I haven’t always worked out. Until I had my babies, I was able to eat what I wanted and my weight stayed very consistent. I had a stair master at home and I occasionally used it but it was never a consistent part of my day. As 40 started to approach, it was harder to keep that extra 5 pounds off. I knew that it was important to stay healthy and that working out was a part of that picture.
At that time, I had several close friends who were very fit and the gym was part of their daily routine. I joined them and immediately embraced working out like I do all parts of my life, with 100 percent enthusiasm. I started doing cross fit with my friends and loved the challenge. I did my first pull up since I was on the playground as a child, I could do what seemed like a million push ups, and I really enjoyed the competitive nature of the format. Heart rate target classes were popular, hence, my heart rate monitor became a piece of my wardrobe. Working out was a challenge, something to be conquered. It was NOT something to be enjoyed. I enjoyed the time spent with friends and I enjoyed the tangible evidence that I was achieving something but it was never something I looked forward to.
My first exposure to Groove and Ashleigh and Tricia was at the gym. I passed by their class many times and I was continually intrigued by the great music, and the dark, club-like atmosphere. But, truth be told, I didn’t view group fitness as a ‘real’ workout. Fun, yes but who goes to the gym for fun? I was there to meet a goal, burn 700 calories, walk out satisfied, box checked.
Then one fateful evening, a friend and my daughter Katie went to Groove. When I arrived to pick Katie up, they insisted I come in and dance. I love to dance but, like everyone I’ve encountered since that time, my immediate response was ‘but I can’t dance’. Well, I’m not sure what I did actually looked like dancing but it was FUN!!! I loved the high intensity, the music and that everyone was doing their own thing. No one cared that I didn’t know the moves, they were there for themselves. A class that wasn’t competitive, not sure that was my style.
I went home excited and confused. After only 15 minutes of sweating and feeling silly all I could think about was going to the next class. But, I didn’t have time to workout then go to Groove for an hour. I was a busy mom and going to the gym to have fun wasn’t in my schedule. So, I decided to do what any number obsessed person does, I put on my heart rate monitor to prove that this really wasn’t a workout. 750 calories in 1 hour, hmmm, maybe this is the real deal.
Groove broke down many of my preconceived workout notions, that working out was a chore and not fun, that it had to be competitive to be intense, that it was about weight loss. However, it was not just the format that inspired me, it was the instructors, Ashleigh and Tricia. They were amazing dancers who were very fit but that’s not all. They made everyone feel welcome and not intimidated, they were approachable, friendly and encouraging, all without saying a word during class. This was more than a class, it was an experience, a community.
Then came the twist, as every good story has. Ashleigh was moving back to Georgia. For me, it was a time to really think about my new found passion, Groove. Was it the format, dance fitness, was it the instructors, was it the energy Ashleigh and Tricia brought together? I tried several dance fitness formats, they were not the same. I did find instructors that I liked but Groove was the whole package, intense, fun, community oriented, non-intimidating, inspirational. And while the interaction between Ashleigh and Tricia was explosive, their individual classes brought the same excitement.
Upon Ashleigh’s departure, we announced that a new company was being formed, REB3L. The goal was to break the barriers of current traditional fitness and to bring non-intimidating, fun, intense fitness to everyone. In the past, students had repeatedly asked for online classes to do when they traveled. So, we did just that. Our online platform launched January 2017 after 6 months of developing a website, content and marketing. A choreographed toning format, called REB3L Strength was also added to REB3L Groove to create a one-stop fitness program that could be used anywhere.
The next step was training instructors. Our first group was trained October 2017 and the experience was amazing. Watching our first instructors dance and add their own flair to the choreography truly brought tears to my eyes. REB3L Groove was growing and evolving. The instructors now have their own classes and have inspired their own communities, far removed from our original starting point. Each and every instructor is a true REB3L, strong, selfless, confident. They make me very proud each and every day!
My view of fitness has changed tremendously. REB3L is about a lifestyle, a feeling, a confidence. Watching students in class gives me chills, they are laughing and loving, supporting each other and making time for themselves. Their confidence is palpable. Online, I cannot tell you how many amazing stories have been shared and how many lives have been touched. #REB3Lnation is growing and I’m so proud to be part of it!
Redefine, Renew, Reshape