Transformation Tuesday with Allison Castilow


Can you believe it is already August?! As the summer comes to a close, we are excited to share with you the story of Allison from our Sarasota studio. She has pushed past her own barriers and keeps getting stronger on the megaformer. 

What did you think when you first started taking classes? Challenging to say the least, but the instructor that day knew it was my first class and was extremely helpful with my form and safety. I knew immediately that I was up for the challenge of this workout, I know if I mastered my form and listen closely to the instructors that I would get the hang of it. Every time that I take a class I get a little more out of it and that definitely helps me mentally.

How did you find Mantra and what were your goals when you first started? I heard about Mantra from a dear friend who knew I would love it! I have a lot of joint issues and was hesitant to start a new workout regime. I was assured that this was a low impact workout and to give it a try...and so I did. Six month later I was still going strong and love it. My goal is to stick with it for as long as I physically can, fell stronger every class and have fun doing it! 

What are you current goals? My goal at Mantra is to continue working on my form and focus, once I get that down I can push myself through the challenging parts of class and gain my strength & confidence. I would also love to master quicker transitions and the dreadful bungee and scrambled egg! 

What is your best advice for others who are just starting to workout at Mantra? The advice I would give to others starting Mantra is to stick with it. Go slow and have faith in yourself that anything is possible. Also, ask questions,every little bit of advice helps and sometimes it is a small foot placement or head alignment that can make the difference. Everyone is very educated and helpful at Mantra and I enjoy every class I attend! 

How much weight have you lost and what else has changed since you started at Mantra? For me, the most that has changed is the confidence I have in myself; I have felt very insecure of my abilities -- what I could do and what I could not do. Then I realized I need to focus on my day to day achievements and not compare myself to others. I feel stronger every class and am able to push myself further everyday, things I thought I would never be able to do I now see possible! Physically, I definitely feel more tones, especially my core strength!

Thank you for sharing with us Allison! Don't forget, if you want to be our Transformation Tuesday superstar, just get with someone at the studio.