" Group Fitness Instructor, Fitness Consultant, Breast Health Educator (Susan G. Komen)"
Services: Zumba, Dance (Fitness), Kickboxing (Fitness), Aerobics
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Founder and Owner of “A Healthy U with Tee,” Takiyah I. Thomas-Barlow’s passion for dance started when she was only 8 years old, dancing with her sisters, brothers and neighborhood friends. Takiyah participated in Roanoke Ballet Theatre studying beginning Modern Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Liturgical Dancing, Creative Moves, and Afro-Centric dance. In 2009-2010, she studied dance at the Center of Dance under Carol Crawford-Smith in Blacksburg, Virginia. Many of these movements are incorporated into the fitness classes that she now teaches.
Becoming involved with teaching fitness has been one of the most rewarding endeavors of her life. Takiyah became a licensed and certified starting in the year 2010 in the following fitness specialties: Breast Health Educator (Susan G. Komen), Healthways FLEX Instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, Fitour Senior Group Fitness Instructor, FiTour Personal Trainer, R.I.P.P.E.D, R.I.P.P.E.D. 4 Kids, Zumba Basic, Zumba Gold Zumba Gold Chair, Zumbatomic, Drums - Alive, CPR - First Aid Certified and Certified YMCA Group Fitness. As a fitness instructor, Takiyah aspires to introduce others to the wonderful qualities and benefits of exercise. Her aim is to show others that fitness can be fun, exciting, and energetic, in addition to the lasting health benefits and increase in self- confidence. Encouraging others to take ownership of their health can be fun and, in terms of her Zumba and Drums Alive classes, a workout party!
Through her organization, A Healthy U with Tee, Takiyah promotes balanced living and total wellness which incorporates a healthy mind, body and spirit! This organization exists to motivate and encourage others and includes a website (www.healthyuwithtee.com) and a Facebook page. She has also hosted nutrition classes to promote healthy eating in addition to exercise.
Takiyah has served the community through a number of programs including The CAFÉ (Cultural Arts for Excellence), a 501(c)(3) community learning center located in Northwest Roanoke. The CAFE provides facilities, programs, and services designed to nurture, inspire, and challenge middle-school students. By offering meaningful out-of-school enrichment programs and free and fee-based classes for youth and adults, The CAFE promotes academic achievement through the creative arts; builds capacity for lifelong learning and enhanced quality of life and public well-being; and provides a safe place for positive social interaction for people of all ages.
Mellisa M. August 3, 2011
"Takiyah it has been a pleasure getting to know you. The energy, excitement and agility you bring to class is inspiring. I love to see you engaged in salsa. Your hips have a party! I thank you for what you've shared of yourself, taught from your experience and offer as a strong woman. Thanks for being a ZIN sister and a friend. The only reason I didn't mark 5 stars is I know you are going to continue to perfect your craft and all that you touch. Continue to inspire through ZUMBA fitness!"
Briona A. July 27, 2011
"I am a zumba instructor and dancer who has been with Takiyah since the beginning. She is a marvelous instructor whose enthusiasm, zeal, and passion are unmatched by the other instuctors that I have come across. Takiyah (Tee) is a wonderful teacher, and her background in dance has made her not only talented dancer, but a skilled professional. Having danced alongside Takiyah for numerous years, I would reccommend everyone coming and joining her zumba class! It will change your life!"
Cheryl F. July 26, 2011
"TEE IS A WONDERFUL INSTRUCTOR!!!I LOVE HER CLASS !!!!! I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD BE IN A EXERCISE CLASS AND THANKS TO TEE I'M HOOKED, I LOVE ZUMBA AND I HAVE LOSS WEIGHT I GET COMPLIMENTS ON MY TIGHT BODY!!!! I LOVE IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH TEE"
Charnita A. July 26, 2011
"Takiyah has encouraged me so much ...... Because of Tee I am certified to teach Zumba. "
Melissa S. J. July 26, 2011
"If you LOOOOVE Zumba or you just need a mini get away! Then you need to join us at The CAFE on Mon. & Tues. nights for a high- energy, upbeat, and pleasant atomosphere. I'm addicted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ginger T. July 26, 2011
"I am a Zumba Instructor as well, and on my day off if I wanted a butt-kicking, high-energy, fun class, with some creative moves and great music, this is the class I would go to!"
Rochelle H. July 24, 2011
"Takiyah Barlow is a phenominal Zumba instructor. I have been teaching aerobics for over 15 years and appreciate the talent, creativity and people skills that Tee possesses. I have even leveraged some of Takiyah's creative and fun choreography for my own classes. I have run into several people throughout the area who have taken her classes who boast of the great workouts that they received."
Jamie H. July 22, 2011
"I love Tee! I became a Zumba instructor, and Tee has helped me out so much! She has helped me with my confidence in class, and we have so much fun teaching together. She truly cares about the people in her classes, and always stresses the importance of having fun! She will go out of her way to help people whenever they need it; she is a very caring person."
Kendra A. July 22, 2011
"Tee is a phenomenal Zumba instructor and person. She has inspired me to become licensed in Zumba as well. Tee's energy and enthusiasm in her classes makes the Zumba experience a BLAST!!! Come out and check her out and enjoy the Zumba Experience!!!! I want to say, "Thank you Tee for all you have done for me"! See Ya Soon!"
Venita J. July 21, 2011
"Tee Barlow is the most excellent instructor, She is very professional energetic ,inspirational motivator and takes her job very seriously period!"
Ericka K. July 20, 2011
"I started taking Zumba because it was convenient. I'm friends with "Tee" and was asked to help with registration for her class. From the first time I stepped out on the floor with her I was hooked! Not a dancer by nature, I never dreamed I would love the class the way I do. It's been just a few months now and I'm down about 20 lbs. and feeling great. Love the music she chooses and the energy she brings... truly a gem. I haven't seen any instructors quite like her; she has even inspired me to become an instructor myself. If you are looking for an awesome workout with great music and a wonderful instructor, look no further. "