Introducing: Hip-Hop Flow with Ashli Katz

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Join us this Wednesday, January 17th for the launch of Hip Hop Flow with fitness celebrity, Ashli Katz   Stretch yo’ body and yo’ mind as you flow through the movements while vibing to hop hop beats spun by hottie DJ Miss Eddy Pink.

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We first met Ashli during the Propel Co:Labs event in Miami where Janet & Ashli were both panelists and we fell in love with Ashli’s infectious energy.  

img_0922_facetune_11-01-2018-19-33-50.jpgAbout Ashli:

Ashli once dreamed of touring the world as a backup dancer, only to find her true calling lied in fitness, helping others reach their fitness and life goals. Her experience as a gymnast and dancer as a child led her to further her passion at Florida State University, majoring in Exercise Science. She has always been passionate about movement and its connection to music. Now Master Instructor for Flywheel Sports and certified yoga therapist, she continues to pursue her passion and hopes to bring the same adoration to others.

We are so excited to have Ashli join the Vixen Workout studio team and to introduce this exciting new class to our studio programming!

Visit http://www.vixenworkout.com to sign-up for class!

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Breast Cancer Under 40: What You Need to Know

Every October our news feeds and communities come together to bring awareness to Breast Cancer. As someone who is a big advocate for everything that affects women, I’ve participated in my fair share of Breast Cancer related charities & events; but to be completely honest, I never had anyone in my family or anyone I knew personally affected by Breast Cancer so there was a slight disconnect with the cause.  

A friend of mine from High School gave me a call that started with “There’s something I need to tell you”.  When you’re in your mid-thirties, the answers to that statement are usually a) you’re pregnant b) you’re getting married c) you’re getting divorced.  Never would I have EVER guessed that the words, “I have been diagnosed with breast cancer” would be said at 35.  Weeks later I found out that another girlfriend of mine, also in her mid-thirties and a mother of 3, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I immediately felt connected to this cause

In my mind, Breast Cancer wasn’t something I’d have to worry about until I was way into my Forties and even less if I had no family history of it.  Boy, was I wrong.

I contacted my friends at UM Health and asked if we can have one of their experts come to the Vixen Workout Studio and speak to our members about Breast Cancer.  Specifically, Breast Cancer awareness for those of us under 40.  

The lovely Dr. Carmen Calfa, a Breast Oncologist from the Sylvester Cancer Center, spent an afternoon with us answering some of our questions and educating us on what we need to know about Breast Cancer under 40.

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  • Her Breast Cancer patients ages range from 18 being the youngest ranging all the way to 80.
  • The fight against Breast Cancer has had a lot of progress in the last 20yrs. The Mortality rate has decreased significantly— an improvement of 40%.
  • Only 20-30% of cancers diagnosed have family history. 
  • If you don’t have any family history, being checked by 40 is still the recommended age.
  • About 12% of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives.  By contrast, 55-65% of women who inherit the BRCA gene will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime.  
  • Although the mortality rates have decreased, the drop in age where the diagnosis is happening has increased. It’s a population that usually don’t screen and don’t do mammograms because they think they’re too young.
  • 250,000 of the women living in the US today were diagnosed with breast cancer and are under the age of 40. 80% of those women found the cancer through self examination.
  • 20% of cancers can be missed by imaging.

Are there any factors causing this drop in age? Whats different?

Dr Calfa explains, Everything is different.  The food we eat, for example, in comparison to what our grandmothers used to eat.  We eat food filled with preservatives.

The amount of social drinking has increased tremendously and drinking has been associated to Breast Cancer.  We don’t really talk about it, but 1 drink a day is too much.  You need to cut your drinking to 3-5 drinks a week. 

Women are now much more focused on their careers and are pushing having children later in life and choosing not to breastfeed, some of us stay on birth control for 20+ years, all of these things contribute to increasing your risk of getting Breast Cancer.  

