Today we’d like to introduce you to Arnol Guity-Martinez.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Arnol. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started off as a Garifuna dancer at the age of 12. I was eager to learn more about my culture and embrace it to the fullest capacity. My parents are both from Honduras, and they gave me the leisure of teaching me some of what they knew, but it just wasn’t enough for me. I joined a dance group and took if from there. I began to get involved more with the community to service as much as I possibly could. In March of 2018, I came up with the idea of GarifunaRobics- Your Garifuna Style Workout. The reason why I came out with this was because health is a big issue within my community. I also wanted something that was going to expose the Garifuna culture in a positive light. I launched GarifunaRobics on April 6th, 2018 with the intent to promote Fitness, wellness in Culture. Throughout the time, I have traveled to Host a class in Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, and Roatan Honduras.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been the easiest because of 2 things. 1) working out to the Garifuna Community is out of our normal, and 2) The Garifuna Culture isn’t well established on the map. I constantly have to update strategies to captivate people’s attention and spread the word.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about GarifunaRobics – what should we know?
GarifunaRobics’ mission is to promote Fitness Wellness and Culture. My goal is to provide an overall Fun working out experience, while you burn the most calories possible through this workout. What makes me different is because this really hasn’t been done within my community. I took elements of the Garifuna Culture and infused it into a pretty intense workout.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Garifuna Queens, Maximo Alvarez, J Dove Productions, Legacy Gifted, Xcstacy Band, Lil June (Afro Punta), Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, Hamalali Wayunagu dance Company, Core Hydration, Balmir Dance Society. All of these companies and people are the reasons why I am who I am today. Also, the support from my fans and crowd has been amazing. It pushes me to go further.
- Website: www.garifunarobics.com
- Phone: 7186872589
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: GarifunaRobics
- Facebook: GarifunaRobics-Your Garifuna Style Workout