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Transformation Tuesday with Robin

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This month we're getting to know Sarasota client Robin! She's come so far since starting at Mantra. Keep reading to learn more about her transformation journey. 

What’s your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?


Don’t be afraid! Try anything! The trainers and staff are there for you.

How have you changed since your first class?

My body has changed so much. Strength and flexibility have greatly improved. Confidence on the Megaformer has increased greatly. The Transformation Challenge really allowed me to put nutrition and fitness in the perfect combination for me. Dropped a dress size!

Tell us a little about your first few classes. How difficult did you find them?

My first classes were difficult. Doing new things was awkward and took time. Once you learn the terms and moves…it’s so much easier to do the combinations.

How have you changed since your first class?

My body has changed so much. Strength and flexibility have greatly improved. Confidence on the Megaformer has increased greatly. The Transformation Challenge really allowed me to put nutrition and fitness in the perfect combination for me. Dropped a dress size!

Has it been tough to juggle multiple workouts into your already-busy schedule?

The Mantra schedule is so flexible once you schedule “me” time – you can make a class.

What has joining Mantra been like for you, and what kind of support have you received from both your fellow Megaformer friends and Mantra trainers/owners?

The Mantra family is family – always offering a smile, compliment, or encouragement. The trainers, owner, and staff are there for you!

What are your goals now?

To continue to improve the healthy lifestyle. Remain flexible and feeling good. To successfully do Super Lunge! To continue to do one things daily that challenges me – Mantra is this for me!

 

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8 Week Challenge - SARASOTA

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ONLY 8 WEEKS TO A NEW YOU!

An intense, informative and motivational 8-week program to get you fit, lean and strong.

Challenge Includes:

  • Daily Coaching with Coach Kelly (board-certified nutrition and fitness expert) via private Facebook page – Post your challenges and success stories.
  • Entrance to private “Cardio-Enhanced” class for challenge participants only.
  • Nutritional Support (meal plan, shopping list, recipe book) Learn how to eat for a lifetime!
  • Informative Bi-Weekly Group meetings to keep you motivated and losing inches!
  • Daily success planner to make every day positive.
  • FREE prizes awarded for attending bi-weekly group-coaching meetings.
  • 5-day Jumpstart Program to get your body in max fat burning mode.
  • Customized and individual attention for specific concerns.
  • Supportive community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts.

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2017

Challenge Begins: September 16, 2017

$125 Members | $625* Non-members

To Sign Up, Call 941.201.1087 or Email info@mantrafitness.com


*Includes 2 months unlimited classes

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8 Week Challenge - TAMPA

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ONLY 8 WEEKS TO A NEW YOU!

An intense, informative and motivational 8-week program to get you fit, lean and strong.

Challenge Includes:

  • Daily Coaching with Coach Kelly (board-certified nutrition and fitness expert) via private Facebook page – Post your challenges and success stories.
  • Nutritional Support (meal plan, shopping list, recipe book) Learn how to eat for a lifetime!
  • Informative Bi-Weekly Group meetings to keep you motivated and losing inches!
  • Daily success planner to make every day positive
  • FREE prizes awarded for attending bi-weekly group-coaching meetings.
  • 5-day Jumpstart Program to get your body in max fat burning mode.
  • Customized and individual attention for specific concerns.
  • Supportive community of like-minded fitness enthusiasts.

Registration Deadline: September 11, 2017


Challenge Begins: September 16, 2017

$125 Members | $625* Non-members

To Sign Up, Call 813.321.8292 or Email info@mantrafitness.com


*Includes 2 months unlimited classes

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Trainer Spotlight with Cisco

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This month we are shining the spotlight on Tampa's newest instructor Cisco! You can catch him spicing up your mornings in our newly added 5:30am classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Keep reading to get to know Cisco a little better!

Favorite Lagree Exercise: Has to be Mega Donkey Kick! One because the name of it is amazing, two while performing it I feel it is so many places. Also it's a great transition when flowing through class to the next half of legs.  

Lagree Exercise You Have a Love/Hate Relationship With: 5th lunge - I struggle at times catching my balance with it in the beginning but one I'm in it I'm in the zone and it's the one lunge I always feel the most after two days! 

