- Sue W.
How has Evolve impacted my life? Wow! Get comfy as you begin to read this... It could take a while!
When I started attending Evolve over a year ago, a friend had invited me to come try power yoga with her. I was so skeptical. I weighed more than I had ever weighed in my life & could barely bend over to touch my own toes. Health, self nurturing, exercise...none of that held a place in my day to day life. The truth is, at that time in my life, I was a truly drowning in a deep, dark depression. I had lost numerous loved ones within a short amount of time, and that last loss was so traumatic, that I just couldn't stop being sad. I worried about myself dying almost daily. I had retreated into my little house & was avoiding life, while attempting to raise a family.
So, when my friend asked, My immediate reaction was NO WAY JOSE! I was sure it would be a room of skinny fit, perfectly made girls with abilities I could never dream of achieving. I imagined if I went once, I'd hate it. I'd be the joke of the class. But my friend was persistent and talked me into trying it out.
I showed up, scared to death of what might happen. The class was small, maybe 10 girls? Some of them knew each other, some did not. The instructions were simple, easy to follow. I found myself glancing around quickly to see if everyone was staring at me, taking every modification that the instructor was offering. Guess what, NO ONE was watching me! Everyone was so centered on their own mat space, only themselves. I felt more at ease. I listened intently, the music, the soothing tone of the instructor, it all felt like home to my weary, tired soul. When class was over, I was excited to come to the next. At each class, I found myself attempting more, feeling more confident. Until then, I don't think my own mind even realized how lacking I was in self confidence. When I could complete a flow, or pose without a modification, (such small victories to most) I would almost tear up in class. I would have never imagined that I was capable of the things I was doing! Suddenly, I was signing up for multiple classes, and none of those poses seemed impossible. They were now just goals, that I now knew I could eventually reach.
As time has gone on, I've become so much more aware of my own body & health. My heart has opened, my approach to life is kinder, softer, less angry and fearful. My family has started eating more health consciously, losing weight, and ENJOYING life. I am still a work in progress, but I'm not afraid. I know that the progress is happening, even when I don't see it. When I look back at where I started, and compare it to where I am now, I'm a completely new person. I enjoy life, I don't fear it. I embrace a challenge, I don't fear it. I'm trying new things and embracing the changes that are happening in my life ...all because I tried a class with my friend one morning last year. ❤ I owe my life to her, and Evolve. ❤
A new client, who was about my age, took the spot next to me at Barre recently. She struggled a bit, so I tried to give her some encouragement during and after class. She asked how long I had been coming to classes. I started to think back three plus years since I met you at another studio and followed you to your Bellville location and finally to Mansfield. Before Evolve, it seemed that nothing was ever going to help me lose weight, change my shape, or keep me coming back. Evolve has changed every one of those things! I have more confidence in myself, and pride in accomplishing health and fitness goals.Every chance I get, I let folks know that Evolve is a huge asset to getting fit, increasing energy, and feeling great. I am thankful to you, Ali, and all the instructors.
Being a mother is HARD. When I found Evolve, I was a burned out and exhausted mother of 3 young boys, trying to get one hour of peace a week at Carrie’s Monday morning Booty Barre class. That class was life changing. Not only did I love the class itself, and the way I felt afterwards, but I loved the people I was taking it with. I went from exhausted to empowered, from burned out to excited, I had found my tribe. I finally found a group of women who lifted each other up, who looked out for one another, and who pushed each other to become the best version of themselves. Evolve became less about working out and losing weight, and more about refreshing my mind and my spirit. Evolve is where I go when I need to remember that there is more to me than just being a mom, or a wife. I have learned to take care of myself, and make myself a priority, and in return I have become a better mother, wife, and person in general. Every instructor at Evolve is different, but each one is amazing in their own way. There is such a wide range of classes, they fit every need you may have. I have grown stronger than I ever thought I would be solely from the classes I take at Evolve. My flexibility has grown by leaps and bounds, I couldn’t touch my toes when I started, and now I can press my whole palm into the ground. My Monday morning Power Yoga class is the perfect way to start my week with stretching, weights, and cardio. Aerial Yoga is the perfect full body workout. When I’m in the silks I feel strong and graceful. Booty barre is my go to class for that perfect mixture of strength and cardio. Evolve has become a lifestyle. Its not a gym that I dread going to, but a place I look forward to going to every week.
Joining evolve has been basically life changing for me. I've never been one to take time out to focus specifically on myself or do something that's only good for me. That being said, this has improved all aspects of my life, making me happier healthier and more committed to everything else as well.
Health and weight loss wise Evolve keeps me accountable and pushes me harder than I know I would on my own. I've gained muscle I never thought I would see and have gotten stronger in all areas. Way stronger. From a woman that couldn't do a push up to a woman that is doing more and more consecutively each week. All the classes I have done are unique in their own way as with all the instructors. Each one blissfully kicking your tail. I've watched myself improve in so many ways that it makes me feel very proud of myself. . I've lost weight , gained muscle and gained so much more confidence in myself. And confidence is worth its weight in gold. Changes your mood your outlook - everything.
Evolve has also changed my perception of women. I have met and continue to meet some of the most courageous strong INSPIRING women I've ever met in my life. I love the camaraderie that has developed within Evolve. Group of outstanding women having each others backs and lifting each other up. I truly feel Some of my best friendships are now women from Evolve. Going to Evolve is one of the highlights of my day.
Evolve has also changed me to think of Heath and fitness as a MUST - not an option. Along with loving barre , evolve introduced me to yoga and nothing has been the same since. The vibe at evolve has made me want to be a part of that team for so long and I am actually now pursuing things to get me to that 'goal'. Uplifting words and encouragement from my instructors have eased the fears from the loftiness of what I'm trying to do. I don't think I would have ever gone down this path if it wasn't for evolve - so for that I am forever grateful.
I've built friendships and have had so many laughs and great conversations at Evolve . I feel the real me coming out more and more each day. When you ask how Evolve has impacted my life I'd have to say like a meteor. And it's been the best life changing event EVER.