We are continuously impressed with her hard work, dedication, and consistency, and we are so excited to see her continue to thrive at AUXO Fitness! Read Carrie's Q&A below to learn more about her.
Q: Where are you from, and how long have you been in Gainesville?
A: I have lived in Gainesville for most of my life. My parents moved to Gainesville when I was 4 years old. We moved to Connecticut my sophomore year in High School. I was very home sick and when I graduated from High School I moved back to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. Gainesville has been my home ever since.
Q: What's your favorite Barre-themed shirt?
A: My favorite barre themed shirts are ones that reference dogs or puppies. I loved the one this summer to support Gainesville Pet Rescue, Puppies at the Barre.
Q: Tell us something fun about yourself/what you do when you're not at AUXO.
A: My family and I love to spend time at Lake Santa Fe. We love to do anything on the water from floating on rafts to boating around the lake on our deck boat.
Q: Was your first Barreclass what you expected? Why or why not?
A: My first Barre class was not what I expected. I thought it was going to be like every other exercise program I have tried and failed. I was so surprised my beginning Barre classes gave me the confidence to make a change to my fitness health.
Q: Why did you decide to continue with AUXO Fitness after your free week by investing in an unlimited membership?
A: My goal is to never have to use my handicapped sticker. I had to start small by getting 3 months unlimited contract, then a 6 months unlimited and finally a 12 month unlimited contract. I started going about 2-3 times a week and I was getting stronger. Now I have more good days than bad days, so I am slowly meeting my goal. I have to still balance going to physical therapy and Barre but I feel better about my body fitness and mental health.
Q: What makes this workout different from other exercises you have experienced?
A: This wonderful staff at Auxo Fitness makes me feel that I can complete and do anything. They are supportive in all aspects in my life from my fitness to my classroom to my family life.
Q: What is your favorite Barremove? Why?
A: I love the pretzel. It is a challenging exercise but I see growth in my strength every time that I do the movement.
Q: What results have you noticed after doing Barre/BodyFlow/yoga consistently?
A: The most obvious to me is that my clothes fit better but it is much more than that. My body craves a consistent exercise program. I especially notice this when I am on vacation or "life happens” and I cannot attend.
Q: Have you experienced any benefits from Barrethat have affected you not just physically, but mentally, too?
A: Exercise confidence is the greatest benefit I have seen from taking classes at Auxo Fitness.
Q: What keeps you motivated to continue coming to Barre?
A: I keep coming to Barre because of the feeling of family I get when I attend classes. Everyone is genuinely nice and they create an environment that is caring and supportive. In addition, I love the strength I get from the classes and sense of accomplishment when I finish a class. Even if I have had a rough day or physically exhausted, I feel better coming and working-out and seeing my Barre friends and my instructor. Each class makes me physically and mentally stronger.
Q: Is there anything you would like to share with potential new clients about your experience at AUXO Fitness? Any helpful tips for those who are considering trying Barre, but are nervous?
A: Before my first Barre class, I was terrified because it was my first exercise class since my neck surgery and other medical issues. I was not sure if I could complete it, or would be strong enough to complete the stretches and strengthening exercises. Heather Nations, my Barre instructor, was amazing. When we got through the arms sections, I thought to myself I can do this. Then the next section of the class I thought to myself that this feels great and I love that everybody was working on their own form and difficulty level. As the class progressed, I was hooked and motivated to complete my free week of classes. I felt that coming to Barre could be a lifestyle change. I have completed 300 class from my start back in November 2016, so it was a lifestyle change.