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Have you checked it out?

Hey, how’s it going? So, remember how last October we attended that Tae Bo® Fitness Certification Camp to become certified Basic Instructors? Do you realize that it has almost been a year since we did that? I know it has gone by fast. Having that certificate has really benefited me over the last year. I mean I was able to earn some extra money subbing some classes at my gym because I held the proper certifications. Plus, I held a few special classes of my own, ‘Tae Bo® Basic In The Park’, just to spice up my regular clienteles workout program. It was a blast; not only did all of my regulars attend – but a few of them brought friends. So, the second time I scheduled the special class, I offered a discount for the ‘friends’ and gave each regular a ½ personal training session if they brought 3 friends. It was a blast and I increased my regulars by 3! That one extra class alone was an amazing benefit and I have another one scheduled in a few weeks. You know me, I have to take advantage of this beautiful outdoor weather before it gets to cold to use the park, LOL.

Anyway, I know you are busy but I wanted to see if you had a chance to log onto the Tae Bo® Fitness website at www.taebo.com and check out the schedule of available camps. Maybe we can attend the same one again! I am so excited that we get to move up to Advanced! Do you know what that really means? It means more moves, more action, more demand, and of course, more of an Advanced Fitness routine to keep our clients challenged. So, let me know as soon as possible. I need to remain a currently certified instructor so that I can keep my teaching seniority at my gym, plus I owe it to my students. After all, they pay good money for my classes and they deserve the best – which means I need to stay up to date and current so that I can guarantee them I know what I am doing and continue to teach the best of the best, which after all, is what Tae Bo® Fitness is!

I realize you have been busy with your family and that October was hard for you last year, but don’t let your certification slip; okay? I mean, that would be like throwing away the amount you paid to be certified as well as the hours of dedication, sweat, and hard work you put into passing your certification. Remember, Tae Bo® Fitness has an extension program that you are eligible for if you purchase it before your certificate expires. Think about it, you could purchase a one-month extension that would carry you until November and you wouldn’t lose your certification plus you could still teach your classes. Better yet, with the holidays and finances being hard on you with your family and holiday travel, you could purchase a 6-month extension now that would carry you until February and re-certify at that time. That is actually a win-win situation because you get to remain current, continue to teach your classes and can hold off your re-certification until February when there are less financial demands on your family. Let me know what you decide and maybe I will do that to. But check out the schedule of available camps at www.taebo.com as soon as possible so we can make a decision before we expire and have to start at the bottom when we are already here.

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Perseverance is key

“Growth comes at the point of resistance. We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.”  -Josh Waitzkin

Last month I was taking my normal Thursday night Tae Bo® Fitness class at the YMCA and I heard that my teacher would be holding a Basic Certification Camp for anyone interested in becoming a Tae Bo® Fitness Instructor, so I decided to look into this a bit more.

I’m an avid fitness enthusiast and take Tae Bo® Fitness classes multiple times a week but I was a bit hesitant at the thought of 8 full hours of my physical agility being tested. I found that at www.TaeBo.com, I could attend the Certification Camp and take the “Certification Camp Challenge” for half the price of the full Certification Camp giving me the opportunity to see if I am actually capable of completing this course. I decided if I was capable of completing the 8 hour course, I would purchase the Certification Camp Challenge Upgrade and become a Certified Tae Bo® Fitness Instructor.

It was such a great opportunity to push myself beyond my limits, I had no idea I had all that in me. You know that point where you think I need a break or I’m going to die? Well, we hit that point 3 different times throughout the day and guess what… We survived becoming stronger mentally, physically and emotionally!

I ended up purchasing the Certification Camp Challenge Upgrade at www.TaeBo.com and successfully completed the physical training as well as the written exam. Today I am teaching and taking my love for Tae Bo® Fitness to the next level!

Thanks to Tae Bo® Fitness and their Certification Program, I have a new found understanding of the phrase “mind over matter” and have such an awesome time pushing my students beyond their limits. Helping my students realize their capabilities the same way that my Elite Instructor helped me realize mine has been an overwhelming experience that is beyond words and something we all should be so lucky to encounter.

