Determined not to let chronic shoulder tendinitis keep her from working her upper body, Kelly turned to Mantra and quickly fell in love!
Read on to find out how this "cardio junkie" learned to slow it down on the Megaformer and the great results she's achieved.
What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?
Be patient, listen to the instructions, ask for help, and don’t give up!
Tell us a little about your first few classes. How difficult did you find them?
I have suffered from chronic tendinitis in my shoulder for more than a year, and had become very discouraged because my ability to lift weights and do yoga had become very limited. I decided to try Mantra because I was hopeful that the slow isolated movement would allow me to still work my upper body without pain or further harming myself. I booked a private session with Jeannie for my first class so that I would understand how to navigate the Megaformer and have a familiarity with some of the poses. Jeannie is incredibly knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable when moving through the workout. I definitely found my first few classes to be challenging, as I learned that the entire body needed to be engaged in all of the poses and I was utilizing muscles I had not used before. The motivation and assistance from the instructors was probably the most helpful in keeping me from giving up. I very quickly fell in love with both the workout and the studio!
What have been some of your biggest challenges along the way?
My biggest challenge has probably been learning to slow down my workout. I have been a cardio junkie for the better part of my life, and have always participated in high-intensity workouts (kickboxing, sprinting, spinning). The slow, isolated movement was something that felt very unnatural and was incredibly hard for me to maintain. There is nothing quite like carriage kicks to create an intense burn that you can’t really duplicate with any other type of workout!
Are there certain moves you find super difficult?
I still find many of the moves to be challenging, especially because the sequencing is different in every workout, and every instructor has their own style of teaching. The ability to adjust the spring load also helps me challenge myself.
Has it been tough to juggle multiple workouts into your already-busy schedule every week?
I try to fit in some form of a workout every day, and have been regularly doing 2 mantra workouts per week. The early morning classes are best for my schedule. I love that I can get a complete body workout in under an hour!
What has joining Mantra been like for you, and what kind of support have you received both from your fellow Megaformer friends and the Mantra trainers and owners?
Joining Mantra has been very rewarding and beneficial for me. Not only have I gained a ton of strength inside and out, but I have also made a lot of new friends...(and bought some really cute new workout clothes)! The instructors and students are always so encouraging and helpful, and definitely make the workouts a lot more fun...even if I do give them (the instructors) dirty looks mid-workout from time-to-time. :)
How far have you come since that first class?
I definitely feel like I have come a long way since my first class and have a lot more confidence on the Megaformer. I have learned so much about using proper form and alignment and have been able to see a huge difference in how it enhances my workout and protects me from injury in everything I do. I always leave my workouts feeling happy and accomplished!
Do you love Mantra and want to share your experience? We'd love to feature you in a future Transformation Tuesday! Just let us know at the studio.