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And so it begins

Shazzy Fitness Dance Crew

My name is Kristy.  I have always loved music and always wished I could dance.  I mean REALLY dance - like Michael or Janet or Usher.  Alas, that is not my gift.

I’ve been tall all my life  – yet despite being urged my entire youth to play sports, any sport, I never really wanted to pursue it.  Playing a sport just didn’t appeal to me and facing the reality of messing up my hair on a regular basis pretty much sealed it – no sports for this girl.  Exercise and fitness were pretty low on my priority list, and considered only when I was desperate to lose weight.  But much to my surprise, at age 21, I discovered a new passion - aerobics.  For me, it all started when I took my first step aerobics class and immediately fell in love with it.  Not because of the workout per se, but more so because of the music and the instructor. I learned then the impact that great music and a great instructor can have.

Ok let me just say upfront because I am asked this question all the time: I'm not the greatest at dancing.  I can follow basic steps and if the music and instructor are a good fit for me, I can occasionally look like I have more rhythm than I actually do. I am definitely not a naturally gifted dancer or in any way obsessed with dancing, which is readily apparent when you see me move. But I did learn something that surprised me, something that I may not have ever known, had I not experienced it for myself - that with the right music and the right teacher, aerobics can actually be transformed and can be transforming. It challenges, it inspires and it motivates. Essentially, it is at its core ... just a dance, in every sense of the word.

Now, fast forward twenty years.  After decades of measuring the quality of my existence by the degrees I have, the letters after my name, the zeroes on my paycheck and the extent to which I've mastered the socially accepted path of school, work, church, career, marriage & kids (whew, say that three times fast!), I finally decided to be obedient, step out on faith, and embrace the undisputed, universal truth – always put love first, everything else second.

It is the overarching, underlying, fundamental principle of Christianity, and it is upon this truth that Shazzy Fitness is based.  Shazzy Fitness is for me and every other wholly imperfect, admittedly unconventional, non-traditional, part-time slacker, and full-time "He's not done with me yet" Believer. 

We will have fun in this place. We will dance and we will sing. We will feel good, on the inside and out, we will stop beating ourselves up about what we aren’t and celebrate Him and whose we are.  We will love each other, accept each other and we will tell everyone we know about it. 

For my church peeps, the formerly churched, the yet to be churched and the never to be churched, you are welcome here.  More importantly than that, you are wanted here.

Right now, at this moment, I invite you to stop where you are, kick off your shoes and pop in a Shazzy Fitness DVD.  You’ll hear Christian hip-hop songs that will make you wanna move!  I'm thoroughly convinced that once you taste and see, you'll want to stick around for Shazzy Fitness: Volume 2.

And so it begins.

Be well,


Kristy McCarley - CEO

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Kristy McCarley is CEO of Shazzy Fitness. She writes blog articles about faith, dance, exercise, fitness and wellness. Subscribe to the Shazzy Fitness email newsletter and be first to receive new blog posts from Kristy and the Shazzy Fitness team.

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