When I made the decision to join Breakthrough, frankly I was terrified.
I remember going home after I met and signed up with Chris asking myself, “What have you done?!”
I knew deep inside that I was entering into unknown territory. I had never been in a gym, or “Worked out” a day in my life.
I later learned that I experienced what is sometimes referred to as “Gym intimidation.”
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the uncoordinated girl with 2 left feet, all thumbs when it came to sports.
In fact, I grew up not knowing my right from my left, which has caused me much confusion with both driving and taking direction.
In spite of this I was determined to summon the bravery to show up for my first small group strength training session. Despite my worst fears, I was welcomed at the door.
Then, once I was actually inside the gym, I was overwhelmed at how patient everyone was with me.
Not only were the trainers taking the time to work with me on building out a card of exercises tailored to me–but everyone around me was making me feel welcomed and not the least bit embarrassed about how little I knew or could do.
The first night’s experience was so positive. I left so encouraged that I had made the right decision to join that I was actually looking forward to my next session!
My favorite part of coaching at Breakthrough is the encouragement.
After just a few minutes of my first session I felt safe and under the direction of trainers who would help me with my form and posture, so that I wouldn’t get hurt.
I know too many people, both young and old who have ignored safety when exercising, or have over-exerted themselves. I knew within a short time that I was right were I needed to be.
Since beginning with Breakthrough the 3 biggest benefits I’ve experienced have been more stamina, more strength, and better balance.
More importantly, I have a better understanding of what exercise can do for not only your body, but your mind and spirit.
My life has completely changed since starting at Breakthrough, after about 4 months of commitment, I realized that I had actually set aside part of my week JUST FOR ME.
Now working out with my friends and personal coaches makes me feel refreshed and as though I have a new identity. I look at age as just a number, because I truly have felt an amazing difference in my stamina since I began working out.
If anyone were to ask me about joining Breakthrough I would say you owe it to yourself to just try this and see if you can feel a difference. So many health issues come from sitting and becoming complacent to age gracefully.
The one hour sessions that you choose, 2-3 times a week like I do, are a small commitment – they fly by.
When you are driving home you will start to awaken thoughts and ideas, set new goals for yourself, almost subconsciously, and before you know it, you’ll realize that going to Breakthrough isn’t anything to dread, it’s something to look forward to!
Breakthrough is a total body and mind experience. They offer classes on yoga, nutrition, and mental workshops on what is getting in the way of your personal goals.
In addition, Breakthrough is centered on making friends, support, and thinking about charity. It’s so unusual to see a business work for the community the way they do.
Faithful Friends Animal Society benefits from out “Check-ins” on Facebook, and I’ve also enjoyed participating in the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that we worked together to give to needy families in our own community.
It’s hard to sum up all the benefits, I actually look at the Nike “Just Do It” phrase differently now because that’s what I tell myself when I get in the gym, and if I don’t, one of my trainers will!