I've been FAT. I mean, really fat.
To give you some idea, at my heaviest, I was nearly 300 pounds and I
am just under 5 foot 3 inches. I looked so bad I didn't allow anyone to
take pictures of me and I never looked in mirrors. I was so fat I couldn't
really tell the difference between where my breasts ended and where my
stomach began when I was wearing cloths. I was depressed. I was out of
shape. I hated myself.
It's been an 11 year journey to where I am today: a fit, much more lean,
sexy woman with confidence and a voluptuous hour glass figure. I've dropped
approximately 130 pounds and, as my good friend Bryan noted recently,
my weight is still plummeting.
I am not really the kind of person who enjoys going to the gym. Generally
speaking, exercise is a word I deplore. I haven't really thought it fun
to go to the gym and get on a machine and repeat the same thing over and
over again for years and years. And I found that often times going to
aerobics classes was challenging because I couldn't follow the instructor
because things were too complicated. I have been a sporadic gym goer,
So if you're wondering what I've done to help myself go from a sluggish,
lethargic, couch potato to an active, happy, dance instructor, the answer
is this: PoiRobics. This is a new exercise format that focuses on upper
body muscle development by swinging weighted bean bags around while dancing
and moving the lower part of the body. PoiRobics offers students a way
to increase their coordination, balance skills, body awareness and overall
fitness by moving around and doing something FUN!
Please see the schedule for Intermediate
Classes are $35 a session or pre-purchase 5 classes for $150.
Now I want to share this amazingly fun
exercise with the world so I've designed a series of classes that allow
participants an opportunity to reshape their body and redefine their relationship
with it. The class is 60-75 minutes and is divided into the following
15 minutes: Poi-Robics Move Intro.
This portion of the class is an interactive session intended to give students
a basic set of poi movements that will be used throughout the remainder
of the class to increase muscle development in their upper body while
raising their heart rate. If you have taken the class before, you may
not need to attend this section of the class -- it is optional. During
this portion of the class I will greet students and build rapport so we
can work as a team on having fun while getting in better shape together.
5 minutes: warm up and stretching
to help get your body ready to move and be more active
42 minutes: interval aerobic work
with the poi with an emphasis on gradually increasing the complexity of
the moves we do at a pace that works for the students in the class. During
this time, we'll also do traditional fitness exercises including abdominal
work, balance work to help you increase your body awareness and extensive
leg movement with the flair of poi added to concurrently raise your heart
rate while building muscle tone in your upper body.
8 minutes: abdominal work to flatten
5 minutes: stretching to help protect
the muscles you've been working so hard and cool down to a reasonable
Fun is the key to it all, at least it
was for me. I hope you'll join me for this experience where you can expect
to sweat, feel good and have fun in a friendly environment where we partner
together to improve our overall fitness and health.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go here to learn more about Poi
here to view the current class schedule.
Click here to view other course options.
To register for classes, please email
or call 415.543.4911.