My name is Tay and I used to take your class at the Oceana complex gym located In Brooklyn. I was one of the Residents attending your weekly classes. I'd like to find out whether you give any private classes since I need a personal trainer.
I absolute loved your classes back then, as they had really affected my day. Your charisma and energy made you memorable to me and since I am looking to get into the best shape of my life, I couldn't think of anyone else to help me get there - other than you.
Thank you in advance.
I went to a Fit Camp run by the LEGENDARY Tina Thompson . She is an amazing human being with 20+ years of dance training and just as many in Fitness. I first met Tina at her birthday party 2 years ago, I went as Karam Ahluwalia's date and I am glad I did. Miss Tina (as we call her) is by far the best instructor I've ever worked out under, including all the coaches I've trained under while in school. After that first meeting I was so enamored I convinced my mother (Carmen) to join crunch and take her classes.
It's been a year and a half now that Carmen has been going religiously to Tina's classes during weekdays and on weekends and I've seen the amazing transformation that she's undergone. Not just the weight loss and the drops in dress sizes, but also in her energy levels and in her overall fitness and health.
Even though I loved Miss Tina from day one, I don't think I was mentally ready for her to become my fitness guru. I went to one of her classes with Carmen, early on, but I never went back. I attribute my hesitation to several factors, I don't like Gyms, I was playing a lot of tennis and running and didn't see the need and I had not yet changed the way I took care of my body.
After a trip to Dominican Republic and to the doctors office (Gastroenterologist), I found out that i have Gastritis which eats away at your esophageal lining and your stomach's lining as well. This wasn't really a shock once I sat down and thought about my day to day life in NYC. High stress, long hours at work, little sleep, terrible diet and poor eating habits take their toll. I changed my diet and it relieved a lot of the symptoms and has drastically reduced the instances of heartburn and indigestion. I also started doing more to keep active.
Even after all that I still had not come to the realization that I had a need for Miss Tina's tough love. That only came after I did her Fit Camp, which if i might add Karam and Carmen have now been twice.When you consider the fact that we can't clone ourselves and that organs are still a "high commodity", the only option left is to take care of the ONE body you do have. Plastic surgery is an amazing branch of medicine but if you don't take care of yourselves its like getting a new paint job on a clunker, the body will look amazing but the insides aren't worth shit.
Anyway Back to Miss Tina, She ran the entire program all weekend with some of the classes/exercises run by some of her colleagues. We worked out the moment we got there and till the last minute possible on the last day. Yes I did puke and had a total body shutdown on the second day (and i missed one class, sorry Miss Tina), but I felt amazing every second we were there. I left the FIT camp revitalized, detoxified and sore as hell, and now i can't wait for next year's.
One thing that became very clear throughout the entire weekend is that u work out to the best of your abilities.Looking around the room during any of the classes you could see people stopping and others going strong, but everyone everyone was pushing themselves that extra bit for the love of Tina for the love of their classmates and for themselves. Miss Tina is my Fitness Village and all her true followers are now my family. If the village had a sign it would read "Enter only with love in your heart or beware". Now my question to you is this? Do you have a Fitness Village, a Fitness Family to help you on this not so easy journey?
Since I feel like I'm just running my mouth at this point all i want to say is. If you are ready to take the first step for the rest of your Fit Life let me know and I'll take you with me to her class. If you are not ready for the commitment don't bother.
We are not all the same but we all do breakdown.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: WWW.TINATHOMPSONFITNESS.COM fitness camp page
(Victor is now available for private motivation coaching under our TINA'S HEALTH LIFT EMPOWERMENT TEAM PROGRAM. He can assist you on your workouts and programs or just bring him along as a work out buddy! facebook: VICTOR MATOS or email: VICTORYEXERCISE@GMAIL.COM )
I used to attend your Ultimate Step classes taught at NYSC (Union Square). I have since relocated to DC and still can't get over how challenging yet fun and inspiring your workouts were. I have yet to find a step aerobics program in my area that compares. I see on your website that you offer videos. I would love to build a collection for exercises I can do at home when not in the gym.
Which videos would you recommend? Thanks in advance!
I want to be more thankful for 2008, so I want to say 'thank you' to you. Your classes have transformed my gym attitude. I look forward to going to your classes 2 times per week and because of that I go 2-3 times outside of your classes. I also want you to know that I appreciate your vast knowledge of the human body. I am a pharmacist and I find that everything you say about the body and supplementation is very true. I think it's great that you are spreading the message, because many of the younger people that take your classes aren't thinking about those sorts of things. I can tell by what you share that you understand physiology very well and it comes through in the exercises you choose for your classes. So, thank you Tina for being such an inspiring teacher!!!!
I heard that you are coming back to Citylights for the Tuesday night class. I have been anxiously awaiting your return, because I have never taken any other class where I get the kind of workout that I get in your class. I do have a question though... at the beginning of each of your classes you always ask if anyone is pregnant. We are currently "trying", but I do not know yet if I am. If I am, I would currently be only 3 weeks, so I obviously would not want to raise my hand & say that I am. Would I be able to take your class, or should I wait to find out for sure and/or wait until the 2nd trimester?
Also, what is your feeling on heart rate during pregnancy? The previously recommended 140bpm max. will make it very difficult for me to do anything beyond walking or extremely low impact. My heart rate always tends to go high (155-180bpm) during cardio workouts, but I recover very fast. I would like to stay fit while pregnant, so let me know what you think.
Thanks so much for your help!!
Lovin' the classes and lovin' the way I feel and look! WOW! You have done quite a number on me but I have no problem with it. I needed it and I feel GREAT! I honestly believe that the Creator has brought a new family in my life to take me to the next level of dance and fitness.
When I came back to Crunch after being away for 8 years, I wanted something different in my workout. Lo and behold, I found it in your classes. YOU HAVE SPOILED ME TINA!
See you on Friday!
How are you? I miss you and your amazing spiritual and
physical fitness lift.
I so miss your classes in Miami--I'm in NYC wedding
planning--looking for dress and reception
I hope to see you at classes--My body sure misses your
super extreme classes. No comparison at any other gym.
I need to find a way to get my arms and legs tight again. Please help!
Angela "Spice Girl"
have fun making your video. I can't wait to see it :)
But I will miss you :( I just wanted to remind you to
bring the scoop when you come back to Oceana. That
would be great. I have to tell you that I have been
feeling more energetic since I started what you
recommended me to do. My husband noticed the change
and he said his happy that I have more energy for what
I do with the kids every day. And also that I am
feeling great about myself which was hard before. So
thanks Tina for everything that you have done for me
I can't wait for you to come back. And I promise to
not miss "my time" at the gym :)
Talk to you soon,