Take a Tour of The Vixen Workout Studio in Miami, FL

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Inside View and More!

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by our brand new dance fitness studio, you absolutely should! Why? Well, the entire facility is designed to make you feel like you’re on tour and, after just one visit, you’ll probably start feeling like you’re ready to headline at the next MTV VMA’s (Video Music Awards). Follow us through an inside view of the experience:

The first thing you want to do when you step into Vixen Workout Studio is getting your “Backstage Pass” or “Ticket” at the “Box Office” (a.k.a. Front Desk)…

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After your credentials are all set, proceed “Backstage” to get ready for the “Show” (a.k.a Class)…

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Once you’re ready to perform, head to the “Stage” entrance (a.k.a Dance Room entrance) for “Call Time”…

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“On Stage”, remember to warm up, stretch, take a few deep breaths, and do whatever you gotta do to get in the zone… Ready for Showtime?

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Important! Don’t forget to stay after class for the group pic. It is especially useful to tease your followers on social media 😉

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If you find yourself in need of help after class but the “Crew” (a.k.a. Staff) is unavailable due to an overflow of “Talent” (a.k.a. Instructors & Clients) or VIPs (a.k.a. Members), then you can find the HQ Team inside the “Production Office” and they will gladly provide assistance…

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We hope you have an amazing experience at the Vixen Workout Studio in Wynwood!

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Studio Address: 547 NW 28th Street, Miami, FL 33127

Parking: Metered For Now (we are actively working to improve this)

Contact Info: 786-334-6802  |   info@vixenworkout.com

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To save 20% on your class pass or membership, use code: MEMORIAL20 (valid until Monday, May 29th at 11:59 PM)

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This article was written by Sonja Edel


Meet Janet Jones, Founder of the Vixen Workout.

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Torch 1,000 Calories in Wynwood With This Former Miami Heat Dancer

Vixen Studio has it down to a science: leggings, flannel and lipstick

 

First rule of Vixen: You do not talk about Vixen. Not when you can Instagram about it at a glam bar with selfie-optimal lighting.

And at the new Vixen Studio in Miami, that’s only expected. The successful hip-hop dance fitness class founded by former Miami Heat dancer Janet Jones recently opened its first 3,000-square-foot permanent studio in Wynwood, not far from where the Vixen workout founder got her start.

“I was a dancer. Then, I got into choreography and production, which led me to become a talent agent for dancers,” Jones told the Observer. “My first agency was called Jones Talent and it was located on 36th street and North Miami Avenue back in 2006. So, I’ve always loved [the Wynwood] area. I love the energy here. It’s like coming full circle, opening a studio here.”

And for the legions of women who count themselves as part of the “Vixen Army,” that means the chance to channel their inner Rihanna or Beyoncé, seven days a week. The new studio features a retail space where merchandise is displayed on concert tour crate cases, a pre- and post-workout lounge and a larger-than-life vanity accompanied by director’s chairs for make-up touch ups before the class begins. But the main attraction is the space’s “Center Stage.” Dancers file in beneath a large marquee box into a dance studio that recreates a live-stage experience through an hour-long sweat session featuring concert lights, loud hip hop and sexy choreography—with moves like the “kitten pose” and plenty of body rolls. Each class torches between 400-600 calories for new dancers, and up to 1,000 calories for the veterans.

“Up to now, we’ve been operating via pop-up. We’ve never had the opportunity to really provide a true Vixen workout experience, which was always to give the public a sense of what it feels like to be up on stage,” Jones said. “So, if you notice, the studio looks like you’re on stage. This is actual stage flooring.”

But the uniform found in pop-up classes all around the country remains the same. And the women of the Vixen Army have it down to a science: black leggings, flannel shirt wrapped around the waist, lipstick and wedge sneakers, if they’re feeling up to the challenge. This uniform is part of the Vixen persona—one that’s found itself as voice for women’s empowerment.

“What inspired the whole workout, was not only my dance experience, but my leaving it behind. In doing that, I came to realize what most women go through. It’s that 9 to 5 grind being repeated over and over again. Life just becomes an autopilot experience,” said Jones. “And that had never happened to me before, because my life had been on the stage—it was always those moments of being the most alive ever, over and over again. I then realized that most woman had never even experienced that ‘alive’ feeling. Because they’re so tied up in their routine, they don’t even get the opportunity to discover who they are on the inside.”

