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Four years of 'Fuzion Fitness'

Four years of 'Fuzion Fitness'
Fuzion Fitness
The "Fuzion Fitness" team poses at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.
Photos: Ray Price

If it were president, NNPS-TV's "Fuzion Fitness with Alexis" exercise show would be up for re-election, with chants of "Four more years!" resounding in the convention hall.

The locally made 30-minute workout show, which was created by Telecom Supervisor Ray Price and show host Alexis Perkins, first aired in August of 2010.

The show is a fusion of upbeat music and high-energy fitness dance routines. Telecom students can assist in its production as part of their training.

Perkins started teaching exercise classes in 2009, and realized that people wanted an exercise show they could watch on television.

As a graduate of the Telecom program, Perkins knew NNPS-TV might be able to serve that need, so she teamed up with Price to create an original show.

The first shows were something of a learning experience for the fitness instructors and the production team.

"Fuzion Fitness with Alexis"

The show airs on NNPS-TV Cox 47/FiOS 17 at 6:30 a.m. daily, plus Mondays at 7:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. It can also be seen online via nnpstv.com's web stream at those times. Shows are available on demand as well. Newer shows are also available on YouTube.

"I do laugh and cringe whenever I look at Episode 1," says Perkins, "but I am thankful for the first shows because they are what got the idea of having our own fitness television program started."

The quality of the show has improved over the years and the variety of music featured on it has greatly expanded. A wide range of original music from local artists means the show offers techno, dance, hip-hop, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B sounds, just to name a few.

Contributing artists have included: The United Souls Band, Danah Johnson, Elijah Dixon, Legyn, Jon Bibbs, S.G.M., CJ Payne, Mike Pain, and many more.

"One of our first music contributors was D Boy 3.0," says Perkins. "He has made some amazing tracks for us. The United Souls Band has also contributed greatly and has helped mold the style of choreography of 'Fuzion Fitness,'" she said.

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Earlier versions of "Fuzion Fitness" were recorded in the studio.

"I have enjoyed working with so many talented musicians and singers," says Perkins. "I have also enjoyed having creative freedom and being able to cater to different audiences."

Perkins sometimes creates shows that focus on high- or low-impact exercises or dance moves. She has even made a "Fuzion Fit Kids" show that can be used in the classroom on rainy days.

One audience member who responded in a very positive way to "Fuzion Fitness with Alexis" is viewer Leslie Duncan. She was inspired by the show and went on to lose an unbelievable 150 pounds.

Going High Definition in 2012 was a huge improvement for the show. The HD benefits can best be seen online, since not all cable providers transmit NNPS-TV's channel in HD.

"I love HD!" says Perkins. "I love that it captures the background of wherever we are: the sunlight, the water, and especially the choreography."

Submit music for the show

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The sunlight and water came into play when the show moved from the NNPS-TV studio to various locations around Hampton Roads. After about six or seven shows in the studio, the team started going on location, shooting at Beauty for Ashes Dance Studio, Onelife Fitness Club, Huntington Beach, City Center, Hampton Roads Convention Center, and most recently the beach at Fort Monroe.

After the first year of production, Perkins offered the show to the other city channels around Hampton Roads, so it has been seen in Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach in addition to Newport News.

The "Fuzion Fitness" team has come a long way since the first idea to make an exercise show. They've got the process down and have many resources for music, dance leaders, camera operators, and shooting locations. They moved to HD, expanded to a regional broadcast, and inspired viewers to improve their health and fitness.

The project has truly turned out to be a fusion of many good things.

"Fuzion Fitness" Faux Pas

"It’s always fun to tape," says Perkins, "but you always have to be prepared for the unexpected. On one of our older episodes my son crawled into the shot while we were taping. If you look closely you see my facial expressions go from 'Yes, I am teaching' to 'You stop crawling right this second!' There was nothing I could do, but it was really funny."