I want to take you on a journey back to a time when I had big dreams of sharing my cardio kickboxing format, BattleGroove, with the world. It was my way of duplicating myself, reaching more people, and making a positive impact.
Although those plans didn't materialize, I still hold onto the manual I created back in 2013 while I was in Morocco, working as a nutritionist for a member of the royal family. The choreography I developed for BattleGroove evolved over time, and I discovered something truly special—moves that not only slapped (in a good way) but also felt completely addictive.
Even before I wrote those words in 2013, I was acutely aware of how movement can influence our brains and emotions. Let me share a snippet from the manual that highlights this fascinating connection:
Let's dive deeper! And remember, this was a manual for future instructors.
The consideration of the importance of smiling while leading classes was something I picked up from Susan Whitbourne, my Psychology professor at UMASS Amherst. This was only reinforced for the many years that followed.
When it comes to leading a fulfilling life, gratitude plays a vital role. Here's one more screenshot from the Instructor Manual.
By infusing movement, joy, and gratitude into our lives, we unlock a powerful combination that shapes our mindset and overall well-being. 🤍