Member Spotlight – May 2019 (sponsored by Amped Nutrition)
Cynthia joined the FitStart classes last spring and from the moment she stepped through the doors her smile has not faded. She is always willing to try something new, asks for help when she needs it and pushes herself when she knows she can. She encourages others, is always up to make the people around her smile and celebrates her own and others accomplishments. Not only has she smashed some goals, grown stronger and grown fond of burpees, she is an important member of the RiseAbove family. Congrats on being this month’s member of the month Cynthia and keep up the great work!
I first learned about RiseAbove from my friend Tracy in April 2018. She told me about this great gym and how she loved the variety in the workouts, the instructors were wonderful and the members were all so supportive of each other. She especially spoke of Cheri and how great she was with everyone, regardless of your fitness level. I listened but never really gave it any thought. That August, Tracy texted me and let me know that RiseAbove was having a promotion for their class FitStart and she thought I would love it. So I agreed! My official journey with RiseAbove started September 2018. Being a plus size women, I was very self-conscious and nervous to start at a new gym. I have had gym memberships before and I always felt like people were thinking why is she here, there’s no way she works out or there’s no way she knows what to do. Tracy was a great support in saying it’s different at RiseAbove, everyone is so supportive of each other and again CHERI is great. Walking into my first class, I was final going to work out with this positive, uplifting, cheerful, supportive Cheri but instead it was her husband Matt. I thought oh crap where’s Cheri but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Matt was so sweet, soft spoken, encouraging and very supportive. He kept checking if I was ok, telling me to breathe (which I wasn’t) and just to go at my own pace. After that first class I thought I was going to die and there’s no way I could do this again. But on Wednesday I went to my second class and finally worked out with Cheri and it was amazing! Just like Matt she was supportive, encouraging and checked in on me and modified to help me succeed. And just like that, after 2 class I was hooked. I finally felt liked I belonged and that RiseAbove really cared about me, not just my wallet. If I could use one word for RiseAbove and all the amazing people that work and work out there it would be GRATEFUL… I’m grateful that a gym like this exists. I’m grateful for the supportive members and new friendships. I’m grateful that I feel stronger and happier in my life. I’m especially grateful for Cheri! The love, support and encouragement you have shown me means more than I could say. You’ve help me believe more in myself and to not give up. I’m proud to say I’m 20+ pounds down, my clothes are looser and I’m continuing to get stronger after every workout. Thank you RiseAbove!