Let us introduce Allie from our Tampa studio. Allie has been with us from the beginning and is still burning it up on the Megaformer. Thank you for sharing with us Allie!
How did you find Mantra, and what were your goals when you first started working out here? I was introduced to Mantra by our fabulous owner, Jeannie, a few months before she opened the Tampa location. She whisked me down to a class in Sarasota and after 50 minutes of torture on a machine they call a Megaformer, I was hooked. Sign me up, teach me, train me!
What did you think when you first started taking classes? As we began training to become certified Lagree instructors, my muscles were totally confused and I felt a new soreness that kept me wanting more. Not only was I being challenged physically, but mentally as well. I had to push myself to improve my balance and trust what I was capable of doing, even if I was nervous or slightly scared. After each session, my body was "buzzing" from truly fatiguing the muscles. I continued to feel stronger and stronger each time I got back on the Megaformer.
How many inches have you lost, and what else has changed? I had a unique situation when I began, I had just found out I was pregnant. That didn't stop me in the least though. I was able to modify when needed, but continued to gain strength throughout my pregnancy. My last session was only a couple weeks before I gave birth. I truly believe the strength and focus I had gained from classes helped me prepare for childbirth. And, as soon as I was cleared to exercise again, I was back on the Megaformer. It helped my body bounce back. Fast forward 10 months to today and I feel even stronger than I did prior to becoming pregnant.
What are your goals now? My goals today are to continue to challenge myself with range of motion, balance and stability, and to keep my energy up to chase my daughter around.
What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra? My advice to beginners is to not compare yourself to others around you. Everyone's body is different and has different abilities on any given day. Set an intention or goal for that particular day/workout. If you really commit, you will see results in all aspects of fitness: strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, and body composition.