The first time I heard about dancing fitness, I wasn’t sure it was even a thing. However, that was years ago when I thought dance was just a reserve of the pros. Fast forward to 2019, Ziba Lennox caught my eye on Instagram for combining dance fitness & fashion. I had the chance to interact with Ziba Lennox, an entrepreneur and professional ballerina who is changing lives through dance. Lennox has been in the fitness industry for ten years now. Over the years, she has created and developed the revolutionary Dancing Mama Style into an irresistible trend and brand among women from all walks of life. A mother of two boys, Lennox stands both as a source of inspiration and encouragement to mothers. I spoke to Lennox about what she does, and she obliged to let me in on her success journey. There was so much to learn from this woman who believes that, “Dancing & moving are the best things you can do for your mental health.”
Growing up in a Ballet Class to Co-Founding a Company with Her Sister
Well, Lennox did not exactly grow up in a ballet class but considering that she enrolled at the tender age of two, you would be forgiven for saying she did. Her passion for dance was fanned to the extent that she became a full-blown professional ballerina. Surprisingly, or maybe not quite so, Lennox tagged her sister, Marisol, along in her love affair with the dance floor. The two were, and still, are inseparable. They even partnered to open MaZi Dance Fitness, a company that allows women to leverage dance to live healthy lives, with a focus on mental wellness. MaZi is a first of its kind in the world because they focus on the real feel of a dance studio that embraces everyone. Unlike what some might expect, Lennox went to school like all other kids and later to the University of Rochester where she graduated with an MBA in Finance. “I decided to go to business school after seeing how hard it can be to transition out of dance later in life,” she says. As you can guess, a few years in business school didn’t do much to erase Lennox’s passion for dance. The dance guru worked for Target/Best Buy in Minneapolis shortly after which she and her sister formed MaZi.
Making Profit and a Difference in Women’s Lives Without the Help of Investors
I asked Lennox what amazes her most when she looks back on how far she and her sister have come, and she told me she is proud that they, “have never had investors and were profitable since the first month of operation.” Considering that only a handful of businesses can boast of such a fete, Lennox positions herself as the daring entrepreneur who is not afraid to do things differently and win every time. Despite being tempted to think that dance is not that much of a life-impacting activity, Lennox made me realize that there is a whole lot of things people don’t know about the relationship between dance and wellness. She says, “Beyond being profitable and evolving with the fitness trends, the biggest success I feel is changing the lives of the people that come to MaZi.”
What the Future Holds
In our conversation, I must admit I wasn’t as surprised as when Lennox told me, “I don’t often think about where I’m headed. I just work as hard as I can in the moment. It’s a strength and a weakness.” Come to think of it. If the dancing mama has come this far without being obsessed and worried about the future, she is more than okay going a thousand more miles in the same fashion. The kind of easiness she approaches life with is very inspiring. However, Lennox did mention something about working on the part of her business she wants to use to create awareness on causes.
In summation, there is nothing quite like a woman motivated enough to take life by the horns. Ziba Lennox uses her experience in business, dance, and motherhood to inspire women to reach for greatness in life, and not take for granted talent and opportunity. If you are out there and like I have ever doubted the power of dance, you should reread this and share it with a friend.
Meet The Team behind the Fastest Growing Digital Fitness Franchise X28 Fitness
Gee Bryant and Jason Lobdell are both accomplished health and fitness trainers. Seemingly having woken up from the same dream one day, they have now come together again to form X28 Fitness. This digital fitness franchise is undoubtedly the fastest growing business of its kind in the country. So, what is the secret behind its success?
While Gee saw the need to educate people on how to get in shape without all the fluff, Jason wanted to change people’s lives through health and fitness. Both men had a common vision to change the lives of millions by providing curated health and fitness solutions. This is what Gee and Jason have been up to.
What Sets x28 Fitness Apart From the Rest
Gee Bryant points out that, “The fitness industry is one filled with gimmicks and promises. There is so much expectation on the client’s side and he/she gets confused about what is needed of them to get in shape.” Fully cognizant of the delusion caused by incompetent individuals and establishments in the industry, Gee and Jason set out to differentiate their franchise from the rest, as much as possible.
One way this tag team has been able to stay ahead of the competition is by applying their personal life principles and fitness regimens to what they offer their clients. That way, they are able to personalize solutions for each and every health and fitness needs of their clients. All in all, when creating workouts, Gee makes sure that he does it in a way that optimizes results and takes clients to the next level in no time. It is also noteworthy that X28 is very affordable, and especially compared to other fitness programs on the internet today.
