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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, 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 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!


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:, trust me – you definitely want to reach this status!


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 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!


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 now and register for the experience of your lifetime!

- Cindy


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!



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 today!


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 to find a Tae Bo® Ultimate Experience near you!


Common Sense

What is something that everyone has but not everyone seems to use?  You guessed it, common sense!  We have all witnessed or been involved with a situation that left us shaking our head and wondering, ‘what on earth are they thinking?

Common sense is defined as the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.  Wouldn’t that actually require personal experience or at the bare minimum education in a specific subject or topic?  Realistically you can’t expect a teenager, who just got their license to know how to pump gas if they have never been taught, could you? On the other hand, isn’t it human nature to find short cuts in everything we do?

After all, if you do something on a regular basis it becomes second nature, to the point that it hardly takes any thought.  Isn’t this where common sense should really be expected to come into play?  Think about it, you’ve been a group fitness instructor for over 10 years; you have a following of regular students that are dedicated to your outstanding teaching style!  You can walk into your regular workout class and your students can basically teach themselves, right?  WRONG!  The problem with this type of thinking is that often times we think and see what we want to be happening when in reality, it is not.  This is why Tae Bo® Fitness recommends all of their Certified Instructors regularly review the proper techniques, common mistakes, and helpful hints found in the instructor manuals of each individualized workout!

Every fitness enthusiast, whether a veteran of daily workouts or just beginning an active lifestyle, run the risk of injury, regardless of age, fitness ability, what time of day you workout, or what you do for a living.  It is good practice for exercise enthusiasts of any level to review ten ‘common-sense’ safety tips that often end up over looked by students and instructors.

  1. The most critical part of any work out is the warm-up!  You have to get your body ready to exercise by raising your body temperature in order to ensure that you can safely handle the stress of the physical exercise ahead.
  2. Do NOT exercise if you’re ill or extremely fatigued.  Physical activity can escalate illness as well as increase your risk of injury.
  3. Make sure your workout area is clean and free of clutter.  Don’t allow the area to become an obstacle course or a stuffy environment that is hard to breathe in.
  4. Follow instructions!  It is important to know how to perform the exercises that are part of your fitness routine.  If you are just beginning, make sure you can hear, see, and understand your instructor.  Likewise, if you are an instructor, make sure your students can hear, see, and understand you to avoid potential injury!
  5. Make a fitness game plan!  Establish realistic goals that are accurately based off of your current fitness level. Remember that your personal fitness plan is a dynamic entity, and there is power in the plan itself!  So, put it in writing and revisit it periodically to make sure that you stay on target.
  6. Proceed sensibly and never try to do too much to soon.  It is important to progress at a sensible pace in order to avoid injury and to gain the best results.
  7. Always include your lungs in every workout! Never hold your breath while exercising!
  8. Don’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you!  Having a ‘warrior’ mindset will not protect you if your mental drive exceeds your body’s physical ability.
  9. Control your movements!  Rushing through moves, dropping shoulders, partially raised kicks; they are all results of uncontrolled and rushed moves. Make sure each movement is controlled and performed by using the proper techniques.
  10. Know what to do if you need help!  Be familiar with your surroundings and when ever possible, work out with a partner or a fitness trainer!

Remember, the above tips are only a few common-sense safety tips that are some times over-looked by regular fitness enthusiasts.  The most important thing to keep in mind during any workout is to utilize your own common sense!  That could mean that you need to gain a little more education about the fundamentals of fitness programs in general.