It’s Not ‘Stripping’ — It’s Cardio And It’s Getting More Popular

By Scott Scanlon
The Buffalo News, N.Y.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Di’Voom is a full-body workout. Gym owner Tami George-Stevenson says it’s similar to a Zumba or PiYo Jam, cardio dance fitness but without the Latin influence.

The Buffalo News, N.Y.

The fastest growing class at Glistening Sky Fitness & Wellness in Delevan used to be called Burlesque.

“Some of my oldest son’s friends’ moms thought we were stripping,” owner Tami George-Stevenson said. “You don’t want your teenage son thinking that you’re stripping, so we rebranded.”

George-Stevenson, the former health and wellness director at the Wyoming County YMCA, calls her new cardio dance class Di’Voom — and some of his son’s friends’ moms have become regular participants.

The instructor has been so pleased with its growing popularity that she looks to train others teach the class, too. She will offer a training session in her Route 16 studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24, and also offers training on her website, glisteningsky.com.

The fitness life has been fun for George-Stevenson, who grew up in Arcade and taught high school English in Richmond, Va., before moving home several years ago.

She became a certified YMCA group aerobics instructor, and strength and conditioning trainer. She has taught Pilates, yoga stretch, SilverSneakers, Zumba, Pound, Body Pump and two forms of spinning. She has an online diploma in nutrition from Shaw Academy and also teaches yoga at Genesee Community College. She opened her studio in Delevan about three years ago.

She and her husband, Ed Stevenson, have three children Mason and Samantha George, 15 and 13, respectively, and Luke Stevenson, 4.

Q. Describe the gym. What sort of classes do you run?

A: We are 98 percent women-based. We offer personal training. We have kickboxing, Pound, multiple types of yoga, Fusion Fitness (yoga, Pilates and barre), Turbo Kick Live and Di’Voom.
There are seven other instructors.

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