“Dance forces you to do that. You don’t have time to think,” Jones continued. “It’s a black room, the lights are off and you have no other choice than to connect with yourself and what the music makes you feel. And that feeling, if you take it outside of the studio, makes you start asking questions about your life. And that changes people.”

As for the future of Vixen, Jones has her sights set on another flagship location in Manhattan, with the possibility of expansion to the West Coast. “We have over 150 certified instructors that are all over the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic,” said Ms. Jones. “I’d like to have those flagships—places where our certified instructors can come in and know what they’re supposed to replicate. But for now, I’m happy to continue focusing on expanding the certified instructor program as much as I can.”

Jackie Gutierrez-Jones is a freelance editor and writer who covers lifestyle, travel and parenting. She’s contributed her local expertise and copy to UrbanDaddy, Time Out, Mommy Nearest, Vivala, Eater Miami Citizine.tv, Whole Foods Market and the Frost Museum of Science. Follow her on Twitter at @jaxiscool.

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Vixen Army: Senior Vanessa Richter introduces empowering workout class to campus

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The overhead lights dim, the multicolored dance lights flicker across the ceiling and roughly 30 excited girls crowd close to the mirror, stretching and striking a few poses — walking into a Vixen Workout class can be intimidating.

Within moments, however, Vanessa Richter, Vixen Workout instructor and Tulane senior, leads you through a militant call-and-response of self affirmation: “Yes, I’m sexy, yes I’m fierce, yes I got this, yes!”

This femme-fierce attitude is what defines Vixen. Originally inspired by the Miami clubbing scene, Vixen is an “intense hip hop cardio” workout class. Instead of doing squats or crunches, class attendees spend the hour-long class popping, locking and booty dropping.

And now, with the help of Richter, one of the youngest instructors of the “Vixen Army,” Vixen has arrived at the Reily Student Recreation Center.

“At first, it had a little bit of a negative stigma, because it sounds like this sexy workout class, so they didn’t want to approve it at first,” Richter said.

After teaching practice classes for free to friends and friends-of-friends, Richter returned with a petition and her own personal “Vixen Army” to again request that Vixen be featured at Reily.

“It wasn’t until I started teaching and I did my demo class that they could really understand what it was,” Richter said, “How it’s not just sexy dancing, but it’s bringing these women together, and it’s an escape, where you can be this alter-ego or find your true self and let go.”

With the lights down, and the sounds of Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj or Pitbull blaring around you, whatever inhibitions you might have had about an hour-long workout class chock full of hair flipping and sexy strutting are left at the door — that’s the beauty of Vixen. As it says on the Vixen website, “Each workout creates a fun club atmosphere where women can let loose, forget responsibilities and transform into their ‘alter-ego’ or as we say ‘getting your Beyoncé, Ciara, Rihanna on.’”

Richter ensures a space of empowerment by beginning every class reminding everyone that the class is a safe environment.

“I always say it’s a safe space, no judgments, and that is rare, especially in college when a lot of women are going through a hard time,” Richter said, “And a big transition and trying to figure out who you are and what you want in your life, and I think that escape is really special.”

It’s this attitude of female empowerment, of sisterhood and of acceptance that makes Vixen unique. Walking into the class might be intimidating, especially if you haven’t gone before. The routines build in difficulty throughout the semester, so attending for the first time can be confusing, but by the end, you realize everyone is too busy sweating and panting to bother checking anyone else out in the mirror.

“I always say to push yourself out of your comfort zone, and you’ll discover things about yourself that you didn’t even know you could feel or do,” Richter said. “This class is a safe space that we’ve created, with a sisterhood of women.”

See original article HERE

Vixen Workout Founder Janet Jones to Open Wynwood Studio

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Janet Jones shows off Vixen Workout’s newest studio in Wynwood.
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Janet Jones wants you to shake things up — and not just your booty. The founder of Vixen Workout, a hip-hop-inspired dance-fitness program, is opening a new studio May 1 in Wynwood after a five-year journey of rediscovering herself.

“All of us, as women, go through the same thing,” she says, “growing up with mixed messages about what we’re supposed to be.”

