In our month-to-month profile collection Meet the Trailblazers, Fitbit is looking for to amplify range on the planet of wellness and health by that includes the voices of POC trailblazers on the helm of those industries—industries which have discredited voices like theirs for too lengthy.
This month, we’re highlighting the extraordinary work of Roslyn Mays, aka Roz the Diva. Roz is a nontraditional pole athlete, NASM-certified coach and featured Fitbit Premium coach, and a body-positive influencer. We’re excited to share the inspiring dialog we had together with her.
In the present day, Roslyn “Roz the Diva” Mays is understood for her prowess on the pole. Not solely is she an acclaimed pole athlete, however the Brooklyn-based powerhouse additionally created Harmful Curves, the first-ever nationwide competitors to place a highlight on plus dimension pole athletes. Her health profession obtained its begin when she grew to become enamored with group health courses. Roz discovered her method to pole health specifically at her common health club in 2007—although on the time, she was solely centered on weight reduction and the health club as a car for doing tons of cardio, which she calls “a traditional rookie mistake.”
“Once I noticed pole health was on the category schedule,” Roz shares, “I figured it was one thing new to strive. I vividly bear in mind my top notch—I used to be actually weak, confused, and definitely not assured. Regardless of my failure that evening, I’d by no means had a greater time failing at something athletic and completely fell in love.”
Preserve studying to dive into our Q&A with Roz and discover out extra about her refreshingly sincere tackle, properly, nearly all the pieces—together with the significance of illustration within the health world.
FITBIT: You’ve made waves in your profession as somebody who shouldn’t be solely an unimaginable athlete and skilled coach your self, however with a refreshingly inclusive method to coaching numerous physique varieties and nontraditional athletes. Wonderful! Are you able to share extra about what drew you to the unimaginable work you do?
ROZ: My health profession was born from my love affair with group health courses. I thrive on the vitality of different health club rats and try to make an surroundings the place others can as properly. I used to be additionally thinking about instructing as a result of I knew my 90’s and 2000’s playlist could be epic, and the individuals should groove as they sweat.
What’s your favourite factor about doing what you do?
ROZ: Educating pole is my favourite a part of the game. What began as a category on the health club advanced right into a critical passion, then right into a aspect hustle, and at last, right into a wholesome enterprise. Not solely can my solopreneurship financially help my life in NYC, however I get to assist common individuals really feel like glittery superheroes after they nail a cool new trick. Over the past twelve years, I’ve coached athletes in 33 states and eight international locations.
Why, in your view, is illustration so necessary?
ROZ: Illustration issues as a result of you’ll be able to’t be what you’ll be able to’t see. I usually surprise how my shallowness would have advanced if, throughout my teenage years, I had seen feminine athletes that regarded like me. I by no means got down to be a nontraditional athlete; nevertheless, as a plus dimension lady, it’s nearly inconceivable to keep away from that title. I’m blissful to make use of that title to assist others really feel much less lonely.
With a lot in your plate, how do you prioritize self-care?
ROZ: I don’t. I’m usually the final individual whose wants I take into account. I need assistance to alter that.
Is there a wellness “pattern” you’re glad to see turning into extra popularized?
ROZ: PSYCHOTHERAPY, palms down! I’m an enormous advocate for psychological well being care and thrilled to see it turning into much less stigmatized, particularly for BIPOC individuals. My therapist of 15+ years has gotten me by way of some notably darkish occasions in my 20’s.
And one thing you’re able to put behind you?
ROZ: I’m prepared for my physique weight to not dictate my worth as an individual. Regardless of how assured I seem, I’ve fairly a number of size-related demons to work by way of. Addressing this concern continues to be a protracted and exhausting course of, however necessary to expertise.
You’re launching extra content material on Fitbit Premium quickly—thrilling! Are you able to share what your favourite form of content material is to shoot and why?
ROZ: I like the movies once I transfer at an excellent, regular tempo, as a result of I do know others can simply observe alongside. I would like my content material to be as accessible to train virgins as potential.
The rest you’d wish to share?
ROZ: Hello Beyonce. Lemme know while you’re prepared for me to hitch you on tour. I’ve a pole, a passport, and no youngsters.
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