Thursday, November 28, 2013

3rd Annual HOLIDAY CHEER!!

Oh my gosh, you guys. It's the Holiday Edition of Cheerobix.  How fun!! We get all festive and celebrate the season with the Seasonal Hits of today and yesterday. Songs about the winter chill, holidays, and being joyful!  Of course we'll see some of last year's holiday hits, but we also have NEW routines to Pharell Williams, Madonna, FloRida, and N'Sync!  Some favorites we'll be reprising will be Cee-Lo, Paula Abdul, The Bangles, and Mary J. Blige--PLUS tons more!!

Are you ready for the workshop you wait all year for?? Come join us and bring your friends! Wear your most festive activewear! We're so excited to see you… You can pre-register HERE

Sunday, December 1st

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Lauren's 30th bday!

Proof that Cheerobix can just get into your blood and take over your very being! Our beloved captain, Hot Lavo wanted to spend her special day CHEERING with friends and family for her 30th!

She decided on an 80's theme and everyone came dressed in neon and leg warmers like it was their JOB!  There were not one, but TWO thongs in attendance...
Here's Mattrick [ahem] pointing out one of them

We did all her fave routines and wrote two cheers all about her!  Then we set a choreographed dance on them set to Janet Jackson's 'If'

Here they are vamping for the intro:

They did an amazing job and we had a great time with all of them! [Lauren's sweet and fun boyfriend even learned and performed the dance with us!]  Happy birthday to our HOT HOT LAVO!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Now That's What I Call-Vember!

You know what's great about this theme? THERE'S JUST SO MANY AWESOME SONGS TO CHOOSE FROM! This month we're studying the masterful series of compilation CD's put out by the great people at That's What I Call Music and finding some treasures to offer you at our November 90-minute workshop!  You can pre-register HERE
You'll get to shake your poms and your fine booty to hits from Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Karmin, Sam Sparro, Fatboy Slim, Beyonce and Usher just to name a few.  Mattrick and The Jenarator will be your captains for this month and offering you some great new routines, as well as a couple old favorites!

November Cheerobix Workshop
Now That's What I Call-Vember

Sunday, November 3rd 2013

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

There is free an metered street parking surrounding HiFi, as well as discounted parking adjacent to it.  Use code 3437 and parking is $5

Monday, October 7, 2013

Master Class in Oak Park!

Hello there, squad mates!  We're packing up our poms and traveling all the way to beautiful OAK PARK for a master class and you're invited!  We've teamed up with fellow fitness enthusiasts, DEFinition5: Dance Evolution Fitness to spread some cheer to a new location.  Just like always, you'll get an effective, hour-long dance fitness workout, designed to make you smile while you sweat.  We'll bring the poms, but you can always BYOP. Here's the info!

Cheerobix Master Class
w/Mattrick Swayze and The Jenarator

Friday, October 18th

Oak Park, IL 60302

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Are you ready to ROCK??  Our October theme is shredding with some tunes from today and yesterday that you LOVE! We've got routines set to: Franz Ferdinand, Jet, The Donnas, Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Joan Jett, The Bangles and much more!

We can't wait to see you and shake our poms with you THIS SUNDAY!! Pre-register HERE

October Cheerobix Workshop

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans #100
1 for $15
2 for $25
3 for $35

Parking is $5 across the street using HiFi code 3437
There's also free parking sprinkled around, as well as metered parking surrounding HiFi

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

So you wanna be a Cheerobix Captain?

Do you lovelovelove Cheerobix? Do you ever think you'd like to take that love to the next level and learn how to be a Captain of your own squad? We are looking for enthusiastic leaders who love dancing with poms to join the ranks of our Captain Team!

What will you learn?

  • The Cheerobix Mission
  • Cheerobix Class Structure
  • Cueing with Excellence
  • Breaking Down Music
  • Elements of Fitness
  • Gathering your Squad
What will you need for the training?
  • Desire to deepen your Cheerobix knowledge
  • Movement teaching experience helpful, but not necessary
  • A positive attitude! :)
What will I need to complete my Captain Certification?

Once the training has concluded, you are considered a Junior Captain.  There may be some steps you'll need to take to be a certified Cheerobix Captain who is permitted to teach.  You may already have all these requirements under your belt, or you may need to do some homework to complete them. We will communicate with you by email or in person as to what you will need to do once the training is complete.  Here are some of the requirements:
  • Cueing with confidence and excellence
  • Able to learn videotaped routines
  • Physical Endurance
  • CPR certification
  • 20+ hours of Dance Fitness classes [this can include all of the Cheerobix classes you've already taken]
  • Enrollment in Cheerobix Captain Membership
  • Group Exercise Cerification
  • Liability Insurance [highly recommended]

What you receive with your training?
  • Training Manual
  • 3-month Cheerobix Captain Membership 
  • Post-training assistance in completing certification

What is the Cheerobix Captain Membership?

