Mills twins!  We both teach BODYPUMP and BODYCOMBAT and are professional healthcare workers. I love when I get the chance to attend either of her classes.  I know you will enjoy getting to know her while she answers the big question on your mind “Should I attend a Les Mills AIM training” and offers tips on BODYCOMBAT 68.  Welcome Michelle!

Should I Attend a Les Mills AIM training BODYCOMBAT 68 Review

 

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Fitness Never Fails Me When I Wanna Be Stress Free

I read a shirt while I was teaching BODYPUMP the other day that said “Exercise??? I thought you said Extra fries!”, HA! I’m sure extra fries is an easy way to handle a stressful  day!  For me, even as a child it was always some form of fitness.

Fitness Never Fails Me When I Wanna Be Stress Free

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Take These Steps to Find Time to Workout

With all the children’s extra curricular activities, where do I find time to work out? This was one of the prompts I got from readers at the end of last year!  With lots of kids heading back to school next week, it’s a good time for us to find a routine of our own.

Take These Steps to Find Time to Workout - Rx Fitness Lady

I am not a mother! In fact, some of you may remember, I’ve mentioned being verbally “attacked” as in the only reason I’m able to maintain my shape is because I don’t have any children yet!  I didn’t take offense to that ignorance but it’s sad how people see what they want to see.  This post is generated out of keen observation in the fitness industry and my own personal experiences!

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Les Mills BODYPUMP 100 Contest: Prepping For the Greatest Launch Ever

Last week, Les Mills hosted a BODYPUMP 100 Competition!  BODYPUMP 100 is being filmed next month in New Zeland.  Any instructor up for it was charged with sharing a story to compete for the chance to travel to New Zealand and be part of the taping.  The taping is what over 100,000 instructors world-wide use in combination with choreographed notes to learn the release.  Super exciting stuff right?  Well, we had to share a story about our first/favorite BODYPUMP release in less than 250 words.  I am sharing mine here with you today and hopefully I’m a good contender 🙂 !  So how does one participate in a launch for such a special occasion?  Well, you do so globally on January 14th, 2017 with the rest of the tribe.   Let’s talk about how we can make it memorable…

Les Mills BODYPUMP 100 Contest Prepping For the Greatest Launch Ever

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A Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 98: TECHNO

Will you be returning to Les Mills BODYPUMP 98 in the near future?

A Review of Les Mills BODYPUMP 98 TECHNO

I am a Les Mills  BODYPUMP instructor that has been teaching for 4 & ½ years in the United States. I’ve been doing sporadic reviews on this blog since it’s inception in 2012. The purpose of my reviews are for one to share any thoughts and tips that I can come up with for those of you who land here regularly and two, to have an easy reminder of the tricky/tedious things to be aware of when I return to the releases when mixing on down the line.

I invite instructors near and far to leave any additional tips and thoughts in the comments sections, pin the picture above, & utilize these reviews the same as me!  Les Mills participants and readers of PFL I always invite you to read along as well and contribute any feedback you have that I have missed. Continue reading

Exercise Hair Styles for Your Curly Hair Extensions, Bye Felecia!

“Bye Felecia” made a comeback a couple of years ago from the classic 1995 movie Friday, when people starting saying it all over T.V. and in households as a playful and sometimes snarky way of saying shut up!

It made another comeback in my life this past April when I decided to switch my hair up and get some curly hair extensions. I ended up hearing bye Felicia on a daily basis.  Im going to start off my reviews of the Virgin Curly Hair process with an explanation of the new term in my life.

Exercise Hair Styles for Your Curly Hair Extensions, Bye Felecia!

In order to work out and not damage my Cambodian Curly hair extensions, I had to come up with styles that would protect the hair and allow me to comfortably teach in front of people.  On the road to discovering my favorite style, I metamorphosed into the 95 legendary Felicia as seen in the picture above! Continue reading