I think that the challenge lies more in you having a realistic conversation with yourself at the onset. People have so many roadblocks that come up so fast about why and how they can’t do their workouts instead of making it the most important part of their daily equation. They spend more energy getting out of their workouts than just doing them! Real, focused exercise should be part of your healthy living essentials, just like brushing your teeth. Care for yourself to avoid dangers to your mental and physical health (not to mention your quality of life).
There’s been this incredible community that has developed through streaming, where all these women are totally transforming themselves (and documenting it all on social). Why do you think that’s been so successful?
Strong communities, I believe, are built by accountability, loyalty, and camaraderie. I have always been loyal to my students and accountable to myself for producing the highest standard of content, so my students can be their best selves. I am not barking at people to shake their booties or drop and give me fifty during class, though. The methodology behind the streaming program is community-focused, and the strategic movements in the workout build a sense of connectedness: The movements help each individual to feel connected to their bodies, to themselves. And as you start to balance yourself physically, there is a real draw and benefit to connecting with like-minded individuals.
There is strength in numbers and there is strength in consistency. Within the community that has developed through streaming, people are able to share their progress on social media in a way that is empowering to others.
I have made some of my dearest friends through the power of a hashtag: #tamily. It has created a worldwide community of people showing up to connect to their bodies, to remove physical self-judgment, and to promote having a truly balanced, strong, and healthy body.
You developed a new dance cardio routine called TAva—what was the impetus? Will that be part of streaming?
I need (and want) to have a lot of options for people, and I develop new workouts based on where additional tools are needed for my students to continue to achieve their best results. For many years, I’ve been working with Jennifer Lopez (who is, by the way, proof that living your truth keeps you young and connected)—and when she decided to do a residency in Vegas, I wanted to be ready to support her. She is an incredible dancer, and inspired me to go back to my dance roots and reconnect with choreographer Tony Gonzalez (who cast me in the movie Blue Chips as a cheerleader when I was seventeen), to create TAva, a dance-based, low-impact cardio routine.
We had so much fun bringing to life this new dance option for people in our studios (TAva is available at each location now), and at home (TAva was just released as a DVD). And we’re excited that it will be available on our website for digital download soon; and some of these routines will make their way to streaming as well.