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You Really CAN Do This by Jenny Taylor

This is a blog post written by our very own Jenny Taylor who to this date has lost over 50 pounds.  (I do not go by weight, but for those that do, imagine that).  We first met by her amazing friend Barbie who is also a "Blazer."  Let me just say there has noting in the way of stopping this amazing womans mission and goals.  People will find out where her spot is to know where they want to go for the Indo-row challenges (one her team of course).  She blasts through the Cross Fire stations and hearing her encourage other people melts my heart.  What a transformation she has made within herself and everyone she comes across.  All she had to do was start!  This article is a wonderful repsonse to all the emails I get that say "I am too intimidated to come" "I am scared" "I need to get into shape befor I come..."  You come to Blaze to get in shape. Let me remind you of the motto: We help the unfit become fit and the fit become fitter! GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY AND START!  We have your back and always will, all you have to do is sign up and show up and we'll lead you the rest of the way. xoxoxo Krystal Reynolds 

You Really CAN Do This

by Jenny Taylor 

“That looks really hard.  I don’t think I can do that!”  If that thought even once crossed your mind when you considered trying a class at Blaze Fit Studio, please give me a few paragraphs of your time and let me convince you otherwise.

I am not going to sugar-coat it, the workouts are tough.  You will sweat, lose your breath and maybe even feel like puking.  You will also walk out of the class feeling better than you ever have about yourself.  If you are looking for something easy, this isn’t it. The whole point is to work hard to get the results you want.  But, no matter who you are, what you weigh or how much you currently exercise I can promise you that these classes are not impossible.  In fact, they are fun!

I am not thin or fit (yet).  I would not go running unless someone was chasing me and even then I would have to think about it.  I am not a professional fitness expert trying to convince you this is possible.  It wasn’t all that long ago that I would lose my breath climbing a flight of stairs and knew I needed to change my life.  Now I actually look forward to an hour of spinning and rowing or whatever else the awesome instructors dream up for the classes.

Blaze is the least intimidating place you could imagine.  The classes are full of people all different ages, sizes and fitness levels.  Some of them are in amazing shape already, some of us are still struggling to get to that point, but we all come together for an hour or so and give it all we have.  What I’ve got to give is not going to be the same as the person next to me.  But it doesn’t matter.  I’m not there to beat that person.  I’m there to do something good for me.  If you can’t do what the person next to you is doing that is ok.  There are modifications to every move and you can go at your own pace.  I certainly stop to take an extra breath or ten.  I do regular lunges when other people are doing jumps with theirs.  The instructors are skilled motivators and as long as you know you are pushing yourself, you are getting what you need out of the class.

Now, there is an element of competitiveness in some of these classes with the Indo-Rowers.  If that scares you, please understand that it is not what you envision.  I was always the last kid chosen for the kickball team and no way was I going to sign up for the adult version of that particular emotion.  It turns out that it is my favorite part of the class.  It doesn’t matter how good you are, the other members of the class will cheer you on.  Just give the best you can give and challenge yourself.  I promise, you will be so caught up in beating your own time on the rower or beating the other team in good natured competition that you will forget you are exercising and are out of breath until it’s over.  Win or lose, you will feel amazing.

Krystal Reynolds has created a supportive environment for people of all fitness levels.  The equipment is state of the art, but easy to use.  You will get a lesson on how to use the bikes and rowers at the beginning of each class.  There is no reason not to try this.  You will get a tough and challenging workout, but you will leave with a sense of accomplishment and a few new friends.