I have danced my entire life. Needless to say I never really had to do any sort of physical activity besides going to dance class. 4-5 days at the studio doing barre and conditioning kept me in great shape. After graduating high school and heading to college, the lack of physical activity definitely started to catch up with me. Making sure I was being active and eating healthy was never really something I paid much attention to, just came naturally being young and constantly on my feet. Shortly after graduating college, my mom started taking some classes at the Altoona Campus. Ill admit, I used to poke fun at her a little bit, watching her run around the track with a step over her head…I think we have former Trainer Robin Heinrichs to thank for that! After a couple classes and a summer Bootcamp, she finally convinced me to sign up with her. And it turned my life around for the better. Being active and fit again felt great, and it was easy to become addicted. I think it was around that time that Matt started his first kettlebell class, and man was it intimidating. I can still remember how heavy that 15lb kettlebell was…and now I’m swinging around a 45-50lb!
To say that Matt and Julie have helped make me better, faster and stronger would be such an understatement. Yes, those things are true, but they do so much more than that. They motivate and encourage and make me want to become a better person, not only in a gym setting, but for life in general. While I have them to thank for the majority of my success, I would have never started if it hadn’t of been for my mom! It is so rare that she EVER misses a workout, and when she does, she works twice as hard at the next one. She pushes me to do that last rep or grab a heavier weight. When I feel myself losing my mental strength in my workout, she helps push me through. It truly is amazing how having someone there with you day in and day out makes a difference in the success of your workout or training. I love being able to share what an awesome workout we had together, or even complain about the ones that kicked our ass. It definitely holds you accountable and encourages you to work hard not only for yourself, but for your partner as well.
That’s why I’m so lucky to have her as my Partner in Crime. She works so hard every day, and I am so proud of all the fitness goals she has accomplished this year. I can only hope that I’m as much of an asset to her as she is to me. Plus, she looks great and is almost as strong as me…ALMOST. Just kidding, Mom J Bet you’d never guess how old she is….;)