The 2014 Elite Conference

The 2014 Tae Bo® Fitness Elite Conference was this past weekend in Dana Point, California. It was held at Billy Blanks Ancient Arts Studio, the newest training facility opened by the creator of Tae Bo® Fitness. Hosting the conference close not only gave the 2014 Elite Instructors the chance to train at Billy’s new facility, but also allowed the corporate office to actively participate.  Being at the conference was so much more then matching faces to contacts we regularly email, it was truly empowering!  We were able to see the instructors commitment, dedication, focus, work, sweat and admiration for Tae Bo® Fitness, Billy Blanks, and Shellie Blanks Cimarosti.

The Elite Conference was three days of ‘AMAZING’!  The energy could be felt from the parking lot and even caught the attention of passing traffic.  There was a lot of information covered, hours of hands on training instruction, and there was always an unlimited amount of encouragement available.  It is clear to see why Tae Bo® Fitness is followed by dedicated fitness enthusiasts worldwide.

The corporate office would like to spot light the three contest winners from the 2014 Elite Conference.  Sandra Stevens from Hendersonville, Tennessee won ‘Most Enthusiastic Instructor’.  Her excitement, energy, and amazing spirit were noticed before she even completed her early check in.  On Saturday, we kept track of which instructor represented the Brand with the most Tae Bo® Fitness Merchandise.  Arriving in the morning sporting Tae Bo® Fitness Gear, literally from her head down and changing into different Tae Bo® apparel between classes, earned Nikki Adams from Redwood City, California the ‘Most Decked Out Instructor’.  The ‘Most Improved’ award went to an instructor who was always focused and ready to learn.  She not only paid attention to what was taught, she actively applied it all as she trained to step up her skills, congratulations Spela Lukac from Liubljana, Slovenia.

For the corporate office the 2014 Elite Conference was more then the certification of Elite Instructors.  It was also the beginning, a stepping-stone on the way to making the most of the future of Tae Bo® Fitness.  The atmosphere rekindled the bond among the instructors but also connected the corporate office. It will take all of us, Grand Master Billy Blanks, Master Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, the Tae Bo® Corporate Office, and every Certified Tae Bo® Fitness Instructor, to make the most of Tae Bo® Fitness. There is no limit to the potential of the brand, anything is possible with qualified instructors paving the way, the Tae Bo® Fitness way!

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Focus On The Long Term

As a Certified Tae Bo® Instructor, I am proud to be part of the number one fitness program worldwide. After unsuccessfully applying for the Elite Program last year, I was invited to participate this year. There is still one more day left of the 2014 Elite Conference and it is already the best experience of my life! Plus, I now understand why I needed that extra year of practice and dedication before I earned my place as an Elite Instructor.

 As the conference was approaching, I started getting nervous. Would I be able to keep up with the other instructors that had been invited? Will I be able to complete the physical requirements of an Elite Instructor? Will I be able to remember what I am being taught? I ended up giving myself a pep talk as I was traveling to Dana Point, reminding myself that I was invited for a reason. After all, I had enough confidence in my ability and dedication to submit a completed Elite application. Not to mention that the corporate office, Billy and Shellie had enough belief in my commitment and skills that I was invited to participate. So, as I walked into Billy Blank’s Ancient Arts Studio to check-in, I buried my insecurity and focused on what is part of my heart and soul, Tae Bo® Fitness.

 The last two days have been absolutely amazing! I’ve learned so much more then the steps and moves that are part of Tae Bo® Fitness. I’ve learned ways to help me become a better teacher to others, how to advance my personal skills, and most importantly – a reunited faith in the Tae Bo® Fitness Family!

 The Tae Bo® Fitness Elite Program is an amazing program and I am honored to be part of. Last year when I received the letter informing me that I wasn’t ready, I was upset. Actually, I was almost ready to give up on Tae Bo® Fitness, but instead I became even more determined to make it the following year. So, I increased my dedication, practicing my skills, perfecting my technique, and building up my stamina. Looking back now, I not only understand why I needed more time, I am thankful I had it.

 Whether you’re a new instructor to our fitness family or a veteran, I strongly recommend you look long term and focus on how to get here. Participating in the Elite Conference is an experience in itself; I can’t wait to make the most of what I am learning over the next year. Information on the Elite Program is available on the Tae Bo® Fitness website at: www.taebo.com, trust me – you definitely want to reach this status!

