Every Week I look to feature and interview a young mover and shaker who embodies the “Go Getta Spirit” and is doing great things for the people and themselves in the Western New York and Southern Ontario community. Having the the blessed opportunity of having my show “The Go Getta Mix” I look to use my platform to acknowledge those people nominated as “The Go Getta of The Week”.

Meet The Go Getta Lancia "La La" Woods

"I was Born and raised in Buffalo, NY which birthed a passion for Dance, and a love for food! Growing up, I was a very active kid, involved in activities such as cheerleading, drill team, flag football, Choir, worship dance, and many others. I ate whatever I wanted without any regrets. Moving into college I had created horrible eating habits and an inactive lifestyle. This lead to rapid weight gain and an unhappy me. By the the time I'd realized, I was 5'0 and 180lbs. This began my initial struggles with weight loss

Although I went to school for Media Production; my passion stemmed from my minor, dance. I began to take my health more seriously and I made major strides towards a more active and healthier lifestyle starting with my eating habits. Graduating from Buffalo State College in 2010 with my new outlook on life, dance began to fester a new lifestyle, as I was seeing my first breakthrough in my battle with obesity; I was 142lbs. This was only the beginning as 2 years post graduation, my weight fluctuated from 142 to 160 and back down to 150 again. I had learned the struggle of keeping weight off.

In 2012, I heard of Zumba certifications being available, so I flew out to NY to become a zumba instructor. I wanted to stand apart so I named my class La'Zumba. I had been lifting weights consistently in the gym for over a year and knew I wanted more than just zumba under my belt, so I formed a movement, the La'Movement. I wanted to push myself to maintain an active lifestyle and motivate others to do the same.

During the first year of the movement I created a number of different slogans to help motivate my clients.         "SHAKE THAT CAKE" , "GAIN MOVES, LOSE WEIGHT" most popular in La'Zumba classes and the most popular company slogan "GET UP & GET ACTIVE". Generally a more private person I made a decision to not keep my fitness journey to myself any longer and dedicated my time to share it with the world in hopes that I could motivate someone who is where I came from to jump start their healthier lifestyle. God willing I was able to accomplish just that by opening my doors. The GET UP AND GET ACTIVE or "G.U.G.A" movement  has since spread countrywide especially  social media from Buffalo, Virginia and even Texas. To spread the word & display of G.U.G.A the movement participated in many city events including the Juneteenth Festival, Urban Chambers of Commerce dancing with the stars, Caribbean festival, and the Jes Breathe Cancer Walk for hope.

I lead the G.U.G.A movement first by example. I currently participate in activities in the community such as ballet and African dance, flag football, boxing, going to the gym and lifting weights. I also teach La'Zumba and African dance in some Buffalo Schools as a partner in the 21st Century program with the CAO. It's important to me to instill the importance of getting up and getting active daily to ensure a healthy lifestyle at an early age that carries into adulthood and helps reduce childhood obesity.  The La'Movement journey thus far has been rewarding, fulfilling, and amazing! I look forward to the continued progress and I am excited for the future! Stay tuned and don't forget to G.U.G.A." -La La

Do You Want to Be The Go Getta Of The Week?

Are you a Go Getta or know a Go Getta? One who gives back to their community,  a catalyst of change?  Consistently seeking to better themselves and those around them? Is this person determined to go after their dreams to achieve them and motivates others to do the same? If You know someone with the “Go Getta” Spirit or mentality I want to hear about them!

Each week I will pick a Go Getta of the Week from the submissions. The Go Getta chosen will be recognized on The Go Getta Mix, WBLK website and announced via social media.  If you are a Go Getta and or know a Go Getta Nominate them to today!!!

Send a email about the Go Getta you are nominating including their photo, social media handles, and why they should be the “Go Getta Of The Week” to GoGettaOfTheWeek@gmail.com