How did you find Mantra? My first time at Mantra was with a group sweat session when I first started working at SOHO Cycling. Lindsey Finer was the instructor, and I couldn't believe someone so small could be so mean hahahaha the hardest work out of my life. 

Why did you want to become an instructor? I wanted to become an instructor because it was the one workout I struggled the most with and I wanted to become a pro at it. It's the perfect complement workout to my schedule! 

Favorite “Cheat” Food: Easiest way to my heart is enchiladas and chicken wings blue cheese of course. I work out to eat what I want. 

Favorite “Healthy” Food: A quick stop to Fitlife for an Enchilada Bake 

Favorite Color: Purple 

Hometown: Military brat! Always moving 

Favorite part of teaching: Helping clients achieve goals 

Favorite Song: Anything JLO 

Favorite way to unwind: Chinese take-out and a marathon on the Lifetime Network 

Favorite Vacation Spot: A quick getaway to Miami Beach is always my favorite 

Your Personal/Favorite Mantra: You have to become comfortable with being uncomfortable 

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Back to School Fitness Tips

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It's that time again, the kids are headed back to school! Even though it’s great to get the kids out of the house and back into the classroom, it also means it's time for schedule overload and countless after school activities. 

We have four tips to help you maintain your fitness/wellness routine (and your sanity) during the school year.

Schedule Your Workouts

Preparation and planning is the key to success when you're juggling multiple schedules. Have a master calendar (on paper, wipeboard, digital, whatever works!) with work schedule, school functions, appointments, etc. where the entire family can see it. Make sure to schedule your workouts on this calendar. Scheduling your workouts will hold you accountable and make you less likely to make excuses. Bonus points if you lay your workout gear out the night before!

Meal Plan

Meal planning can mean different things to different people, but doing some form of it will keep you on the right track with your wellness goals. Here's some ideas that may work for you and your family:
  • Involve the kids! Pick a day and spend an hour or so planning meals and snacks for the week. Depending on their age, the kids can help you separate foods into containers or even chop fruits and veggies.
  • Plan out 4-6 weeks worth of meal plans and grocery lists. Rotate these throughout the school year.
  • Make freezer meals in advance for those unexpected busy nights. Crockpot meals are also a great option when you know you'll be short on time in the evening. Throw the ingredients in the crockpot in the morning and you'll have dinner when you get home.
  • Use a meal planning or delivery service. Sometimes it's just easier to have someone else do it for you. There are many websites and apps that fit most dietary needs that will provide weekly meal plans and grocery lists. Need more help than that? There are numerous options to have meals delivered right to your door. From websites that deliver meals completely prepped and ready to cook to local meal delivery services that deliver fully cooked meals to your doorstep, there's something for everyone.
Be Accountable

Having a workout buddy doesn't just make it more fun, it holds you accountable. You can use the time to sweat it out with a friend and catch up with each other (or vent about your crazy kids).

Make "Me" Time a Priority

Parents' time can easily get lost in the shuffle, especially during the school year. It's SO important to remember to take "me" time. Exercise is great time to focus on "you." It's not selfish. Taking time for yourself will make you a better parent, spouse, friend, employee, etc.

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Transformation Tuesday with Jaime

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Our Tampa clients may recognize this face as one of the rockstar instructors at Soho Cycling Studio. When Jaime's not on the bike hosting a cardio party, you'll find her on the Megaformer where she loves to shake and work her muscles in a different way!


What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?


Be Patient. Mantra is a challenge, but a great one. It is the only 
workout where I can get an effective & efficient combination of core, cardio, balance, flexibility, and strength training. I highly recommend taking advantage of the beginners classes to get comfortable with the movements & form, but once you start incorporating Mantra into your fitness routine the results will speak for themselves.

Tell us a little about your first few classes. How difficult did you find them?

