Transformation Thursday: Erica Ferrell

Today, another entry in our special Instructress Transformation series. Have you noticed that the Studio Poise schedule has had some new additions over the past year? It's important to us to always keep things fresh for you, #poisenation - but those classes don't just appear out of thin air! Our instructress staff puts many, many hours into developing and testing new class concepts before we add them to the schedule. Today, Erica Ferrell shares her process of working with Danielle to develop T-BarRe-Xtreme, which has quickly become a new client favorite. Take it away, Erica!

I sat down to write this blog post the other day and was having a bit of trouble putting the words onto paper.  Then, this morning, after teaching my Monday morning double, it all came to me.  I believe the best way to be inspired is by working with those who inspire  you.  The clients at Studio Poise inspire me.  As an instructor, it is a wonderful experience to see those you teach work so hard.  Today, as I looked around during class, I was inspired once again and reminded why I decided to take the certification as a TRX instructor.  For most coming to class, this is their first experience using TRX.  Watching the improvement in technique, maintaining hard & deeper angles, holding high planks, but moveover enjoying the workout is the best feeling for me as an instructor. Thank you, Poise Nation!

When I discovered TRX training, I was in physical therapy during a time of my life when I was dealing with debilitating back pain. I learned several exercises that I continued to keep up with after my physical therapy was finished.  I loved it so much that I decided to take it to the next level and become a certified TRX instructor.  I wanted to understand and fully know how to teach TRX, modify movements, and create programs to incorporate TRX training.  For those who have taken my class, I know you hear me say it time and again, of utmost importance on the TRX is form.  Over reps.  Its not how many reps you can do, but how many reps you can do correctly and with proper form that matter. Truthfully, this is the case in any type of exercise, but when you are utilizing the TRX correctly, you will feel the difference immediately. And that difference will equal fast results!

Thanks to Danielle Bradley, she gave me the opportunity to create a program that combined TRX & barre, which we have name T-BaRre-Xtreme for Studio Poise.  Taking the tools I learned during my barre training at Studio Poise & TRX training through the national TRX training program, I wrote a program designed with clients on the barre & TRX simultaneously, with alternating rounds of activities.  Starting with a quick but heart blasting cardio warm up, clients then alternate through intervals of barre and TRX, working arms, legs, and ending with core.  Taking cues from the class, and other instructors, the class has evolved a bit over time and now incorporates rounds of high intensity interval training as well.  During class creation, in fact, I relied heavily on the other instructresses feedback as a I worked to tweak the program, the lay out and design, so that it flowed easily from exercise on barre to TRX with ease of form and function.  It was important to me to make the class challenging, but also work for any fitness level.  I feel confident now that T-Barre-Xtreme does just that.

As an instructor, I am constantly learning.  I read and follow blogs and websites.  I have attended every Poised & Learning seminar at Studio Poise, and I have already signed up for the national group fitness instructor certification (AFFA) which I will complete this year.  I even have my own TRX straps that I use and practice on at home to come up with new moves and modifications to keep classes fun and fresh!

I LOVE teaching fitness classes and thanks to Danielle, I have found my passion.  It sounds cliche, I know, but it is the truth.  It is this passion that I bring to each and every class that I teach.  And it is this passion that drives me to want to learn, study, and continually work to be a better instructor.

Image (c) Suzanna March Photography 2015

Image (c) Suzanna March Photography 2015

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Erica! The efforts to always keep classes fresh and exciting are so appreciated by everyone who has ever had the pleasure of taking your class. Poise Nation, you can catch T-BarRe-Xtreme with Erica Mondays @ 10am, Tuesdays @ 4:30pm, and Thursdays @ 10am & 7pm!