Five years ago, Keith Thompson made a decision to change his life. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Keith grew up as an obese child. He was working for a large telecommunications company as an Information Technology professional in 2008, at nearly 300lbs; he was frustrated with his weight and his health. Bored with the diets, books and the gym, Keith found no success in any of those approaches to weight loss. Until one day Keith attended a step class at a local gym and loved it. Keith had finally found a program that worked for him and ultimately lost over 70 lbs.
Keith’s natural contagious energy and positive attitude in the step classes were so infectious that his instructor noticed that people were coming to her class because of Keith. After learning of Keith’s story of determination in his own life, watching him warm up the class one day and subsequently teaching it, his instructor decided to provide a scholarship for Keith to receive his group fitness certification so that he could become an instructor. He took the scholarship and found more than success. He found his passion.
In 2009, he became certified as a group fitness instructor with the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and started teaching step and cycle classes at a nationwide gym. Due to the high demand, his classes were offered in 3 different locations in less than a year. While the local gym was fond of Keith, management became concerned with his approach to teaching as it was untraditional and like nothing else that they had experienced. Soon thereafter they amicably parted ways. With a passion for helping to transform lives with an untraditional approach and his love for step and cycling, KTX Fitness was birthed.
With membership growing daily, classes at capacity and long lines waiting, KTX Fitness has become very popular for its unique approach to health and fitness. Not only has KTX Fitness become a hit in class but outside of class as well with over 1Million+ shares on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and other various social media sites. People from all over the world are watching Keith’s high energy leadership over hip-hop and rhythm and blues base lines. In fact people from as far as California and Texas have come to Atlanta, Georgia to meet Keith Thompson and experience one of his classes.
KTX’s Cycle, Step, and Zumba are uniquely different and literally an exercise party as it provides a fun and challenging workout that is sure to have participants working every muscle. With seasoned riders typically on the front row, the remainder of class moves in tandem while riding the stationary bikes. The best thing about KTX’s technique is that no matter what a participant’s fitness level is, if they get on the bike, pedal and dance at their own pace, they are sure to get a great workout. The same experience is true for KTX’s explosive step classes, which are near and dear to Keith’s heart based on the fact that step classes were the beginning of his fitness journey. Best of all, the classes are enjoyed by a broad spectrum of people. Keith has developed programs for children as young as 5 years old to seniors. It is truly a program that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Keith is also the Founder of the Fit For Life Foundation a 501c3 entity with a mission to encourage the communities we serve through various events and programs to join the movement of being Fit for Life™, by caring for themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Keith’s passion is utilizing his natural gifts to encourage people around the world to get and stay fit as a fitness instructor and as a motivational speaker. Keith travels the world teaching and inspiring individuals to transform their lives while having fun doing it.
Keith understands that being fit isn’t just about the number on the scale: it’s about a lifestyle. It’s about believing that you deserve to be healthy. It’s about dedication and hard work. It’s about celebrating and enjoying life. Keith travels the world bringing this infectious passion for health, wellness, and most importantly, self-love, to every class that he teaches and every person that he encounters.