TDR REVIEW!: BLACK GIRLS WORKOUT, TOO! Total Body Revolution Fitness DVD!Dec 28
Oftentimes we hear about or come across fitness dvds which are either too advanced or too boring. Then enters Ellen and Lana Ector, a mother/daughter fitness duo based out of Atlanta, GA, determined to change the perception of fitness in the world of black women. Step inside The Dark Room to see what TDR thought about their debut fitness disc, Black Girls Workout, TOO! Total Body Revolution.!
Having been called trainers to some of Hollywood’s sexiest ladies, including Niecy Nash and Stacey Dash, personal trainers, Ellen and Lana Ector are revolutionizing the fitness industry. The owners of GYMnetics Fitness, located near Midtown Atlanta, have become known for one thing, and one thing only, quick, jaw dropping results! Their popular, much talked about group classes quickly made out-of-towners and other women wanting to get fit, ask if they would ever release a dvd.
At 60 years old, Ellen Ector is a sight to see. Add in her equally sculpted daughter, Lana , dubbed The Fitness Vixen, and you have a dynamic force motivating you to lift, kick, punch and squat the pounds away. The 45 minute disc is different because unlike other popular workout videos, you don’t see five or six perfectly fit and even more perfectly casted fitness models behind the instructor. Instead, you see some of Ellen and Lana’s personal clients who have used GYMnetics and the Black Girls Workout, TOO! routine to get rid of the weight they always wanted to lose. All 400-lbs of it. “This dvd is NOT for the advanced women or the women who trains rigorously everyday”, says Ellen. “This disc is for the everyday women, the mom, the business women, the blogger, the girl that wants to finally change her life.” Ellen, who has been in the fitness industry for almost 20 years started first by establishing a roster of NBA and NFL Wives. “Over the last 10 years, the idea of attending your husband’s game or a family outing with the team, turned into an event. Women started wanting to look better. They began dressing in 6 inch heels for basketball and football games. Because of this, personal training and working out became very popular. Although always very important, the concern about a woman’s physical appearance went into overdrive. Wives, or even at times, their husbands would see me at the gym, and would say, “I want you to train my wife!”.
So how do they explain that aggressive but inspiring tagline, Black Girls Workout, TOO!? ”There are so many generalizations about black women and fitness. People believe that we don’t workout or that if we do workout, we only workout our lower body because we don’t want to mess up our hair”, Lana jokingly says. “We do workout. We do jog. We swim. We lift weights. We ARE focused on our health just as much as any other race.” Not so, says the latest statistics which state that 4 out of 5 black women are considered overweight or obese. “We plan to change that. Thats why we have started this initiative. We want black women to know and understand that working out is probably not something you will love, but is something that we MUST do. It’s like drinking water. We need it.” says Ellen.
Writer Alison Randal of The New York Post is quoted saying, “What we need is a body-culture revolution in black America. Why? Because too many experts who are involved in the discussion of obesity don’t understand something crucial about black women and fat: many black women are fat because we want to be.”
Referencing the centuries long love affair and appreciation of the over exaggerated hips and thighs of a black women, one would assume that in our culture, being fat is fine. The Ectors don’t agree with that. ”Im a firm believer in toned body parts , but I’m also a firm believer in the beautiful curves that black women are naturally blessed with,” says Lana. “We are not saying that maintaining your curves is not a good thing, but curves should be in the right places.”
“With $174 billion a year spent on diabetes-related illness in America and obesity quickly overtaking smoking as a cause of cancer deaths, it is past time to try something new.”
Maybe that “something new,” is Ellen and Lana Ector.
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