Member Spotlight – January
Member of the Month – January 2019 – Zainab Virjee
I began my journey with RiseAbove Fitness Studio in June of 2018. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet Laura Nicoll, at work one day where she shared her passion for fitness and health! I was able to learn more about the studio, and decided to give this place a shot. I never felt comfortable at other gyms because I never really knew what was good for my body, so I thought what would I have to loose to give this a try. My mother and I began personal training sessions with Laura in the summer, and I could feel the change instantaneously. Laura personalized the exercises and made sure my mom and I were able to feel good and begin to achieve our goals. I always left the sessions feeling great, and on top of it all made a new friend. I couldn’t help but wanting to do more for myself, as of August I began attending classes twice a week additional to the personal training sessions, I felt slightly intimidated, as I was very new to the environment. However after attending a few classes, I honestly felt like I was apart of the Rise Above family. I never felt judged or less than anyone else because I wasn’t able to do something, but rather was encouraged to try my best, work through the pain and just keep moving. Once my weekly personally training sessions came to an end, I decided to attend classes between five to six times a week. This active lifestyle has become a part of my routine, I look forward to attending the classes every day, not only for the exercises for itself but being able to be in such a positive environment full of amazing individuals. Cheri, Matt and Laura are so adaptable and only want what is best for ones overall health. Cheri and Laura are amazing trainers who have a heart of gold, and I am truly blessed to be able to call them my good friends. I can truly say I have met so many amazing ladies at this studio who continue to support me in my journey and help me push myself to be my best self. I am a part of a new community that I never imagined was possible, no matter where I started; I am working towards loving this new me. This journey has not only changed my physical body, but has influenced my mental and emotional state. Through this tough year, being able to be a part of the RiseAbove Fitness Studio has helped me be a happier and healthier woman. I am excited to see where 2019 will bring me and hoping I will continue to have the opportunity to become a stronger, healthier person.