This is a very dear topic for me and my husband! And should be for everyone.
We woke up one morning and realized that we are not the best versions of ourselves and so we decided to take the steps to change that!
It is amazing to see what a couple of small dietary changes along with some exercise can do to not only your body but also your mind and wellbeing!
Needless to say there is no end to this lifestyle change of ours, it is continuous as we want MORE out of life, for longer!
I have a friend, Yolandi Oelofse, she is a mother of 2 beautiful girls, 6 years and 4 months. She loves fitness and being healthy so I thought it would be great if she could share some of her fitness experience here in Charlotte, NC.
Exercise! by Yolandi Oelofse.
Our first home in Charlotte, NC was the beautiful Preserve at Ballantyne. Conveniently, this corporate housing also offers a 1) Personal Trainer, who is available morning to night, Monday to Sunday. It comes at a fairly high price though, but well worth it.
Marshall Ellerbee, a friendly and also inspiring professional, takes everything into consideration and only has your best interests at heart. He offers a free boot camp class every Wednesday evening, for anyone that would like to get their heartrate up and going. Throughout our sessions he gave continuous advice regarding eating habits and made sure that I stayed motivated throughout the entire workout. This one-on-one class lasted an hour. The only negative, was that he arrived a couple of minutes late for some of our scheduled classes.
Our next move was to the beautiful little town of Waxhaw.
I noted plenty of CrossFit studios in the area, but I am more of a cardio person, than a weight lifting kind of girl. Coming from an all-girls outdoor boot camp in South Africa, I was ecstatic to find that we had a 2) Fit Body Bootcamp, just around the corner.
I didn’t hesitate to make my first payment and booking. As I arrived at my first class, it was in a smallish room with a couple of woman working-out and another bunch standing about chatting. It was a bit awkward and uncomfortable, as I had no idea what to do, where to go, or who to approach. Not much of a welcome or guidance given.
I was eventually approached by a lady asking if I’m new, followed by asking me to fill out some forms. As the class started, I fell in with the rest of the group by following what everyone else was doing. It was a short 30min class, which consisted of a warm-up, workout, and some ending off stretches. The workout was not enough for me, so I would go for a jog afterwards around my neighborhood. Bittersweet, as it felt good to work out again, but I was left wondering if this expensive 30min was really worth it.
As the weeks went by, I found myself wondering how they knew how many classes I’ve attended, or how many I have left, if any…
Seemed to me that there was a lack of management, as I often found myself uncertain of the workout or what I needed to do next. After one of the workouts, we were all handed a letter, complaining about people wearing trainers which were too warn(old), or perhaps too dirty. Grass and twigs have been found in the workout space, and it could cause people to get hurt while working out. “What if a stone gets carried in and you had to do a sit-up, or push-up with a stone caught behind your back or under your knee!!” I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. Bootcamp, is this what Bootcamp is all about?
At this point I felt that it was a pretty good time, to broaden my horizons and go the extra mile by giving CrossFit a go. I ended up joining 3) Weddington CrossFit as it was conveniently located for me. The first intro class (which was free) was given by Cory the owner. He was friendly and very informative. The rest of the regulars were busy working out. It seemed very lively with a range of people from young to old, small to big, friendly and some not so friendly. Maybe just the “tuff” image.
In the meantime, I was offered the opportunity to join a class with one of my fellow South African friends at 4) Ciscy YMCA. They offer a huge variety of classes (including yoga) for anyone. Ranging from kids to adults, they even offer babysitting classes for the little ones while mommy gets her workout in. We did a lovely upbeat Zumba class. The class was filled with people, young and old. The dance instructor was friendly and very lively, and the music enough to lift anyone’s spirit.
I am currently still enjoying my workout time at Weddington CrossFit. It’s still a new experience for me, with lots of learning ahead. From the “WOD” work out of the day, to the other workout abbreviations like “love CLT”, “Metcon”, “EMOM” etc. luckily I love learning new things and new ways. They offer plenty different time slots, making sure that it can fit anyone’s schedule. Kids are also welcome, with a lovely kids’ area to keep them occupied while you are working out. Perfect for a mommy like me who likes to get my hour workout in, at a fairly decent price and go home feeling good. I also don’t need to worry about minor things like sticks and stones, as they certainly won’t break my bones!
Here are the links to the websites for these institutes:
So whichever way you choose, choose fitness and health!