I joined Gymnasia a few days shy of a significant birthday. I was overweight, over-stressed, out-of-shape and frankly, out-of-sorts about it all. I had been a runner and swimmer in my young adult days, but it had been years since I had been able to keep up with any regular exercise program. My knees ached, my confidence was low, and I struggled to find clothes I felt good in. I was eager to get in shape, but anxious about how the training would feel.

I started attending small groups three times a week, and within a short time, realized I didn’t have to force myself to go, but actually looked forward to each session. The movements were so new to me, and interesting in a way that challenged both my mind and body, and Josh and the other coaches were welcoming, and adept at explaining the various moves. Hard to believe – but I was actually having fun!

The other members I trained with were also very friendly and supportive; it quickly became apparent that this was a special community, in which coaches and teammates helped support and encourage each member.

It also helped that I felt so invigorated and just so damn good after the sessions. I was tired and even sore, for sure (thank you, push-ups and squats!) – but in a good way, like my body was waking up and being glad of it after too many years of relative inactivity.

And the compliments were pretty nice too. Though I wasn’t really dieting, the effects of the strength and movement training made me look slimmer and more fit and family and friends were noticing. I finally had to shop for new clothing in smaller sizes – for the first time in years!

Gymnasia Head Coach Josh Conway has created an amazing program and philosophy, with deep roots in both western and eastern disciplines. He is friendly, and approachable and has an impressive knowledge of the body, and of exercise, strength and movement patterns. He and his coaching team will meet you where you’re at – whether you’re a couch potato or competitive athlete – and thoughtfully coach you to make progress at your own level.

I am SO happy with my experience training at Gymnasia – it has been a real life-changer for meI have gained strength and ability I didn’t even imagine (I can deadlift, swing and snatch kettlebells, and do push-ups for the first time in my life!). I also have lost almost 20 pounds without really dieting.

Stairs are easier, my gait feels more fluid, and my knees are much less achy. More importantly, I am now more comfortable and confident in my body than I have been in years, maybe even decades.

It’s been just over a year since I joined, and I am thrilled to say that I am in the best shape of my life – not bad for having just turned 61! Thank you G coaches – you’re the best!

~ Mary Grace S