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Gymnasia is the best gym I've ever been to...and I'm excited to see what I'll be able to achieve year after year.

Gymnasia is the best gym I've ever been to, hands down. Before becoming a member, I tried various other fitness fads, and none of them truly worked. I was literally spinning in circles at choreographed spin classes with no results. I tried barre classes where I never felt myself getting stronger or progressing, and while I absolutely loved yoga classes, they weren't helping me achieve my fitness goals. What's different about Gymnasia is that in each class you're working towards achievable, personalized goals- with an injury prevention mindset. Little by little I noticed myself getting stronger and healthier. When I started regularly attending classes, I had a bad bout of plantar fasciitis alongside chronic ankle sprains. Walking, let alone hopping and swinging kettlebells seemed like it would be crippling. The coaches at Gymnasia worked with my physical limitations and modified exercises for me to fully participate without injuring myself. After about 3-4 months of regular attendance, my plantar was all but gone! My feet and ankles are much stronger, and I can walk long distances without worrying about pain the next day. I've also lost a considerable amount of weight which is a nice bonus! Not only are the workouts fantastic, but the community atmosphere is wonderful. I'm not a natural athlete, and team sports were never really my thing. I appreciate that I can work out in a group atmosphere, but go at my own pace- all the while being encouraged on by everyone else in the room. I've now been a member for just under 7 months, and am so thrilled with my experience at this gym! I'm excited to see what I'll be able to achieve year after year.

I am doing things I never thought I could do!

I am a 57 year old woman that has been overweight all her life. My weight has been at a plateau for about 25 years, 5 pounds up/5 pounds down. I was recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I tried weight loss programs over the years, spending tons of money without success. I tried gyms and spent more time telling myself why I didn’t feel like going than actually going (it’s too cold/it’s too hot/it’s too nice out!)

Since joining Gymnasia, in three months I have lost 10 pounds, my A1C has gone down to within normal range, my friends & coworkers are noticing the change in my shape. I believe I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I actually almost have a waist!

Dee is our trainer, my husband & I go twice a week, she has given me confidence and she pushes me to do the best I can. I am doing things I never thought I could do, swing & dead lift kettle bells, crawl backwards on the floor, hanging from a bar, swinging from rings. As an overweight child I never physically played, I could do not what the other kids could do.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dee & Gymnasia, the staff is so warm & friendly, I feel safe when exercising and it’s fun. Best of all I feel so much better and I’m seeing results. The best two hours of the week are the two hours I spend training with my husband & Dee.

 

It started off as an attempt to alleviate knee pain, but it evolved into something wholly different and more profound.

It started off as an attempt to alleviate knee pain, but it evolved into something wholly different and more profound.

I was reflecting on the movement and strength work I've been doing and it's dawned in me that it started off as the desire to alleviate knee pain, but has naturally evolved into something wholly different and more profound. It strikes me that when approached consciously movement work is really a journey of the self discovery of the intersection of mind and body. There are the conventional fitness elements of strengthening, and expanding range of motion through stretching and movement patterns, but there's simultaneously a deeper internal process of surrendering body tension, letting go, and passing artificial psychological barriers.  All of this has lead to greater intelligence and understanding of how my body is designed to support itself and move.

Thank you for being my guide through this process! It's truly a labor of love for me the student as it clearly is for you the teacher.

Top 3 list of why I love G

After a lot of experience with different gyms, I have decided to write a Top 3 List of why I love G:

1. G provides a welcoming community that focuses on developing your strength and stamina, and never engages in negative body shaming or emphasizes the need to exercise to get "a perfect bikini body".

2. Through the power and strength exercises, I have learned to move and do everyday activities much more easily----hiking, shoveling snow, lifting furniture.

3. I have actually becoming stronger in ways I never knew I could, and have finally met my goal of being able to do the monkey bars in the playground.

THANK YOU G!

Tamar S

This is not a quick fix. It is a thoughtful programmed plan...

I was introduced to Gymnasia through my wonderful former clarinet student Alison's emotional and physical life was transformed when she joined Gymnasia. Alison's enthusiasm propelled me into trying this unique gym.