It’s CLEAR that you don’t need to have someone in your family diagnosed with Breast Cancer to be at risk for Breast Cancer.  What if you DO have family history, what steps do women with family history need to take to be proactive about their health?

It is so important to pay attention to your family history and to know what kinds of cancer is in your family history.  I see so many people not pay attention to the dad’s side, for example, Prostate Cancer is linked to the same gene that causes Breast Cancer and so is Lynch Syndrome.  It is important to know your family history, Mom & Dad’s side, 3 generations up.  

If you have 1st or 2nd degree family members who were diagnosed (Mothers/Fathers/Siblings/Grandparents/Aunts/Uncles) that were less than 50 when they were diagnosed, you need to get checked 10 years down. For example, if a family member was diagnosed at 45 you need to start getting checked at 35.

When getting a mammogram, go to a Radiology Certified place like the Sylvester Cancer Center.  3D Mammography is now available and it increased the detection of Breast Cancer by 40%.  Here are some awesome tips on how to self-screen and stay breast aware. 

Special Thanks to our friends at UM Health for making this happen and Dr. Calfa for educating us!

xoxo

Janet Jones

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)

STAY HUNGRY. LIVE FIERCE.  |  #VIXENARMY

 

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 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.”

Vixen Workout founder Janet Jones.

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.

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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 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.

2017 will mark a new era…

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(Everyone should know what that feels like)

June 2012, I vividly remember the feeling of my heart dropping t0 the pit of my stomach as the HR representative left my office.  She broke the news that the company was closing down and everyone had to leave…NOW.  You see, I was already let go from a corporate finance job due to downsizing and this was the first job I was able to land after months of searching (Being a former back-up dancer and choreographer isn’t a skill set thats valued in Corporate America).  At the time I was living at my moms house with my 2yr old and I was unemployed, again.  I just couldn’t catch a break.

I woke up one day after allowing myself to sulk in self-pity for a few days and decided that I was going to open a Dance Studio. I’ve taught dance since I was 18yrs old.   I’m really good at it and most importantly I love it.  I broke up with dance around 2008 after convincing myself that in order to be an “adult” I couldn’t continue pursuing silly childhood dreams.  So for me, this was like calling up the ex-love of your life to say: “Leaving you was the biggest mistake of my life… will you take me back?”

(Below are images of mine from Sept 2012-Dec 2012/ Poems, images, memories that inspired Vixen)

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I found a quaint affordable space and my family put all of our pennies together and I opened Street Jamz Studios in September 2012.   A month later I started a class called “Video Vixen”.  The class was a way for me to relive my glory days as a performer and for my friends to experience my life’s addiction for the first time.  It’s been quite the journey ever since.

The last 4yrs have been filled with so many amazing memories and lessons.  I’ve met so many amazing women and have shared in their pain and triumphs.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’ve had my share of hurdles…  I wouldn’t change a damn thing.  I am so grateful for all of it.  It’s groomed me to become wise and prepared me for whats to come. That’s the thing about life, you can’t have the good without the bad.  The bad, however, is what prepares you for the good.  Without the bad, GREAT can fall on your lap and you won’t even know what to do with it.

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That being said, 2017 marks a new era for Vixen.   We will be moving into our own home and I couldn’t be more excited.  The purpose of Vixen has always been to give women the opportunity to experience themselves as the grandest, most powerful, confident version of themselves.  To have a safe place where they can feel alive and free.  Up to now, we’ve had limited control over the experience of our clients and I’m so excited to finally be able to offer the true Vixen Experience from the moment you step foot in the door.

The Vixen Workout Studio will be opening it’s doors January 2017.  I want the studio to resemble what it feels like to be backstage in a concert venue or a marquee theater.  The dance studio will be called “the stage” and they’ll be large vanity mirrors and make-up stations resembling an old Hollywood dressing room.  I’ve added a sneak-peak of what the studio will look like below.  I’ll keep you guys updated on the process and hope to see all of you in the new space.  Love & Light, JJ

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convenience store/bar
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#vixenarmy makeup area
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JJ’s thinkbox
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