Our second Woman Crush Wednesday is a young lady named Jess. There is a lot I could say about Jess. She's about to graduate from high school, she is a kind and determined person and I have no doubt that she will be successful in anything she choses to do once she graduates.
Jess' story is a bit different from others' who come to the studio. Formally a competitive soccer player, she suffered a neck injury and is no longer able to play to the capacity that she used to. I think we can all agree that being a teenager is tough in general. I can't imagine what it was like to end up with that kind of injury and needing to step away from the pitch. Jess didn't let that setback stop her from having physical activity in her life. She started to explore other options, and lucky for us, she found Sculpted Finery.
At first a little shy, we've seen her open up and flourish at the studio. In both Pound and Barre classes, Jess' confidence and ability has grown exponentially. She is a prime example of how amazing this studio community is.
I sent Jess a list of questions for this post, so that you could get to know her a little better, Here is what she had to say:
Prior to coming to Sculpted Finery, what were you doing for fitness?
For about a year before I joined Sculpted Finery I was pretty inactive as I just recently had quit playing competitive soccer due to a neck injury but before that I was playing soccer 5+ times a week as well as doing dry land training a couple times a week!
What brought you to Sculpted Finery?
In November I decided I wanted to get back being active and started to look for different things I could do to be active and thought a class environment would be ideal for me as I have always liked being pushed by instructors and the people around me. I found lots of different studios in Sherwood Park that offered things like barre and pilates and planned to try each of them out on their "first week free" or "first class free" promotions but after my second studio (Sculpted Finery), I had stopped. The environment and instructors here are one of a kind and truly make every class so enjoyable, there was no reason to keep trying studios because I knew this was the one!!!
What keeps you coming back?
The instructors are one of the main things that keep me coming back. Barre and the classes at Sculpted Finery for me has been a place where I can go to escape whatever it is that is going on in my life. If I am stressed about exams or upcoming assignments or events and need some "me" time, I find myself here. The positive environment and amazing instructors are always able to turn my day around or make me feel ready to take on whatever is I have ahead of me that day! Another thing that motivates me is the fact that I know the instructors care about me and want me to achieve my goals just as much as I want to so I feel motivated to prove to them that I am willing and committed to reaching those goals.
Do you have a preference between Barre & Pound?
Personally I love both classes! They are such different classes in regards to pace and movements but they are both excellent for their own reasons! If I feel as if I want a more upbeat, cardio workout I go to pound and if I want a more stationary workout where I am focusing on set muscles at a time, I go to barre. However, if I had to choose one to go to I would probably choose barre just because I enjoy how it really focuses on working small muscle groups that are difficult to isolate in any other type of workout.
What is your favourite thing about each class?
My favourite thing about each class is seeing how much I can challenge myself each day and being able to see the improvements in body since I first started Barre. I also love connecting with the instructors and the people in class and being able to get a good workout in while having a fun time! The positive energy of the studio never fails to brighten my day.
What is the biggest challenge for you about class?
Biggest challenge for me in class is putting mind over matter. In the pain of a plie, where your legs are shaking uncontrollably and all you want to do is drop your heels and stop, finding the strength to overcome that and push through the move!
Since coming to Sculpted Finery, have you seen any changes in yourself that you’d like to share?
Yes!!!!!! Since sculpted finery I have seen many different changes in my body from flexibility to strength. I have noticed a huge improvement in my flexibility on the barre as well as on the floor as well as the strength I have gained throughout my whole body from Barre!
Do you find class more fun with a friend?
For me, class is fun with or without a friend but I always find it extra fun having a friend in class with me to laugh and make faces at to get each of us through the pain of a move!
Is there anything else you’d like people to know?
This is the best fitness boutique you will come across, from the positivity, variety of classes and inspiring and fun instructors who make every class worth your while! If your looking for a place to get you motivated and tackle your fitness goals, this is your place!!!!
Jess, we are so glad that you found Sculpted Finery. The world really is your oyster and we can't wait to see what you tackle next. You're going to kill it, just like you do in class time after time.