ATTENDED OVER 150 CLASSES & PRIVATE SESSIONS
1. Why did you first come to SF Studios (SFS)?
Your studio was recommended to me at a time when I needed some extra support for a recent shoulder injury.
2. What got in your way when you were considering coming to SFS (emotionally and practically)?
3. What did you expect of SFS?
I had no great expectation; however, I was hoping to find a really good exercise class. I definitely found that, however, my expectations have been surpassed by far.
4. When you came, how did you feel?
I was very excited to find such a great local studio after looking for one for a year. The individualized attention made me feel safe and supported. I felt you understood my concerns in the assessment before the class which was very thorough.
5. What did you do before SFS?
Body conditioning, Pilates and Yoga. The biggest difference now is that no two classes are the same which keeps it interesting.
6. Were you a regular mover?
I would not describe myself as sporty, but I always did some form of movement, usually mat work.
Tell us about your journey:
• Start : At the beginning I enjoyed doing all of the classes and I found them complimentary. The strangest things is that it feels as if every class is tailor-made for me whether I am feeling energetic or aching. It feels like a 1:1 in a class setting which is perfect for me as I find 1:1’s on a regular basis too intense.
20%: I liked that I was always given an alternative, at a level I could do, if I was not strong or flexible enough for a certain move. That made me feel very comfortable which is important to me.
80%: Feeling confident that everything was improving.
100%: What does SF stand for? Does it stand for “strength and flexibility’? Because now I have it. I have done exercises for many years but always working the same muscles, however I was unaware of my weaknesses like hands, wrists, ankles and even legs. Coming as an older person to a class full of young people can be very intimidating. What is so nice about SF is that there is a big mix of age and ability.
7. Biggest revelations throughout the SF Journey regarding:
I love feeling stronger and more agile.
Exercise in general
If you work at something you can improve. It might be slow, but you will get better. I used to find it impossible to lift my arms up whilst lying on my stomach. But now I can do it!
It makes me feel ready for my day. I can sit all day doing ceramics – my back in a concave shape. The movement opens me up.
Rehab: Despite being referred to a physio and being told to get an injection for the pain, I ended up doing all my shoulder rehab through classes as I could feel I was improving from them.
Since coming to SFS, I am so much stronger and more flexible and have great fluidity of movement. I generally have a feeling of well-being and I want to be that 80 year old lady who still comes to class!
8. Did you overcome or are currently overcoming any fear(s)? What does conquering certain beliefs/fears mean to you in your daily life?
Usually if we have a task for 60 seconds, I would want to stop at 45 and would always be looking at the clock. Now I never look at the clock and I always manage to get to 60! The environment and dynamic in the class is really fantastic, and encouraging, and it helps me to achieve what I am capable of.
9. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Cardio Vascular, definitely.
10. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST JOY?
I love the feeling of being able to hold my body weight, either on the all bars or in a handstand.
11. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ‘HATE’?
Holding a stretch that is painful, jumping and cardio.
12. DO YOU TRAIN ONLY YOUR BODY AT SFS?
I feel it has also helped me to train my mind to stay more focused.
13. YOUR BIGGEST REALIZATION OVER THE LAST YEAR?
I may be more ‘sporty’ than I originally thought!
14. WHAT IS YOUR NEXT GOAL?
Cardio-vascular training and to have arms like Suz!
15. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON THAT YOU WILL TAKE AWAY WITH YOU FROM 2019?
If you keep at it, you will eventually achieve it.
16. CAN YOU EVER IMAGINE A LIFE WITHOUT WEEKLY MOVEMENT?