We asked member, Alice, what brought her to the studio and why she stays – read on for her story, in her own words!
I’m a full time registered dietitian, and also teach Bikram yoga on the side. I’ve always been an exercise fanatic, starting when I was about 12, going to an all-women’s gym with my Grandma. Back in the day I did aerobics, got really into weight training in college, later started swimming and yoga. I even did a fitness competition in my mid 40’s upon the encouragement of the trainer I was working out with at the time. On vacation several years ago in LA, I did my first Lagree class in Malibu. At the time I thought I was doing some version of Pilates. The next day my abs were so sore, I knew this was a different way of working out that I had never experienced. And I knew that I didn’t know of anything like that back home. Fast forward years later, and I joined one of the local pilates clubs, and although it was nice, I didn’t feel like it was the same workout I had done down in LA. Then a friend told me about INSTAPHYSIQUE, and the difference between the reformer machine in pilates and the MEGAFORMER.
At the time, only the Sacramento studio was open, and Roseville was being built. I drove to Sac to take class, and instantly knew this is what I had done down in LA. I love this format as it is such an effective 40-minute low impact workout, that hits ALL the muscles ALL the time, no matter what class you attend. You will get everything, including the CORE focus, which is what I love. No matter what level of fitness you are, you will be challenged, which I also love. I also enjoy the fact that we work on our stability and balance, which is so important as we get older. It is so fun that there are so many moves we can do on the MEGA, it never gets boring!
The fellow students and coaches I have met are incredible people who I always enjoy seeing every time I’m at the studio. I also enjoy meeting new students and helping to encourage them and share what a great workout is they have come to try. There are a lot of moves I love, so it’s hard for me to narrow it down to one, but I do love a simple kneeling crunch. I treat my exercise routine as something that is just part of my life, I always have. I usually book my classes for the week in advance. I’m old school and have a big paper monthly calendar on my office desk at home, so I can see at a glance what my week is like, and I will aim for 2-3 classes a week, and simply schedule it into my week. My boys are grown and out of the house, so I don’t need to worry about childcare! I have a 9-year-old Boxer that is my baby and also have been with my husband for 33 years. I love going on long walks, beautiful hikes, finding healthy easy recipes to make (including healthier baked goodies), reading, music, and fashion/clothes. I appreciate so much that Amy has brought the INSTA community to RV and SAC, including the BOUNCE classes, which are so fun!
BOOK YOUR CLASS TODAY and be sure to say hello to Alice if you spot her sweating on the Mega next to you!