I will never forget the first time I stepped into my sticky socks and 
stepped on the Megaformer I thought it was going to be a walk in the park...NOPE.  In the first 5 minutes I was sweating vigorously, my muscles were quivering, and I literally almost fell off the Megaformer when my dear friend who was instructing next called out "Scrambled eggs"... I quickly realized no one was serving breakfast. Let me tell you, I thought I was going to throw up during that first Mantra workout!  It was like nothing that I had ever experienced before, and I was definitely sore for the next few days. I used muscles I didn't even know I had, yet somehow it was fun and I thought I could definitely add this into my workout routine. I decided to sign up for the 3 month special and started going on Monday and Fridays mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

What have been some of your biggest challenges along the way? Are 
there certain moves you find super difficult? 

Mantra is designed to use effective muscle stimulation by slowing down each movement and using as many muscle fibers as possible to get the best results. I have scene drastic results since I have started incorporating Mantra into my workout routine. My biggest challenge in Mantra is to SLOW IT DOWN. I really have to challenge myself into each
movement, to find that mind body connection, and not lose my mind as sometimes two minutes can feel like a lifetime. I still struggle with Super Lunge, Mega Donkey, and Teaser. Even though these moves are still challenging for me, Each class I get better, and I get stronger.  I love how every time I come to Mantra, I never have the same routine, so Im always discovering new muscles I never even knew I had.

Has it been tough to juggle multiple workouts into your already-busy schedule every week?


Most of us in the fitness industry have the flexibility of not being in front of a desk all day, but it doesn't mean that we are not busy. Making time for yourself and your workouts are the most important things you can do for yourself. My advice is to book your workouts in advance for the week and hold yourself accountable.

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?

I love the entire crew & love being a part of the Mantra community. The people are the main reason I get my booty up and go to class. The instructors are always encouraging, helpful, and make working out FUN. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to workout with :)







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Stay Healthy on the Road

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Summertime is all about vacation and travel. So we thought we'd put together some tips to help you stay healthy on the road. Whether you're headed out on a family vacation before school starts or a business trip, we've got 5 tips to help you stay healthy and feeling great!



1. A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way


Pack plenty of healthy snacks so you’re prepared and won’t be tempted to reach for that candy bar in a moment of weakness - healthy bars, nuts, fruits like apples and bananas, we even bring cut up veggies and hard-boiled eggs on flights. Other great options to pack for the road are individual packets of protein and/or collagen peptides, powdered greens, and digestive supplements. It’s also a good idea to eat a filling healthy meal before you get on the plane, or pack one and eat in-flight!


2. BYOB - Bring Your Own Bottle

Bringing your own refillable water bottle will remind you to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. This is so important on plane trips and just in general. We can’t say it enough. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.


3. Move

Make sure you move while you’re travelling. Lagree studios are popping up everywhere, but if there isn’t one in your destination use this chance to try something new and find a local cycling class, yoga studio, or boot camp. If you don’t have time for a class, go for a run/walk, hit the hotel gym, or just move in your hotel room. Get that blood pumping somehow.

Have a long layover or long flight? Use these opportunities to move as well. Get up and walk through the aisle to stretch your legs. Power walk through the terminal or find a spot and do some squats or yoga poses. People might stare, but oh well! You’ll feel much better.


4. Ask For What You Want


When dining out, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It’s perfectly ok to ask for dressing on the side or to make a meal out of side dishes. Just don’t ask for any crazy ingredients you can’t find somewhere on the menu. We often ask if the chef can make us something healthy with whatever they have. Fave breakfast order – an omelet with whatever veggies they have plus a side of avocado. Healthy fats will keep you full!

 

5. Balance is Everything

Let go of the all-or-nothing mentality. Maybe you weren’t able to get that 60 minutes workout session in. That’s ok! Ten minutes of yoga or burpees and bodyweight exercises in your hotel room are better than nothing.

Vacation is a time to enjoy yourself. So you find yourself sitting on the beach with a margarita instead of that long walk you were planning. Don’t feel guilty about it. Relax and enjoy.

 

 

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Transformation Tuesday with Kathryn

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Kathryn came to Mantra in December 2016 after losing her "workout mojo." She wanted to shake up her fitness routine...and tightening up her midsection would be an added bonus! Six months later and she has toned up, gotten stronger, and is loving every class!

Read on for Kathryn's Transformation story:

How did you find Mantra, and what were your goals when you first started working out here?