Now, I can honestly say, I am a huge fan.

Each member is treated as an individual, each work out is designed for your needs and you are not in competition with anyone. This is not a quick fix. It is a thoughtful programmed plan to make you aware of your body and help you use all your muscles to their best advantage.

I entered training with arthritic knees and little flexibility. This summer I walked up and down the hills of Lisbon, Portugal with no pain and no knee braces. A huge improvement!

The culture of warmth and friendship in this gym is genuine. I look forward to learning more and gaining more inner strength. Thank you to my workout buddies that are now part of my family and of course the incredible coaches.

Thank you with great appreciation,  
Paulette, 60+ years

“I feel so strong and vibrant going into this birth!”

“I keep meaning to say how happy I am that I discovered Gymnasia last year. I felt so strong and vibrant going into my birth. What a great feeling!

When I was in the pushing stage of labor, which only lasted half an hour, I kept thinking, ‘I was just swinging kettlebells two days ago. I am so strong. I can do this!’* I give huge credit to the workouts at Gymnasia for the speed of Aniela’s delivery. Seriously. I’m recovering well, too!

Thanks so much for what you do for us. You’re not only helping us build strong bodies, but you’re also helping us build a strong community. Can’t think of a better combination.” – Elizabeth (and Stan & Aniela!)

*Editors note: Elizabeth was snatching KBs and swinging from gymnastic rings at 39 weeks! Wow!

“I have been practicing yoga for over 7 years and teaching yoga for 6…”

“I have been practicing yoga for over 7 years and teaching yoga for 6…”

“I have been practicing yoga for over 7 years and teaching yoga for 6 and train yoga teachers in physiology, anatomy, and injury rehabilitation.

I have always loved the movement tradition of yoga and also wanted to add in a workout that would challenge my body in different ways and be safe and effective. I tried the gym, boring, then I tried at home extreme workout DVD’s, crazy, then I just gave up for a while. When I found Gymnasia I knew I had found what I was looking for. Josh and his staff have a fantastic command of how to challenge the body safely to not only give you a phenomenal workout but also to build structural and functional strength and flexibility for everyday life.

I and my friends have noticed that my body looks amazing and more importantly I feel amazing. I think that Gymnasia is the cutting edge of modern fitness and by far the most effective and enjoyable workout I have ever done!” ~Alex

 

“… feeling Positive and Hopeful about making changes for the first time in 5 years!”

“Just 2 days before starting privates with Everett at Gymnasia, I had a in-body assessment done through a work place initiative and was very disappointed with the results.  Despite a very healthy vegan diet and tons of exercise daily, I have been unable to lose weight or see significant changes in my body. I’ve tried desperately in vein for almost 5 years now doing it on my own.  This is especially challenging for me emotionally because I work at a weight and health management company and help others to lose weight and exercise more every day – so why couldn’t I do it myself??

Anyway, I just had the assessment re-done after almost 4 weeks and I feel like the results were pretty amazing and all in less than a month!  I am literally floored by this.  Its clear to me that while I lead a healthy and active life, I haven’t been using my body in the most efficient way to burn calories or build muscle.  I’ve been spinning my wheels, so to speak, and I feel like I’m on the cusp of a big change and for that I am so grateful!

I don’t know what the next two months will bring with the 60 day challenge but I am feeling very hopeful and positive about making these changes for the first time in 5 years.  I can’t wait for the rest of the challenge, and hopefully my journey at Gymnasia beyond that as well.

~Jenny B

 

“I have experienced changes in my views of, relationship with, and confidence in my body”

“I have experienced changes in my views of, relationship with, and confidence in my body”

I have been experiencing the incredible benefits of Gymnasia for about a year and a half now. Beyond the positive changes in my body (stamina, power, strength, and tone), I have experienced changes in my views of, relationship with, and confidence in my body.

But, I never would have anticipated applying those changes to my clinical practice as a psychologist. And yet, there it was – unexpectedly oozing into a session and influencing my work one morning. I had been meeting with someone who works as an athletic pro, teaching her particular sport to others. She has struggled with seeing it as a valued profession. After all, she is not, in her mind, doing work that “serves a greater good”.

