Even if you’ve never picked up a boxing glove, you’ve heard of Christina Rondeau. Aside from the name of her business, Christina Rondeau Kickboxing & Fitness, her name has become synonymous with empowerment and self-defense in Rhode Island. “My passion has always been teaching people how to defend themselves so they are never a victim,” says Christina who credits a high school bully with motivating her to learn how to defend herself. “I believe everyone should learn how to use their body as a weapon and have a fighting chance,” she says.
Christina found a true connection with fitness, worked hard, and traveled the world as a sport karate fighter and member of the USA kickboxing team before turning pro. Accolades soon followed, including being hand-picked by American martial artist and actor Chuck Norris for his Team New England World Combat League, where she was the only female. This fifth-degree black belt has been voted “Fun Fearless Female” in Cosmopolitan magazine, appeared on The Maury Povich Show, been seen on MTV in music videos, and featured on NESN.
Today, Christina is busy running her Johnston studio which offers classes as well as virtual and private options. Along with the fitness kickboxing she’s known for, there is personal training, group fitness, kids fitness, nutritional coaching, and circuit training. “The circuit training is called FIGHT CLUB and there are 10 rounds, three minutes each, all at different stations with a mix of kickboxing fitness drills and weights. It’s super cool!”
When not working up a sweat, this mom of two has authored 12 books, and created fundraising campaigns Fight Like a Dad, Fight Like a Girl, along with contributing to others. “We’re always helping those in need,” she says. “I live my life with compassion, kindness, and gratefulness, and my goal is to spread positivity and inspire others. Follow your heart, listen to your own gut, and block out all resistance.”
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