Hello again from London!
Welcome to The Manifestation Q&A Series.
I am Jennifer Pastiloff and this series is designed to introduce the world to someone I find incredible. Someone who is manifesting their dreams on a daily basis.
Today’s guest is the “Queen of Fitness” otherwise known as Amy Dixon, or Mommy to her kids. Amy happens to be one of my best friends as well as one of the people who gave me my first shot at teaching yoga. She took a risk on me because she believed in me, and that, Dear Manifesters, is the type of person I choose to surround myself with. Someone who takes risks, who follows their gut and who is not a cookie cutter of everyone else. Enter Amy Dixon.
The Queen of Fitness: Amy Dixon.
I love so many things about Amy, but the first is her dedication to her family and, by extension, her friends who have become her family. To watch Amy with her husband and children truly is an inspiration. I am fascinated by strong women who seemingly balance career and family like they were born to do it with a smile and with grace.
Anyone who takes Amy’s classes or does her dvds knows that she takes that same dedication and commitment she has for her family and brings it to her classes/students. She is a coach, an inspirational leader and someone who lives their joy.
As far as fitness goes, I don’t do much these days except yoga and Amy’s classes. This is because I forget when I am in an “Amy class” that I am actually exercising. A dear friend of both Amy and I named Emily Rapp, once said of Amy and my own classes “You both create an experience rather than a class.”
The experience of Amy Dixon. That is what I am after today. Read and enjoy this interview by one of the most beautiful, powerful and talented people I know.
Amy and I a couple years ago.
Jennifer Pastiloff: What are you most proud to have manifested in your life?
Amy Dixon: The joy and love that I feel with my husband and children.
Jennifer Pastiloff: What is the greatest lesson that you have learned from your daughters?
Amy Dixon: Bella teaches me everyday how to show my sensitive side and to sing out loud with confidence. Ava shows me everyday how to be independent and fierce beyond words.
Jennifer Pastiloff: How do you balance being a mom and being a ‘Queen of Fitness’, as many call you?
Amy Dixon: Balance is a funny term to me because I truly never feel balanced unless I am home for the holidays with my family just relaxing. And the truth is that everyone, young to old feels unbalanced from time to time. I believe that “balance” is having awareness that life just isn’t balanced and using that information as a tool to help me tip the scales back in the direction of where I need to re-focus my energy. If the scale tips to deeply towards my career, it helps me be mindful to tip it right back towards my husband or my children.
Jennifer Pastiloff: I have a list of rules. See below. What would some of Amy Dixon’s rules be?
Amy Dixon: 1) Love and have compassion for others.
2) Never take yourself too seriously.
3) Laugh as often and and loud as you can.
4) Spend real time with your loved ones.
5) Be free of hate and judgement.
6) Don’t be afraid to speak your mind even if you think it might be hard. Be REAL.
7) Exercise your body often and don’t be afraid to push yourself.
8) Don’t ever believe that anyone owes you anything.
9) Earn it…work hard for it.
10) Be confident, strong and kind.
11) ATTITUDE is everything.
Jennifer Pastiloff: Who/what inspires you the most?
Amy Dixon: People that face adversities every single day that are free of blame and full of love.
Jennifer Pastiloff: I teach many of my classes to the theme of gratitude. If you could say thank you right now to one person who would it be?
Amy Dixon: My husband Jeff. He is truly one of the greatest people that I know. He supports me in everything that I do…he is the Wizard. (Note from Jen: Jeff is indeed the Wizard. I know him well.)
This picture explains why I love the Dixons so much. And the guy with the beard? The “Wizard” himself.
Jennifer Pastiloff: I have taken your classes and done your videos and I am inspired by your “Can do ” attitude. Your positivity is infectious. Your messages have gotten me through many times I wanted to quit, whether on the bike or in real life. What is one message you would pass on right now to someone looking to manifest their best selves, both physically and mentally?
Amy Dixon: I am a firm believer that change requires change. If you want to do what you have always done, then be prepared to stay exactly the same. If you want to test your limits and truly make a change you have to be willing to get uncomfortable…maybe even breathless. It’s scary but totally worth it.
Jennifer Pastiloff: SuperFitBod. Tell us a little about that, and about how you have taken that idea way beyond simply the body.
Amy Dixon: SuperFitBod is a class that I developed over the years that incorporates strength training and cardio all rolled into one package. My motto and belief is that so many women are afraid to lift heavy weights or work out hard in fear that they will get “BIG” or look “HEAVY” and that just isn’t the case. I wanted to prove to women that being FIT is what exercise is about…it’s not about being skinny. I can tell you that people that do my workout DVDS and that are in my classes are ridiculously fit and lean. I think that every single person at some point in their life struggles with their body image and I want above all else for everyone to feel good about living in their own skin and know what it feels like to have a SuperFitBod.
Jennifer Pastiloff: What brings you the most joy? Your joy list, as it were.
1) Spending time with my family.
2) Exercise of all kinds.
3) Listening to music.
4) Enjoying amazing food and wine.
5) Exploring the great outdoors. I LOVE the mountains.
Jennifer Pastiloff: What can we expect Amy Dixon to manifest in 2012.
1) Spend more time with my husband and children.
2) Learn how to cook or at least try.
3) Create and produce two new DVDS
4) Create an Amy Dixon App
5) Write a book
6) Help Fitness Glo hit its groove
7) Work for a major health and lifestyle magazine as a contributor
8) Take at least ONE yoga class per week.
9) Go running ONCE per week.
10) Ride my bike outdoors.
Jen Pastiloff’s rules:
1. Be Kind.
2. Have a sense of humor especially when it comes to yourself
3. Write poems, even if only in your head
4. Sing out loud, even if badly
6. If you don’t have anything nice to say… you know the deal
7. Find things to be in awe of
8. Be grateful for what you have right now . yes, even your little one bedroom apartment with the ugly carpet
9. Watch Modern Family
10. Duh, do yoga
11. Don’t worry. Everyone on Facebook seems like they have happier and funner lives. They don’t.
12. Tell someone you love that you love them. Right now.
13.. Take more pictures.
14. Forgive yourself for not being perfect. no such thing.
Amy Dixon is one of the most dynamic fitness instructors and Master Trainers in the industry today. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology as well as many other fitness certifications. Amy is a contributing fitness expert for many major Lifestyle magazines, a master trainer for Schwinn, BOSU, and GRAVITY and stars in many critically acclaimed fitness DVD’s. She is a former World competitive power tumbler and coach and uses that experience everyday in her classes. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she is best known for her energy and enthusiasm for fitness. Her energy is contagious.
She delivers a fun, performance based class and works hard to educate and motivate her students to achieve extraordinary results. She has also been a part of the Nike Rockstar Fitness Academy in Los Angeles. Her talents have been featured on The Today Show, ABC News, Exercise TV, Your LA, Fox News, and MTV. Her classes and insights have been reported in Women’s Health Magazine, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, Variety Magazine, In Touch, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Amy is the Group Fitness Manager for Equinox in Santa Monica.