What to Expect
Once you decide to try X28, there is so much to gain. Both Gee and Jason work with you to develop the right mindset for getting in shape. They also suggest how and what you should eat for best results. X28 is about professionalism, and their approach to each client bespeaks it. That is why when you sign up, you have the liberty to choose from four different programs. These range from beginner all the way to xtreme, allowing you to fit perfectly to your abilities as you work your way up.
Additionally, X28 presents you with a huge support system from both the trainers and support groups. This way, you have the opportunity to get into perfect shape with the right guidance. You also get access to a full supplement line made with premium ingredients to maximize the results of your activity. Simply put, there is something for everybody at X28 fitness.
Why x28 Is Here to Stay
There is no better way to put it than in the very words of the two founders behind the success of X28 fitness. Gee Bryant says, “X28 means everything to us. We literally started this company with a handshake deal, no loans, no investors, and just yearning to help people change their situation. Now we are a global brand, and there is no stopping.”
Jason Lobdell says, “You’re only born with one body, and being able to help so many people change their lives through our guidance is definitely part of the legacy we want to leave here on this earth.” Most importantly, both Gee and Jason are still pursuing the vision and mission for which they came together to form their ever-growing enterprise. They believe the work is only partly done and there are still many more people out there who need their help.
Today, more than a million souls are grateful that Gee and Jason met and founded X28, the fastest growing digital fitness franchise. Even in the wake of such a great level of success, these two men keep growing and building better lives for all the people who come to them. Gee continues to reinforce his mantra that “ Xcuses or Results; You Can’t Have Both!”, while Jason has only one thing to say to you, “Give me 1% of your trust and I’ll earn the other 99!”
To learn more about what Gee Bryant and Jason Lobdell are up to, check out their work at x28fitness.com and x28nutrition.com. There is something for everyone at X28 fitness, so head over to either or both websites and claim what’s yours.
How Stephen Campolo Built A 6 Figure Fitness Empire On Instagram
During a recent interview with Thrive Global, Stephen Campolo reveals how he has went from dead broke to building a 6 figure fitness empire and how he went from fat kid in high school to becoming a celebrity health coach and online exercise influencer. Stephen has worked with some of the top celebrities and entrepreneur in the world today and he shares his insights on fitness and health.
What’s your backstory?
I am a former fat kid turned fat loss and muscle building expert. I struggled with my weight for most of my childhood and early adult life. It wasn’t until high school that I got tired of feeling sick and tired with how I looked. So I decided to do something about it. Taking the first step of action towards bettering my health and image would start a sequence of events over the next few years that would ultimately change the direction of my life.
I became obsessed with seeing my body change week over week and I wanted to learn everything I could about the human anatomy and nutrition and weight training. My first job was working at Gold’s Gym where I was the cleaning boy, wiping down machines and cleaning bathrooms…but I didn’t care because I loved being in that atmosphere and talking to all of the personal trainers and bodybuilders, trying to soak up as much information as I could.
After graduating from college and getting my Bachelors degree I went to work in the corporate world. It was a typical 9-5 sitting in a cubicle. I did it for 2 years and was miserable every day. I knew that life wasn’t for me, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. During this time my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so I knew I didn’t want to be away from her all day. My good friend was the head personal trainer at a prominent country club where I lived and asked me to come work with him. The hours were good and the pay wasn’t bad so I did it. During this time I was training some of the most powerful CEO’s in the country and some celebrities.
About a year after being diagnosed I watched my mom take her last breath. This was a turning point in my life. She was only 52 years old. I realized how fragile life was. And I knew I didn’t want to spend my life training people. I felt like I had a lot of knowledge to share about fat loss and fitness so I started sharing my thoughts and beliefs on social media. Little by little I started gaining traction and started to build a following. At first I just wanted to do it for fun because I truly loved helping people, but I started getting tons of messages asking if I had a program to buy or if I did any coaching. This led me to create my first fat loss program.
Momentum grew and shortly after launching my program I was able to leave my personal training job and do my online fitness business full time. In a very short amount of time I have helped thousands of people all of the world reach their fitness goals and my client transformations are some of the most impressive around.
Currently I am getting ready to do something no other fitness influencer has done before. I am doing a 12-week transformation challenge in which the winner will win a brand new car. I know the hardest part about getting started is lack of motivation so if people know they can possibly win a car, then that motivation will get them to the finish line.
What made you decide to choose this career path?
