Q: What do you love most about AUXO Fitness?
A: Two things—AUXO is more than a fitness challenge…it’s a community! Since I work, I can’t be there as often as I’d like, but I still feel like a “friend” when I walk in the door. You don’t have the same sense of family and inclusion elsewhere. I also love that Brinn and the team are constantly striving to diversify the AUXO offerings…changing up the formats and working hard to keep us all challenged—especially in what has to be a VERY challenging time for a small business. The second thing is the intensity of the workouts…I really listen to all the verbiage that the instructors have to incorporate into each class. Although they know all that encouraging dialogue by rote, I am really listening…trying to “find my edge,” working harder and trying to max out my efforts.
Q: What advice would you give someone who struggles with consistency?
A: Be patient with yourself!! An effective Barre routine takes time to learn, to incorporate the maximum benefits of the moves. Don’t give up if you still feel awkward after 3-4 classes. There is no one who doesn’t “fit in” in this community. We are all shapes and sizes, and at different stages of learning that consistent exercise pays off. Sometimes different instructors phrase things a bit differently…and suddenly you “get it.” There is no judgement here!
Q: What goal(s) are you currently working toward?
A: Maintaining!! Well past menopause at 68, my body just wants to “head south” and expand. I am always striving to stay strong and improve my intensity. I try not to feel discouraged if I have to modify a move due to pain or an injury. I want my body to feel exhausted after each Barre class. Why? Because I have found that Barre works. As we age, core strength becomes more and more important to support aging spines and support the pelvic muscles that have gotten their own workout with childbearing!
Q: How do you stay motivated (especially during this difficult time) and with your busy work schedule?
A: I have come to learn that, especially in these uncertain times, there is only one thing I can totally control…and that is my body and my weight. Exercise gives me a sense of discipline, even when the world, our relationships, our kids, can offer up situations that feel out of control. My work can be stressful, and I can say without a doubt, that my patients who exercise and eat a healthy diet, tolerate chemotherapy, drugs, illness and stress infinitely better than those who are already unhappy with their body and lifestyles before a catastrophic illness even strikes. It’s probably easier for me to stay motivated because of my age…I see colleagues and my peers who are starting to face medical challenges and declining health. I think its probably a lot harder to stay motivated when you are young, fit, distracted by kids, and strong…hard to realize in your 20’s and 30’s that things will be different some day!
Q: Which of AUXO’s ‘Community Culture’ Values most resonates with you?
A: Inclusivity and appreciation. I love that we are all shapes , sizes, colors and levels of exercise tolerance.. No one ever feels stigmatized, even when every move feels like a challenge. The AUXO team kinds of “oozes” love and genuine interest/caring every time I walk in that door! I hope that when this pandemic finally leaves us, that the Barre community will still be intact and can reach out and grow!