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"During these sunny, hot, humid July days… the long, cold, snow piled winter is a melting memory. However, when I look back and realize the impact the weather had on my mood and physical well being – I could just cringe.
It felt like winter would never end and it was difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. All that snow made it hard to drive and to get out to exercise, except of course, to shovel snow which only caused more pain to my already weakened low back.
I have struggled with low back pain for years and refused to undergo surgery. I have always preferred the holistic route to treatment that included yoga, nutrition, meditation and increasing my overall body strength.
Taking yoga classes really helped me to increase flexibility, balance, stamina and cope with the pain better through focus and meditation. Even with this positive outlook I felt I needed other components to reach my maximum overall health goals.
A friend mentioned Fitness Unlimited, a women’s fitness health club, but I never thought of myself as a “gym person”. So I did some research and went for a visit to Fitness Unlimited and met the Manager, Cindy who was so informative and friendly. She made it easy for me to want to join after learning about all the different classes, especially yoga and meditation. And there was so much more including strength training equipment, cardio equipment, personal trainers, nutrition counseling, locker rooms, showers, steam and sauna, and a professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff. What more could I ask for? So I joined in April 2015.
I started taking the Vinyasa yoga classes with Elyse and she is a fabulous instructor. I even took a private lesson with her so I could make certain I was doing the postures in a way that would not aggravate my lower back, and this was extremely helpful.
At Fitness Unlimited you can try many different types of classes, and so I did and it was both challenging and fun. There was Head to Toe, Strong-In-30, Total Body Fusion, Pilates, and even Zumba! Currently I attend at least three to four yoga classes per week, at least one or two cardio classes and strength training. I also use the cardio machines and strength training equipment two times per week.
Just five months ago, if someone had told me I would be going to a fitness club four to six times a week… I would have laughed at the thought. Now I’m smiling all the time because I feel so much better in many ways; and belonging to Fitness Unlimited has impacted numerous aspects of my life in such a positive way.
Health is my #1 priority in life. Without good health it is extremely difficult to accomplish many things. Therefore, by making exercise a part of my daily life I feel so much stronger, healthier, motivated, energized, and much happier.
It’s a good feeling to belong to a health club where you feel welcomed, and there is always someone willing to help you learn and experience new challenges that will have a lasting impact on your good health. The social interaction is an added benefit and I have met so many wonderful people, both members and staff.
Thank you to the entire staff at Fitness Unlimited. I am very grateful that we have such a wonderful health club for women, and I hope to continue to be a member for many years to come."
- Karen F.
"About 2 years ago I made a decision to get back into shape. I joined the gym at work but the classes I wanted to participate in would regularly be cancelled by 3 pm. I then joined a Zumba class at the local High School at night but every time it snowed or the kids were out of school, no class. It became quite frustrating to start and stop a fitness routine. I had looked at some of the area gyms and didn’t really want to join a gym where you had to pay extra for classes or had to wait to get on the equipment.
Then one day in January, I was chatting with a co-worker and she mentioned that her gym was having a "Red Carpet Challenge". My immediate reaction was, "what the heck is that?” She explained that it was a fitness challenge “themed” around the red carpet awards in February, where over a 3 week period you had to meet weekly goals to proceed to the contest and at the end possibly win a cash prize! She then told me that it was only $15.
I immediately said, "Sold, sign me up!!" I went to the gym and met this very friendly, enthusiastic, nice woman named Gabby. She explained the ins and outs of the fitness challenge, signed me up and gave me a tour of the gym - everyone was so nice.
Now the big hurdle, getting myself there. Keep in mind I hadn’t worked out in some time and that alone was going to be a challenge for me. So week #1 - my first class at Fitness Unlimited was 3-2-1 Shred with Tina. Then I tried the Head to Toe class with Sandy, Circuit Blast with J-Lyn and Yoga with Elyse. I was amazed at how everyone was so nice and encouraging. After class each instructor made an effort to come over and tell me what a good job I did! That alone was motivation enough. Week #1 - mission accomplished! On to Week #2.
Each week I found myself a little stronger and able to do a little more in class. (Let’s not get crazy here, just a touch easier.) Before I knew it, the challenge was over and I completed the whole thing. It doesn’t stop there. I kicked 6 lbs to the curb and I was one of the lucky winners from the drawing!!
What a great experience, how could I not join the gym now? I’m happy to say I DID!
When I look back on it, a month and some change later, I realize 5 great things that came out of the challenge:
The good news is, you never know how great you can be! What you can accomplish! And what potential everyone has inside of them! In the words of Charlie Sheen 'WINNING'!”
- Susan L.
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