I knew Rachel many years ago when we both had our first children. When Mantra initially opened I read about it and thought it looked really interesting, but I was one of those “independent” workout people; I ran, did workouts at home either on my spin bike, using dvd’s, or pilates mat work, which was my favorite workout. I noticed in the past year that I was losing my workout “mojo” and with my mid-fifties came a little softness-especially in my midsection. I clearly needed to shake it up a little to make changes I desired. After running into Rachel last November and telling her I really needed to get that mojo back, I jumped at her invitation to try a Mantra class. I started that same week and haven't looked back since!

What did you think when you first started taking classes?

I was very impressed with many aspects of the Mantra workout. Coming from a physical therapy background, I am all about form and controlled movement. The fact that every movement is slow, controlled, and form is cued throughout is why every move is so effective. I couldn't believe how hard it was! I was sweating, but loving every minute as I could feel myself getting stronger. I still get sore after every class, but not so sore that I can’t move, or come to class the next day. What also struck me was that every class is different, and every instructor is consistent. I am constantly learning, and constantly challenged. The atmosphere is encouraging, supportive, and a lot of fun!

How has your body changed since starting Mantra?

Because I have always been active, I am fortunate that my weight has not been much of an issue for me. So I haven't lost weight per se. I have toned up, tightened up and feel so much stronger all over! I have noticed a huge difference in my abs and my butt. I am noticing now that I am improving my form, and speeding up those transition times between moves that really ups the difficulty in each class as downtime is minimal and the workout is constant for 50 minutes.

What are your goals now?

My goals now are to keep up the work I have been doing, but push it harder every class. I can do this by really focusing on my form in every movement, choosing the more advanced modifications the instructor offers, and increasing the spring resistance when I can. That’s what so fantastic about Mantra, every client can work as hard as they want within the confines of class, easier and harder modifications are prompted in every move. Mantra is for everyone!

What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?

I would tell everyone to keep on plugging at it, it’s worth it! View each time you book a class (love the app so I do it from my phone) as a commitment, once you show up just remember you’re going to feel great in only 50 minutes and walk out stronger and leaner than when you walked in. It gets easier, so enjoy the results!

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Give Yourself Some TLC

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At first the title of this post was going to be "Treat Yourself to Some TLC," but the word "treat" just didn't seem right. Giving yourself TLC shouldn't be a treat, it should be a necessity. So many of us are juggling a million things and are just plain burnt out. We're spending all of our time reacting, instead of being proactive.


What can we do about that? We're all going to dive into some self-care. We're going to make it a priority because each and every one of us deserves it. Why? In a nutshell, self-care leads to self-love and we should all love ourselves. Self-care helps us slow everything down while giving our bodies and minds the attention they need. When you give yourself TLC, you're tapping into the energy inside of you and becoming more in-tune with yourself. Self-care helps you to become more efficient and more energetic! If you're feeling a bit selfish, please don't. Self-care will help you to be a more loving friend, spouse, parent, etc.

We've covered the "what" and the "why," so now onto the "how." How do we practice self-care and fit it into our busy lives? We've got a few ideas for you and most of them won't add but a minute or two to your day.

Rituals
Take something you already do every day and turn it into a ritual. A few examples:

Your Morning Coffee (or Tea) - Be intentional with every step of the process. Smell the coffee grounds as your measure them out (or take a sniff of that Keurig pod before you pop it in). Enjoy the sounds and scents as the coffee is brewing. Pour that glorious cup of happy juice into a mug that makes you happy. Now sip and enjoy. 

Skin Care - Many of us rush through the process of washing our faces in the morning or evening. Turn this daily practice into some self-care time. Don't just spread that face wash on your face and rinse, take 1 minute to give yourself a facial massage. Rub your temples, relax your jaw, stroke your neck. Rinse with warm water then a splash of cold water to close the pores. Follow up with serums and/or moisturizers.

Bathing - Hopefully bathing is something we're all doing already. Take it from a daily habit you rush through and turn it into some TLC time. Add dry brushing to your routine before you shower. Dry brushing is said to boost circulation, exfoliate, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, and improve the appearance of cellulite. Add essential oils to your shower or bath. Choose an oil that is energizing/refreshing in the morning and one that is soothing/calming at night. Last but definitely not least, dip into a bubble bath. Turn on some music, light some candles, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine. Really indulge yourself. You've earned it!

