Thinking about you New York, and hoping everyone is safe in the blizzard. I remember living there a few years back, walking around in 2 feet of snow for weeks. East Coast winters are harsh, so stay warm and practice your Clubbell Yoga or Primal 12. Here are some updates for the New York and Tri-State area...
Looking forward to an amazing crew in NYC this year as always. Tell your friends, trainers, movement specialists, yogis and more. Contact me directly with any questions you may have.
When you really believe in something, you study it, you master it, you own it, and then eventually you will likely want to spread it to others. Right now, I have two students that I am honored to call ambassadors: Brie Helmuth (NYC) and Bogi Sofi (Europe). I would like to share some insight on their journey toward becoming leaders in our tribe.
Brie Helmuth (competitive B-girl/breakdancer) is our New York ambassador for Clubbell Yoga, and has organized several upcoming events in the tri-state area to help deliver quality teaching of Clubbell Yoga to both the public, and potential instructor candidates for the upcoming Clubbell Yoga Certification Seminar. I will be returning to NYC this April 16/17 to educate a group of instructors at OmFactory in the fashion district (Note: VIP registration for this event ends on Feb 1st, so get your deposit in asap to reserve your space). But the real point of this article is about being an ambassador. Let's start with the definition:
Ambassador: persons who are known to represent certain professions,
The more I teach Clubbell Yoga, nationally and internationally, the more I start to see these brilliant people finding their ability to lead. It starts with discovering their teaching voice, then connecting with their bodies in a very focused and precise way... then it sort of takes off. The sky is the limit and we create our own realities. The more connected you are to your Truth, the more you can connect others with theirs. Maybe you are gearing up to be an ambassador of something else in your life, aside from this practice. If so, ask yourself:
If you are in the New York area, come check out Brie's workshop next month and get some hands on experience with this practice. You will be glad you did!
I have been asked this question numerous times, and I want to take a little time to answer it in depth. These three gals you see below are kinesiology interns who have served 90 hours as part of their graduation requirements working with me on various Clubbell Yoga projects, marketing, manual writing, social media posting and more. Today they helped me with a little video project that will be released in the coming months, stay tuned for that :)
Back to the question at hand:
"How the hell do I succeed at making a career of teaching movement?"
There are three major parts to this job:
1. Mastery of the content: Whether that includes your education at university, apprenticing, practicing, teaching, studying, reading, going to seminars, getting certified in different disciplines, creating your own philosophies/beliefs, etc. All are valuable ways to "master the content." There are several different ways to go about education, and there is not a one size fits all option. Some people study Kinesiology at University, learning anatomy and physiology from text books, others go to 200 hour Yoga teacher trainings, while some go to tech schools like the National Personal Training Institute. Choosing a way to learn that fits your personality type, attention span, interests and style of learning is key to getting the most out of your time there.
3. Becoming a good business person: If you want the freedom to work for yourself, you will need to learn to wear many hats. You will have to allocate time for administration, marketing, continuing education, creating relationships/partnerships with other health practitioners in your community, and more. You also must learn to be consistent with the services you are offering, the price at which you are offering them at, and be willing to adapt to the needs of your clients/students. This last quarter, I had one of my interns run statistics on which classes were most well attended at my studio Fit Body Wellness, and now we will adjust the group class schedule to help satisfy the demand (for Clubbell Yoga).
"Most gyms haven't heard of Clubbell Yoga or TACFIT, so how do I teach these programs if I don't own my own studio?"
That is an excellent question. Here is exactly what I said to this person who wrote me this question. He says he believes in the work of Scott Sonnon and myself, but is fearful that he won't have anywhere to teach if he was to get certified. First thing is reframing that Fear. Scarcity mentality is a self fulfilling prophecy. If you are scared you won't succeed, you will stand in your own way. Get out of the way! Let go of the fear...
Here are some other helpful points:
-There are many places that are welcoming TACFIT and Primal 12 into their gyms. We have several certified instructors that are also gym owners, and I recommend starting with the instructor locator page on the websites, contacting those people in your area who support CST systems, and going from there if you would like to be hired eventually.
-That being said, in order to be a desired instructor at any gym or studio, you need to have a certain level of mastery of teaching the content (not just being certified - see above).
-If you are very serious about wanting to get certified in Clubbell Yoga or TACFIT, then you must do the physical preparation and get to a seminar and test. That is the first and most feasible way for you to make this dream a reality.
-RMAX offers different seminars that help you learn different skills. I am a firm believer that those who are certified in all programs, CST, Clubbell Athletics [Fisher Sisters], TACFIT, Clubbell Yoga and FlowFit/6D Flow are the ones that find the most success in making this a career. For example, two of my students started by getting Certified in Clubbell Yoga with me, then went on to do other seminars too (TACFIT, Clubbell Athletics) and now they are ambassadors in their areas.