This keeps you certified as a Captain and provides you with the existing library of Cheerobix routines, as well as a constant flow of new material. You will get a Vimeo account that will give you access to these routines and updates as to when they are uploaded. You also will get a monthly newsletter with Cheerobix info, fitness education, or other fun information we think you'd want to know.  The cost is only $30 per quarter or $99 for the year

What if I have more questions?

No problem! Please ask! You can email Jena at cheerobix [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Cheerobix class for charity!

We are honored and thrilled to be partnering with Avenues to Independence THIS SUNDAY for a one hour donation class led by our very own HOT LAVO.  Avenues is a local non-profit organization that assists adults with developmental disabilities by offering living arrangements, job placement and much more.

100% of the proceeds of this class will go directly to Avenues so that they may purchase computer stations for each of the seven residencies. We are so excited to be a part of such a wonderful aspect of this organization and really hope to see you there! Here are the details:

Sunday August 11th
Event time: 1:00-2:30pm [class from 1:15-2:15]
Indigo Studio
213 W. Institute Pl
$20 cash or check at the door, or Pre-register HERE [recommended]

Thanks to Caitlin Tinnon at Indigo for donating the space!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Lovin for August!

It's August! Time to break out our summer jams past and present and shake our poms! [and our booties]
We've got all new routines to great artists like: Katy Perry, Janelle Monae, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Rihanna and much more! Of course we have a Grease soundtrack megamix and other splashy, hot tracks to get you in the mood to enjoy what's left of this glorious season. Come join us at HiFi! Pre-register HERE

Sunday, August 4th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

See you Sunday!

The Jenarator

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wet. Hot. American. SUMMER

You know the feeling when the sun is beating down on you and the air is sticky with humidity? Let your captains be the cool splash of water washing over your face THIS SUNDAY at the JULY CHEEROBIX WORKSHOP! You can pre-register HERE

What's a Cheerobix 'Workshop' you ask? Well, it's 90-minutes of super fun routines, most of which are BRAND NEW or gently used.  We have themes each month to rev up our squad and encourage song requests from them [we LOVE requests!]

This month, in honor of  Independence Day, and the Hot HOTT heat of July, we're bending and snapping to songs about freedom, America, hotness and wetness [Hence the title]

This July we've got routines to songs by John Mellencamp, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa,  Estelle, Miley Cyrus, James Brown, Flo Rida and much more!  Once again bringing the heat with songs of today, and favorites of yesterday--we always aim to make our squad excited to dance to the music they LOVE! Join us THIS SUNDAY, JULY 7TH, 2013

July Cheerobix Workshop
Wet Hot American Summer
July 7th 

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Cash only accepted at the door/Credit online through pre-registration link :)

$5 easy parking across the street with HiFi code 3437, or metered street parking

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Big! Gay! June!

This month we're coming out in honor of Gay Pride month and devoting our June workshop to Gay Icons, Artists and Anthems!  Madonna, Kylie, Joan Jett, RuPaul, Queen and much more!  You wanna join in the fun? Of course you do! Come prance and raise your poms and celebrate Gay Pride Month with CHEEROBIX!

Pre-register HERE

Cheerobix June Workshop
Sunday, June 2nd

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Birthday celebration with Derek and Manuel!


A couple Saturdays ago we got to celebrate an awesome birthday event with SIXTY squad mates!

And what a group!

The were so spirited and so ready to CHEER

We did some routines to get them all limber and ready to dance

And then we learned a fun dance number to Hung Up that included a dance battle!  
I'm not sure you've ever seen 60 people committed to a cheer party, but it is a spectacle to behold.  Needless to say, Mattrick wrangled all those peeps and Jyldo, Hot Lavo, Chris P. Cream and the Jenarator all harnessed that energy and turned it into dance MAGIC.  We can't wait to celebrate again!

If you want to have your party with us, we can do just about ANYTHING! email Jena at cheerobix[at]yahoo[dot]com!


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

May is for HOT MAMAS

Sure, we're boy crazy, but we certainly can't forget about our LADIES, can we? So for the month of May, we're giving a nod to all the HOT MAMAS out there with a Cheerobix devoted to our Sizzling Sisters!

