When Caleb first started The Fitness Marshall, it was for his own enjoyment. But now it’s much bigger than him. It’s for the thousands of women around the world who are being empowered by his dance routines. Read on to hear his touching stories…
What are you passionate about?
I’m most passionate about spreading positivity and helping people come out of their shells. When this whole thing started, it was just about me being able to perform because at heart I’m am entertainer. But after being on this journey, and meeting so many people, I see these women who are in their shells and uncomfortable but by the end of the class, they’ve let everything go and have the time of their lives. That’s what I’m passionate about. Helping people reach the point where they can embrace themselves in the moment.
Do you have any stand out examples of fans that have had significant wellbeing transformations through dance? Can you tell us about them?
I’ve had a lot of people who have lost weight doing the videos but the coolest thing to me is the emails I get. A woman said she had a miscarriage and doing my dances was the first time she was able to smile after having a miscarriage. Another woman emailed me who was a victim of sexual assault, and with my videos, she was able to tap into her sexuality again and not feel ashamed of her body anymore. So that was pretty incredible. It’s stories like that that touch me the most.
How do you react when you get those sorts of responses?
I have a Google doc where I keep all those emails, because that’s what keeps me going. It’s really easy just to put up videos at home, and sometimes it’s easy for me to forget how important these silly dance videos are. So it reminds me that it’s so much bigger than me, this is changing people’s lives.
Female empowerment and sending a good message to girls is important for us, is it important for you?
It’s important to me because I feel there are a lot of things in the world and society that tell women how they’re supposed to be. There are a lot of boxes that women are put in and as a male, I don’t want to be a part of that world. I want to make sure I’m supporting women and not oppressing them. I want to make sure little girls know that it’s okay to be strong, powerful, you can be the CEO, you can dress the way you want to dress, you can be yourself and don’t have to fit in a box.
When do you feel most empowered?
When I’m on stage performing, absolutely.