I am excited, proud, thrilled, humbled, and just gosh darn happy to share that I was on the Today Show Saturday morning to talk about the growing popularity of boutique fitness!
While many of you following me on social media already know the news, I thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes photos of the day and chat about what the experience was like. I mean, it’s not every day you get to do one of DC’s toughest workouts in front of a camera (yikes) and then invite a Today Show anchor into your tiny living room to film an interview (double yikes). Let’s just say it was a complete blur of emotions and adrenaline and documenting it here for you all will be a cathartic experience for my nerves. So here we go.
On December 4th, an email titled “TODAY Show – fitness segment” landed in my inbox:
I read it with bated breath. Literally. I finished the last sentence and realized I had been holding my breath the entire time out of shock. THE Today Show? Like, the one I had watched every morning before school as a kid? The one I could sing the jingle to and name all the anchors, past and present? SERIOUSLY?!
I stepped away from my computer. Heart racing. Freaking out. Trying to breathe deep and do a happy dance all at the same time. Composing in my head the most professional and appropriate way to scream at the top of my lungs via email “YES!”
And so the back and forth of scheduling dates, times and locations commenced. I presented a list of really unique local boutique studio options for them to choose from, staying away from barre, yoga, or spin as they had already filmed those segments in New York. They got back to me with the request to film at SolidCore, the new megaformer studio in Adams Morgan, on December 20th at 9 a.m. A huge “thank you” to Anne and her staff at SolidCore for accommodating the filming!
I stepped inside the studio and saw the tv camera, anchor Erica Hill, and the rows of mega formers. Yep, this was really happening. For whatever reason I was under the impression Erica would be sweating alongside me, therefore subjecting us both to the unusual torment of trying to look graceful and strong for the camera while attempting to complete the crazy difficult SolidCore class. But next thing I knew the class was starting, I was on a megaformer, and Erica was cheering from the sidelines in jeans. She must have seen the betrayal and fear in my eyes and gave me a friendly thumbs up instead.
“Okay,” I thought as I eased into the first lunge, “here we go!”
To be totally honest, working out in front of a camera is incredibly strange. I wasn’t sure if I should be smiling, laughing (as in: ha ha ha this workout is a breeze and I’m having such a jolly time!), grimacing, making funny faces, interacting with others in the class, or staring straight ahead in fiercely-dedicated concentration. You know, because I’m a blogger and I mean business.
I went for a mixture of the concentration and grimacing, heavy on the later. Not consciously, but that’s just the look I get when the burn in my shoulders is radiating down my back, my arms are shaking uncontrollably, and I’m only on the third rep. Oh yeah, zoom in on that failing muscle for the kids at home.
If I didn’t mention it before, this class is one of the most challenging I’ve ever taken. There’s no rest, it’s high-energy, and the moves target muscles that don’t like to work out. Muscles I honestly never knew I had. For example, the first time I crashed SolidCore I walked funny for three days straight. You get the idea.
After class, Erica, her producer Kristen, and I traveled to my apartment to complete the interview. I was still sweaty, shaky, and a little delirious from the workout. Thankfully, I had a few minutes alone in my apartment to quickly change clothes and clean up a bit. Not as much as I would have liked for being on national television, but next thing I knew they were knocking on my door and heck, sometimes you just have to roll with it.
We spent a few minutes trying to reconfigure the furniture in my little apartment to somehow accommodate an interview. It was a hilarious sight to see my living room transformed into a tv studio, complete with nationally recognized anchor on her blackberry. It was surreal. The Today Show is in my living room. Is this real life? Oh goodness, did I remember to swifter the bookshelf over there?
The next thing I remember is hooking on a microphone and sitting in front of those blinding lights, answering Erica’s questions about DC Fit Crasher and the boutique fitness scene in DC. At my dinner table. It went by in a flashing blur and I wish I could remember all of the questions she asked, but to be honest, I don’t. I was a ball of nerves and excitement and I think the combination of the two does something funky to your brain, making everything a little fuzzy when you try to look back on it.
Despite the awkwardness of all the filming, Erica and Kristen were incredibly down-to-earth, gracious, and fun to be around. The process reminded me more of making a project for journalism school and less of shooting footage for a national broadcast. They did a bang up job and I was so thrilled to have met them. Here we are after the interview and before they caught a plane back to NYC. All smiles. Thanks guys!
One thing I want to address – mostly for myself as I look back on this whole thing – is the fact that I was really, really nervous about the experience. It brought out all sorts of insecurities and vanities in me, ones I am not proud to admit but hey, we’re all human. I had so many questions and doubts before, during, and after: Would I be able to finish? What if I fail during a set? What if I am doing it wrong? What should I wear? Would I look bad on camera? Did I sound stupid? Did that particular pair of black workout tights make my legs look fat?
And you know what? The greatest lesson I learned all day was that the answer to all of those questions is simple: It doesn‘t matter. While not the easiest to remember in the moment, with bright lights in your face and an anchor calmly smiling at you as you’re wobbling in side plank, I knew the Today Show folks came to DC to make an interesting and engaging segment about fitness for their viewers. Something I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of. They weren’t trying to make anyone look bad. And they had asked that I be a part of that as myself – not a version of it – shaking arms, grimacing face, wrinkly shirt, dusty apartment and all. So while it was deliriously easy to fall into the vicious cycle of negative thoughts and self-doubt (and believe me, I did. I still judge my interview responses, my hair, and what I decided to wear), the really difficult but oh-so-important thing I took away from the day was to always remember to just be and accept yourself exactly as you are. That’s the best version of you, anyway, and the one people truly want to see.
That said, I was so honored to have had the opportunity to share my passion for fitness and healthy living on a platform like the Today Show. Honestly, it was a dream come true and I couldn’t have been more thrilled on Saturday morning when the piece aired. Click here to watch the full thing.
By far, the best part was hearing feedback from all of you and reading all of your supportive and beautifully encouraging comments. Thank you, thank you for being a part of DC Fit Crasher and joining me on my quest to share fun ways to break a sweat and get healthy. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.