And yet, as I listened to her, I knew that she is so much more than “just” a teacher and pro. She teaches so much more than the skills of the game. She gives her students an increased level of comfort in and self-confidence with their bodies. She increases their sense of proprioception – they are connected to and working with their bodies in a different way as a result of how she teaches them. As I pointed all this out to her, I realized that if it were not for what gymnasia has enabled in me, I might not have recognized the gifts she offers her students. I did though, and helped her to see it for herself. It was an “aha” moment for us both!

Thank you, Gymnasia.
~ Judy S, PhD

 

 

“…a place to keep myself in shape and sane.”

“…a place to keep myself in shape and sane.”

“I am a mother of preschoolers and I was looking for a new place to keep myself in shape and sane. I was reluctant to re-join a regular gym because I get bored and I have a hard time coming up with a full body workout on my own, particularly one that I can complete in an hour.I stumbled across Gymnasia when I was headed to CVS and I gave it a try. Wow, it is perfect.

The studio is clean and filled with really interesting and different things: kettlebells, weighted bats (not their real name!), sandbags, etc. The classes are full of moves I have never done or even heard about before in all the boot camp and big gym classes I have done in the past. These are moves that engage my whole body and are different and interesting enough to engage my mind so that I am not gritting my teeth and thinking about what I will do after class. The owner Josh has a very diverse and amazing background in many different disciplines. He is completely approachable, as are all the instructors. I came in without knowing anything about what they were teaching and they all spent a lot of time showing me the proper way to do the moves. When I leave here, I always feel like I got in a great workout and I look forward to going back each time.

[Update!]

“My kids are in elementary school – it’s been a few years! – but I still work out at Gymnasia and love it.  I have seen this place grow into its own and I am so happy to be a part of the community here.  I am continually challenged, even after all these years, and I have definitely grown in my mastery of movement.  I am much more in tune with how my body moves and where my strength comes from.  That is useful in class and useful in everyday life.  I was reading a magazine to pass time at the salon the other day and I saw all these quotes about how people view exercise as this pill to swallow, these few minutes of awfulness to reap the benefits of their great body or whatever and I thought, “Wow! That is so not what I see it as.”  That would not be sustainable for me.  I am so happy to be at Gymnasia. Even on days when I am tired and have to convince myself to go – I go willingly and happily because I know that as crappy as I feel walking TO the door, it will all be better, and I will feel so much better, once I am IN that door.  I have never walked away from a class NOT feeling happy – and I don’t mean in a “I’m happy its over” kind of a way.  Gymnasia is a truly special place.  There is no quick word or slick phrase to get across immediately what it is.  I think that is because it is unique and it is built on a deep knowledge of many different disciplines, bringing the best of each.  It is a place you have to experience.  I am so glad I took the chance and walked in here all those years ago.”  ~Maggie A

“I shed my body image issues and gained a new outlook on fitness”

I’ve got some pretty severe body image issues that got a lot worse at the last gym I belonged to. It was a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) setup totally driven by results – weigh-ins, measurements, fat-pinches, etc.. I was encouraged by the program to get results – any results. Just before I switched, I was down to less than 20% body fat, but still got driven to reduce my measurements and surely I could cut more calories from my diet (I averaged 1200-1500 even with a pretty active lifestyle). I felt like I was fighting my body, fighting everyone else in the gym for these ridiculous competitions, always encouraged to do more than I did the last week, lift more weight, etc. Tighten this! Clench that! More! Harder! Faster!

I didn’t get hurt, but my body always hurt. I got tired of fighting. I’m so glad I found G. Thanks to G’s approach, I feel like I’m making moreprogress in appreciating my body and my abilities. It’s a goal to recognize how well it functions, and how I can improve it, and not obsess so much about the way it looks. So it’s not so much a *thing* I can do that I couldn’t before; it’s more a mental change.” ~Rachel

[ED: Inspired perspiration means it comes from a place other than guilt and frustration. How you think becomes not just how you move, but how you live!]

