The #200PlusClub

So what is the #200plusclub? It’s a group of athletes, fitness professionals, and fitness enthusiasts who currently weigh over 200lbs. It’s not all about a number on the scale.  We look beyond our dress sizes. We focus on being a healthy and whole individual.

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I first saw this hash tag from Master Trainer and Owner of Powerhouse Physique, Anowa Adjah, who had 2 twin boys via C-Section, is 5’10 and weighs 213 lbs. She’s also Nigerian (NAIJA BIG UP!). I think it’s very important to understand that a healthy body looks differently on different people. Here are photos of various olympic athletes and what healthy looks like for them. Here is a thought-provoking article from the Huffington post about what it means to be curvy athlete.

As members of the 200 plus club, here are our mantras:

We work out at least 3x a week.

We eat right.

We work out to fight against genetic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

While we are working out, we are decreasing our risks of every type of cancer.

We also work out to improve our mental health too!

Working out lowers our stress levels and helps us sleep better at night.

If we lose weight, cool. If we don’t lose weight, that’s even better because our bodies are super hot.

I wanted to take time to shout out to some other fitness professionals who are curvy and are KILLING IT!

Instructor / Studio Owner: Emma Haslam – Emma’s Pole Dancing – http://www.emmaspoledancing.co.uk

Triathlete/ Studio Owner: Krista Henderson – Born to Reign Athletics – http://www.borntoreignathletics.com/

Triathlete/ Studio Owner: Louise Green – Body Exchange North Shore – http://bodyexchange.ca/

Instructor / Studio Owner: Yoga Anna Guest Jelley – Curvy Yoga –  http://www.curvyyoga.com/

If you or any of your friends or family members are living a healthy lifestyle, over 200lbs, and want to let the world know, send me an email at curvypoledancer at gmail dot com. I’ll love to help them share their story. Have a great weekend!

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#1 Workout Principle

Find a workout that you love to do. Practice that 3-4x a week.

Here’s a list of workouts you can choose from (just to name a few). Pick one or more. Have fun!

Pole Fitness
Spin / Cycle ——> http://youtu.be/0EFJvKTaOnM
Boot Camp
RipSurfer X —–> http://youtu.be/GLN4McRPzrA
Aerial Silks
Lyra
Bikram Yoga
Parkour —–> http://youtu.be/NX7QNWEGcNI
Crossfit
African Dance
Zumba
Trampoline ——> http://youtu.be/C4V9cZXhS30
Barre
Hip Hop in Heels —–> http://youtu.be/Cd2O0NVaKVg
Swimming
Hiking
TRX Suspension Training ——> http://youtu.be/mQ4dQzblEHQ
Belly Dance
Olympic Lifting
Rock Climbing
Krav Maga ——-> http://youtu.be/tlXxVPt7rrQ
Twerking
Pilates
Kangoo Jumps ——> http://youtu.be/Gg9lcWAZfbg
Kickboxing
Mixed Martial Arts
Pound ——> http://youtu.be/A3pOjc71Kcw
Step Aerobics
Pilates Reformer ——> http://youtu.be/le1iFVxW8eY
Kayaking
Tightwire ——> http://youtu.be/KhcSOAKXc8k
Contortion
Capoeira
Trance ——-> http://youtu.be/E9Nx-QyDj9M
Rumba, ChaCha, Mambo
Break Dancing
Le Mills Body Pump ——> http://youtu.be/rsm0A1RTu6k
Hula Hooping
Fly Gym
Aerial Yoga
Tricking —–> http://youtu.be/WRGTkK8YPX8
Salsa
Swing
Gymnastics
Spanish Web ——> http://youtu.be/w7Yh1TTO8MA
Popping /Funk
Hatha Yoga
Locking
Flying Trapeze ——> http://youtu.be/WIO-lxCyiDU
Kettlebells
Hand Balancing ——> http://youtu.be/qK0itWP2Jn0
Sprinting
Triathlon Training
Long Distance Running/ Training: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, Ultramarathon
Contemporary Dance
Acroyoga / Acrobatic Partner Balancing —–> http://youtu.be/nL4kfGpa5E8
Ballroom Dance:  Two Step, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango
Recreational Sports: Racquet Ball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Flag Football, Frisbee, Kickball, Volleyball, Lacrosse, Tennis