Is that why you incorporate dance in your workouts?
I think fitness is boring. I think people don’t think outside the box. Because I’m an artist, a dancer, I’ve been on stage, and had to dress up in costumes; I have an imagination. When I train people it’s to move into their imagination. Have fun with music, listen to the lyric and music, and move your body in a certain way. I feel that way, the results come much greater because women that I train have more fun, and they’re more involved and focused. Mya’s a stage performer, she likes to perform, she’s been on stage, and she’s a recording artist so I always try to incorporate her personality into the workout.
Do you primarily work with treadmills or do you use everything?
I’m always targeting the body parts that will give females a silhouette. I do that based on what’s available to me. The treadmills in the gym, if I don’t have a gym with a treadmill, I’ll do something in the gym, on the bench, on a bike, on a mat, on the floor. I use rolling chairs and tables. Anything that’s around in the moment and I develop a workout based on the muscles to create the hourglass figure.
Have you ever struggled with your body image?
I’ve struggled with weight my whole life. They call it body dysmorphia—you have a very high expectation of what your body’s supposed to look like. I’m a very extreme person, I’ve been 90 lbs. and 180 lbs., every type of weight. I empathize with those who are emotional eaters; they have low self-esteem. That was my quest that I started out when I wanted to become a personal trainer—how do you empower women, still keep them feminine and make them love themselves? Physiologically with the body, I had to try many things. I created my own philosophy behind the hourglass shape. Combining music, doing at least 40 kinds of cardio and special moves we do to target the butt, the back, and the back of the arm.
Do you have a personal workout?
We’re all different so I do my own to take care of my body. Because I do all these workouts with so many different people that I take on their bodies. I either do Bikram Yoga or my treadmill workout for me.
What inspired you to come out with a DVD and are you coming out with a whole series?
I was inspired to keep creating new things and I understood that if I’ve done it once, then I knew I couldn’t do it again. It’s about finding new ways, and never repeating myself. My second goal would be to do a DVD series collaborating with a musician that’s just making music for the DVD, with a high fashion designer, with a photographer, or a director like Spike Lee.
Are you going to create your own workout fashion line?
What you wear to workout effects your performances so you need to feel sexy and look good and feel great. I want to come out with my own line and I want to collaborate with a high-end fashion line to do that.