Teacher Spotlight: Eliza Shirazi

We found out everything you always wanted to know about Boston’s Eliza Shirazi, founder of the upbeat and irresistible Kick It By Eliza™. She created Kick It to combine her passions of dance, music, and community and in doing so, she inadvertently created quite the fitness #squad in Boston.

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What was your path into teaching?

It was a mistake! I was a dancer for nineteen years and when I got to college, I transitioned from dance to fitness classes. I realized I could teach fitness classes and auditioned on a whim. When I got the job I just slapped the name “Kick It” on it and made it up as I went. I’ve been doing it ever since.

Such a great story! Can you tell us more about Kick It?

I teach Kick It By Eliza™, a 13-round fitness method that is music-driven, sweat-inducing, and kickboxing-inspired. The power of Kick It comes from the “Kick It Crew,” or the participants of the class. We interact with each other during class verbally and physically in the most positive way. Strangers leave feeling like best friends and the rest of your day/evening is spent living off the high from class. 

When it comes to music, what song is your guilty pleasure?

“Together Again” by Janet Jackson.

What are the five most recent songs you played?

The March 2016 Kick It Playlist:

“When Love Hurts” by JoJo, “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, “Just Another Night” by Icona Pop, “Disarm You” by Kaskade, “All I Do” by Majid Jordan

Why do you love to teach Kick It?

I love to teach this class because I see magic happening every time and that is so important to me. To see people feeling positive, stress-free, and vulnerable all in fifty minutes is special. The kickboxing and dance part is really just a way, or a tool, to get people to feel all of those things I just described.

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Who is your inspiration?

My family. The Shirazis are all entrepreneurs and trailblazers. I am lucky to come from such kind loving people with a real eye for business.

Do you have a favorite teacher?  If so, who?

The Kick It Crew. Anyone who takes my classes teaches me something. I’m not saying that as a cliché, I mean it! My favorite lesson so far is that everyone comes from different walks of life, but everyone wants a community.

How do you like to move?

With passion.

What is the one thing that you most want movers to get out of your teaching?

I want them to feel empowered.

What is your proudest or favorite teaching moment?

I am lucky that my job is immediately gratifying, but my favorite moment was when I brought Kick It to the University of Cape Town. It started with a few girls and by the end of the semester the class was full every time. It was such a testament to the class – anyone can do it no matter where in the world you are from.

Anything exciting coming up for you?

Right now I am in the midst of the pop-up Kick It Studio in Allston. This has been such a fun project and a step in the right direction for Kick It. Every Sunday we Kick It in this awesome space and then have food and beverages as we socialize. It’s an experience that I have been wanting to give the Kick It Crew for a long time, and it’s just the beginning.

What’s your favorite food (last meal on earth style)?

Persian food: pita, lamb, rice, tadik, Shirazi salad (no, my last name is not after that salad).

What is your goal for the rest of 2016?

I want to certify more Kick It Instructors and do more pop ups.

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What is one piece of advice that you have for someone who is just starting to get into Kick It?

You can be tired, but you can’t give up. Kick It will definitely push you to your edge, but be patient with yourself and enjoy what you can do.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I am a night owl, but I force myself to be an early bird for these early morning classes I teach now.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you in class?

I really had to pee during one of my classes. Ugh, I just should have gone before. Anyways, during the 3, 2, 1,  JUMP combo I may or may not have peed my pants a little. Just a little! 

What is your dream vacation?

Just put me on a beach.

What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?

It’s been a year since this, but my favorite trip is STILL Cape Town, South Africa.

What is your favorite drink? Alcoholic or non.

Almond Earl Grey from Crema Cafe. I am addicted.

What’s the last thing you just had to make your friends see/eat/do?

Kick It… duh!

Do you have a spirit animal?

Sarah Jessica Parker. All day. Everyday.

When you get to relax, what’s on your DVR?

Embarrassing things like Real Housewives of (everything), the OJ Simpson series, Sex and The City reruns.

Follow Eliza to be in the know every time Kick It pops up – and get your #socialsweat on.

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