Fitness guru Tiffany Rothe talks to Everyday Health about working out for inner and outer strength at her center8studio in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and in her online workout videos
Like many teenagers, Tiffany Rothe wanted to look like women in fashion magazines. Inspired by these images, she started exercising at age 17, but the results were different from what she expected: Rothe felt strong and in shape, rather than just thin and glamorous. She realized then that exercise is not about how you want to look, but how you want to feel. Fitness is more of a mental state than a physical result, and with this revelation, Rothe became a personal trainer and instructor. She encourages her clients to celebrate their bodies and stick to one rule: "Do not think negatively about your body, for your body is a mirror of how you perceive it."
Eventually, Rothe moved to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, to get married, have a baby, learn a new language, and experience all that comes with living abroad. Once she settled in with her new family, Rothe begin to crave the energy boost she once received from helping others get in shape. She started by inviting local women into her home for fitness classes. They were surprised by the intensity of her classes as well as the commitment she required from everyone as soon as they walked through the front door. Within weeks, something changed inside for all of them, Rothe says, and they realized that their hour of training provided an opportunity to "refill their own cups," to share support with a community of women, and to get a weekly adrenaline rush. For Rothe, this was instant gratification, and as word spread, her center8studio was born.
"My approach to fitness is very specific. If you change your mind, you will change your body," Rothe says. "And the beauty of this approach is when you focus on doing your best, you will look your best." Rothe shares her story here.
My health niche: I acknowledge that women can be sexy at all shapes and sizes. I use fitness to build confidence, positive self-image, and celebration and reverence for the female form. Fitness is sexy. It loves fashion, it loves food; it is focused, dedicated, and fiercely resilient. "Fit" is the personification of someone at their best.
My health purpose: I'm often asked why I chose the name center8studio,and I say that I wanted a place where people could come to feel a sense of community. My studio is a second home for our members. They feel supported and engaged in one another's success, and they know the names of the people working out alongside them. We offer childcare so moms do not have to feel isolated when there is no one to watch their children. A positive attitude is required, not optional; therefore my studio is a place where your spirit can soar. The difference between a studio and a gym is that we are not about having the most machines or newest equipment. A studio's success is built around people — the teachers and students.
My style of training: I work people from the inside out. We get fit from the center, which means thinking positively, speaking affirmatively, and moving actively. My motto and the core concept of the studio is "Train the Mind, Work the Body, Lift the Spirit." For me, the number eight signifies many things: eight counts in music and dance, the symbol for infinity (which represents our spiritual and energetic connection to each other), and the Chinese numerology for strength and femininity. Not to mention that just when my students are about to give up, I scream out "eight," and they are inspired once again to see the challenge through the final eight counts.
My impact: I am grateful to have such a positive impact on the lives of people in Playa; however, I began to get requests from all over the world from people who wanted to do my workouts but did not live in Mexico, so TiffanyRotheWorkouts.com went live. The Web site has free online workouts available to anyone who is challenged by time, money, or location and wants to get in shape. I have developed amazing 5- to 10-minute routines that people can mix and match and do at home. My Facebook page and blog (on my Web site) are strictly dedicated to all things that will make you healthy, fit, and beautiful.
Next, I'm starting Fit Princess Teen Camp, a nonprofit organization aimed at teaching kids healthy eating habits and introducing them to a variety of exercise options, including boxing, dance, yoga, calisthenics, and Pilates. The program will include etiquette training, financial planning, financial consulting, photo shoots, and kick-butt workouts.
My favorite healthy habits: I drink lots of water, love fresh fruits and veggies, and don't miss my workouts!
My health heroes: My students and clients. They motivate me to be my best. They reward me with their success, they inspire me with their dedication and perseverance, and they allow me to live my dreams by helping them.