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How do you fit fitness into your everyday life?

I try to take 4-5 classes per week at Ignite. If I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be Barre. I love how Barre works the whole body – from balance to booty lifting, to all over body strength! I always feel so energized after class!

Do you have a favorite class at Ignite?

Well, I like Barre, but I like being well-rounded so I also love taking the Body Pumped class for resistance and weight training, and Spin for cardio (my goal is to be spinning well into my 70s)



How do you fit fitness into your everyday life?
I take a variety of Ignite classes whenever possible, aiming for five/week, though I usually end up with three to four. I also work on the 30-day fitness challenges and go for walks regularly. has also been a helpful tool for keeping a food and exercise diary.

What goals has Ignite helped you achieve?
I've lost over 50 pounds and overall over 48 inches. After the shoulder injuries last year, I couldn't zip up a dress in the back, now I can do "regular" push-ups. I was initially scared I would hurt myself, but by exercising I've become stronger, healthier, and more confident.



Tell us a little about yourself and your journey.

I have a beautiful 6-year-old daughter and work full time as a certified nursing assistant.  I am also a recovering addict and will be substance free for 2 years February 23rd.  Although it is difficult for me to reflect on the time I was using, I have come through it as a more gracious, mindful, and stronger person.  Through my personal experience not only with recovery but with fitness as well, I discovered that both the power and possibility of change reside within.  However, I also recognize the importance of social support in helping me succeed. I am very fortunate having received much of that support through my family and Ignite


What words do you live by?
I had a professor at Northland who used to talk about the 6 P’s, “proper prior planning prevents poor performance”. For some reason this little phrase has stayed with me. It helps me remember that if a situation is overwhelming I just need to make a plan and I can be successful.

Is there anything else you want to tell us about your reasons for joining the Ignite family?
Ignite is such an incredible asset to our community. All of the instructors are fantastic: so strong, kind, and inspiring. I love that there is a place where we can come together and support one another making positive changes in our lives. Since joining Ignite, I have noticed a change in my spirit as well as my body. I am truly thankful for all the hard work that is put in to make it possible for every student to find success.