Keishia Gu is fitness model and instructor, surfer, and champion of all forms of empowerment--physical and mental. She is certified in Yoga RYT200, Prenatal Yoga, Les Mills Immersive Fitness®, Les Mills Body Pump®, Schwinn® Indoor Cycle, and is a licensed Zumba® and Zumba Toning® instructor. She launched GUḍḍīyana Yoga & Fitness in 2017 to combine her passion for all of her interests and experience in the health and wellness industry.
After transforming and sculpting her own body using the Nutrisystem weight-loss program and a side of Zumba in 2011, she garnered the brand’s attention and became one of the national winners of the Nutrisystem Fab 40 Weight Loss Challenge.
Gu’s life-changing, weight loss journey unlocked a desire to share her acquired knowledge of health and fitness with others through fitness modeling/acting, training and advocacy.
As a brand ambassador for Nutrisystem, Gu was seen showing off her fit physique and Zumba-inspired dance moves in national television commercials, print ads and on Nutrisystem.com. She is also featured in several Nutrisystem infomercials with high-profile fitness pros, such as NFL star Terry Bradshaw and Fox Sports’ Jillian Reynolds Barbarie.
“I'm really enjoying the opportunity to use Nutrisystem as a platform for sharing my story and inspiring others to pursue and achieve their weight-loss and fitness goals,” says Gu.
As a licensed Zumba and Zumba Toning instructor who has formally danced and moved all her life, Gu takes pride in the authenticity of the dance fitness experience she provides for students. Her fun, high-energy classes feature musical genres, such as African, Samba and Caribbean, which highlight her heritage and dance training. She also mixes in some hip-hop choreography from current music videos and has been known to incorporate dance battles and Soul Train lines into her classes to keep things fresh and interactive.
“What I love about Zumba and dance fitness is the notion of exercise in disguise,” says Gu. “It’s an exercise format that’s fun and easily accessible to people of all ages, fitness levels and levels of dance experience.”
Her Body Pump and Immersive Fitness classes tap into the inner strength and warrior that exists in everyone. She packs her weight training and cycle classes with passion, skill, technique, motivational coaching, and what Les Mills calls: "performance and fitness magic."
In order to complete her transformation of mind and body connectivity, Gu completed 200-hours of yoga teacher training at Goda Yoga in Culver City, CA and Prenatal Hatha Yoga at the Yoga Education Institute in Woodland Hills, CA. "I believe that in order to be a truly healthy person, one has to fully integrate mind, body, and heart. Yoga adds the important element of flexibility, strength, and a restorative mindfulness practice that is needed in a comprehensive fitness program."
When Keishia is not in the gym and inspiring others through healthy living and wellness, she can be found surfing, biking and hiking with her husband, two fur babies, and daughter in beautiful Southern California.
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