Iris has been gracing my studio with her presence since 2012. The mother of two little girls, Iris brings a sparkle and shine to her absolutely AMAZING energy at each class she attends. We call her our "rainbow"!
Iris took some time off to welcome baby Sofia last May, but she is back in action and brings joy to our space each and every week!
Says Iris: "The most important thing I've learned in my journey to wellness is that I am valuable. I am worth it. So I have to put myself first to be able to take care of others and that is ok. It is not selfish."
Brooke is facing an issue she never thought she'd have.
"I don't recognize my legs!" she says. "They're getting so toned and lean. I love it!"
Brooke joined our Balance A.C.C.E.S.S. program on April 9, 2014, when her youngest child was 6 months old. (Kudos to Brooke right off the bat: she has 3 children aged 3 and under!)
Brooke will tell you that Balance Family Fitness has changed the way she looks at fitness.
She found herself after three children weighing more than she would like and not having exercised in a long time.
She would dread the idea of working out, getting sweaty and worst of all...running. But she knew that Emily had helped get her into shape a couple years ago (after baby #1) and she had to seek her help again if she wanted to make a change in the right direction.
Just two short months after joining, Brooke has made a significant leap forward in her journey to fitness. She now looks forward to her four workouts each week, like an oasis. After all, this is her only time away from the kids and she gets to focus on just her health for that time.
Here's what Brooke has to say about her 8 weeks thus far in the A.C.C.E.S.S. program:
* I love the meditation portion of our workouts. It really helps me to focus my energies in the right direction for the day. It helps me to slow down my mind from the constant task list of what needs to be done next to just silence for a moment. It is unlike any other workout session you have attended.
I am so proud of Brooke! She is a shining example of how dedication and determination can really add up to real results.
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Catie, a 34-year-old mother of two, started her journey with us at Balance in October 2013, when she joined a 6-week session of Lively Woman.
Since then, this dedicated mama has become an inspirational fixture at the studio. Catie constantly pushes herself to work out at her best level, feel stronger, and eat better.
Since October, Catie has not only gone from a size 8/10 to a size 2, but her NSVs (non-scale victories) make her feel alive.
Lost: 16 pounds, several dress sizes, and 12+ inches.
Gained: confidence, strength, love of physical activity
"I'm so proud. " Catie says. "I hiked Table Rock last week for the first time and it felt easy. I can keep up with my kids. I have more confidence and I'm willing to try more things. "
Plus, she says, it's amazing to have found a true passion for exercise. "I LOVE to workout! My body loves and craves it. I feel amazing."
Catie joined our A.C.C.E.S.S. program in April, alongside seven other dedicated participants. In addition to pushing herself at the studio for classes up to four times a week, Catie walks diligently through her neighborhood, kids in tow, and tracks her food intake using My Fitness Pal. (Another huge accomplishment? Catie has been refined sugar-free for over a year!)
Catie, it is an awesome pleasure to accompany you on your journey. You are a constant source of inspiration to all of us at the studio. Keep up the fantastic work!!
Emily Nielsen, CPT, is the owner of Fit for Motherhood, LLC, mother of 2 little girls, and an optimist by nature.
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