Having taken control of my health and life I knew I could share my own knowledge and beliefs with others that would greatly impact their life. For me it isn’t a career, it’s a calling.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Looking back over the past few years I laugh because I truly had no idea what I was doing. I had no structured plan or idea. It was just simply me being me and sharing knowledge that I though could help others get healthier and fitter. I think sometimes being naïve and isolated can be beneficial in a sense because you are almost too dumb to believe you can’t do something, I just simply believed I was meant to help others and no one could tell me different. When you are firm in your beliefs, nothing and no one can get you off your path.
What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?
My story. I am not a genetically gifted fitness model who was born with abs and big muscles. I’ve had to work hard and overcome my own flaws and setbacks to get where I am. Sharing my personal story and vulnerabilities with my audience has allowed me to connect on a very deep and intimate level with people. People appreciate that, especially in a world full of fakes and pretenders.
What’s a quote that you live by?
“What gets measured gets managed.” This goes for your nutrition, workouts, business, relationships, spirituality. You have to know where you are in order to make adjustments to better improve things in your life.
Sam Bakhtiar On His Way To A Quarter Billion
Dr. Saman Bakhtiar, who prefers being referred as Sam, lives in an 8200 square foot $5.2 million house, Sam is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, the co-founder of The camp Transformation Center, a fitness franchising business and the CEO of One Percent Nutrition – a supplement and nutrition company.
Last year 2018 he made over 54 million in revenue. Being a car enthusiast, his car collection includes the 2017 Ferrari 488, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the 2018 Dodge Demon, the 2018 Lamborghini Performonte just to name a few and he is looking into acquiring the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista very soon. This clout, glamor, and affluence was however not handed to Sam on a silver platter. He rose from the ashes to achieve the success he has today. This is the story of how a poor refugee child from the war-stricken country Iran, came to America, making millions and is living the ultimate American dream.
Coming To America
At the age of 11 in 1985, Sam Bakhtiar and his mother packed a sack bag with $500 to their name and left their home country Iran to come to the US as refugees. This was after having to endure living under the conditions of constantly fired missiles, air strikes and bombs from the age of 3. With only one piece of luggage, a measly 500 dollars in their name and no father, the mother-son duo came to the US in search of a better life. Settling in Pennsylvania Sam was safe and no longer feared for his life.
But the hardships were yet to come to an end by a long shot. Sam began working early in his pre-teen years earning as little as 200 dollars after putting in over 128 hours a month. He went from one odd job to another with the hope of saving up enough to buy his childhood dream car which was a Volkswagen GTI.
The Turning Point
Sam Bakhtiar’s passion for fitness did not start as a business venture. It all began in school when he wanted to join the basketball team but his scrawny physique did not make the cut. His mother, however, told him not to give up, suggested he join the local boys’ club, start training and try out again the next year. But it was at the gym where he gained an interest in bodybuilding.
At the age of 14, he decided he would become a champion bodybuilder. And this he did, winning first place in every weight class and earning 23 major bodybuilding titles today. In 2008, the US markets were hit by the recession and Sam Bakhtiar was hit hard. At the time, he was a personal trainer running his own gym having started it with a capital of 40,000 dollars, half of which was a loan from his mother.
The success and returns he had enjoyed since 2000 came to a shocking halt with his revenue dropping from 2.4 million dollars in 2007 to about 400,000 dollars in 2009. His house was on foreclosure, his ex-wife was then pregnant with their 1st child, and at that verge of brokenness, the idea of Camp Transformation Center was born with his business partners, Alejandra Font and Luis Font.
Currently, the Camp Transformation Center is a multi-million franchise with close to 110 branches all over the US. This was born from an investment of 11,000 dollars only and an idea to develop a fitness model that would be flexible and relevant in changing times. At Camp Transformation center, the focus is not only on physical fitness but mental fitness as well, with the goal being to assist every client to rise above.
Sam and his partners have watched their fitness concept take their business from their first small crappy location with limited equipment to having world-class fitness facilities. Sam Bakhtiar is also the CEO of One Percent Nutrition supplement company that is quickly gaining traction as the premier supplement company. He is developing his brand by ensuring only the best ingredients are used to manufacture the products, educating his consumers and working with ambassadors who believe in the company’s mission and vision.
Sam Bakhtiar says he is nowhere close to the top of his success. With the growth both the Fitness Franchise and Supplement Company are experiencing, he hopes to develop them into household names in the next few years. Until then, he will keep dedicating himself to transforming lives the best way he can. Lives just like yours.
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