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Andia Winslow and Monique Walton, Creators of Legacy Workout, Join Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls ® as Guest Workshop Facilitators: “Cinematic wellness movement” founders featured as contributors for renowned youth summer camp that celebrates artistic expression, social justice and empowerment
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NEW YORK, NY (August 18, 2015)
On Wednesday, August 19th, Andia Winslow and Monique Walton will present Legacy Workout curriculum to attendees of Girls Rock! Camp, a major initiative of non-profit gender justice organization Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls ® based in New York City.
Celebrating it’s 10th year of creatively educating campers ages 8-18, the award-winning Girls Rock! Camp not only provides daily instrument instruction and band practice but also ancillary workshop tracks that allow attendees to engage more intensively with themes central to the organization’s mission. In the Movement & Body Care Track, “we’ll learn how to celebrate our bodies rather than think negatively about them. We’ll practice being active, being whole and caring for ourselves” says Program and Communications Director Gracie Aghapour.
In 2014, on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Andia and Monique created a short film in which each historical character was paired with a physical fitness manifestation. The multidisciplinary project sought to pay homage while educating muscle and mind through kinetic storytelling. Following it’s public debut at the ImageNation Cinema Foundation Belletrix exhibit and New York Women in Film and Television panel discussion, Legacy Workout received acclaim and was featured by Colorlines, xoJane, Well+Good, Daily Burn and Brooklyn Independent Media. Of the work, Oscar nominated Director Ava DuVernay wrote, “Whoa. This is brilliant to me. Will speak to some of us loudly and clearly. Brava!”
Legacy Workout encourages reflection of purpose that celebrates self-care yet simultaneously goes beyond the physical self. “We understand how girls, women (transgender and cisgender) and gender non-binary peoples’ bodies are often undervalued, shamed and targeted. At Girls Rock! Camp, we’re honored to have Andia & Monique offering an empowering and fun way to fight against that” explains Aghapour.
About Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Founded in 2004, the non-profit music and mentoring program is named after Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, a blues and rock performer/songwriter who was one of the first women to play the music that came to be known as “rock n’ roll.” The organization brings together girls and women from diverse communities and encourages them to explore self-expression through music, hone their critical thinking skills, build meaningful alliances with other girls and women, develop confidence in making healthy choices in their lives, and effect positive change in their communities and in the world. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls operates a summer day camp, after school programs, and community events in New York City. www.williemaerockcamp.org
About Legacy Workout Choreographed in 2014, Legacy Workout is a multidisciplinary fitness, film and education project dedicated to honoring “legacy makers.” Those who used, and continue to use, their physical bodies and bodies of work to address crises, combat injustice and affect global and historic change. It was created by the Founders of The Fit Cycle, a cinematic wellness movement that works to inspire people from all walks of life to live more active and engaged lives. www.LegacyWorkout.com
For inquiries and booking, please contact Press at: TheLegacyWorkout@gmail.com
For many of us, exercising is something we know that we should do – but not always something for which we have time or energy. With ever-increasing schedule demands –work, family, activities– it can seem impossible to include fitness on the calendar.
But what if I told you that you could jump-start a new fitness routine and boost your overall health and wellness even with your very tight schedule? Would you be down? It’s possible, I promise!
Over the years, I’ve learned that motivation and commitment are the keys most essential to any fitness regimen. I’ve also figured out how to create fitness plans that maximize results for those who are constantly on the move and can’t spend hours at the gym.
You can now share in my tips to success –as well as customized workout moves– in my new online workshop Jumpstart Your Fitness Routine. I’ll break down everything you need to know, demonstrate fitness techniques and detail fitness hacks that maximize your time and space. This 5-day course is designed to help you reinvigorate your health + fitness goals and it starts today! Click here to join me.
If you thought you heard me on the radio, you might have! My new professional hobby: Voice Over Acting. I love it!
Today has been a day of observation AND a day of action. These are increasingly troubled times. My hope is that positive reflection on examples of strength and perseverance will radiate outwardly towards our communities and the world.
As Monique Walton and I relaunch Legacy Workout, we hope that you will take part in the #MOVEment by answering the question: “Who moves you?” This is a highly personal exercise. It can be someone that you know. It can be someone that you wish you knew. It can be a group of people. It can be a moment in time. Once you’ve identified your subject –and if you’re interested in participating publicly in this self-care social experiment– we ask that you:
1/ Watch #LegacyWorkout
2/ Take a photo and/or video of YOU doing a move, an exercise. Remember, it should answer the question: Who moves you?