Jones began her rich and varied life as a dancer in classical ballet and explored many forms of movement, including martial arts. She earned a BFA, performed with the Miami Heat Dancers, and worked in Los Angeles with celebrity choreographers in the entertainment industry. She honed her knack for stage production while dancing on major artists’ tours and TV network shows.

Once she returned to Miami, the business-savvy Jones opened a talent agency for dancers. It all looked good. But the agency took a hit in 2008 during the Great Recession. So she settled into a more traditional life: marriage, motherhood, and a job in corporate America.

“I stopped listening to my heart and was trying to fit into a mold,” she says. “I thought that would be my happily ever after. I thought all of that would make me an adult. But it was the death of my spirit.”

The 9-to-5 grind drove her into depression. “Most women never discover what it’s like to be alive,” she says. “We go to work. We serve everyone else. We put ourselves last.

“You can read dozens of books and attend dozens of seminars on empowerment,” she adds. “But you are still in a battle with everything you’ve heard and seen through society’s messaging.”

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Vixen Workout founder Janet Jones.
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The year Vixen Workout was born, Jones had no idea her heart’s calling would come back so strongly. It all began innocently enough and perhaps a bit un-Vixen like: She simply added a Monday-night fitness class for moms at a dance studio for kids she opened in 2012.

Business picked up. By 2013, she had so many women signing up for the hip-hop-inspired cardio routines that she moved classes to a larger space in Coconut Grove. By then, more than 100 members of the Vixen Army — as loyal fans are called — were consistently lining up for each class of the workout that helps women get their “Beyoncé, Ciara, and Rihanna on” while reclaiming their self-confidence.

“Vixen is such a powerful force in the empowerment of women because it forces you to mute decades of negative messaging that we all carry in our heads,” she says.

That same year, Jones opened pop-ups in Manhattan. By 2015, she had created a certification program for the signature workout. Today 120 certified instructors and counting teach Vixen Workout across the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.

On May 1, Jones will open the first stand-alone Vixen Workout studio in Wynwood. She has no regrets about having to start all over again. Her passion for dance has come full circle in a more balanced life.

Dance was the answer, which she hopes will help other women on their own paths. “Dance forces you to disconnect from your consciousness and connect with bodily self and spiritual self,” she explains, “your truest self.”

Jones has since remarried and is raising her daughter, now 7, who started dancing a year ago. “Vixen isn’t a children’s dance class, but she asks to come to work with me because she loves to see everyone dance,” she says of her daughter.

The majority of Miami’s Vixen Army, who are encouraged to vamp up their workout looks with “red lipstick and hair done like they’re performing in their own concert,” range in age from their 20s to 30s. “But we’ve got college-aged girls,” Jones says, “and recently a woman celebrated her 65th birthday party with Vixen.”

The Vixen Workout is open to all levels. Classes teach easy-to-learn routines with variations inspired by whatever is trending in pop culture. Atmosphere lighting adds a glam vibe to the one-hour fitness practice, which is a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout disguised as choreography. “It’s what makes Vixen so fun,” Jones says. “If there’s a viral dance, we’ll incorporate it. But the fundamentals are the same.”

Jones began her dance career as a little girl wearing a tight ballerina bun, but now she lets her hair — and spirit — flow freely. “You need to take care of yourself first,” she says, “so you can be better prepared to take care of others.”

See original article HERE

Vixen Workout Founder Janet Jones to Open Wynwood Studio

 

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Janet Jones shows off Vixen Workout’s newest studio in Wynwood.

By | APRIL 18, 2017

Janet Jones wants you to shake things up — and not just your booty. The founder of Vixen Workout, a hip-hop-inspired dance-fitness program, is opening a new studio May 1 in Wynwood after a five-year journey of rediscovering herself.

“All of us, as women, go through the same thing,” she says, “growing up with mixed messages about we’re supposed to be.”

Jones began her rich and varied life as a dancer in classical ballet and explored many forms of movement, including martial arts. She earned a BFA, performed with the Miami Heat Dancers, and worked in Los Angeles with celebrity choreographers in the entertainment industry. She honed her knack for stage production while dancing on major artists’ tours and TV network shows.

