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What started as a suggestion from his wife to stay home, be active and have a little fun has blossomed for Aaron Wood.

Heck, you might even say exploded.

Wood, a Hixson Elementary School physical education teacher, has now offered six workout videos online. They are part calisthenics, part old-school dance party, part YouTube comedy.

And it's 100 percent popular.

"I have some friends in town in the tech industry, and they have been calling me and saying, 'You don't know how big this is,'" Wood said.

His first video on March 16 — it's available on YouTube under Coach Wood — got more than 140,000 views. He has close to 10,000 subscribers and followers on his instagram and Twitter feeds at i_teach_gym.

All of this after just six episodes.

As we distance ourselves socially, Wood is expanding his reach globally.

"It's been crazy, and at first I was getting response from all over the country," he said.

"The other day I got a message from a lady from the U.K. and we started talking about soccer and people from Egypt and India and all over the planet," he said.

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The idea that he might become the next online fitness guru, or even a YouTube superstar, was the furthest thing from Wood's mind.

He started this with an inspiration from his wife, Marissa, with two fundamental goals.

"We did it as a way to have fun and stay active, and I thought maybe some of my students would watch it and it would make them smile," Wood said.

"Now we have a piece of paper and every time we come up with a possible idea, we write it down. You know what they say, behind every average man is an incredible woman."

Wood's reasoning is sound, and his purpose is clear.

With dance moves to "Old Town Road" or "Party in the U.S.A." for cardio and stretches and lifts with everything from weights to the all-valuable toilet paper to address other areas, his approach is as simple as it is effective.

"It'd be really easy to get trapped in Netflix or whatever else right now," said Wood, who came to the area to attend Lee University in 2009 before starting at Hixson Elementary in 2013. "This is an easy way for people to stay active even if we are forced from our normal routines."

It's anyone's guess whether Wood's endeavor is the next big thing on the internet or not.

But regardless of where this Monday-through-Friday morning workout video leads, Wood's clear about what the purpose is.

"At the end of the day, and I'm working on some other videos with other PE teachers, the number of subscribers and views [is] not important," Wood said. "I want to get kids up and get them active, and help them have fun with their families.

"This is a memorable time in our society, and if we can find ways to make some good memories, that would be great."

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com and follow him on Twitter at @jgreesontfp.

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