before and after

Transformation Thursday: Samantha Rogers

Transformations are so different and so personal, sharing these stories has become the highlight of our week here at Studio Poise. Today Samantha Rogers' shares her journey with us after spending the last 6 months living a Poised and healthy life. We loving seeing Sam rocking every class she takes with a smile and a look of pure determination on her face. We are incredibly proud of her progress and the part Studio Poise has played in her healthy lifestyle makeover. We can't wait to see where she goes next!

Transformation Thursday: Michelle Sullivan

Time for another Transformation Thursday! Michelle Sullivan first joined #poisenation last spring, and she just completed the Spring 6 Weeks to Chic program. Her hard work is definitely apparent, and so we invited her to share her story. 

My whole life I have struggled with my weight – up down up down and ultimately, very very up. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  I was also newly married and we wanted to start a family.  I knew I was never going to get pregnant in the shape I was in.   I needed to do something and quickly.  In February 2010 I began my weight loss journey.  Overall it was successful.  I lost 140lbs, and gave birth to a happy, healthy baby boy, and was no longer considered diabetic. But there was definitely something missing. Five years after I began, I found that 20lbs had managed to come back.  My nutrition was pretty good, but could always use some fine tuning.  What I needed was exercise.  Consistent exercise.

In April of 2014, I purchased a Living Social coupon for Studio Poise.  I went to some classes and liked it.  But this happened and that happened and excuse after excuse I didn’t go back.  I have tried a whole bunch of other workout -  barre, boxing, Les Mils Bodypump, and a personal trainer.  Nothing I really liked enough, and certainly nothing my heart was in.  

By the end of 2014 I realized that I was at a crucial point.  If I did not find some sort of workout that I could commit to, I would continue to gain weight and all my hard work would be gone.  And to be honest, 2015 was the year I was turning 40 and I did not want to go into 40 struggling the same way I had my entire life.  I knew I needed to go back to Studio Poise.  
I signed up for 6 Week to Chic and knew I made the right decision, although it wasn’t without challenges.  The crazy winter we had meant a lot of cancelled classes, and just did not get the consistency I needed.  Danielle knew the winter 2015 6W2C did not exactly go as planned, so we were enrolled for the Spring 2015 6W2C and that was it, I was hooked!

I was scheduling myself for as many classes as I could, trying different classes, and was excited to try new things (hi Poiseboard!).  I actually LOOKED FORWARD TO COMING HERE!  I loved every class I tried, with my favorites being Poise, Pound and Piloxing.  I get way too excited for an 8:30 class on a Sunday morning.  I loved what a fun, ENCOURAGING and SUPPORTIVE environment this was, especially having the 6W2C FB page.

Soon, I realized I had found the critical piece I was missing and so much more. Not only had I found the consistant exercise I needed, but my outlook had changed as well.  I realized success isn’t only measured in pounds and inches lost.  I stopped making excuses to go to classes.  I am more willing to challenge myself.  I am more willing to try something I didn’t think I could do.  I am more comfortable and confident, in my classes and in myself in general.  I am more willing to go outside of my comfort zone and try new things.  I will usually do double classes and on days when I only do one class I refer to it as an easy day.  I believe that is my true transformation, my outlook.  And yes, at the half way point I was down five inches!

While my weight loss journey did not start at Studio Poise, it is here that I found the critical missing piece that I needed to continue my journey to weight loss and overall fitness.  It is here that I FINALLY gained a healthy outlook on my weight and fitness. It is here that I decided to turn 40 with confidence and not self-doubt.  And finally it is here that taught me how to set a good example for my son on making fitness a regular part of life.  

Thank you Danielle and all the amazing instructresses for such an amazing place.  I truly look forward to each and every class and am so proud to be a part of SP Nation!

Michelle, your story is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing it with us, and for continuing to sparkle with us every day!

Transformation Thursday: Elyse Fannon

For today's Transformation Thursday, meet Elyse Fannon. Elyse recently marked her one-year "Poise-a-versary" and to celebrate, we wanted to highlight all that she has accomplished in the past year. Read on to learn more about Elyse's journey!

I am a total foodie and I have always loved beer and hated exercise. This lifestyle worked fine for me until a few years ago. As an auditor, I was working 60 hour weeks during tax season, eating fast food for lunch and take-out for dinner until my pants literally could not button anymore. My solution for this was to buy bigger pants and join Planet Fitness.  In the 3 years that I had a membership to Planet Fitness, I probably went there 15 times total and so I didn’t see any results. I always used my hectic work schedule as an excuse to avoid the gym.

I switched careers in December 2012, which gave me a lot more free time. Instead of going to the gym, I spent my free time eating and relaxing. I finally hit rock bottom when my doctor had the “weight gain” talk with me. She explained that I had been consistently gaining 5 pounds a year for the past 3 years and that if I didn’t change my lifestyle now, it would only get more difficult from there. My cholesterol was through the roof and I refused to go back on medication to reduce it. I had to change my ways!

This was when I saw the Amazon Local deal for Studio Poise. My sister-in-law and I bought the 10 class package. We took our first Poise-Fusion class with Lindsey on April 1st. I fell in love with the studio that first night, but couldn’t walk for the next 4 days. I knew this was exactly the butt-kicking my body needed. My goal was to lose 10 pounds before putting on my Maid of Honor dress at my best friend’s wedding in September. Before I knew it, I was trying all kinds of classes and signing up for the Unlimited Membership. I lost 12 pounds just by exercising! One week before my best friend’s wedding, I had my dress taken in several inches. I had hit my goal! 

Now, at a year with the studio, you will find me at SP 6 days a week, doubling up most nights. Instead of making excuses to skip the gym I find myself saying, “I’m already going to one class tonight, I might as well do two!”

I love that every class is different and brings new challenges. I never get bored with the workouts. The workouts don’t get easier, you just get better at them! Everyone in SP Nation is so positive and encouraging. In less than a year I have dropped the weight that my doctor suggested and have naturally lowered my cholesterol to a normal healthy level, for the first time in 8 years. Thank you SP!!!!

Elyse, thank you for sharing your story with us! Your hard work and dedication is paying off - it's wonderful to hear that you're feeling healthy and strong, and you certainly look amazing. Thank you for sparkling with us every day, it's always a pleasure to have you in class!