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

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!