3/ Post to your social media accounts: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, BurnThis, etc
4/ In the comments section:
a. MOVE’s name. Who the move is named after. (The “who” can be a person, group of people, pivotal moment in history)
b. Why they are important to you OR Why you chose to name the move after that person/people/point in time
5/ Hashtags: #WhoMovesYou and #LegacyWorkout
EXAMPLE: A picture of you doing a wall sit.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Thank you!
Hope that you’ll be able to take part in these upcoming events:
Please join me for my NFL Superbowl XLIX inspired Winter Workout. Score with moves that were curated to take you from the 10 Yard Line to the End Zone. 1st live event in New York City on Saturday, January 17th at 8:00AM. FREE! #Touchdown10
RSVP: Email Andia@AndiaWinslow.com or Call Athleta Flatiron 212.929.0512.
GO RED FOR WOMEN
Excited to announce that I’ll Co-Chair the “Open Your Heart” Committee for the American Heart Association, Brooklyn Chapter. Join me for my first food and fitness fundraising event of the year on Saturday, January 24th at Mile High Run Club in New York City. If you’re unable to make it out in person, you can still support the research and prevention of heart disease, the number one killer of women. Consider donating: HERE! #GoRed
Get it in where you can fit it in, Andia
T-minus two weeks until Thanksgiving. Can you believe it? Let’s collectively not wait until after the ever-lengthening holiday season to reboot fitness goals! Here’s a look at the bigger picture.
How can you tell if it is time for a fitness reboot?
If boredom sets in during the regular fitness routine, followed by apathy towards exercise in general, it’s definitely time for a fitness tune up! If you avoid outings or leisure time that involves physical activity –hiking, biking, bowling, beach play, recreation league softball even– for fear of sweating and breathing hard or you avoid form revealing workout clothes, that tune up needs to come sooner than later. The mental stress and self-deprication associated with “not working out enough (or at all)” shouldn’t supersede the physical stress that a normal body endures during exercise. Avoiding friends and family who’ve seen your “normal” for fear that they will comment, critique and judge “the new you,” make the tune up a priority. Altering lifestyle routine(s) and personal relationships instead of changing fitness routines is a sign that you are no longer “living” and simply existing. Tune up!
How do you pick a fitness routine that works for you?
It’s important, especially as you age, to approach exercise and wellness in a balanced manner. This means a healthy combination of nutrition, hydration, cardio, resistance training, stretching and core work, both abdominals and lower back. In my experience, many folks’ attempts at “tune ups” involve too much too soon. A better exercise goal is to design a program that is manageable, sustainable and changes every four weeks to ensure that the body does not become too accustomed to the work and plateau.
Depending on the intensity of workouts, the American Heart Association advises working out for at least 30 mins, 5 days per week. Remember though, the greater the intensity, the shorter the required duration and frequency per week. Understanding typical busy working-adult lives, I usually advise that clients workout at least three times per week emphasizing different modalities each day (resistance, stretching, cardio) to keep the body fresh and mind engaged.
Why, besides “looking good,” is exercise important?
Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, more than all cancers combined, and it is both preventable and reversible through commitment to exercise and healthy diet. For many, this means simply engaging in aerobic activities like walking and jogging. Resistance training is often neglected but it should be brought to the forefront, especially for women as they often suffer from bone density issues as well. Also, training fast twitch muscle fibers will help people be more reactive in daily life — avoiding falls, being more responsive, etc.
What’s more exciting is the fact that physicality stimulates drive, innovation and creativity! This is especially important in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive society. Sure, the black dress or tailored blazer may fit better but being more connected with one’s body is the true measure of success and a gift to oneself.
What can you do to start your fitness reboot, right now?
The awesome thing about exercise that many people forget is that is doesn’t have to be punishment! In fact, it can involve play and even fun. Dancing, playing with your kids in the backyard, frolicking with your pet at the dog park, joining a recreational kickball league, planning a “heart hour” with friends. What’s more, exercise bouts add up! What does this mean? Interstitial moments of physical activity during a busy day add up and create the same value as sustained workouts. 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, 12 minutes later!
I encourage clients to curate their own workouts in nontraditional places and with non-traditional exercise equipment when they can’t make it to the gym. Often times these workouts don’t require any equipment and minimal space is needed. At work, setting an alarm for every hour and standing up from the desk to do 15 squats and arm circles. In the kitchen, doing overhead presses with the fruit bowl (Kitchen Workout), while tackling mountains of laundry using the dryers edge as a push-up platform (Laundromat Workout) and even while commuting to work in the city center (Subway Workout).
Finally, I recommend note taking and data analysis. What did you eat — snap a photo with your smart device. You know that you were planning to post on instagram anyway! Keep record of your workouts in a notebook or with tracking software. Analytics will keep you on track, help with goal setting strategies and prove that the commitment to self was worth it!Turn up and Tune up, Andia