Once I received the confirmation that I was heading in the right direction with the Hip Hop Fitness program. I began to devise a plan as to how I could grow the program. That plan involved me getting exposed to as many people as possible. Mind you I quit my previous career of graphic design + marketing to pursue this Hip Hop Fitness dream. Let me repeat. I left a 6 figure career behind to pursue this dream. This meant that I had time on my hands. I used that time to apply and audition for jobs at various commercial gyms around Central Ohio. All the jobs I auditioned for I ended up landing. By the time I was done with my hip hop fitness instructor job search. I was scheduled to instruct 21 classes a week all over the city.
Twenty one classes a week was a little tough I must say. I was doing three classes a day on average. Sometimes I taught classes back to back. I was tired and wore out. This put a lot of strain on my body. Imagine teaching 21 classes a week for over a year with no break, no vacation. I remember taking one sick day off due to acquiring the flu. After the fever broke the first 24 hours I was back in class. This was the only way I was able to make a living at the time plus It was part part of the plan. The classes I taught reached the upper nineties to the hundreds so it was evident that my plan paid off big time 😁. Once I started seeing these results. I sought to develop my program outside the commercial gyms. I was trying to figure what was the best way to go about this. An opportunity appeared to me via an Zumba instructor who was leaving the commercial gym grind to start her own thing.
I must say that I was excited about this initial offer. I began to dream of all the possibilities it would afford me. Breaking free from the world of someone trying to tell me what to play, what to do, how to do it and when to do it. I left a few of the gyms that I was at in order chase the independence this Zumba instructor had promised me. It was originally told to me that I would be able to do my own program and run my own business. This didn’t happen. The instructor actually started paying me $15 per class. This was significantly less than what I was making at the other gyms. They told me that they were going to let me do my own program in a little bit but for now that it’s best that I work for them. I did so with the premise of thinking that I was going to prove myself and show my worth. This arrangement went on for 6+ months.