OxyTrainer of the week: Bam
On a normal day at Oxygen Studio, you can find Bam dancing in the Paris Room, training her clients and teaching OxyRides to fun, upbeat music. Or she is inspiring and brainstorming new ideas with the Oxygen Team, learning new English phrases and laughing!
Bam is one of the co-founders of Oxygen Studio. She is upbeat, motivating and always willing to speak her mind. Bam doesn’t believe in luck — she believes in hard work and making dreams a reality.
Her goal in her OxyRide classes is to make everyone feel safe to challenge themselves, push their limits and create connections with people working out along with them.
Bam wants to make sure that not only do you get a powerful physical workout, but that you live in the moment, liberate your inner strength and feel as though the next “45” are all about yourself.
She is Instagram savvy, too! Bam’s Instagram story is filled with videos of her dancing, which she says she looks back on and loves to laugh at. Follow her to learn more about her motivations, meals and workouts.
Read the full Q&A with Bam to learn more about the motivation behind the Oxygen team:
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A. Fifteen years ago, I was just a customer at a Paris gym and went to a sports university in France to become a teacher at school and then I decided to come into the fitness industry. So I had my diploma and taught to teach, but maybe just one year after, Karim, Oxygen Studio co-founder suggested that I become a business manager and commercial manager. Four years after that, I was one of the directors of Karim’s big gyms. Four years ago, I went to Los Angeles to get my yoga certificate.
It was just a dream to come here (to the U.S)…it was just a dream. Karim, a co-founder of Oxygen Studio, said ‘we’re going to open something together in 2013.’ We became business partners — we opened a first studio in Paris and last year decided to come here. He told me ‘Bam, I want to open something with you so come in America and we can open something.’ This is my journey from Paris to San Diego.
Q. What inspired your interest in fitness?
A. I’ve done sports all my life. I did basketball when I was young, and I think because of the values. you learn so much when you’re on a team. I started with basketball and then went into fitness.
You can go far when you are smart alone, but when you are on a team you can learn from everyone and you can see that in sports.
I started (riding) maybe 10 years ago but it was not the same kind of cycling – it was more spin. I used to teach this sort of class and when I discovered Soul Cycle I was just in love with that, but we didn’t have that kind of class in Paris. And a few years ago, someone came to Paris and opened an indoor cycling studio. And I started to teach only this kind of class specifically one year ago.
Q. Has luck played a role in your life?
A. I don’t believe in luck. You create what you want to have in your hands. It’s not about luck or whatever you want. Work hard – it is my life.
Work hard and you can have what you want, whatever you’re doing or you can have what you want, but you have to do something so you create something positive in your life to receive that.
Q: What’s your favorite way to sweat?
A: HIIT Training, yoga and running! I took away running and added it back because if I am in a bad mood and I start to run everything can go out of my mind and sometimes I can just cry, but after that I’m just fine. It’s my ‘why.’ It’s ‘why’ I think it’s very important to take care of our bodies because when I had an achilles tendon injury I couldn’t do anything. It was just horrible for me because it was like I could not escape anywhere. I’m just here with my body and my mind.
And in yoga when I’m on my mat it’s like there is so time anymore. If I have a connection with the instructor, I can forget everything. Everything is just about me. I can be selfish and it’s time for me and I know that after the class, after 60 or 90 minutes, I will be like on a cloud.
The HIIT training is so my body can be toned and in shape. If I only run and do yoga – for my body, for my metabolism – it’s not enough. And I like to feel my muscles working but you have to fight to have what you want with the HIIT training because it’s really hard.
Q. What are your favorite foods and what do you eat on a daily basis?
A. Healthy food! Quinoa, avocado…avocado toast. I think I ate eggs and avocado yesterday morning. This morning it was juice – I made myself and protein shake with chia seeds, flax seeds and almond milk. I think at one after my yoga class I’m going to eat sweet potatoes and quinoa and maybe spinach. I like to discover new food places to try in the U.S.
Q. What are you most proud of about oxygen studio?
A. I’m most proud of the team because I hire people who most of the time are authentic. I really need to work with people I trust and I don’t know how to work alone. I know that I am charismatic and powerful…everything you want as a woman. I know I am lucky. I am grateful to have met people in life who are passionate. Everything comes from you inside, your gut and your feelings. I cannot work with someone who kicks someone to be on the top.
I want to have people who are authentic and people who want to share and have good energy and are positive. That is me and that’s what I want for my team and myself.
I just need to work with people who are pure and authentic. Good intentions and morals – it’s very important for me.
Q. What is your favorite song right now?
A. I don’t really have a favorite song because music is my … ‘I don’t even know what.’ I just put on music I like and just create it. So I don’t have one song I really like, there are many.