Our member of the month is a perfect example of our "fitness is for everyone" mentality. Addy is a thirteen year old girl that has changed her own life, inspired her own family and inspires every single one of us in the studio! Her mother's words describe Addy's journey the best:
"I have seen Addy grow up this year. Take responsibility for her health and make better choices. [Working out] has helped her focus while doing her school work and chores. At home she has become a great supporter of me and wants to make our whole family healthier."
Ashley and Erin have been blown away by the physical and mental changes in Addy. When she first started coming to classes, Addy was shy, hiding her inner strength and would have never ever jumped in the front row of class. Today Addy is so much stronger! She is much more confident and has absolutely no problem jumping right in the front row!! Proud doesn't even begin to explain how we feel about Addy, she is a blessing to us all. It has been such an honor to be a part of her journey.
" I started coming a year ago with a friend who dragged me with her to try it. When my friend ditched me because she broke her foot, I had to take the steps to go for me and not just with a friend. I kept coming because of the wonderful people that I have met. They have encouraged me, and even have picked me up a few times. Ashley & Erin have been wonderful working with me to make sure I can keep coming too ."
This month our member of the month is actually a special group of people! Every week we have the privilege of working out with the men and women at Decker's Family Care in Ranier, better known as the Ranier Roost. We (Erin & Ashley) have been visiting twice a week for about a year and half, and the improvements we have seen with this group are amazing!
We have watched them go from limited mobility and coordination to now doing exercises similar to what our in house senior class does. Each week we work on overall strength training, range of motion and even practice chair yoga with them, and each week we are greeted with smiling faces eager to do more.
While our group varies a little week to week, one thing that does not is their desire to live life! They keep moving no matter what it's like outside! After each session, we take them on a walk around the facility, and a few of them even venture outside whether it's sunny or snowing!
Thank U Ranier Roost for allowing us to be a part of your "family." We truly enjoy walking through the doors each week and working out with U ALL!!
Meghan Cassibo is not only an amazing young woman, but she also encompasses what it truly means to live a healthy lifestyle. Meghan is lucky to have a husband (pictured below) who will workout by her side…he’s even been to the studio!! She is also a fitness instructor under the arthritis foundation at Rainy Lake Medical Center. Since she began her journey, Meghan has walked through the door at Evolve U more than any other member. She began working out on March 11, 2014 and has since been signed in at Evolve U an outstanding TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN TIMES!! Meghan has participated in a wide variety of our programs and classes, but one thing we always know for sure…when she walks in the door and takes a second to change her shoes, she is going to give 110%! Her dedication to creating a healthy lifestyle not only inspires us (Erin & Ashley), our clients, family and friends, but is clearly evident through her physical changes. Please read on to hear more from Meghan’s about her journey:
“I can think back to a little over a year ago when I was walking up the two flights of stairs at work and I became winded. That was the moment I knew that I needed to change something in my life. I had always been active until I started college. I put myself and my health aside to focus on my education. I always would make an excuse why I could not exercise or eat healthy. This time, I had no excuses. My friend was getting married the summer of 2014 and we decided to try Evolve U. I experienced my first class and I was hooked. I found myself taking class after class and pushing myself to places I did not know was possible. Eating healthy started to become easier when I surrounded myself with individuals who had the same goals. I have participated in a boot camp and two weight loss challenges at Evolve U. I was always the person who never felt comfortable in a typical gym setting. I immediately felt welcomed and encouraged when I began my journey there. I was envious of individuals who were strong and athletic. I dreamed of being able to run more than a block without fatigue. I am happy and proud to say that because of my journey at Evolve U, I can run four miles with ease. I have changed so much physically, mentally, and emotionally in this last year that I cannot thank Ashley, Erin, and all of the members enough for motivating me to achieve what I thought was impossible.”
Thank U Meghan Cassibo for always bringing your positive attitude and beautiful smile to Evolve U.
We truly appreciate U, we are so proud of U and we speak for everyone when we say your positivity and work ethic are contagious.
U truly have become #strongereveryday…an amazing Evolve U athlete!
We want U to KEEP MOVING & become STRONGER EVERYDAY. Evolve into U.
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