Don’t Call it a Comeback!!!
Hello again friends, long time no speak. I feel like I’ve been extremely stop starting with this blog ever since it’s inception. Life hasn’t been the most kind with, inconsistent employment via being laid off, or me having to pick up multiple jobs because one hasn’t been paying the bills. After being with YouFit Health Clubs for 3 years, I decided to become an independent personal trainer and dance instructor. I’m currently in Dallas, TX; so if anyone local is reading this, feel free to hit me up. I’ll have my contact information at the bottom of this blog. I also offer online coaching as well.
On to the article, anybody who has read previous iterations of this blog or follow me on Facebook knows that I love resistance training, specifically weight lifting, and firmly believe that everyone should engage in a resistance training routine. I’ve trained young high schoolers, college student-athletes, and folks old enough to be my grandparents. All of them were doing some kind of weight training appropriate for their level of experience and goals that they have. Actually, one of my earliest blog posts discusses the benefits of resistance training in detail. You can read it right here to see how resistance training can transform your body.
The short of it is that you can build muscle through resistance training, which can help you maintain a healthy body composition, it’ll also improve bone density, tendon/ligament health and promote healthy hormone balance (testosterone and human growth hormone are our friends). Totally check out that article when you’d like, but this article is the start of a fun series to convince more people to resistance train. I call it “Dancers Who Lift”. Starting last year, I conducted interviews with a number of dancers who regularly weight train or do some kind of regular resistance training, and heard what benefits they’ve seen in their lives. This brings a more personal touch to the matter, rather than reading me babble on about science…yes sweet, beautiful science. Yes I’m gonna start off answering my own questions to set the tone for the awesome folks that’ll follow me.
Dancers Who Lift: Shelby Johnson
Where I’m from: Columbus, Ohio but currently living in Dallas, Texas
Years dancing: 8
Years resistance training: 12
Fitness accomplishment you’re most proud of:
What got you into resistance training and why?
I was an athlete for 13 years. I started playing basketball in the 4th grade, started playing football in the 7th grade, and fell in love with Track. I was told a lot that I was too small, so lifting was a way to build more mass. I actually hated it, but then my Junior high school had a coach that we called Coach Pain. He was a former all Big Ten Defensive End. The man knew how to pull the best out of us, and actually showed me how much I could get out of myself. And I wasn’t tiny, so I was hooked to weight training to make me a better athlete from then on out.
What are the differences you’ve notice in your day to day life and dance life since you’ve been resistance training?
For me, just general daily function was easier. Having strong and well coordinated movement patterns produces more comfort in my day to day life. A big thing for me is the mental health side of it. In 2016, I hit a really bad stint of depression because of a nasty relationship ending, having a dance partnership and friendship crash and burn spectacularly, and my grandmother passing away. I wasn’t really lifting during that time because of limited finances, but I realized that lifting is what made me capable of dealing with everyday stress, because I put my body under stress with every workout. It made me bulletproof not only physically but also mentally.
As a dancer I’m able to recover better day to day at workshop weekends, especially at ILHC where I did 6 contests in the weekend in 2017 and 5 in 2018.This year at Lindy Bout I was in 3 contest finals in one night, so conditioning was extremely vital.
Being able to dance longer and maintain good dance quality is a huge reason why I train the way that I do, and I feel gives me an advantage as a competitive dancer.
What piece of advice or encouragement do you have for those who are interested in resistance training but are apprehensive?
Start small and keep it simple. If you’re someone who has never worked out before, the simplest things will give you a huge benefit since your body has never experienced exercise before. There are a number of great resources on YouTube for beginners if you want to start off at home, including my beginner home resistance program in this blog. Also, if you can, consult a professional or a trusted friend for advice on working out. Consulting a qualified professional (points to self) is money well spent, or you can get guidance from a friend. Exchange skills and knowledge for the help, or get them a gift card of some kind as appreciation for the help.
There you have it good people, the first article for the “Dancers who Lift” Series. My next post will be up before the end of the month featuring another dancer who lifts. Thank you for reading, and thank you to all of the dancers who have been active on my like page on Facebook . If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or message me through the Lindy Fitness page on Facebook. If you’re interested in seeing how fitness coaching can work for you, email me at Lindyfitness2014@gmail.com. Thank you again for reading, and looking forward to next time.