Once she returned to Miami, the business-savvy Jones opened a talent agency for dancers. It all looked good. But the agency took a hit in 2008 during the Great Recession. So she settled into a more traditional life: marriage, motherhood, and a job in corporate America.

“I stopped listening to my heart and was trying to fit into a mold,” she says. “I thought that would be my happily ever after. I thought all of that would make me an adult. But it was the death of my spirit.”

The 9-to-5 grind drove her into depression. “Most women never discover what it’s like to be alive,” she says. “We go to work. We serve everyone else. We put ourselves last.

“You can read dozens of books and attend dozens of seminars on empowerment,” she adds. “But you are still in a battle with everything you’ve heard and seen through society’s messaging.”

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The year Vixen Workout was born, Jones had no idea her heart’s calling would come back so strongly. It all began innocently enough and perhaps a bit un-Vixen like: She simply added a Monday-night fitness class for moms at a dance studio for kids she opened in 2012.

Business picked up. By 2013, she had so many women signing up for the hip-hop-inspired cardio routines that she moved classes to a larger space in Coconut Grove. By then, more than 100 members of the Vixen Army — as loyal fans are called — were consistently lining up for each class of the workout that helps women get their “Beyoncé, Ciara, and Rihanna on” while reclaiming their self-confidence.

“Vixen is such a powerful force in the empowerment of women because it forces you to mute decades of negative messaging that we all carry in our heads,” she says.

That same year, Jones opened pop-ups in Manhattan. By 2015, she had created a certification program for the signature workout. Today 120 certified instructors and counting teach Vixen Workout across the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.

On May 1, Jones will open the first stand-alone Vixen Workout studio in Wynwood. She has no regrets about having to start all over again. Her passion for dance has come full circle in a more balanced life.

Dance was the answer, which she hopes will help other women on their own paths. “Dance forces you to disconnect from your consciousness and connect with bodily self and spiritual self,” she explains, “your truest self.”

Jones has since remarried and is raising her daughter, now 7, who started dancing a year ago. “Vixen isn’t a children’s dance class, but she asks to come to work with me because she loves to see everyone dance,” she says of her daughter.

The majority of Miami’s Vixen Army, who are encouraged to vamp up their workout looks with “red lipstick and hair done like they’re performing in their own concert,” range in age from their 20s to 30s. “But we’ve got college-aged girls,” Jones says, “and recently a woman celebrated her 65th birthday party with Vixen.”

The Vixen Workout is open to all levels. Classes teach easy-to-learn routines with variations inspired by whatever is trending in pop culture. Atmosphere lighting adds a glam vibe to the one-hour fitness practice, which is a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout disguised as choreography. “It’s what makes Vixen so fun,” Jones says. “If there’s a viral dance, we’ll incorporate it. But the fundamentals are the same.”

Jones began her dance career as a little girl wearing a tight ballerina bun, but now she lets her hair — and spirit — flow freely. “You need to take care of yourself first,” she says, “so you can be better prepared to take care of others.”

Vixen Workout Studio
Opens May 1 at 547 NW 28th St., Miami. Members-only, soft-opening limited classes begin Sunday, April 23. Free open house with 30-minute preview classes every hour Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP on Eventbrite. Visit vixenworkout.me.

Vixen Workout Studio: Opening Schedule

#VIXENARMY Are you ready?!!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.  During the month of April, the Vixen Workout will transition to the new Wynwood Studio.  We will continue to hold classes with a limited schedule at our Body & Soul location until the studio opens on April 29th.  Below you will find the schedule of classes and special events leading up to our opening day.  

(Broward schedule will remain the same.)

 SOFT OPENING SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

We will have a limited class schedule at Body & Soul leading up to our Wynwood Studio opening on April 29th.  Thursday, April 13th will be our last class at Body & Soul.   

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#VIXENARMY who have taken advantage of our Studio Membership Pre-sales have the opportunity to be the first to preview the studio and break-in the new dance room with a class with Founder, Janet Jones and our best Master Trainers.  If you have a membership, make sure to RSVP for the Members Only Hard Hat Tour and Preview Class below.

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If you’re on the fence on whether or not you should get a membership, we say YASSSSS gurl do it! Let us tell you why.– Once we open for official business, the rate of our membership will go up (to $150 to be exact).  Although the perks will be the same, the fees for additional classes & late cancel/no-shows are a bit more expensive.  Our membership only requires a 3-month commitment (a big YAS for us commitment-phobes).  To sign up for the Pre-Sale Membership click below.