You'll get to be jazzy to Britney Spears, get gritty with JLo, do a little burlesque with Christina Aguilara, and much more!
:::P!nk::Madonna::Mariah Carey::Gwen Stephani::

Pre-register HERE

Cheerobix May Workshop
Sunday, May 5th

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This April we're BOY CRAZY!!

Sunday, April 7th 2013
HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans
$15 for one person
$25 for two
$35 for three 

Oh BOY! It's hard to believe it's taken this long for us to think of this theme...BOYS! Boy bands, songs about boys, boys that sing and rap...Just boys. We've got super fun ALL NEW routines to songs by JT, N'SYNC, P. Diddy, Blur, Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, Adam Lambert, Marky Mark..Wait, speaking of Marky Mark:


Ok. that's all. We're obviously boy crazy--Come join the fun THIS SUNDAY!!

The Jenarator

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

March Cheerobix: Hidden Treasures and Favorite Peeps

Hello Squad!

It's time to HOP on over to HiFi Fitness this Sunday for another 90-minute CHEEROBIX workshop! 
Click HERE to pre-register

This month we are digging up tracks from artists you may not know of yet, as well as bringing you stuff you know from your FAVORITE PEEPS and some b-sides and mash ups those PEEPs have as well.

Some artists include: Kid Sister, Fallout Boy, Madonna, Chelly, and Adam Lambert. We can't wait for you to go on a little Easter egg hunt with us this Sunday to find all this HIDDEN TREASURE of fun! And, if you have any tracks you think fit this theme, please leave your requests on our facebook page :)

Cheerobix March Workshop:
Hidden Treasures and Favorite Peeps
Sunday, March 3rd
11:00AM- 12:30PM
Hi Fi Fitness
820 N. Orleans

$15 for one
$25 for two
$35 for three

See you this Sunday!

The Jenarator

Your Spirited Leaders

Cheerobix is a magical dance fitness class with poms! You'll be drenched in sweat while you dance, prance and drop it low. This is your squad. Come cheer dance with us!

Matthew Hollis [Mattrick Swayze]

Matthew Hollis has been committed to fitness for over 6 years as a certified personal trainer and iron-pumping addict. He trains individuals, teaches various group classes and boot camps, and will whip your hot tail into gear. His no nonsense approach keeps his clients focused and working hard throughout every workout. Your results are his top priority, but lucky for you, he is also very charming and fun to have around. You can find Matthew teaching and training and Cheetah Gyms, Columbia College, Indigo Studio and corporate classes at Google!

Jena Ertel [the Jenarator]

Jena began her on-again off-again experience with poms in middle school and has had cheer in her heart ever since. A degree in Dance from Columbia as well as a Dance Education certification from UWM led her to over 10 years [so far] of teaching dance and movement of all sorts to people of all ages. Jena currently teaches group fitness and yoga classes and loves the booming sound of unison pom swishes. She is a certified yoga instructor and is constantly building her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology so she can be the best educator to her students. If she is not practicing her body rolls and high kicks, you'll probably find the Jenarator smothering her little doggie and baby Emmitt with kisses or obsessing over flora or fauna of some sort.


Well, Mattrick and the Jenarator have been great pals for just about ever, meeting as dance students in college. They have performed together and separately for over a decade and have been cheering together for about 6 years.

In 2007, Matthew created a performance group/concept called the "Power of Cheer" based on his need to be his own best cheerleader. So began an honest, funny, raw series of performances done with two other men, and sometimes just he alone.

As the popularity of the Power of Cheer grew, so did the squad. A core group of 5 males and 4 females began to form and not only did Matthew create, produce and execute a hugely successful full-length evening performance piece, but this core squad also began performing full-scale pom routines and original cheers for the halftime shows for the Windy City Rollers, as well as pranced and kicked on a moving float for 3 consecutive Gay Pride Parades.

It seemed evident that the practice that went into rehearsing for these shows was so physically demanding, that it would make for a really fun, cardio-tastic form of group fitness. With that in mind, in summer 2010, Matthew was asked by the City of Chicago to lead a series of ‘Cheerobics’ classes in Millennium Park, which was wildly popular.

One night, Jena and Matthew were dancing around in an empty beergarden and he showed her some of the moves from these ‘Cheerobics’ classes and Jena got so excited she said, “We HAVE to do this. People would LOVE this! “

And now here we are. Present day. Jena joins forces with Matthew to co-create a Cheerobix curriculum and pedagogy to take to all the inner cheerleaders out there. Because it's fun to dance, its fun to prance, and darn it--its fun to play with pom pons!