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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - Shannon R.

Hey HEAT fam! We’ve got another motivating story for you all today. We’d like to introduce you to SOFI member Shannon R. This month is Shannon’s year anniversary at HEAT!! Not only has Shannon gotten a lot stronger over that year, but she’s set her sites on a new goal for this year…

Here’s her HEAT story:

“Before coming to Heat, you name it and I had tried it ... yoga, cycling, crossfit, running, barre, etc ... and nothing was sticking. I always ended up getting bored after a few months, either because the routines stopped being engaging, or I plateaued. Then one day, I saw some crazy people running on S. 1st at 6 pm and I remember thinking, wow, that’s impressive, I should go there. I looked into Heat and what really hooked me was the format. Leg day, arm day, total body. The end. It’s such a simple schedule, but surprisingly hard to find. Most gyms have super complex schedules and classes, and after seeing that I joined right away.

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My first class was with Jenn and, oh boy, pretty sure I’m still sore from that one! I was nervous, I felt weak, I didn’t get the moves ... I remember looking around and thinking uh-oh, what the heck am I doing ... then I made eye contact with another newbie, and then another, and Jenn worked with us to figure out the moves. That’s one thing I have come to love about Heat – it truly serves all levels. It seems like we always have a newcomer, those people who have been coming for years, and all of us in between. The coaches are very accommodating if you need to grade the workout up or down, and they don’t make a big deal out of it. We’re all on different levels of the journey.

So, I kept coming – I learned the format, where the equipment goes, I started recognizing faces, I put in a lot of hard work, and I’m so happy with the results! What I have really come to love is that no two workouts are ever the same. My body is constantly being challenged in various ways and it seems like every few weeks I think ... Hmm, where did that muscle come from? Never been sore there before! I not only have made some great workout buddies, but I feel stronger both physically and mentally. I regularly attend the early morning classes, and I know that if I can complete those challenging workouts at 6 AM, I can tackle any obstacle throughout the day. To me, exercise means discovering my potential and seeing what I’m capable of ... it’s about making the impossible possible.

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I love the strength gains I’ve made from coming to Heat. I’m lifting heavier than I ever have, and the emphasis on form in our classes is such a vital part of that. From the time I picked my fiancé up off the ground and he said “wow – you really are getting strong!”, to the time my grocery store cashier asked “Where do you work out?” - I’m feeling pretty good these days. So here’s to another year, Heat! My next goal? Unassisted pull-ups!”

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HEAT MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Mia

Howdy HEAT Fam! Today we’d like to introduce you all to the winner of the first HEAT SMTX MELTDOWN Challenge, Mia! Mia has been on quite a fitness journey over the last couple of years. Here’s her story and how her journey has changed since joining HEAT.

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“I think it’s important to acknowledge that everyone’s journey is different! And our progress is ALL relative! Take me for example - I am killing it right now! But someone super fit beside me may not think that if they were in my spot.”

“What a lot of my HEAT Family doesn’t realize is how far in MY journey I have actually come. Three years ago, I was so fatigued due to auto immune disorders and endometriosis that I couldn’t even go grocery shopping. My wife had to push me around in a wheelchair basically anytime we went out in public. We sold our ACL tickets because we didn’t think I would make it all three days. My non-profit work was put on hold because I didn’t have the energy to run it and live at the same time. We missed out on so much that year. We decided I was too sick to try to get pregnant and start a family. We cancelled trips. We always stayed home. We cancelled the few plans we would make with friends.”

“I slept a LOT, basically all the time I was home. I wouldn’t have lasted five minutes in a Bootcamp. Three years later, at the age of 36, I had a hysterectomy. That was in August. I have done things these last three months that I never would’ve dreamed of. I started my HEAT journey and I believe that has been an integral part to the things I can do now and new things I will try. I learned to Kayak. I have NEVER lacked confidence, ever - but somehow, I’m more confident than ever. I’m stronger than I ever was. I no longer have to depend on other people to get things done. I’ve lost 20lbs. And I won a transformation challenge!”

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“So, trust me when I say - if I can do it, you can do it. You just have to take that first step. You have to decide YOU are ready for your transformation journey. And it will happen one workout at a time. And like so many told me along the way, you have to TRUST the process. It won’t happen overnight, but when it does it is the best feeling ever. And it will continue to fuel the flames.”

What kind of goals have you set for yourself the rest of the year?
“To hit my goal weight! And I’m doing it one workout at a time!”

What’s your favorite part about coming to HEAT?
“The trainers. The community. The family. The encouragement. I never feel judged. It’s like a little family of cheerleaders. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed no matter where they are in their journey. I love it all.”

Way to go, Mia! We’re so proud of your journey, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
 

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