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Here is the schedule effective May 1st.  We will be adding classes to our morning and early evening schedule in May.  

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The Wynwood Studio is located at 547 NW 28 Street Miami, FL 33137 right next to the Miami Ad School.

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Monica Auslander Nutrition Tips

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MAJOR KEY ALERT: Out with the old, in with the HEALTHY

From NOT, to a simple (and delicious) SWAP. Whoever said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it too didn’t try hard enough, because I’ll let you in on a secret – DIETITIANS LOVE CAKE! Too good to be true? Keep on reading… With each of these “swaps” you are set up to slay unnecessary fat and sugar plus gain fiber, protein, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, without any #foodcrazy (you know – that guilty voice that prattles on about how you don’t DESERVE to eat)…

The allure of nutrition fads, gimmicks, and trends is remarkable. Even I, a registered dietitian with a Master’s degree, years of clinical experience in an academic hospital, and published research have fallen prey at times (hence: the four-hundred-dollar liver “cleanse” pack I purchased from a holistic doctor rotting under my bed). As the dietitian, I stand for science. I stand for what I call “Earth Foods,” (foods with minimal processing that come from the earth or a living creature on Earth) which embody the science of nutrition.

I’ve had countless exasperating, misguided clients who simply do not understand that nutrition is, at its core, a science. Mine usually sit across from me in my office and earnestly “admit” that they eat “too much” fruit and attribute mango intake to their weight gain. This is laughable. Fruit, or any Earth Food, is not to be vilified! It’s poor food preparation, poor food planning, portion distortion, emotional/psychosocial factors, and poor food choices over time that create negative weight outcomes. Some of my clients balk at eating a single date because there is just “so much” sugar but will guzzle Diet Coke, a known metabolic disruptor, by the gallon. They’ll reject my promise that you can eat an entire avocado every single day and that you don’t have to measure out blueberries, but will imbibe “Alien Foods” – foods that are NOT from this planet, and avoid the big picture – changing your nutrition LANDSCAPE.


SO:  Here’s my list of DROPS and SWAPS, dietitian-style. Because being healthy is about balance, not going BALLISTIC about veganism or Paleo or alkaline diets or your arm fat.

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  • DROP the white pasta and SWAP it for ‘zoodles’ (zucchini noodles) or spaghetti squash. For the ‘zoodles’ buy a $10 spiralizer (available on Amazon) and get to spiralizing (also works with yellow squash, carrots, cucumbers.. you get the gist). For the spaghetti squash, cut in half, scoop out the seeds, rub with olive oil, salt & pepper, and bake for 35-45 mins in a 400°F oven. Once tender scrape a fork along the inside and see spaghetti appear in front of your eyes!

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  • DROP the ice cream and SWAP is for “nice-cream”. This can be in the form of frozen bananas blended with cacao powder or PB2 peanut butter powder, or frozen strawberries blended with some plain yogurt!

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  • DROP the white flour and SWAP it for almond, coconut, oat or buckwheat flour. These flours can be used in replacement of white flour in a ton of recipes.

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  • DROP ground beef and SWAP it for beans. Whether it be navy beans, chickpeas, kidney beans or lentils, they can ALL be used in chilis, pasta sauces (perfect with your ‘zoodles’!) and soups!

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  • DROP the mayo and SWAP it out for hummus. Adding hummus to wraps, sandwiches, or even just as a dipping sauce is an easy way to add the perfect combination of fiber, fat and protein to your diet.

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  • DROP the cream cheese on your morning (Ezekiel) toast, and SWAP it for unsweetened nut butter or ½ an avocado. Not enticing enough? Top the nut butters with sliced banana or berries and cinnamon, and top the avocado with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, feta cheese, an egg or even lox!

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  • DROP the fruit juice and SWAP it for the WHOLE fruit. I promise you will feel 10x more satisfied after eating an apple (skin and all), than after chugging a glass of apple juice (which FYI is the equivalent of four apples! Who are you, Johnny Appleseed?!)

RECAP:  Making these simple and effective swaps in your daily diet will contribute to BIG changes. You’ll feel better, while still never feeling deprived but feeling like you are THRIVING.

