Tabata at Intoxx Oakwood

TabatPicture of David the Tail with his students after a Tabata Class at Intoxx Oakwood.a at Intoxx Oakwood!

Every Saturday morning at 9am, I teach a new class format, Tabata.

Last week’s post went over what Tabata was and I hope you guys were interested! 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, for 8 rounds, and a minute rest in between rounds. For the entire hour I teach in this format and it’s a great way to try new workouts. 20 seconds seems like so little time, but by the end of the 8 rounds you’re really feeling it!

Hope to see you guys at next week’s class!

*NEW* Tabata at Intoxx

New Year New Class!

Lower Body Meltdown at Intoxx Oakwood is now Tabata at 9am!

Tabata is a workout discipline defined by its 5 minute rounds. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, for 8 rounds and 1 minute rest.

Everything from the warm up to the cool down is in this format. If you’ve never taken a Tabata class I hope you join me tomorrow and every Saturday morning at 9am for this awesome workout!

Intoxx Oakwood is located at 3295 Amboy Rd Staten Island NY 10306.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!David the Tail poses with his Zumba class at the South Shore YMCA on Staten Island

Just like every year, New Years Resolutions are everywhere. Going to the gym is a popular one, but I challenge you to come up with a much more personal goal from 2017.

I don’t only want to you think of a real, attainable goal for 2017, but I would like you to share it with your friends and family. If we keep our ideas in our heads, that is what they will stay. If we give our ideas dimensions: sound, body, and emotion, they are much more likely to come true and to stay top of mind.

My goal for 2017 is update this website more often and to continue teaching and learning from all of my students!

I hope you have a fantastic 2017!

Happy Holidays from David the Tail!

Happy Holidays from David the Tail! David the Tail with a student wearing a shirt that says "Training to be my very best"

As another year comes to an end, I reflect on what made 2016 so special.

I lost a couple of friends, made some new ones, left a teaching opportunity, gained full time employment, and continued spreading fitness, health, and wellness wherever I could.

When I think back on 2016 I can’t help but remember some of the more upsetting moments of the year. I think we, as humans, are conditioned to remember the bad moments of the past. Starting in school, we learn about genocide, war, and conflicts in our country and around the world.

But when I try to think back on 2016, and the past in general, I feel the need to balance out the bad with the good. Personally, I have a good job with benefits, a family that loves and supports me, the ability to teach my fitness classes, the funds to pay for transportation to and from the gym, and friends that make it all worthwhile.

David the Tail with students at Intoxx Fitness located in Oakwood HeightsAlthough many of you reading this might find everything I’ve listed a given, we need to remember that there are people out there who have none of this. The poor, hungry, and homeless of the world face the end of the coming year as well and I can’t help but wonder what they’re thinking as 2016 comes to a close.

Do they relive all the horrible things people have done to them? Do they dwell on each and every day, as they face their own poverty? Do they try to remember what it feels like to not be hungry?

If we dwell on those sad thoughts we may become too depressed to think about anything else. Instead, I’d like to think that they block out all the negativity and try to remember the good. Like the times a random stranger put an extra bill in their cup. Or the times someone knelt down next to them to give them some food. Or the times a kind person donated a blanket for them to sleep on.

David the Tail with his Zumba students at the South Shore YMCAWhatever the feelings this post makes you relive, I hope one shines through most of all…

Compassion – Concern for the misfortune of others.

Whether we see firsthand the poverty of our country, or only hear/read about it through news sources, we have to admit that it exists. Not only should we be responsible enough to talk about it, but to also do something about it. During this season of family, gifts, and dinners, please try to remember those out there that don’t have these things. Search nearby places that you can donate to. Money is always welcomed, but you can donate clothes, food, or your time by volunteering.

We all live in this world together and we must help each other however and whenever we can. It is up to us to shape this country into what we know it can be. I love my students, the gyms that I teach in, and the classes I teach. I try to spread fitness, health, and wellness whenever I can, wherever I go. I drive my community forward using respect; for others and for myself. My wish is for all of you to do the same.

Have a Happy, Safe, and Warm Holiday Season. See you in 2017!

SLT: Strengthen Lengthen Tone

TThe megaformer setup at SLT Midtownoday I took another step on my journey, not only as a as a group fitness enthusiast, but also (hopefully) as a group fitness instructor.

Today I took my very first SLT class in Manhattan.

