I grew up in upstate NY, and was always super active, involved in high school sports and skiing on the weekends. Both of my parents also ran the NYC marathon, so I dabbled in running, but was never very fast (endurance was my thing!).
College found me at a small liberal arts school in the Midwest where I played Division 3 – Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse. After two years of sports and missing NY, I decided to transfer back to the State University of New York at Potsdam. I always tell people, I joined a sorority and my athletic career was over. (Wink) During those harsh winters in upstate NY, my intake of pizza and beer increased and my physical activity (except for walking to local bars) decreased.
Throughout my 20’s I ran regularly (25-30 miles a week) and typically did a couple of ½ marathons a year. Even with this exercise regime in place, my weight that had ballooned during my time at Potsdam, continued to fluctuate. I moved to Buffalo, NY in my late 20’s and early 30’s and was focused on my career, not exercise. Right before my 32nd birthday, 9/11 happened. Like many Americans, it really made me question my life, goals and what I really wanted. I decided to go back to school for my Master’s degree in Special Education, so I worked and attended graduate school simultaneously. This is when I stopped working out altogether, ate dinner compliments of the local 7Eleven, and my weight/health suffered.
After graduation in May 2003, I quit my job, broke up with my boyfriend and moved across the country to Denver. I have never looked back. My first few years in Denver, I tried several crash diets and lost a significant amount of weight, but my life was so out of balance, I would eventually gain it back. Crazy amounts of cardio, a personal trainer, various Boot Camps and triathlons all followed, but I never found the niche I craved. Not until November 2012, when I signed up for my free week at Endorphin.
I had been taking spin classes at 24 Hour Fitness, but always looked longingly across the street at the Endorphin Lowery location. I had heard people talk about the workouts and it sounded like something that I would really enjoy. (I HATE lifting weights, but I knew that as a 44 year old woman, I needed to start putting this into my routine!)
I went to a few spin classes that first week with Bree, Briana and Nick, and I loved it. Keep in mind that I wasn’t really good at spinning on the Ryder bikes(as I really couldn’t take my hands off the handlebars), but I felt like it was giving me a better workout then I had experienced in years. My biggest mistake that week was going to a class on Friday night called Sweatilicious, taught by Chris Lindey. Big Mistake. However, Chris was very nice to me and I ended up joining full-time and going to classes. (It did take me a year to go back to one of Mr. Lindey’s classes!)
During the last 2 years at Endorphin, I have realized that I love going to Yoga, have learned how to do pushups, burpees and an assisted handstands(almost) and can generally keep up with many younger women during Warriors(well, some of the time!) Through the introduction of functional exercise my energy level has increased, I’ve experienced a level of balance and flexibility that I never thought possible and I am physically in the best shape of my life. This would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of the staff and members of Endorphin. Thank you to all my fellow Warriors and trainers for helping me find the balance that I craved in my life….Endorphin is the best!