I wanted to introduce myself with 15 facts about me in which anyone can relate that being told “no,” is easy to accept, but challenging and overcoming those negatives develops us into stronger, independent, and inspirational individuals.
1- Marcelle Zagami, I was born on August 22 on the outskirts of Byblos, Lebanon—one of oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
2- I lost one brother during childhood, but I have two amazing brothers and one lovely-cherished sister.
3- Our family grew up during the Lebanese Civil War; we incurred loss of family, friends, and our homes.
4- In order to provide a better life and way of financial support, my father immigrated to Canada.
5- At 16 years old, I accepted my first job offer as a lifeguard.
6- When I was told that martial arts was for boys, I joined Tae Kwon Do. Years later, I won several gold medals, to include the 1999 Tae Kwon Do Arab Championship.
7- I was a paramedic with the Lebanese Red Cross.
8- As a paramedic I saved hundreds of lives during wars, terrorist attacks, car accidents, plane crash... Some I am honored to call now friends.
9- I was the first female ambulance driver in my region.
10- I learned to read and write English watching Hollywood movies; today, I speak, read and write four (4) languages.
11- I earned an undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education and physical education.
12- I have worked in the fitness industry for 17 years.
13- I certified instructors around the world and was a presenter in multiple world fitness conventions.
14- I traveled to 55 countries, and lived in Nova Scotia, Canada; Washington DC; Conakry, Guinea; Honolulu, HI; and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
15- I dream big and follow my heart—two of which are my husband and my Fuzz Ball Dog, named Noor.
Today, I, like my husband work for the U.S. government. I continue in the fitness industry and strive to find new ways to challenge myself and my students. From the young girl who fell in love with physical fitness, I’m now a PILOXING Master Trainer and the Workshop Coordinator for the Middle East and Africa.
Thank you @hibako1 @christian.manasci @andrewaaf for sharing your experience with our community despite everything you have been through. We are happy you are still with us and our condolences go to the people who lost their loved ones. I salute you all for your strength and faith.
Piloxing Community, please join us tomorrow Saturday, August 22 at 3pm Beirut time for a Piloxing SSP class with myself, South Africa Master Trainer @piloxingsouthafrica , Elite Star instructors @anitapiloxing from Austria and @piloxing_with_jeni_lim from Singapore.
You will find the GoFundMe link in the Bio.
When you’ve been a part of the @Piloxing family for so long that you have pictures of yourself in “vintage gear.” 😂💕
Good morning and Happy Thursday from Alabama, USA!! I am Tasha (@hiphealthychick), the first Black Master Trainer for Piloxing. I was actually the first person certified for Piloxing in Alabama. Welcome to a day in my life.
I want you to know that I’m here not to just share my experiences of my coffee habit and what it’s like to work in an industry that can make you feel like you don’t belong BUT to share my love of @Piloxing (I’ve been at this a decade!) and my @Piloxing family. @Piloxing has ALWAYS been inclusive so they are not jumping on the bandwagon. This is who WE are.
Let’s do this!
SLEEK. SEXY. POWERFUL!!!!! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
Atlanta @scwmania 2011.
I like to call this picture “the year between.” I had started teaching Piloxing the year before and became a Master Trainer a year later. @vivecajensen and @cortneypiloxing were people I knew. They were people who called me by name. They were women like me who were committed to making a change in this industry. I was a staff assistant for Mania that year. 2 years later, I’d be onstage behind Cortney, presenting for the conference.
Let me say that I often felt “weird” because, even at that size, I was always the “bigger girl” in the group. But, because I was given the opportunity, I KNEW I had to step up for all of the ones who looked like me...color, size and age (I didn’t start teaching Piloxing until I was 35 which can be considered ancient in the fitness world).
I’m glad I showed up and I will always be forever grateful to Viveca, Cortney and Natasha for the spaces the created for me. 💕💕
It exists. The racism. The exclusion. The isolation of being the “only one.” The shaming.
It’s something a lot of my fellow friends said they didn’t know existed. It’s because if you’ve never been directly affected then it’s not something you have to consider. No judgement. Just truth.
Here’s what it can do to you:
I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. I am a @nutritionschool grad and finishing up my last wellness coaching certification as I type. I have a personal training and group fitness certification through @afaa_certified , a group fitness certification through @acefitness , several speciality certifications (like 20), a 250 hour yoga certification, a 500 hour comprehensive Pilates certification, three or four barre certification, was the first Black blog ambassador for @UnderArmourWomen, an the ambassador for several other companies, have 15 years of teaching and training experience....and I will still be told I am unqualified or only deserve to get paid base pay or (when they are really honest), I don’t have the “look.” I’m 45, coming to the end of the five hardest years of my life and going into menopause and I am STILL GOING. So now my goal is to open AS MANY doors as I can to those who have disregarded because of race, sex, age, body type, sexuality, gender or religious preferences.
On the day of my certification, I was in the bathroom and really wanted to try on some @Piloxing gear. I said, “My butt is too big and won’t fit in these.” @VivecaJensen, instead of shaming me, said, “Girl, I have a butt too.”
She then became my secret BFF and I bought the pants. 💕💕
You, just as you are, are MORE than enough. Don’t quit because of what “they” said. Fight harder because of it!!!! 💪🏾
If I had one message to leave you with, it would be:
BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN POWER.
I am a girl from the South Side of Chicago, raised in a housing project whose parents couldn’t afford dance lessons. I was constantly belittled for being what people considered “underprivileged.” I learned VERY EARLY that I would spend my life either breaking barriers or getting crushed by them.
I am in the process of having to rebuild my life. My body is changing. My focus is shifting. I am recovering from five years of battling PTSD, depression and anxiety. I know what it’s like to be down, discouraged, frustrated, angry and afraid. However, I know the world still needs what I have to offer and so I show up.
SHOW UP for yourselves and others. Silence the fear that keeps you from speaking out against injustices. Challenge your own prejudices. Step into your greatness. Step up for our world. Be inclusive with your classes. Make it where everyone belongs.
Yes, you ARE that powerful. 💪🏾
I’ll be in IG stories for a little while more but wanted to thank you for reading what I had to share today. Blessing to you all!!! 💕💕🙏🏿