BYO What? BYOFitness!

Did you see the BYOFitness offering on our schedule but are wondering what it is?

It’s easy! We’re challenging you to Bring Your Own Fitness exercise moves – at least two – to share with EG2 members. That’s it!

Instead of calling this meet up a bootcamp (we do have one, though), we want attendees to bring moves that they’ve seen that best fit them. We also want you to try new things that you may not have thought of doing before. That’s where your neighbors’ fitness moves come in.

This is the core of Eastland Gardens Exercise Group – coming with an open mind to try some new stuff, and also making a personal contribution to this community fitness program.

So research some moves, remember them or write ’em down, and bring ’em to the next BYOFitness session. Need some help? Click here, or see some suggestions below.

Planks, jumping jacks, side crunches, leg lifts, shoulder rolls, push ups, we could go on.

Here’s EG2’s first BYOFitness session.


I have studied and danced the styles of Afro-Cuban, modern, jazz, tap, ballet, liturgical dance and my latest feat: Zumba, merging all of what I’ve learned over decades of taking classes, and dancing professionally, and melding it into a fun fitness class for all levels. My earliest memory of being a “real” dancer was when I was age 9. No other kid showed up to ballet and tap class on this Saturday. Who knows why. But what I do know is that instead of canceling class and calling my parents to pick me up, my teacher, Mrs. Maia Watson, made sure to make use of those two hours she had alone with me. That was the first time I remember sweating. That was a tough day. My dance career high: when Carmen DeLavallade complimented my Horton-technique deep floor movement while studying dance at Howard University. I have performed at the African Marketplace and Cultural Faire (Los Angeles), Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Paladium, the Home of actor Ed Asner, Wilshire Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles), National Cathedral (Washington, DC), New York Avenue Presbyterian Church & more!

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