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Deliciously yours,

Monica Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N

Essence Nutrition, Founder

www.essencenutritionmiami.com

 

Reina Rebelde #GirlBoss

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Regina Merson is the founder and creator of Reina Rebelde, a new emerging cosmetics line taking the beauty world by storm, whose mission is all about celebrating the fierce cultural dualities of today’s Latinas. We at #VixenArmy are obsessed with Regina’s unapologetic love for her culture while owning her passion for all things beauty so much that she left a stable law career to launch the makeup line.

Check out Regina’s story below and be ready to meet your new #girlboss crush!

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  1. Who is Regina Merson?

“This is a tough one to answer, lol…I’m a proud Mexicana, born in Guadalajara, but immigrated to the United States when I was 9 years old. The transition from Mexico to the U.S. was tough for me, so I used school and education as my outlet. I became a certified bookworm. I took a liking to law and made it my goal to become a lawyer. I graduated from Yale University for undergrad and received my law degree from the University of Chicago. I spent nearly six years as a bankruptcy attorney, and although I’m beyond grateful for the experience and the incredible people that were part of the journey, I felt that my passion lived in makeup. I would spend parts of my day dreaming of lipsticks, but when I would tell the people closest to me of my idea to start a makeup line, they thought I was absolutely crazy. How could I leave a stable career I worked so hard for, for something unsure in an already saturated market? But I personally felt that no makeup brand understood me as a bilingual, bicultural Latina and the beautiful cultural relationship that Latinas have with makeup. So after an unfortunate round of layoffs at the law firm I was working at, I took it as a sign that it was time to dive head first to bring Reina Rebelde to life! 

  1. What motivates you to succeed and just keep pushing forward?

My motivation right now is simply to not disappoint myself.  In my past career, so much of my success was to make other people happy, often at the expense of my own aspirations. Now, my sheer motivation is creating a brand that I feel is an extension of myself, my passions and what I authentically share with other women. When I hear that other women and Latinas connect with Reina Rebelde and the products, that’s all the motivation I need. 

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  1. Why did you feel like you needed to start a makeup line, and specifically, one for the Latina consumer?

I felt like there was a gap in the beauty industry, specifically with how beauty brands address Latinas, which is what inspired me. You always see beauty brands address Latinas or show Latinas in a very one-dimensional way, which is the complete opposite of who Latinas are. There are so many layers/dualities to Latinas. Even with the brand name “Reina Rebelde,” which translates to “Rebel Queen,” I wanted to capture the unique dualities Latinas have to manage in their lives here in the United States (and elsewhere). Reina/Queen is a term of endearment for us, but it’s also accurate to our sense of self and relationship to our beauty. At the same time, there is a lot of fire inside of us, breaking barriers/trailblazing, which is where the Rebelde/Rebel comes from. A Reina Rebelde is many things at all times, but above all, she is always stunning and fierce in her pursuit of life. For us, it is never a decision of whether we will be a Reina/Queen or Rebelde/Rebel, we are always both.

  1. What was the transition from corporate bankruptcy attorney to entrepreneur?

The transition was exciting and energizing, but also terrifying and full of highs and lows. Like any new beginning, I believe there is a lot of blind faith one has to have in believing in yourself and trusting your ability to figure things out that are foreign and new. But there was so much positive energy that naturally comes with any new beginning, especially one you’re really passionate about, and I think it’s so important to use that energy to your benefit.

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  1. What advice do you have for women trying to start their own businesses?

Make sure you have a true passion for what it is you want to do. Having your own business is very hard. The journey is paved with so many roadblocks and obstacles along the way, and it is that fire in your gut that will help keep you going in the harder moments. And really important is to try to connect with other female entrepreneurs and get their support as a mentor. It is great to talk to people who have been through the process because, no matter the industry, the road is very similar.

  1. What’s your favorite quote?

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell

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Instructor Spotlight: Kamilah Humphrey

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  • Why did you decide to become a certified instructor?