SLT stands for Strengthen Lengthen Tone and they boast on their website:

If cardio, strength training, and pilates had a baby … it would be SLT.

Now you know me… I know me… I’m in pretty good shape. I’m not in the best shape, but I’m in pretty good shape. Like I said before, this is just another step on my group fitness journey. I believe I push my limits as much as I can doing what I do. Every class I teach is meant to be a challenge for not only my students (you) but also myself. Whether it’s a different teaching technique, or an actual move I’ve always wanted to try, I always try to improve something during my classes. This could be my cardiovascular threshold, my strength endurance, or my scream voice :P.

All this being said, I was not prepared for SLT at all. Once I saw their equipment (pictured above), dubbed the “Megaformer”, I knew I was in trouble. Never had I taken a class with such equipment. The extent to which I use “equipment” is the step… everyone knows how to use the step. The Megaformer, however, is a completely different machine. It uses a spring suspension system on the main body’s “carriage” that allows it to move to and fro, and a front and a back “platform” that are stationary. There are myriad cushioned straps to slide your bare (or socked) feet into to hold you in place, and handles on either side to support your body.

Amanda Rey and David the Tail at SLT MidtownNow I know this is kind of weird to hear (read?) but it’s a lot simpler when you have the machine in front of you and an amazingly competent trainer to guide you through the motions. For me, that was Amanda (pictured right). Not only was she beautiful and possessed an amazing body, she was charismatic and amazingly clear in her direction surrounding the 6 foot long padded metal mess of wires and ropes. She guided all the participants through workouts that had my legs literally shaking. Like seriously. They were shaking. A lot. It was a little embarrassing…

But like I always say:

It’s not the instructor that makes the class, it’s what YOU put into it that gives you what you get out of it.

And of course being me (a physically adept, male in a class with 6 other women, twenty-something, fitness instructor) I had to show off… or at least TRY to show off… These women were beasts. Flowing through the motions with grace, power, and stability.

I on the other hand was shaky, clumsy, and unknowledgeable. And I’m trying to show off? Yea right. I quickly humbled myself and allowed Amanda to show me the RIGHT way to go through the positions and BOY DID I FEEL IT. It was amazing, fantastic, I’m sore, and I can’t wait to go back.

I hoped that this knew form of workout was going to impress me… and BOY did it!

Why I do what I do

DDR Fitness at Shakin it for a Cure Parkinson's FundraiserBeing an instructor is my passion! I love teaching every student from the 3 yr old child to 93 year old woman. Instructing is something that’s in my blood. When I teach I feel amazing. Not because I like being the center of attention. Not because I like screaming orders. I love teaching because of my students. I love teaching because of YOU.

Every single student I have ever taught that has ever had a smile on their face during one of my classes makes me know I’ve done my job. Every student that comes up to me after class and says “Good class!” should know that it’s not only what I put into it, but what YOU put into that made it a good class! Every student that comes up to me and says “I’ve lost x lbs!” needs to know that YOU made that happen on your own fitness journey, I just showed you the way. Every student that comes up to me and says “That was fun!” has to know that THAT is why I do what I do. That is why I instruct. That is why I am a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

I teach because of my students. I teach because of your smiles. I teach because of your comments. I teach because of your friendship.

I am a Group Fitness Instructor and I have the best job in the world.

Shakin’ it for a Cure!

 

12718011_10209306873177536_6636982201829227144_nHey everyone!

This Sunday at the Above Ballroom by the Hilton Hotel, a I will be co-instructing an amazing masterclass to aid in the research for Parkinson’s Disease. This is our 3rd year teaching this amazing fundraiser and it’s only gotten bigger and better because of our amazing students!

The instructors for the masterclass include:

Leticia De Rosa, Charulata Ortlieb, Matthew Smith, Gina Viola, and me!

Thanks to

Carolyn Gardner-Hodnik for putting this amazing event together! From booking the event space, getting SO MANY donations for our baskets, and filling tables for the event, she really is amazing! Her brother, Ron Garder, has Parkinson’s Disease and he’s equally as awesome. Dealing with this vicious disease would take anyone down a peg, but he keeps smiling during our fundraiser and it’s truly heartwarming!

Please Donate

to this amazing cause! If you can make it to our event on Sunday, I can’t WAIT to see you! If you can’t make it please donate to TEAM GARDNER / BOSTIC: SHAKIN’ IT FOR A CURE 2016! Any size donation is truly appreciated! Thank you so much and hope to see you soon!