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by Tal Carmel July 30, 2018
I started dance classes as a toddler. I’ve always wanted to dance. When Igraduated college, rather than pursue my nursing degree, I chose to focus on my dancing and became a professional dancer. I danced and performed professionally for years, even though I was dropped during a lift fairly early on in my career and was seriously injured. I had to undergo foot and back surgeries, which ultimately prevented me from participating in a Broadway show. Eventually, it got to the point where the doctors were telling me that ‘yeah, you can dance as long as it feels ok in your body,’ but then they would follow it up with all of the things I couldn’t do, such as the Rockettes or an 8-show-a-week production. So, I started doing regional theater and off Broadway shows.
During the time that I was doing off Broadway shows, I decided to participate in a two-year acting program in order to supplement my dancing with something less rigorous. While studying acting, I was set up with an agent who started sending me out to modelling, tv, and commercial castings.
The Melt Method and Finding Myself:
However, it was due to an unfortunate event--that put me once again on the road to health and recovery--that I met Sue Hitzmann, creator of theMelt Method. I now do Melt and use it in my own courses and on the retreat program I created. Once I wanted to create my own program and I have created little workout videos and programming for other studios around the country. But now, my main focus is spreading the Melt Method.
With performance, it’s all about ‘me’. It’s about how do I refinemy body,my performance, get that job soI can perform. Performing really is the reward. But with teaching and with fitness, you have to take the backseat sometimes. It’s all about your students and creating an experience for them.
Listening To Your Body Language:
When it comes to injury prevention, I always tell people, listen to your body. If you wake up in the morning with a crick in your neck, or something pulls when you bend over, listen to it. Really pay attention when something starts creeping up in your body, rather than waiting for an ‘explosion’ or full on injury to occur.
They start to think ‘no one is experiencing what I’m experiencing,’ or that no one understands what they’re going through. That feeling of isolation is the reason why it’s such an important part of the fitness industry to empower women and to motivate them to keep on their path. So many times they simply won’t show up for a class, or won’t focus on injury prevention, because they feel as though they’re not important. We all have the tendency to put other people first, both men and women. I really wanted to focus on women, since they’re usually the primary caretakers in a family and put themselves last. I want to empower women to take care of themselves and to take time for themselves.
Fitness and FRÉ:
Fitness can be so fun; it can be something fun to do with friends or a social activity. It doesn’t have to be the down part of your day. There are so many different areas of fitness now that there’s something for everyone. I always remind myself how good I’m going to feel after, especially on the days I don’t really feel like getting off the couch. We can all achieve more and reach more people, if we all empower each other.
I worked in modeling for a while and was on the verge of retiring, due to my skin aging and starting to look dull, when I found out aboutFRÉ. No joke, after two months of using the products, my skin was feeling so clean, clear, and vibrant. I had been holding off on doing more test shoots, as I was unsure if I wanted to continue on in the modelling world, but with my skin looking and feeling better, I decided to give it a go. Since then, I’ve been able to continue working as a fitness model. I really do attribute it to FRÉ.
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