"I have never felt better.  I am a fan for life."

From 2009-2011, my life was a big blur: I had my first child in 2009 and then surprise, in 2010, I had twins. All of a sudden I was a stay-at-home mom and my active lifestyle was replaced with changing diapers and doing arts and crafts. I still did not lose the baby weight from baby #1 and, as you can imagine, finding time to workout was hard. I needed something quick and I needed an exercise plan that would be effective.

I started going to a gym using free weights and jumping on and off all of the cardio machines. Now, there is nothing wrong with this. However, as a tired, cranky, out-numbered mom, it just wasn't working for me. In fact, I started gaining weight. I tried TV OnDemand workouts but my kids would just jump all over me or scream for me to put on Dora the Explorer. I tried diets: carbs, no carbs, broiled fish, juice cleanses and shakes. It became clear to me I needed help.

I needed to eat healthy and exercise. I needed to be motivated and challenged. I would find myself "stretching", or napping, in a group fitness room when classes were not going on. I would drag on the elliptical and read a book or I would watch TV on the treadmill only to find out I watched an hour of TV and walked 2 miles. I was pretty sure I could nap and walk at the same time. Needless to say – no results.

Then one day, I was "stretching" (napping) in a group fitness room when a certain Australian Les Mills Instructor with a powerful voice said, "'You…are you taking this class."

That was my first Les Mills Bodypump class. I then added Bodyattack. After a month I added Bodystep, Bodyflow, and now I am doing GRIT 2-3 times a week. I have been so inspired that I ran six 5ks, one 10K, and 2 half-marathons in 2012. I am in the best shape I have ever been in, and I thank Les Mills group fitness classes. I have gone down 6 pants sizes and lost 68 pounds in 1.5 years. I have never felt better and will continue to workout only with programs that are powered by science - Les Mills. I am a fan for life. Not to mention I have more energy to chase my kids around and be a healthy role model for them.


"How hard could this really be?"

My first thoughts when I was preparing for my first Fitology class were exactly this: 'How hard can this really be?' I've always considered myself to be in pretty good physical condition. From an athletic standpoint, I've done it all from the time I was five years old. But nothing compared to the workouts I've had thus far at Fitology. They have challenged me in a way-- physically and mentally-- that I haven't been challenged in all the years I've played sports.

I knew that as soon as I was done with my first BodyAttack workout that I would be coming back for more. This class really focused on everything—from upper body strength, to core strength, to lower body strength, and especially cardio. The next class I took was BodyStep. During BodyStep, I found that my balance and agility skills were constantly being put to the test. If there's one area of my physical fitness that truly lags behind, it's definitely flexibility. BodyFlow made me feel rejuvenated and definitely relieved some of the soreness that I had as a result of BodyAttack earlier in the week. My fourth and final class for the week was CXWORX. This was hands down one of the best core workouts I've ever had. There were different variations of core exercises that I honestly never knew existed.

Just when I thought I couldn't be pushed any harder was when I was exposed to GRIT. A 30-minute session on paper might not sound like much, but then again there aren't many workouts out there like this one. I'm not sure if I've ever had a more intense yet efficient workout wrapped into one. From squats, jump squats, planks, pushups, the use of weighted plates – and plyometrics, GRIT is a total body workout. I know my performance in sports will increase if I keep this up.

Before participating in the classes I was apprehensive about the thought of group fitness. One of my biggest fears was that the people attending were experienced in the classes and therefore I would be out of the loop and would have a difficult time getting up to speed. For anyone that shares that same fear, I can honestly tell you that you won't feel that way after just your first class. There are participants of all different ability levels from first timers, to people who have been taking the classes for years. One fear that guys might have is that you think you might be the only male attending a particular class. I speak for a lot of guys out there when I say we like to be a part of a sport or workout that embodies masculinity. Get the idea that these classes don't fit that mold out of your head. For example, a lot of the same agility drills I remember from high school football practice were used in BodyAttack. I've been a fairly serious weight lifter for about four years now. Over those years I've constantly tried to adjust my workouts to obtain a new level of physical fitness. I know there are a lot of guys out there that too strive for a newer, better plan. I've never been more confident about a routine than I am now. By incorporating a few Fitology classes into my gym schedule, I am confident that I will soon be in the best shape of my life. Hope to see you at Fitology! You won't be disappointed!