Rachel S. R. Norman is a professionally trained modern dancer, choreographer, fitness instructor and certified kickboxing teacher with over 11 years experience in choreography, personal and group training. Having come from a military family and being taught to self defense, Rachel's passion for fitness was born through the strength of her father, a Vietnam veteran of two combat tours, football player and NYC Corrections Officer Richard Norman. His guidance and support enabled her to be the true fierce teacher and professional that she is today. Rachel's mission is to be like no other instructor, and her discipline and uniqueness are well evident in her teachings.
She was professionally trained by her mentor, world renowned Artistic Director and Choreographer, Mary Anthony.
Rachel's career includes choreographing off-Broadway productions in New York, NY, and she has been featured on New York 1 News as an instructor and choreographer. Among her many achievements, she premiered in one of the reality documentary roles for NYU's Film Festival's Native New Yorkers as a Native American professional choreographer, has been a fitness specialist for the adolescents in the Police Athletic League Program and a choreographer for celebrities Angela and Vanessa Simmons Pastry Sneaker Line.
Rachel has also developed a fitness program for youth, elders and disabled which she currently conducts in nursing facilities and neurological in-patient rehabs in New York City. She was given the opportunity to teach kickboxing in the rehabilitation center for a VA Facility in honor of her father and all of those who have served and are serving America in the United States Military Armed Forces.
She constantly seeks to expand her horizons and knowledge by continuing her professional education in kickboxing, nutrition, sports medicine, boot camp, spin, dance, aerobics and total body transformation for personal training and group fitness exercises.
Rachel is certified to train and teach classes for all ages and levels and instructs cardio kickboxing 7 days a week. She strives to make her classes fun, safe, challenging and to leave her clients dripping with sweat. During class, you will experience key focal points for proper body alignment, instruction on what muscles power what punch or kick and how to properly and efficiently execute technique throughout. You will learn proper cues and focal points to go with speed and rhythm while emphasizing on one's body's form.
Rachel says, "Comparing a dancer to a kickboxer is easy... As a kickboxer, if your body is not properly aligned, you can't produce power in a punch nor a kick. You are also more prone to injury. As a dancer, if your body is not properly aligned, you cannot produce power in any movement of your body which also makes you prone to injury. It's all about biomechanics."
"My passions are fitness and success. I don't care if you are 300 pounds or 120 pounds, you are the same person with a different goal. I do not and will not judge. I will push you only to your mental and physical ability. My classes are filled with fun cardio, kickboxing combinations and boot camp routines that can be modified to offer the same advantage of the initial version presented."
Come hydrated, and have a well balanced meal two hours prior to class. The way you dress is the way you are going to perform, so come in real gym attire (Women: sports bra under shirt, spandex or form fitting gym tights, comfortable shirt, supported sneakers... Men: regular gym attire w/ fitted sneakers)... Know the basics: jab, cross, hook, uppercut, front kick (stomp kick), side kick, round house kick. Come ten minutes early to introduce yourself and ask questions, and be positive. I'm as real as one can get and am non-intimidating with knowledge and respect. My goal is to help you if you are ready and willing to help yourself."