Co-founders Jason Layden and Stacey Beaman talk about PlyoJam and their popular dance fitness classes on Good Morning LaLa Land, a live-streaming daily talk show.
Social media, with all its pros and cons, inevitably does something similar for all its users. It reminds us of the past…whether it’s that Facebook “On this day 3 years ago” notification or Instagram’s Time Hop, we are constantly being reminded of what was going on last year at this time, two years ago, five years ago, etc. The other day I received one such notification and both notifications happened to have photos from my PlyoJam dance fitness classes that I teach in Westlake Village, CA.
FITNESS CLASS BLAST FROM THE PAST
As I looked at the photos, I realized how much my fitness classes have changed, grown, new faces added, old faces lost. And some of the faces I saw in those photos made me sad! I haven’t seen them in so long!
STUDENTS ARE LIKE FAMILY
As a fitness instructor, we build relationships with our students. We seem them regularly, weekly (or for some, even daily) in our fitness classes and it becomes routine. Second nature. And as much as students feel they rely on their instructors, I am here to say that fitness instructors rely on their students JUST AS MUCH.
In a world full of constant change, inevitable impermanence and sometimes chaotic uncertainty, isn’t it wonderful to have a place to go a few days a week to get an amazing workout. A place to go see the instructor you love. A place to sweat it out alongside the classmates you’ve grown accustomed to seeing each week?
WHERE DID YOU GO?
But then this thing happens. A student who I’ve grown used to seeing week after week just disappears. No word. No explanation. They are just gone. And boy do I notice. That “spot” (you know how everyone has their “spot” in class) is suddenly empty, or filled with someone new. And I’m left wondering why Lauren is no longer in my back left corner or Maria is no longer center third row.
Dear students…your instructors love and value you. We rely on you just as much as you rely on us. And we know life changes, schedules change, and sometimes the fitness class you once attended regularly no longer works for you. If you have been a regular at a fitness class for a while, and suddenly must depart that class…I beg of you, let your instructor know. You may not think they’ll notice, but I promise they will. And I promise, we miss your presence.
And if you can make it back to a class, book one today! Head over to SweatNow where tons of PlyoJam teachers have their classes listed!
PlyoJam is an energized and intense dance workout that blends jumping exercises with short, explosive hip-hop moves. This uniquely engaging fitness program began in California in 2012 and has been sweeping the nation with its party-like online classes. If you want to lose weight with a partner, PlyoJam can make sure you stay on track and have a blast dancing your way to your health goals.
When I first started my journey taking dance fitness classes, I was about to turn 36. I was overweight, unhealthy and unhappy. Having recently gone through a few bad breakups, stuck in a career I didn’t love and miles away from any kind of fitness regimen, I was just kind of lost.
THE FIRST STEPS
I remember attending my very first PlyoJam class in the summer of 2014. You know what the biggest struggle was? Figuring out what the hell to wear! I hadn’t worked out in ages, I was adamantly against showing my arms, nothing felt good, the struggle was so real! I would look in my closet and try convince myself not to go to class because I had nothing that fit right. I had done this countless times in the past, so the internal conversation of “I should just skip it” was alarmingly familiar. After trying on countless baggy t-shirts and leggings, I finally settled on something and headed out the door.
WALKING INTO THE STUDIO
Next hurdle…getting out of the car and walking into the dance fitness class. I remember driving to the class, blasting Eminem, trying to pump up my confidence and quiet my fear. “You’re a great dancer,” I told myself. “You will just stand in the back and do what you can!” So I got my butt out of the car. My memory is as clear as day of walking into the studio. Everyone seemed to know each other. Everyone looked adorable in their tanks and Lulu leggings. It was intimidating AF!
GETTING LOST IN THE MUSIC
I stood in the back, eyes flitting around the studio, waiting to get started. I was so anxious, but once the music began, I felt a little more at ease. The music filled the room and I felt like I could almost hide in the folds of its rhythm and tempo. As Jason began to teach, the moves felt super fast and hard to follow (funny to me now!) but OH MY GOSH it felt so good to move my body, to feel the sweat running down my temple! Four songs in I was addicted and I had this burning excitement in my tummy because I sensed something big could and would come from this class I had found!
FINDING THE COURAGE
I’ll never really know where I found the gumption to try that very first dance fitness class. I’m not sure what finally quieted the internal “what’s the point, I’m not going” dialogue. I think it may have been the little voice in the back of my head that kept saying, “something has to change.”
Maybe I was tired of my own excuses.
Maybe I was tired of feeling down.
Maybe it was some kind of muscle memory from years past when I used to be an athlete and I knew how good endorphins made me feel.
Maybe my poor little soul was tired of my brain being so mean to me.
Whatever it was, I’m so thankful for that initial spark.
But maybe I need to give myself more credit. Yes I was fearful and unsure and embarrassed. But I have also had a really deep internal strength. I’ve accomplished a lot and I’ve overcome a lot, so would I really let the fear of a dance fitness class get me? Hell no!
WINDS OF CHANGE
And thank God I didn’t. I walked into that class and it changed my life forever. That day was the beginning of an 8 week mission. It was summer break and at the time I was a teacher off for the summer. I ended up taking forty PlyoJam classes in eight weeks. I lost 26 pounds. What I lost in pounds, I gained ten times over in confidence, health, inspiration, happiness and a newly found zest for life!
I’ll save the rest of my story (how I went on to become the co-founder of PlyoJam, teach privates to James Corden and Adelle, be featured on the news, and teach PlyoJam to hundreds of my own students) for another blog.
But for today I want you to think about what’s stopping you. What roadblocks and hurdles are in your way. How can I help you find that SPARK to shove those roadblocks aside and take a chance on something scary and new? Because trust me, it could change your life.
Encino resident Carrie Murray joins about 140 participants at the Dance4ACause benefit fitness event on Jan. 20 at Agoura High School. PlyoJam Dance Fitness organized the two-hour cardio dance party. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the families of the victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting and those affected by the Woolseyfire.
PlyoJam Founders Stacey Beaman and Jason Layden make an appearance on KTLA Channel 5 with Lu Parker and Glen Walker to chat about their upcoming Dance 4 A Cause event. The event is being held to raise money for the families of the victims of the Borderline shooting and the victims of the Woolsey Fire.
PlyoJam Dance Fitness will host a benefit class from 4 to 6 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20 at Agoura High School, G Bldg., 28545 W. Driver Ave.
All proceeds will be donated to the Las Virgenes Fire Relief for those affected by the wildfires and to the Conejo Valley Victims Fund for victims of the Borderline Bar shooting.
Loved by celebs such as Reese Witherspoon and James Corden (who dragged his mate Adele along), Plyojam fuses hip-hop dance moves with plyometrics (basically any exercise that involves jumping) to create a cardio class where you’ll sweat and smile. Co-founder Stacey Beaman told us, “PlyoJam is a sexy, fun and intense workout designed to shed massive calories. All routines are set to pop and hip-hop tunes you know and love.”
The star has made no secret of his love for a Hollywood exercise class known as PlyoJam – also known as the sexy butt workout.
His celebrity trainer Jason Layden told us the telly star became hooked on the dance workout after his wife brought him to a class.
Jason, Plyojam’s creator, says the class – a combination of dance and plyometrics training – is “all about booty dropping and a** shaking” and James was a huge fan from the outset.