Celebrity dance fitness trainer Jason Layden was born with a natural talent for dance and he fostered his passion for the art when he studied it at Penn State. In 2012 he decided to blend his love for dance with his interest in fitness and began teaching cardio dance classes.
As Layden’s class sizes grew, the number of students requesting him to design more challenging workouts quickly overwhelmed him. They loved dancing, but wanted something with higher levels of intensity. Jason realized that the incredible cardio and calorie burning benefits of plyometrics, or jump training, were missing from traditional dance classes. Thus, he seamlessly blended high-energy, easy to follow dance moves with the intense plyometric training of elite athletes and PlyoJam was born.
Layden began teaching his new PlyoJam concept at a private club in Santa Monica and as the demand grew, he expanded his teaching schedule to boutique gyms and dance studios throughout Los Angeles. Dancing their way through an ever-changing catalogue of routines, students burn a scorching amount of calories with moves that tone, shape and transform their bodies.
Quickly realizing that people were falling in love with PlyoJam and that others wanted to jump on board, Layden and his team created an online certification program so that dance fitness enthusiasts could become certified in this amazing fitness concept.
PlyoJam has been named as one of the top trending workout classes in the country by SELF Magazine, who also dubbed Layden as one of the top ten hottest trainers on Instagram. King of Carpool Karaoke, and host of the Late Late Show, James Corden, credits PlyoJam with helping him lose over 70 pounds and has been an incredible proponent of the method.
Always having a passion for dancing and music, Stacey Beaman first joined PlyoJam on the dance floor as a student. She was looking for a form of exercise that wasn’t torturous, but still delivered results. PlyoJam was just that. PlyoJam became an integral part of her fitness journey and sparked a passion in her.
After completing forty classes in eight weeks and losing an initial twenty-four pounds, Stacey left the country to travel abroad for five months. Upon her return to the states, Stacey picked up right where she left off with PlyoJam, not only on the dance floor, but also on the business side of the brand. With a B.A. in Communication from USC and an M.A. in Education, Stacey has always had a knack for writing and getting a message across. Social Media became a natural fit for her as she took to the PlyoJam Social Media platforms to start promoting the brand. Her role with PlyoJam has evolved into a partnership with Jason, overseeing day-to-day operations of the brand from social media, to instructor recruiting and relations, event planning and more. Now seventy pounds into her weight loss and fitness journey, Stacey has truly lived and breathed the PlyoJam concept and has an undying love and passion for the brand. When she’s not posting on Instagram or Twitter, she still takes to the dance floor four or five times a week to break a sweat, and has even become a certified PlyoJam instructor. Stacey also loves traveling, movies and whipping up a delicious meal for her friends and family.
Well and Good did a great write up on Plyojam, when word got out that Reese Witherspoon (Wild) started taking classes with Jason Layden to burn “more than 600 calories in 60 minutes”.
Writer, Rachel Marlowe, just had to experience this for herself. “I immediately packed my gym bag.” I immediately packed my gym bag
“The class—a heart-pumping hour of booty shaking combined with what seemed like a million 180 jumps, lateral hops, and ski jumps—was a serious cardio session that left my calves on fire. There was no time dedicated specifically to arms or ab work on the floor, but both were constantly engaged. Plus, the routines were easy to pick up, and there were modifications for every move—a good thing, given there were no breaks or changes in tempo.”
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In July 2015 SELF Magazine decided it was time for folks to give their Instagram feeds a fit makeover. They rounded up the best trainers who are worth following because of their latest workout routines, exercises and expert tricks…as well as major abs, arms, butt, back, legs inspiration. And guess who made the list? Our founder Jason Layden! We love seeing dance fitness and plyometrics getting the attention it deserves. Click HERE to read the article!!!
Pop Sugar TV loves fitness, and they definitely think PlyoJam is a great way to get fit!
“Besides helping you to lose weight and tone your body, this workout is guaranteed to challenge your speed, agility, and balance, while keeping a huge smile on your face.”
Check out this awesome workout he did just for PopSugar TV.
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American Fitness Magazine encourages instructors and students alike to get out on the dance floor with PlyoJam! Read article HERE!
PlyoJam has been invited to showcase in the SELF Magazine Up & Out Studio in New York City in June 2015. SELF has invited the ten most cutting edge fitness formats from around the country to participate in this event. An expected 2,500 attendees will have access to ten of the hottest trending workouts, including PlyoJam, a dance fitness format powered by plyometrics.
Sign up for #UpNOutStudio, a full weekend of fitness classes, access to world class trainers, and so much more: Registration opens May 1st! Get more details here. http://on.self.com/1G2WNBA
Pilates Platinum owner and FabFitFun.com ambassador Heather Dorak tries four new fitness formats and raves about PlyoJam as her favorite way to get fit and work up a sweat.
“PlyoJam is my new favorite way to shake my booty and get my sweat on! The hour flies by dancing to songs on the top 40 charts as well as oldies but goodies, likeFootloose and Baby Got Back. The class blasts calories and gets you dancing like no one is watching while adding in plyometric movements.”
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Created by two journalists—and joined by many more—Well+Good is known for its impeccable reporting and trend-spotting on the healthy living beat. In four years, Well+Good has become the leading source of intel on boutique fitness and the juice industry, plus cutting-edge nutrition, natural beauty, and more. Well+Good is your healthiest relationship. Every year Well+Good publishes lists boasting the best of the best when it comes to nutrition and health. This year we’re proud to say PlyoJam landed on the best cardio dance workout list in Los Angeles! Read more HERE
One of our favorite PlyoJammer’s gave us a shout out when The Huffington Post wanted to talk to her about Healthy Living and how she was able to lose 75 pounds in a life changing story that was published today on Huffington’s Heathy Living section.
I also found a workout that I fell in love with called PlyoJam.[/su_pullquote]In the article Stacey discusses her weight gain, and what triggered her to take control of her health and how she empowered herself to lose nearly a hundred pounds, with more to go.
I also found a workout that I fell in love with called PlyoJam. I had tried so many different fitness programs over the years — bootcamps, treadmills, kickboxing, hot yoga — and nothing stuck. It was so hard at first. I was embarrassed by my lack of conditioning, I was embarrassed to wear workout clothes, I was embarrassed that I couldn’t quite keep up at first. But I kept at it, and I fell in love with it. Last summer I challenged myself to take 40 classes in eight weeks, and I accomplished that goal. Dance fitness has become an integral part of my journey. I think anyone on a weight-loss journey must find a method of fitness that fills their heart with joy.
Read Stacey’s full Weight Loss Story on The Huffington Post
I’d like to lose another 30 pounds, and I know I will, but right now I celebrate every single day how far I’ve come.
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