Shake Yo’ Thang: An Interview with Curvy Rhythms by Tekora

So, if you are a member of my meetup group (and I know you all are!), you know that one of the weekly activities is "Curvy Rhythms by Tekora" - a dance-based fitness class designed expressly for women plus-size women! Recently, I had the chance to interview Ms. Tekora herself to get the low-down on her Curvy Rhythms class and how you can get the most out of moving your body!

tekoraWhat is "Curvy Rhythms by Tekora"? Curvy Rhythms by Tekora is a group fitness class known as a 60-minute groove session. The class creates a dynamic and exciting space to exercise based on the principle that fitness can be fun. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. You will discover the workout is great for both the body and the mind. People of all shapes, fitness levels, backgrounds, and ages come together to move to the rhythm of a variety of music. When you enter the class, the positive energy and non-intimidating atmosphere will be the foundation for an amazing experience.

What inspired you to launch this class? I wanted to start a fun way to get people to get up and move, and what better way to do that than with good music! Movement is what our bodies were designed to do. If we don't use our muscles regularly, we run the risk of them not working as well as needed. Also I wanted to show others that fitness doesn't have to be a daunting experience. I love the fact that I am not what society views as the typical fitness instructor. When people take my class I want them to see, I am curvy and I am fitness instructor.

Does someone have to be super "fit" or coordinated to really enjoy the class? My class is designed for all fitness level. I show modified steps for those who need them. The only rule is keep moving. Your heart doesn't know if you are doing the salsa or old school running man. The important thing is to keep your heart rate going.

curvyrhythms1What tips would you offer to someone who is thinking about trying Zumba or any other fitness class? Go into the class with an open mind. Don't look at others in the class and compare what they are doing to what you are doing. Everyone is on their own personal fitness journey. There's no perfect step.

If you currently have a health concern, that results in you seeing a doctor regularly, let her/him know you are starting a fitness regimen.

Where can my readers keep in touch with you via social media? I'm on Instragram at @curvyrhythmsbyTekora as well as Facebook.

Well, there you have it! This summer, Tekora is teaching classes most Saturdays at the Robert J. Pietro Community Center in Laural, MD. Click here to get more details and sign up for the class. Hope to see you there!!!

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  • Arlett R. Hartie

    This sounds like so much fun. If it were in Philly I’d check it out.

    One of the reasons I love my zumba instructor is that she is not the typical fitness instructor body type.