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Are you ready for summer?

Are you ready for summer and the swimsuit season that’s right around the corner? Well, like everybody else I recently started an exercise program so I would be ready for the beach myself. You should take the class with me. Actually, do you want to know something interesting? The other day I read an article about what three things all quality exercise programs have and the workout I’m doing has them all and so much more!

Of course, everyone knows that a safe, and effective total-body workout has to include aerobic exercise, muscle conditioning, and flexibility training. The aerobic exercise works your cardiovascular system and is an important part of weight management. And muscle conditioning improves overall strength, posture, and reduces the risk of injury, plus it also helps with weight management. And the flexibility training is to maintain your muscles range of motion and also helps to reduce muscle soreness. It’s amazing; because in the hour I spend in my fitness class, I get a total body workout that has all that and I don’t even realize I am exercising because it is so much fun! It’s Tae Bo® Fitness, have you heard of it? I mean have you heard how it has changed? Oh, well you have to give it a try.

When my friend first told me about Tae Bo® I thought it was some old school workout and I was not too sure about it. I mean I was looking for a fun, energized, fresh, new, workout that provided quick results, not a blast from the past. So, I was a little skeptical myself, thinking it would be like popping in a VHS tape and working out with my mom in our living room, but it’s not at all. I mean – think about it, there must be a reason that Tae Bo® Fitness is still the number one fitness program around the world after all these years. It is amazing how it has continued to evolve and there is no denying the proven results. As a matter of fact, I had no idea there were so many different versions of Tae Bo® Fitness. There is Basic, Advanced, Core, Extreme and they are releasing four additional ones this summer! So, whether you are looking to train a specific body part or just have a variety of total body workouts, Tae Bo® Fitness has it all. Come on, take a class with me and let’s get ready for our new bathing suits! Why don’t you log onto www.taebo.com and check to see what classes are available by you and I will check the ones by me and then we can kick, punch and sweat our way into summer!

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You’ve Got To Experience It Yourself

Wait until you hear what I did, it was amazing! Have you heard of the new Tae Bo® Experience? Well, I was part of the first one ever held and let me just say – it was the experience of a lifetime!

You do know what Tae Bo® Fitness is, don’t you?  Doesn’t everyone know the fitness guru Grand Master Billy Blanks?  I mean Tae Bo® has been around since the 80’s and I’ve heard that once it hit video; allowing for private home use; it pretty much went viral.  In fact, Tae Bo® Fitness is the original total body workout. Plus, everyone does it; and I’m talking it’s practiced worldwide.  Anyway, you’ve heard of it right?

Well, the Tae Bo® Experience is their newest training program; and it is HOT!  Its four hours of hands on training in the number one fitness program around the world and training with the best of the best Tae Bo® Instructors was intense. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it was hard work – but it was so worth it.  The experience covered four different Tae Bo Workouts: Basic, Advanced, Core and Extreme. So, I got to learn about and experience all four workouts at the same time; that’s unheard of, right?  Well, I guess not anymore; it’s just another first for Tae Bo® Fitness.  Oh my gosh; I almost forgot the best part about the experience. It was when we….. Wait, I’m not going to tell you, it’s something you have to experience for yourself.  Trust me; you are going to be happy you did.  As a matter of fact, I just heard that they have some coming up pretty soon, so don’t wait, log onto www.taebo.com now and register for the experience of your lifetime!

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Come out and join Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks, at Bayside Marketplace in Miami on May 10th! Billy will be offering 2 free Tae Bo classes, along with fitness tips from Hollywood physique expert Eric the Trainer, and many local fitness providers. Sampling booths, workouts, music and more!

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SO, YOU WANT TO BE A GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR?

Are you considering a career change?  Have you thought about taking your love of fitness and dedication to a healthy lifestyle to the next level?  Have you decided to start teaching group exercise versus simply being a student in the six classes you take a week?  That is awesome!  Remember, the number one goal for a group fitness instructor is to HAVE FUN!  Face it, if you didn’t like the classes you attended – you wouldn’t go back! As an instructor you need to remember this and make enthusiasm a part of your regular approach to every group fitness class you teach.

