Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview:
New York Sports Club’s Amira Lamb
Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!
It’s been a while since I was given the chance to interview a fellow group fitness instructor when New York Sports Club told me that there was a Star Wars themed class in Brooklyn—I had to do find out the details. They are running a few promotions at New York Sports Club in case you want to check them out at www.mysportsclubs.com
What is your name?
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Amherst, MA but have been living in Brooklyn, NY since 2001.
How many years have you been teaching?
I’ve been leading group exercise classes since 1994!
What classes do you teach for NYSC?
I teach BURN, Total Body Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, and a class based on the Star Wars movies called “Awaken Your Inner Force”.
What is the Star Wars Workout?
The workout came about after Disney/Lucasfilms contacted us at NYSC to develop a class based on the Star Wars movies. We bring elements like The Force, light sabers, and the athleticism of the Jedi into the fitness studio. We start class by tapping into “The Force” (which I would compare to energy or chi) with focused breathing and rhythmic dynamic movements. Then we do some light saber work including a face-off where the class is divided in two sections.
From here we move into 3 to 4 circuits that are time-based. Each circuit consists of 4 exercises. The first exercise incorporates the light saber such as the Chewbacca Chop. The second exercise is floor work using our own bodyweight as resistance and gliding discs such as the Padawan Push Up.
The third exercise is series of martial arts-based kicks. The fourth exercise in done for 90 seconds and it might be something like a Lightsaber Leap, Lightsaber Burpee, or Jedi Jacks. We actively recover from each high-intensity circuit by tapping back into The Force with focused breathing. To finish off the class we do Ab work with the lightsaber and then the Yoda Flow which is based on Tai Chi. The class was a lot of fun to develop!
How has the response been to it?
People love it and every class has been packed. The response has been so positive that we’ve extended the run of the class another two weeks at the New York clubs!
What is your favorite workout?
That is a really tough question to answer. I love strength training on my own because it’s almost meditative. It’s when I can completely focus on ME. I get to focus on how I want to strength and mold my body. It’s absolutely empowering. I also LOVE leading classes like cardio kickboxing and Total Body Conditioning because a lot of the time, I DO the classes with my class.
What is your advice to workout newbies to stay motivated?
Explore different workouts to see what YOU like. Find something that makes you feel fantastic physically and mentally. You want to find something that hooks you. Find something that you look forward to doing either because of how it makes you feel during or afterwards.
If you tend to stick to things when you have a “partner in crime” – find your workout partner, keep each other accountable and have fun with it.
If data is something that motivates you – the list of fitness apps and gadgets options is never ending. I’m a huge fan of the FitBit. For people who just want to up their activity level in the number of steps they take each day or week – you can create Challenges within the app with up to about 10 of your friends.
Thank you Amira! May the force Stay With You! You can follow her on her website here!
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