I can’t believe that a little over one year ago I decided to join RiseAbove and start exercising! Since having children 23 years ago, I truly didn’t think that I would ever want to exercise or work out again like I did in my teens and 20’s. I was completely happy filling my time with other active things (gardening, walking, hiking or going on the tread mill 3-4 times a yearJ) In fact, I was so convinced that I was never going to work out again that one day shortly after meeting Cheri, I boldly told her, “Please do not take this personally, but I won’t be joining your studio. It’s just not something I do.” I was happy and content to live out the remainder of my life just the way things were. At the time that I said this to Cheri, I had already lived three to four years with severe lower back pain and mobility issues as a result of a spinal condition called spondylolisthesis. I was struggling to move, sleep and walk without pain. Even with this, I was adamant I wasn’t working out!
However, here I am. Over one year in! It all started with a conversation with my husband. He wanted to lose some weight and gain more mobility in his back for his golf swing and I wanted my back pain to go away. Ironically that day, we decided that we should start exercising to see if this would help; to see if we could help our bodies feel better and younger again. So, we bravely walked in to the RiseAbove studio to talk to Matt and Cheri, to see if this was for us. Since that day, Matt and Cheri have been more than supportive, accommodating and completely encouraging. We started with personal training sessions catered to our skill and ability level to get us started. Over the course of only a few months, we began to feel better, stronger and more flexible. And, as I personally became stronger, my back pain left. Completely left! I would even say that I no longer have a back problem. The strength, muscle and flexibility that I have acquired have begun to transform my body and my lifestyle. I am so very thankful that Cheri walked in to my life. I am so very thankful for her friendship. I am thankful she never pushed or made me feel less than or incapable. She makes me feel valued and inspired. I am grateful!