We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest face at the Tampa front desk AND instructor-in-training, Taylor! Mantra has helped Taylor become "much more comfortable and confident" in her body. She loves the way she's feeling, not just physically, but mentally as well. That's what it's all about people!
Check out Taylor's transformation story and be sure to look for her on the schedule soon!
How did you find Mantra, and what were your goals when you first started working out here?
A friend of mine introduced me to Mantra when I moved back to Tampa last year because she knew I would love the workout. We took a class together for my birthday. My goal was to lose weight and tone up after eating a lot of yummy food in New York the past few years! After the first class I was completely hooked and knew I wanted to become a part of the Mantra community.
How has Mantra affected/changed you?
After my first few classes I loved the way I felt, not just physically but mentally. Even before I started seeing results I became so much more comfortable and confident in my body because I knew I was getting such a good workout and toning muscles I had never even worked before. I had honestly never felt that way after a workout class until I started at Mantra. Becoming better at Lagree fitness made me appreciate my body for what it could achieve, and not just what it looks like. I've gained so much strength and muscle tone from Lagree that I couldn't build on my own in the gym or in other kinds of classes.
Taking classes at Mantra also taught me a lot about commitment; when I started Mantra I promised myself I would attend three classes a week, and in a year i've kept to that pretty well. I build my weekly workout schedule around what classes I'm taking at Mantra, so its a top priority for me. Days where I want to stay home and eat cookies or when i'm really busy I remember how much better mentally I feel after class, and how important to me it is to fit it in. I can eat those cookies after class.
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 amazing - the new friends I've made and the support system that comes along with that isn't something I've found anywhere else in Tampa. The Mantra trainers and owners have been so helpful and supportive during my journey to becoming an instructor, from giving me great advice to taking my mock classes. They're a huge part of why I've kept coming back to Mantra. Even my classmates on the Megaformer are always so nice and encouraging. I remember during one of my first classes the woman on the Megaformer next to me showed me the proper form for French Twist. That had never happened to me in a workout class before and it made me feel so welcomed.
What are your goals now?
My goals now are to continue getting better on the Megaformer as both a student and a teacher. I'm incredibly excited to start teaching my mock classes and develop as an instructor - it's been a goal of mine pretty much since my first class. Since I've begun working at the front desk I've gotten to know so many people that are part of the Mantra community a lot better, and I'm looking forward to continuing those relationships as an instructor!
What's your best advice for others who are just starting to work out at Mantra?
For anyone just starting out at Mantra my advice is to stick with it, no matter how difficult your first few classes may feel! The confidence you'll find in yourself and the friends you'll make in class are worth every last pulse and hold.
We would love to hear your story! Shoot us an email at email@example.com or let us know in the studio if you'd like to share.