Staying active has always been a big part of my life. I played basketball from when I was a little kid all the way through high school. When I was in college, I was dancing at Bhangra competitions anywhere from 3-5 times a year and the bulk of my time was devoted to becoming the best dancer I could. After graduating three years ago, I’ve tried to add on a few more activities to that list including weightlifting, boxing, Insanity and, of course, BollyX.
For me, Body Empowerment is about taking on personal challenges, never letting myself be held back by physical limitations and proving that I can overcome the obstacles in front of me. Whether that’s learning new dance moves, working on my jump-shot, hitting PRs on the bench-press or even powering through a heart-pumping BollyX class, I love the opportunities to show myself how far I’ve come and aspiring to see how far I can go. There have been numerous setbacks along the way (see: injuries) but the most important thing I’ve learned is that success comes down to realistic goal-setting, and adjusting expectations and routine based on reality. I’m the only one who has to live with myself 24/7 — it’s important that the guy who looks back at me in the mirror knows that I’m putting in the work to become the most well-rounded and capable individual I can be. Body empowerment is as much a mental and emotional challenge as it is a physical one, and it’s amazing how much you can learn about yourself when you dive into the process.
What I love about BollyX is the sense of accomplishment and in knowing that I managed to finish a 50-minute workout even though I was feeling the burn in the first 10 minutes. But what continues to amaze me about the program and the company is the BollyX team’s ability to consistently foster and develop the mental and emotional side of body empowerment throughout the class. No matter what your fitness level, coordination level or dancing ability is, they are always encouraging you and genuinely excited and thrilled to see you rock the f*ck out. It doesn’t matter if you can’t dance at high intensity all the time, or if your feet are getting a little tangled up — all that matters is that you’re pushing yourself relative to your abilities and having a great time while you do it. That vibe and positive reinforcement is what makes this program so unique and the infectious, inspiring attitude that fuels it is the definition of Body Empowerment.