When did you join Raise the Bar? I joined Raise the Bar in June of 2017, and started out in the 6 week transformation group. 

Describe what made you decide to walk in the door the first time. In my past, I was an athlete in high school, but other than occasionally running and doing core exercises I did not have a fitness routine prior to joining the group. I made the decision to join Raise the Bar after realizing I was unhappy with my body since having children and needed help to get back on track. I didn’t ever feel like I was doing a good job of eating or working out on my own, and after having a friend recommend RtB I decided to give it a try. Personally, I needed routine, encouragement, and structure is exactly what I needed and I decided to give it a try.

 How has the gym impacted you personally and/or professionally? I honestly had no idea what to expect when I came to the first class, but I am sure glad I finally gave it a try! Not only have I already started to see physical results, but I continue to be surprised at how much my body is capable of. I leave class so encouraged by all the things I can do now that thought I just didn’t have the ability to do before.  Coming to Raise the Bar has given me so much motivation to push myself and reach fitness goals I had written off as impossible.

 What is RtB’s community like? The community at Raise the Bar is awesome! While we all have the same goal of wellness in mind, the coaches each bring something unique.  It took me a couple weeks to find a class time that motivated and encouraged me the most, but I think there is something for everyone which is amazing. The gym regulars are very helpful and kind, it has been really nice to feel like I belong there (even though I’m a newbie).

“I have learned that reaching my goals is absolutely possible. It doesn’t come without hard work and sacrifice, but with staff and members like RtB has, the journey is actually a lot of fun!”

Lastly, what piece of advice would you have for someone just beginning their fitness journey? If I had to give a piece of advice to anyone beginning their journey, it would be this: Focus on fitness goals that first make you healthier. The rest will come once you make the commitment to change your lifestyle.  

Don’t forget to be patient! You didn’t get out of shape overnight, so you shouldn’t plan to get in shape overnight either.  Find a group of people (like RtB!) that motivates you, and that holds you accountable, and don’t compare your progress to anyone else’s. Make the decision to be stronger than your excuses and just get started!

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