Specifically, Brie Helmuth in NYC, and Bogi Sofi in Hungary who has led countless fitness conventions, gotten media press and grown a very successful following in Hungary. Both ladies got certified in Clubbell Yoga only 2 years ago and are lead ambassadors for CST systems.
I hope you continue to seek out teachers and systems that inspire you. Just remember that thoughts become words, words lead to actions, and your actions will help you manifest your reality. As Kathyn Budig says: "Aim True." Wake up every morning with a clear vision of what you want. Make it a practice to set your intention, and start taking the small steps to having a career and life you love.
After loads of social media discussion, threads, banter and overall interweb excitedness... Mr. Mike Zwack, M.S (Lead Faculty at the National Personal Training Institute, Seattle) and myself (Summer Huntington, MS: Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga) will be leading an Intro to Clubbell Yoga Workshop this January 31st, at the esteemed Elite Performance Center. Now the back story. (Oh and Sign Up by January 10th for the Early Bird Price of $77).
Mike Zwack's enthusiasm is contagious, and I realized this the very first time I met him. At every seminar I have taught with him, he carries incredible energy. I am very excited to collaborate with him down in Seattle, HIS own stomping grounds. Mike is also an inspiring teacher and coach to many students who study at NPTI, the region's private technical school for those who want to make a career of personal training. You walk into his "office" (which happens to be a huge 4000 sq. ft. warehouse) and you see weight plates, squat racks, lots of Clubbells, TRX, tires, balancing gadgets, Functional Movement Screening tools and everything else you could possibly need to help people learn to: move better, get stronger, develop power and more. But I digress. We are stealing Mike Zwack for a day to help teach the crew at Elite Performance how Clubbell Yoga impacts your Functional Fitness.
Some of the most common tests that people use to test functional fitness are:
1. Deep Squat
2. Hurdle Step
3. In Line Lunge
4. Shoulder Mobility
5. Active Straight Leg Raise
6. Trunk Stability Push Up
7. Rotary Stability
*These tests and more are very well documented by the respected Gray Cook, of Functional Movement Systems.
I am a huge fan of Gray Cook's work, and functional fitness drives most of the programming for Clubbell Yoga. Mike shares my sentiments, and can tell you all about it at the workshop :) . My goal with Clubbell Yoga is to help people become as functional as possible, so that they can be injury free, mobile and able to do their favorite activities, day in and day out. That may seem super simple and altruistic, but that is because it is. Clubbell Yoga is a very efficient way to train strength, dynamic flexibility, inner core strength and balance all in one class. It is also one of the best ways to train flow state, because of the nesting and regressions. Come to the workshop to learn more!
Everyone knows that east coasters and New Yorkers are tough. They tend to be fast talkers, right to the point, very efficient and multi-tasksers. Which is why it makes sense that they would be drawn to this Fusion of Yoga and Clubbells. Brie Helmuth, our lead NYC ambassador leads a crew at lululemon (below), this was many people's first time using Clubbells with yoga and they absolutely loved it [leaving drenched in sweat].
Clubbell Yoga got it's start in New York City in 2012 with a rooftop video that got tons of attention on YouTube. New Yorkers are loving Clubbell Yoga because it is super efficient, to the point and trains arms, legs, core, power, strength, balance and dynamic flexibility (woah that's a mouthful!) all in one class. Pictured below are two of NYC's certified Clubbell Yoga instructors, Ashleigh Kast (Trainer at Drive 495 and writer of www.sophisticatedstrength.com blog) and Brie Helmuth (TACFIT, FlowFit, Clubbell Athletics and Clubbell Yoga Instructor, lead ambassador in NYC).
Ashleigh will soon be leading some CBY classes at Drive 495, a Golf and Performance Center in the heart of Soho; while Brie Helmuth is organizing many different Certification Prep. workshops in the area (Contact: Art of Strength in New Jersey to Inquire). The next NYC Clubbell Yoga Seminar will be held at Om Factory on April 18/19th, sign up by February 1st for VIP Registration. We are super excited to add to our current team of instructors and continue to grow our tribe. It's the people that make this practice so incredibly awesome... both students and teachers. It draws some of the best leaders in the fitness industry.
What are some places or people that you think would benefit from integrating Clubbell Yoga into their class schedule? Keep in mind this is yoga for everyone, regardless of flexibility, spirituality, gender, yoga experience or fitness level. Clubbell Yoga is a mind body exercise that will help empower you to live the best version of yourself, by strengthening the body first so that you can sharpen your mental focus. Tell us about your favorite martial arts studio, boutique fitness studio, power yoga studio, or favorite trainer below in the comments section, so that we can get them connected before the upcoming Certification Seminar this April.
Leading from the front, Clubbell Yoga: Bridging the Gap between strength training and yoga, one Clubbell at a time.
Engaged in the movement toward more functional fitness. Mama, entrepreneur, leader, mentor, and co-creator of Clubbell Yoga.
Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International