Monifa Maat is a certified fitness expert, nutrition activist and author of Bed Aerobics Fitness
Flow™. Her mission is to inspire people to adopt simple, sustainable healthy habits that reduce
chronic lifestyle diseases associated with obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
My "fitness" philosophy:
"Weight loss is just a pebble on a larger path towards living a healthier lifestyle".
- Monifa Maat
My personal training practice combines "fitness therapy" and motivation for a healing experience.
My approach involves the use of fitness as therapy that is less focused on reps, sets, circuits, rounds, and timers --and more focused on simply learning to listen to your body and follow what it tells you it needs to feel stronger and more revitalized.
Through a highly customized training system, I guide my clients towards the exercises and fitness regimens that make them feel stronger, healthier and more energized than ever before.
So whether you want to LOSE, GAIN or MAINTAIN weight; increase flexibility, improve strength and muscle tone --I will help you to tap into the power that lies within to transform your body from the inside, out...
How I became "The Healthy Motivator" If ya really wanna know...
Here's how it all started...We’ve all been there. I just didn't feel like getting out of bed one morning to exercise. Right then and there I devised a series of flexibility and strength baring exercises on my bed with no equipment. Leg and arm lifts, core, back and torso strengthening exercises that over time gradually strengthened and toned my body. Along the way, I added a few of my favorite affirmations to the exercises inspired by biblical scriptures my parents quoted as I was growing up. Finally I added facial exercises and a closing meditation I did this exercise both morning and night, about 30 minutes per session.
Soon people began to notice and make comments about my weight and inner peace that seemed to radiate. In a few short months I not only lost 4 dress sizes, but much of the emotional weight I had also been carrying was lifted. I felt new found energy -- transformed in body, mind & spirit.
I considered this routine my "private fitness oasis" as I called it, but when a family member suggested I seriously write about my experience, I realized at that point I could help others become more empowered in body, mind and spirit with this simple, yet powerful fitness routine that had changed my life. A year later in 2009 I received my national certification in personal fitness training (NETA-NCAA) and published my first book, entitled Bed Aerobics Fitness Flow.
Ever since I can remember I've always wanted to be of service. This is why what inspires me is to inspire others to reach their fitness and health goals in a way that inspire others...and so on!
As "The Healthy Motivator I offer simple, sustainable health solutions that help people to embrace a healthier lifestyle joyfully and with purpose.
I embrace fitness as therapy to not only condition the body -- correct poor posture, strength, balance and mobility issues that can lead to injuries and lack of mobility; but also to condition the mind and spirit which controls the body.
Who Are My Clients?
I work with a broad cross section of clients from ages 20's - 70's + from a variety of backgrounds and fitness levels --many of whom have health challenges that compete with their ability to exercise at a high intensity or frequency.
Whether in relatively good shape or not, these clients all desire to achieve a better quality of life, greater mobility, a slimmer physique, healthier eating habits, better weight management --but may not know exactly how to begin. Some do know but need a little assistance getting back on track towards adopting healthier fitness and nutrition habits.
Bed Aerobics Fitness Flow™ small group classes ...
Adults with physical limitations such as arthritis, knee/joint pain, scoliosis, poor postural alignment, shoulder cuff injuries
Busy,stressed-out or overweight Mom or Dad that finds it difficult to work in regular exercise routine.
"Gym rats" needing more variety in their strength and stretch exercise regimen to avoid potential injuries due to poor form, flexibility, postural alignment.
The exercise novice who is 20-50 lbs + overweight, has never gone to the gym, is intimidated by the gym environment, equipment, etc.
Relatively fit individual needing to lose a few pounds and tone up for a specific purpose such as a wedding,
vacation, birthday party or other special event.
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I train at Blink Fitness in Parkchester, NY. On weekends I conduct fitness healing camps aka “boot camps” at Diamond Cut Fitness called Mo’ Burn! Total Body Fitness. Part-time I teach Bed Aerobics Fitness at Emblem Health Neighborhood Care (link to site to register) and in process of securing a permanent space for Mo’ Health & Fitness Boutique to offer personal and group training sessions in addition to boot camps and other health/wellness activities such as “Shop Healthy & Save” supermarket shopping tours and cooking demos/tastings.