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Tae Bo Creator Reveals How to Stay Fit While at Home

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Billy Blanks, shown in 2017 (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 25 June 2020 10:19 AM

Billy Blanks is enjoying a record resurgence in popularity — thanks in part to the coronavirus epidemic. The renowned martial arts instructor, actor, and developer of the widely popular Tae Bo exercise programs that made him a millionaire many times over has gained a whole new audience thanks to a return to virtual workouts. While gyms remain on the high-risk list of places to populate, more people are turning their living rooms into workout rooms and enjoying the challenge of home fitness programs.

The effervescent Blanks tells Newsmax that he's embraced technology and has a YouTube channel devoted to his high-intensity workouts that can be done at home.

"Because of the virus, I have been teaching virtual workouts," he said. "With the technology of Zoom and YouTube, I have been able to connect with people as far away as Japan, Germany, and Switzerland — all over the world."

When Blanks' Tae Bo videos first appeared in the late 1990s, the mixture of Tae Kwon Do and boxing was hardcore and physical. Today, Blanks has adapted his workouts to be more mindful.

"I, myself, am more mindful about how to help myself and others," he said. "I am teaching my students to work out wisely, with less emphasis on the physical and more emphasis on the mind and mental aspects of exercise. Fitness, if used correctly, can overcome any mental obstacle."

Blanks has also adapted his exercises to meet the needs of an aging society.

"First of all, you need to do cardio exercises as well as muscle and bone density training as you get older," he says. "If you have arthritis, water exercises and training with resistance bands are very beneficial. Fitness can combat the risk of disease. It's not age but your mindset that really counts. Fitness should not be a trend but a lifestyle."

Blanks says that working out at home can be rewarding.

"Create a space for your workout," he said, "It could be in your living room, basement, or yard. The beauty of exercising at home is that it gives you a chance to connect with your family and create a space where the atmosphere is joyful and peaceful. It could actually be more enjoyable than going to the gym."

The new exercise routines on YouTube reflect the wisdom Blanks has gained over the past few decades. He recommended, however, that everyone should check with their healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.

"I am doing my workouts with more focus on individual body parts such as abs, shoulders, upper arms, and glutes," he said. "The exercises are tailor-made for men, women, the elderly, and kids."

Unlike the marathon workouts of yesterday, today's Tae Bo workouts are never more than 30 minutes so that everyone can fit in a routine according to their schedule.

"I'm trying to be sensitive to the amount of time people have to exercise," he told Newsmax. "When they work out at their own pace, they are learning to control their destiny."

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