Happy New Year y’all and thank you for reading this blog and thank you for waiting patiently between post as I was hoping to be doing a lot more posting but life got hectic after Lindfyfest and had little time to research or come up with any topics to write…HOORAY FOR BEING AN ADULT. Anyways I’ve been realizing that I haven’t had any materialized thoughts on how to sum up my 2015 and what I’m looking to do in 2016.
Thanks to the ever so enthusiastic Colleen out of Austin, Texas (find her for a dance leads if you’re ever down at the Austin Lindy Exchange or Lindyfest in Houston). Asked us to describe 2015 in one word. I thought about it and the only thing that came to mind was speechless, so many things happened this past year that just left me absolutely speechless. I started out 2015 without a car because of a crash I had and I was blessed to have a ton of people chip in to help me pay for it to get repaired. I’ve never been felt so loved before in my life by my church and by my dance scene.
I made finals at a National level event for the first time in such an amazing fun way. This year at the Lone Star Championships at Lindyfest I made finals with my friend Keli (another fun dance if you’re ever in Austin leads) in the Open Strictly and in the Intermediate Jack and Jill. The Strictly was pretty special because Keli and I hadn’t danced together since August of 2014 and our first time dancing was at the Thursday night dance and we didn’t dance again until prelims. I’ll never forget her face as she looked at me before we went out of the opening all skate asking “how did this happen?”. It was a magical and fun moment and was really fun to share it with her and hope we have more moments like that in 2016.Later in the year I had the pleasure of getting to teach with Keli at the Harvest Moon Ball down in Houston, Texas and it was an absolute hoot of a time.
2015 exposed me to so much awesome music and amazing dancers. I had the pleasure of dancing to Jonathan Stout and His Campus 5, Jonathan Doyle Quintet, Naomi and her Handsome Devils, The Waller Creek Vipers in every major city in Texas and the Palmetto Bug Stompers just to name a few. ILHC and ULHS showed me how big this dance community and how long the spectrum the dances of the swing era can be stretched with so many varying styles and interpretations. Pretty much I’m just chasing opportunities to inspire other dancers and bring them along for the ride to wonderful events like these to open their horizons.
GO FOR IT!!
After seeing how 2015 left me speechless with so many amazing happenings of which I only cracked the surface of. My roommate and I discussed last night after the ball dropped that this year is the year of GO FOR IT. I think for the first time I’m believing the talent that I possess as a dancer and as an instructor. I took a chance applying to be an instructor in Germany and that put me on the path to really chasing the crazy dance dreams that I have. I was given great encouragement in my teaching ability motivating me to go after more opportunities to not just dance but inspire others to dance, take risk and possibly fly. I’m looking to perform, DJ, compete and social dance in ways that I’ve never have to bring people into this dance.
I’m incredibly blessed to have the people in my corner that I do and that they encourage me day after day to chase these insane dreams. Heck some of you just figure I’m doing it and living it out already. My dad told me that the only any of us can do better is just make sure that each day we’re given, we should look to be better then we were the day before. How I do that I’ll write at another time. Thank you all for reading and responding to my post on the Facebook like page. Love y’all and hope we get to dance sometime. 🙂
Well, I realized it’s been quite sometime but had a lot of hiccups with my job and so much so it led me to leave that job. I had a new Department Head for Personal Training come in of which required me to work more. This left me less time for writing because I only got one off day instead of my usual 2 off days. Also, they really weren’t teaching me the business or telling me what I was doing right, they were just talking about sales numbers. My biggest pet peeve is terrible coaching and I got a lot of that at this job so I jumped ship about a month ago but I have some fun videos of interviews that I did for some other jobs of mine.
Iron Tribe Fitness had fun interview process but gave me the opportunity to get some videos to y’all so you can actually see who I am and watch me workout.
I was recently hired by 24 Hour Fitness as a personal trainer there and have freedom with my schedule to travel, compete and do more dance instruction in the evenings. Here’s a sample of what I want to do more of in the future via video post. I’m gonna be posting videos by using my phone so if the quality is kinda crappy my apologies. I’ll get a respectable video camera with money from my new job.
That summarizes my absence and hope ya’ll are excited for the things ahead. I’ve still been conducting experiments while away and my next blog is going to cover what I’ve been doing. God bless and love you all and feel free to ask me questions.