Next Level does Dallas Mania

This last weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Dallas with some of my favorite gals for Dallas Mania! Dallas Mania is a fitness conference bringing in some of the top instructors in the biz from all around the country. I went with the crew from Next Level Fitness Studio and IT. WAS. A. BLAST!

Next Level CrewOh… and did I mention Jillian Michaels was the keynote speaker and one of the instructors? No? I’ll get there.


Friday morning started early. We were at the registration booth at 6 a.m., followed by 30 minutes in the Starbucks line (fitness instructors like their coffee!), and had 30 minutes to inhale breakfast and get caffeinated before our crazy day began!

IMG_4611All class were an hour and a half long and we went to 5 classes throughout the course of the day. Holy moly that’s a lot of working out! Friday alone I changed clothes 3 times. …and ate nearly all the snacks I brought.

Day 1 schedule:

  1. BOSU HIIT Metabolic Challenge
  2. Body Box
  3. Real Food for Real Thought (Nutrition Lecture)
  4. Piloxing
  5. Yoga with a Twist

Friday highlights:

I began my day in BOSU HIIT Metabolic Challenge.

IMG_4602BOSU was taught by Keli Roberts. A recipient of the IDEA International Fitness Instructor of the Year award, she is a Fitness Hall of Fame inductee and has many award-winning DVDs, reality TV shows, and programs she has developed as part of her resume’. See, I told you these instructor’s were legit! Her class was tough! I’m glad I took this class first thing on Friday and not the last thing on Sunday.

Body Box

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Photo courtesy of Body Box

If step and kickboxing had a baby (and then put that baby on speed) that is Body Box. A choreographed workout combing step, boxing, jump rope, and core training. My friend Caitlyn and I were in this class together. I think we spent more time laughing at each other than we did actually working out. At some point we just stopped and did a little jig on top of our step. It was embarrassing.


I don’t know where people come up with this stuff. Pilates meets kick boxing. Yes, it’s a real thing. The instructor for this class was amazing! A fellow Oklahoman, Jordan Ballard, is a master instructor for Piloxing, and oh my goodness that girl’s hips move in a way I didn’t know was possible. She was so much fun! I just imagined I looked like her the entire time.

Selfie the instructor took during our session. If you grab a magnify glass you MIGHT see me in the back.

Selfie the instructor took during our session. If you grab a magnify glass you MIGHT see me in the back.

Piloxing was a lot more intense than I was expecting. It got my heart rate up and I was sweating buckets by the time we were finished. It was so fun, but I don’t think it’s something I could ever teach – my hips don’t work that way.

We ended our Friday in the hotel restaurant celebrating Caitlyn’s birthday. Coolest 24 year old you’ll ever meet…

photo 1-3I’ll recap the rest of the weekend in a post tomorrow. So… I leave you with a pic of dessert. Because let’s face it, that’s the reason I workout anyway. 😉

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3 thoughts on “Next Level does Dallas Mania

  1. Crazy thing…I know Jordan! Her family is from Pauls Valley. Her grandpa had a restaurant and made THE best cherry limeades in the world!! Glad you had fun 🙂

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