“Enhance strength and endurance…a more complete workout, naturally.”

“Enhance strength and endurance…a more complete workout, naturally.”

“I have been going to the Gymnasia for a little over a year and I love it. It takes a lot of me to say this because being active is not a natural thing for me. I generally prefer to sit or walk slowly than work out.

Before the Gymnasia, I belonged to a gym that I hardly ever went to. My wife was a member of this same gym and this still couldn’t get me to go very often. I just didn’t like the vibe there. When I did go to the gym, I would run on the treadmill, then do some resistance training on body parts that I enjoyed working on. This meant that I rarely did any leg or ab work.

I recognized that it was important to move my body and get exercise so I started searching. I found the Gymnasia by chance through an online search. I signed up for the trial and attended my first class. Wow, it was challenging. But I felt so great, so energized after it was all done. I had felt so great that I came back the next day for another class! I was a little sore but not as bad as I thought.

Each consequent class was challenging for me but I always felt great afterward. I noticed gains in strength and endurance after only a couple weeks. For me, that’s remarkable.

Each class is conducted in an interactive small group format. Everyone is friendly and supportive. We’re each doing the exercises at our own pace, taking breaks when we need to. We’re not trying to match anyone else’s pace. For me it’s like a form of meditation. I do the movements better when I’m fully present. And I’m encouraging myself to do more rather than being pushed to do something I’m not quite ready to do.

The movements engage my mind and body. My understanding is that we’re training our body parts to work together. So often in our lives we will do exercises or participate in activities that isolate one body part which if done enough can lead to imbalance. The movements we do at the Gymnasia enhance strength and endurance. So I get a more complete workout, naturally.

What I’ve been noticing more and more is that I’m inspired to move my body. I may be sitting at my desk at my office and then decide I want to get on the floor and roll, or hold myself in a plank position, or something else. I’ve also noticed that my posture is better and have tons more endurance and lung capacity than I had before. This is a big thing for me because as I said earlier, I tend to not want to move much. 

I’m really thankful that I’ve found Gymnasia.” ~ Nat

 

“Nothing short of a personal miracle!”

“Nothing short of a personal miracle!”

“I arrived at Gymnasia after a period of pronounced inactivity. For the past five years, or more, I’d belonged to gyms I didn’t frequent, where I mostly did a single cardio machine and then planned my escape. If I took a class, I found myself focusing on all my deficits.

Then, a friend introduced me to Gymnasia. During the first trial class, I still found myself dwelling on all the things I couldn’t do, but with their encouragement, I felt encouraged and supported to keep going. I feel as though I accomplished nothing short of a personal miracle in the eight months that I’ve been going there (I’m 59 and had no regular exercise regime when I started).

Now, I’ve lost over 22 lbs and I’m constantly amazed at what I’m able to do, and I look forward to each small group training session as a chance to push myself a little further.

I am able to accept new challenges, confident that the trainers at Gymnasia are paying close attention to my form and alignment. I have increased my stability and functional strength, and, for the first time in a very long while, I feel great about going to the gym.

“Thanks so much for helping me stay fit and strong as I continue to age!”

As a reflection after a full year:

I have always worked out and found that some of my joints were bothering me after the constant work to stay fit. My knees especially bothered me after years of running and hoops.A year of workouts at Gymnasia and I can say all exercises that originally made me nervous have made me stronger! And I’m experiencing fewer aches and pains! I try not to get hung up on what the scale tells me and I know that I feel good!!!

Not gonna lie and say I’m never sore, but that’s all part of the process. Your coaches are encouraging and fun to work out with. I have made new friends here who also make working out fun and collaborative.

So glad I found Gymnasia! Thanks so much for helping me stay fit and strong as I continue to age!