Journal
Journaling can be whatever you want it to be. Take a few minutes to dump your brain onto paper. Write what you're grateful for, vent, ask questions...whatever you want. Sometimes it just feels good to empty your brain onto paper.

Meditation
Take a few minutes to sit still with yourself. Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb. Chant, focus on your breath...whatever you need to do to just let go.

Cooking
Food is a great healer, and we all need to eat. Be mindful while you are preparing your next meal. Think about all of the nutrients in the ingredients you're preparing. Inhale the aromas of the food as it cooks. Take in all of the colors of the foods. And don't forget to savor each bite as you eat.

How Our Trainers Practice Self-Care:
"My most important self-care ritual is getting my 8 hours of sleep every single night. I make bedtime a ritual by using essential oils in a diffuser to help me sleep. I use a combination of Vetiver, Cedarwood, and no surprise here…Patchouli in a diffuser every single night. I was introduced to the use of essential oils for sleep by a dear friend and haven’t looked back since. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to repair your mind and body and.. it is FREE!" - Lindsey

"I recently started writing in a journal/planner every morning. I write three things that I am grateful for and then I map out my day. At the end of the day I circle back and write 3 more things that I am grateful for. There's just something about putting pen to paper that soothes me and helps the gratitude sink in." - Alison


These are just a few ideas to help you give yourself some TLC without adding much time to your busy schedules. We'd love to hear from you! How do you practice self-care? Share in the comments below or on our socials!




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Transformation Tuesday with ET

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Are you ready to be blown away? ET has been coming to Mantra since August 2014 and his transformation is incredible. The physical changes are amazing and his story is so inspiring.

Read up and be inspired to challenge yourself and beat your own goals!


How did you find Mantra and what were your goals when you started?


My wife and I found Mantra through our superstar realtor. My first goal was pretty basic – do not fall off the machine!

What did you think when you first started classes?

OMG! This is amazing! I’m feeling muscles I never knew I had! I was immediately hooked by the challenge to get better.

For over a year I had to make adjustments in what I could do, but I kept getting better each time. I love the challenge!

How has your body changed since that first class?

Since my first class I have lost 75 pounds! The “before” picture above is actually after I had already lost 20 pounds so the physical change is even more dramatic than pictured. I’ve had to replace my wardrobe 4-5 times since that first class in 2014! My waist went from 43 inches to 30 inches. The only thing that still fits me are my shoes!

Besides the great physical transformation, my strength and flexibility have done a complete 180° change.

Mantra has been LIFE CHANGING for me: It has been a total body health package with the Megaformer workouts, nutrition classes and other programs the studio has provided.

I recently went for a massage and had never met the massage therapist before. Within 30 seconds she stopped and said, "your muscles are different! They're so limber, not tight. Most guys generally have tight, restrictive muscles. Yours are great and healthy!" I explained what I do at Mantra and that has to be the difference. Best part, she thought my muscles felt like they were in their early 40s!


Has it been tough to juggle multiple workouts into your already busy schedule?

I love it so much that I do 2 classes in 1 day if my schedule permits. Mantra is my #1 priority when I’m in town.

What is your best advice for others who are just starting out at Mantra?

Go at your own pace; listen to your body. Do not beat yourself up when you have trouble with a sequence/routine/exercise. I was guilty of this too many times. Be confident at your own pace and with modifications. It's not a competition! You're doing this for yourself!

Ask questions! Every instructor is very caring and will help you adjust. Ask the trainers how to adjust/modify until you can grow into the exercise. 


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/owners?

I’ve received over-the-top support! Every trainer is very supportive and encouraging. There were some amazing clients at my very first class who were so supportive and encouraged me to continue on and have continued to be just as supportive to this day. Rachel is always adding additional programs, like the Transformation/Nutrition Challenge, that help us all get better together. Stacy has been training me since the start and is always encouraging me to get better. The owners’ goal is clearly to help each person get better!



What to share your Transformation story? We'd love to hear it! Send an email to info@mantrafitness.com or let us know at the studio. 

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