I saw Vixen in a video clip and immediately knew it was something I needed to be a part of. I could FEEL the energy through the video and knew it was going to be something BIG. On the other hand, as a former competitive boxer who used to teach classes and train fighters, I was always known for my highly energetic classes. I soon decided that it was time to test my limits with something that was “out of the box” for me. Dancing is soooo not my thing! But I realized that if I could master this I’d be able to motivate other women to also become better versions of themselves, proving to myself and my clients that I was willing to step up my game and dedication level to my craft of fitness!

  • Tell us about your first class as a Certified Instructor for Vixen Workout:

My 1st class was AWESOME! I like my classes to be very intense so the weeks leading into my 1st class I stayed up practicing until 1-2am every day! I had over 15 ladies in my 1st class, it felt so liberating and full of energy. I immediately knew that I was going to keep Vixen as part of my fitness repertoire.

  • What is your favorite thing to do on your time off?

I am a busy body, but I am also a mother of 4 (17 year old, 14 year old, 11 year old, and 4 year old). So when I have “off time” it really just means “on time” as a mom!

  • Who is your #1 Man Crush?

Idris Elba

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  • Who is your #1 Woman Crush?

Elisabeth Akinwale (Crossfit Goddess)

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  • What would you do with your life if you had a billion dollars in the bank?

I would travel the world to learn other cultures and languages.

  • Tell us about your current goals:

My current goal is to open my own fitness studio “The Xperience by Kam” so I can eventually work for myself teaching exciting fitness classes to women!

  • What has inspired you the most in your journey as a Certified Instructor?

Honestly, I have been inspired by Janet’s journey of small beginnings as a woman and mother. Seeing how she was able to build something from nothing motivates me every day. I have been shadowing her vision and tracking the progress of her dreams to see what I can learn from her. So that one day, I can help someone else build the pathways towards their dreams.

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WHY SOME OF THE COOLEST CARDIO INSTRUCTORS ARE WEARING BEANIES WHILE THEY WORK OUT

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Joanna Numata Photo: Taryn Donofrio

By Priya Rao |February 20, 2017

Fitness fashion trends ebb and flow quicker than a six-minute Baptiste yoga sequence, but one accessory that seems to have staying power is the beanie. Show up to one of New York City’s buzzier dance cardio spots and you’ll spot someone sweating her way through the workout with a wool topper.

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And with fitfluencers like Vixen Workout’s Janet Jones, SoulCycle’s Sandra Jacob, and Broadway Dance Center’s Joanna Numata keeping their hats on (60 degree winter weather be damned), it seems to be as integral a part of the workout as mastering the grapevine.

“It puts me in my element,” says AKT in Motion founder and dance cardio superstar Anna Kaiser, who remembers sporting beanies as far back as the mid-’90s with major choreographers like Tina Landon and Wade Robson. “When you dress the part, you feel the part—and [you’re] more likely to perform that part.”

Kaiser, whose sell-out fitness fashion collab with Target featured a workout-ready beanie, notes that it’s a throwback look—but it’s not all form over function. “Beanies are such a big part of urban streetwear and that movement.” she explains. “[It’s] an homage, like baggy pants; it lends itself to a style of dancing and a way of moving.”

Plus, it’s way easier to get into choreography for “One Dance” if you’ve loosened up your ballerina bun. “Something about wearing a beanie when dancing to Drake makes me feel more comfortable,” explains Phoebe Kurtzman of Broadway Bodies. “It would be very difficult to dance to hip-hop if I was wearing a leotard and tights with my hair pulled back.”

If you’re ready to go all hats-off on this trend and, you know, keep your beanie on, there’s one style rule these pros suggest you follow: “Coverage on top means less coverage elsewhere. If I’m wearing a hat, I’m also wearing dance shorts,” says Heather Grosse of Mitchell Wayne Productions.

Kaiser agrees and says that when it comes to adding street-style elements into your workout wardrobe, the way to keep your look (and your body) cool, is to layer. “I’ll wear a hoodie that I can take off or [a] pair of sweatpants with shorts underneath.”

Fashion #fitspo aside, Numata says sometimes leaving her beanie on serves a completely practical purpose: “It gives a bit of edge to your look—just like a pop of color. But sometimes, sure, it’s about a bad hair day.” And who hasn’t had one of those?

For more ways to channel your inner badass while you workout, check out Misty Copeland’s new capsule collection for Under Armour, and see the exercises Lady Gaga uses to get hyped before she hits the stage.