~Brenda A

Baruch’s new found Strength: “I used to be pretty timid, but I was so confident”

Baruch’s new found Strength: “I used to be pretty timid, but I was so confident”

I just wanted to say thank you. I didn’t start working out at Gymnasia with my wedding in mind. It was part of a summer commitment to stop being so sedentary, to get moving and get healthy. But it’s had such a profound impact and it all showed at the wedding. I’m more confident. I’m moving better. I have more energy, more endurance. I feel comfortable in my own skin. My clothing fits better, too!

I used to never dance at parties. I felt so awkward on the dance floor. But at my wedding it came easily. I think that’s thanks at least in part to all of the movement I’ve learned at Gymnasia. At one point my best man came up to me. We had a 10-minute hora set that got pretty crazy at its center. He wasn’t in the middle and got winded. I was at the center of things and could have kept going at the same intensity for a lot longer without feeling it much at all.

The way I carried myself, I used to be pretty timid, but I was so confident. I was walking around like I owned the place, hugging everybody. A professor from undergrad that I’m still close to hadn’t seen me in a while. She said she was shocked because I was carrying myself differently and making a lot of eye contact with people. The first thing I said was that I’d been going to Gymnasia and feeling more comfortable in my body. I feel not just outer but more inner strength too.

My wedding ring, we’d sized it a six, seven months ago. It didn’t fit because the muscles in my fingers have gotten bigger! I had to put it on my pinky where it was a little loose but safe enough to wear for the night.

I know I’m the one who put in the time and the effort. Nevertheless, a big thank you to you and everyone at Gymnasia for guiding me and supporting me up to this point. It’s so great how you’ve been able to create a community with a real sense of camaraderie. Now I’m looking forward to all of the increased power, stamina, and strength that come with the next three months!

Thanks again for everything! ~Baruch D

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For The First Time In My Life I Feel Strong

I joined Gymnasia over a year ago; my Chiropractor recommended it to me. I was complaining to him about my aches and pains and wanted to know what I was doing that was causing this. After all, I had been working out since I was in college — running, aerobic classes, gym workouts, and most recently a lot of yoga. I had just completed a 200/hr yoga teacher-training program.

But yet, I felt as though my inner core and overall muscular strength was weak. So I walked into Gymnasia, met Josh and my transformation began that day. We talked for over an hour about how I felt, what I was doing for exercise, life stuff and work. And then he explained why I was feeling the way I did, it really had a lot to do with the fact that I lacked the inner strength to be pushing my body the way I was. That day, I learned about the three essential elements of Josh’s program: Strength, Power, & Stamina. And so began my journey at Gymnasia.

I committed to going 3 times per week and little by slowly I gained strength and increased my stamina. My aches and pains began to go away, I was able to keep up, not pushing myself to do everything — but doing what I could do. Slowly, I started to lift heavier weights, move faster, and even do a modified pull up. For the first time in my life I feel strong; I can crawl frontwards and backwards, jump on boxes, climb a rope, and swing kettlebells. All things that I never thought I would be doing at the age of 57.

The Coaches and the people that work out at Gymnasia are truly unique and special. I have become fond of all the Coaches for different reasons: Josh for his incredible knowledge about how the body moves and what it needs, Everett for dancing when we’re sweating our butts off in the middle of a workout, Jess for always being accommodating to the members (and I’m in awe of her incredible strength), Deanna for being a Bad Ass, and Marlon for talking through the class (instructing, of course!) so we don’t have to work out as hard while we listen to his great playlists.

But the most important thing is that I feel great, and can’t wait to get to my sessions, still 3 times a week.

~Gina C

 

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“I could hardly carry groceries without back pain!”

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“I could hardly carry groceries without back pain!”

9 months ago, I could hardly carry groceries from the car to the house without back pain. Yesterday, I single leg lifted the fabled 40kg kettlebell at Gymnasia’s Olympiad. It has been and will continue to be an incredibly rewarding journey to learn and improve my dynamic movement in ways that work for my body. Huge thanks to Josh Conway, Dr. Karson Mui, Dr. Karen Adams, all the coaches and fellow students at “G”, and Mui Chiropractic for helping to make this achievement a reality!

And a special shout out to my brother and best buddy Rhett for finding Gymnasia and encouraging me to start on this path.

~Jason W

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