If you are considering taking that step from the back of the class to behind the microphone, there are a few important things you should know in order to be successful.  For example, take time to really learn what you want to teach, so you can be the best!  There are different ways to become a good instructor, all of which take time and education.  However, the most important part of an instructor’s education – is PRACTICE!  Think of it as an investment in yourself, in your health, and ultimately – in your future!  Whether your new goal of becoming a group fitness instructor is going to be the only means to your income or if it is going to add-on to your already existent job responsibilities, your success depends on your knowledge, understanding and skill – all of which are mastered through dedicated practice.

One of the most unique aspects to group exercise classes is the combination of music and exercise, so when you’re working your skills – remember to bring your MOVES!  Remember, that music alone can pick us up when we are feeling down, calm us when we are stressed out, make our hearts flutter with thoughts of that special someone, bring back memories of a special time or place and of course – music makes you want to move!  So, it is important for group fitness instructors to have rhythm.  You have to be able to find the beat and stick to it while incorporating proper exercise moves in a safe and easy to understand way.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to have moves like the ones you see on Dancing With The Stars, but you do have to be able to keep a beat.

Before you make your decision to become a group fitness instructor, remember that it can be unnerving to not only be in front of a class full of people, but to also be responsible for ensuring you teach a safe and effective workout class.  It takes a lot of confidence to get in front of a room full of people and purposefully bring everyone’s attention to you.  A positive attitude, a smile, and knowledge are important because your students will come to you with questions and how you handle yourself and how you speak to others can build your own confidence as well as the comfort level that your students have in your instructor abilities.  Open communication, listening, and being able to clearly instruct proper exercise techniques are all part of the job.

The last element that is essential in being a successful group fitness instructor is making sure that you have a support system to back you.  For instance, choose a fitness program that has a large network of instructors willing to offer advice, a structure that helps with your personal instructor growth, and most importantly – a workout program that is known around the world!  If you’re ready to grab that mic and start your career, join the Tae Bo® Fitness Family and become a group fitness instructor for the number one workout regimen around! For more information on becoming a Tae Bo® Fitness Instructor visit www.taebo.com today!

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Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience!

Are you looking for a way to get more out of your fitness regimen? Have you grown tired of your everyday workout routine? Well, Tae Bo® Fitness has a new program that will not only spice up your workouts but will also provide you with an experience of a lifetime, the Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience. What better way to rejuvenate your commitment to a healthy lifestyle then with the original total-body workout?

A Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience is four hours of dynamic hands-on inspiring Tae Bo® Fitness training that will give you an inside look and understanding at why Tae Bo® is and has been the best full body workout for over 20 years strong!

A Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience will give you the opportunity to learn how Tae Bo® Fitness was created, it’s mission to embracing the concept of using physical fitness to empower people to change. Tae Bo® Fitness has always been dedicated to helping people change for the positive, beginning on the inside. Now, for the first time ever, you can experience 4 different Tae Bo® Courses: Basic, Advanced, Core and Extreme, all at one time, without having to commit to becoming a certified instructor! Consider this a chance to discover what being a part of the number fitness family around the world is like while you discover the fire you hold inside! The best part of this new program is that there are NO pre-requisites!

• You do NOT have to be a current Instructor.
• You do NOT have to be CPR certified.
• You do NOT have to take an on-line test.

This is an amazing opportunity for fitness enthusiasts of all levels, ages and stages of life to get the fitness experience of a lifetime! Whether this is your first experience with Tae Bo® Fitness or if you’re unsure if progressing as an instructor is for you; the Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience will provide you with a taste of what you will have access when you commit to leading a Tae Bo® Lifestyle!

A Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience is four hours of hands on FUN! You will leave your ultimate experience with a new found love for fitness and a new respect for the original total body workout! The Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience takes the idea of a traditional fitness class to the next step! This is much more than just group exercise done to the beat of popular music following the prescribed guidelines for safety and effectiveness; this is the ultimate experience! This is definitely something you are going to want to be part of! Visit www.taebo.com to find a Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience near you!