This blog post will be different than most you will see from me and not what I promised for this next post from Body In Harmony. With that said I felt this message of thanks and gratitude needed to be expressed. This post is about what it means to be a Fit Chick and why it is important that places like Fit Chick Express exist.
I joined Fit Chicks a year and a half ago after attending the annual Love Your Body Event. My intention when joining the gym was to meet people since I was relatively new to Longmont. I didn’t join because of weight loss goals or because I needed a place to work out. I tell you this because being a Fit Chick isn’t just about the workouts. At Fit Chick you gain a community, a support system, and fun place to get strong! The community feel isn’t just in the gym but taken outside the daily classes in the form of group challenges, mud runs, parties and fun events just to have a night out!
Angie Schumacher, owner of Fit Chick Express, has create a welcoming atmosphere where women of all walks of life can come together and feel confident, strong, and supported as they work towards their goal to live a healthy lifestyle! Angie goes above and beyond to ensure that all the Fit Chicks get more than your average workout by creating each workout to be different. In addition to the workouts you can also get a variety of other classes like yoga, zumba and kickboxing with great instructors. Many of the instructors started as clients and were so inspired by being a Fit Chick that they went on to train to be part of the Fit Chick team! That in itself speaks volumes for what an amazing and inspirational place Fit Chicks is.
There is also an understanding that fitness isn’t the whole thing that makes us healthy. Resources are made available for self care and Nutrition. Bobbie Covert with RU Nourished is there to help everyone get the most out of their workouts from the nutritional stand point. How we fuel our bodies greatly impacts our daily lives and our ability to get stronger. Bobbie helps you know what the right fuel is!
On a personal level, joining Fit Chick Express was a big step for me. Prior to becoming a member I had back surgery along with being sick for four years and up to that point had just done physical therapy and Rolfing ® Structural Integration to assist my body in recovering. This made the idea of starting out in the boot camp classes very intimidating since there were many exercises that I couldn’t do because I was too weak. I am also hyper mobile; stabilizing during certain workouts is very challenging for me. I decide that is was time to be brave and see how it went.
Angie was amazing and helped me alter every workout that didn’t work for me so that I could be in the class and feel comfortable and confident. Even though I still struggled with health issues at times, I was becoming more resilient everyday and I owe that to Fit Chicks and Angie. Workouts became easier and I was able to take on more in each class. As I mentioned in the beginning, I didn’t join to lose weight, my time at Fit Chicks still altered my body to be leaner and stronger. This transferred into my daily life because things that had been challenging after back surgery were now afterthoughts.
About a year after joining Fit Chicks I got married. I took on the challenge of private sessions with Angie because I wanted to look great in my dress for the big day! Angie stepped up and helped me achieve my goals and then some! I was able to walk down the aisle feeling confident and beautiful and very proud of the way I looked in my backless and strapless dress. Without her help I don’t think I would have felt the same way!
If you are looking for a place to achieve your health and wellness goals and to find a sense of community, then Fit Chick Express is the place for you. It has been a year and a half since I started at Fit Chicks and I look forward to many more years with these awesome women!
Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™
Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner
Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado
Visit us as www.FitChickExpress.com for more information about our fitness program for women!