Today we get to meet the incredible Christina, an instructor at our Sarasota studio. Christina was a pilates and barre instructor before she found Mantra and Lagree Fitness. She quickly became obsessed (like many of us do)!
Get to know Christina a little better in this week's Transformation Tuesday.
How did you find Mantra, and what were your goals when you first started working out here?
Before finding Mantra I had read about a Lagree studio in San Francisco (where I used to live) and looked up the workout. I became obsessed with Lagree and the Megaformer before I even tried it. It was that same week that I heard about the Mantra Fitness studio, and that they were looking for new trainer. I was ecstatic.
What did you think when you first started taking classes?
My first class was immediately before my interview to be a trainer. A beginner class, I completely burned out my inner thighs and my abs were aching for days. Loved it!
What changes have you noticed?
Before Mantra I was teaching and doing pilates and barre about five times a week. Those workouts were like a warmup for the Lagree workout. My hamstrings and glutes in particular were not used to that kind of burn. But I can remember a huge difference between my first class and my fifth.
What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?
I always say showing up is the at least half the battle. Book those classes in advance. Put them in your calendar and be accountable. Your health should be more important than most other things on your agenda. You can't pour from an empty cup. Fills yours first!
One of the many things that make this workout so incredible, is how it forces you to stay present. It is one thing to just go through the movements and a whole other to be constantly checking in with what is going on and what you are feeling in your body, making this workout so good for your mental health as well.
What are your goals now?
I feel like my journey has only just begun. I'd like to take more classes, teach more classes, go lower, go slower, take my body to a new place every class.