AbsoluteFIT Friends, #1: Meet Barb!

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Blogger

There’s something for everyone in the AbsoluteFIT studio

I talk a lot about me and my fitness journey, but I am not, in fact, the only person you’ll see in the studio! On that note, I recently caught up with Barb, one of my fellow AbsoluteFIT enthusiasts, and asked her about her experience in the program — read on!

Why do you do AbsoluteFIT?
I am a jogger and I could see that I was slowing down considerably. My philosophy has been “use it or lose it,” and from what I could tell, I was “losing it.” I had not been using the club on a regular basis, and was thinking about quitting — but when I saw an ad for AbsoluteFIT last year, I decided it was time to get with the program. So I checked out the free classes — and loved them and the instructors! I immediately signed up. Ever since then, when I’m not traveling, I do 1-2 sessions per week.

What are your favorite things about the program?
I love, love, love the flexibility of the classes and times.
As a retired educator, I do not have a regular schedule. I really appreciate being able to check out the weekly schedule and sign up for whatever class, instructor and time that I choose. I also have been so impressed with the instructors. I realize I am definitely one of the oldest and no doubt least fit in the classes. I have always been intimidated in classes where everyone is so much more fit than me. Not with AbsoluteFIT!  They are more fit, but I do not ever feel that I am holding other people up or that I am a failure. Every instructor has been fantastic about pushing me to do the best I can but showing me how to accommodate the exercise if I just can’t quite do it! And, I cannot believe the difference since my first class in April, 2016. Among other things, my balance has improved tremendously as well as my upper body strength.

What are your favorite moves and/or equipment?
I love anything on the TRX equipment as well as trying new exercises. Some are extremely difficult (burpees and lunges) but I am making progress. I also like anything using the BOSU ball. The only one I really dislike is time on the bike; I like to bike, but outside. The hardest part of the program for me is remembering how to do the various exercises correctly — but it’s OK, the instructors always demo every move anyway.

Any other thoughts on the program?
In other group exercise classes, I have always felt like I was holding people up — but this one is so individual even though it is a group. From the first open house class to now, I have never felt that I was in the way. For me, that is a huge bonus. I definitely would recommend it to anyone that wants to work on fitness, get individual help and have some flexibility in time and type of class.

Thanks, Barb! I hope to see you in a workout soon! I’ll be bringing you more AbsoluteFIT friends — readers, if you’d like to share your thoughts, let me know!

—Lydia M.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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