There are few things more exciting than your wedding day and this week's transformation comes from one of Studio Poise's most recent blushing brides! Jasmine Duston (nee Gonzalez) joined the Poise family exactly one year ago and has completely changed her outlook on her body just in time to walk down the aisle feeling poised and fabulous. Congrats, Jasmine! We are so proud of you and wish you and Greg a wonderful life together.
Our Spring 2016 edition of 6 Weeks 2 Chic starts up this weekend, so to celebrate, we wanted to take a look back at some of our success stories. If you're on the fence about trying the 6W2C experience, check out this post - you could be our next Transformation Thursday guest star!
Veterans of our 6 Weeks to Chic program will tell you that the #1 rule is to banish the scale. Read on to learn why the scale can actually do more harm than good, and to better understand why measurements matter.
When we sit down together for the Six Weeks to Chic kick off meeting, one of the first rules is to banish your scale. Have you ever wondered why Danielle and the other instructresses emphasize that the scale isn't a useful tool in measuring your fitness progress?
The scale only gives a very small view of your overall health and fitness. Your weight is only a number, but the scale doesn't tell you the body composition that leads to that number. The classes at Studio Poise are designed to help you reduce body fat and build lean muscle.
Muscle takes up significantly less space than fat. As you work on toning your body and creating the long, lean muscles that we strive for in Poise method classes, the number on the scale may not change much - and that's okay. If you're relying solely on the scale to measure your progress, though, you may be tempted to feel discouraged and give up on your efforts. Well, we're here to tell you: DON'T GIVE UP! The scale isn't telling the whole story.
Measurements are the most effective tool for seeing your progress. We take measurements at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the Six Weeks to Chic program to get a thorough understanding of the progress made during the program. These measurements can help you to understand what's working well, and what areas you may need to focus on improving.
To make sure you get the most out of your measurements, we recommend that you have someone else handle the measuring tape. It's extremely difficult to measure yourself accurately, so ask a friend to help! It's also key that you have the same person measure you consistently. At Studio Poise, the instructresses who assist with 6 Weeks to Chic have all been trained to ensure that measurements are consistent across the duration of the program. You need to make sure that you're measuring in the same spot every time, and that the measuring tape is held with the right amount of tension. If you hold the tape too loosely, or if you hold it too tightly, you aren't getting an accurate picture of your progress. The measuring tape should lay flush against your skin, without too much slack or tension.
We recommend measuring yourself regularly - about once every 3-4 weeks. Keep track of your progress, either in a notebook or in a tool like MyFitnessPal. Celebrate where you're toning effectively, and ramp up your intensity on the areas that are slower to change. The instructress team at Studio Poise is always ready, willing and able to answer any questions you might have about how to focus in on specific body parts!
Don't forget - there's one week left to register for our Fall 2015 Six Weeks to Chic program! See the comments on this post for detailed instructions on how to register for this amazing package. Don't believe us? Maybe a few Transformation Stories will help to convince you! Lauren, Michelle and Sarah all had great results with 6W2C - click their names to see their results!
Today's Transformation Thursday post highlights Lauren Folino, a relatively new addition to #poisenation. Lauren participated in this summer's Six Weeks to Chic program, and her results were so incredible, we just had to showcase her on the blog! Read on for Lauren's story and her inspiring progress.
My weight has been an issue for pretty much my whole life. I was always very active as a kid, so at the time, it was never anything I really needed to worry about. I was a gymnast until I was fourteen and I would practice three hours a day, four times a week, so although I was not the smallest gymnast, I was still in shape. When I entered high school I decided to quit gymnastics and start cheerleading. Cheerleading was not as an intense workout for me but it still kept me somewhat in shape. High school was when I really started gaining weight. When I look back on pictures of myself from freshman or sophomore year, I can't believe how much better I looked then than I do now. I constantly ask myself how I got to this place. As many people who are overweight would tell you, that extra weight came from over eating, along with decreased exercise.
I have worked at the YMCA for seven and a half years now. You would think working at the Y and having a free membership would make me want to work out, but the motivation and time was just never there. By my senior year of high school I would go to school every day while also working six days a week. I was exhausted at the end of the day and never had the energy to workout.
My senior year of high school was when I really noticed a difference in my body. I decided to try Weight Watchers. At first it was great. I liked the program because it did not require you to workout, which I was too lazy and had no time to do. I also enjoyed it because I could still eat all of the unhealthy foods I enjoyed as long as they were in moderation. I lost about ten pounds and then hit a plateau. Obviously because I was not exercising, I was not losing any more weight. At that point I just gave up.
Flash forward to my freshman year of college, again not exercising. I decided I wanted to continue doing cheerleading so I tried out and made Merrimack College’s cheerleading team! Our practice schedule was a bit less intense than high school, as we only practiced twice a week. This kept me somewhat in shape, but I began to gain more weight. February of my freshman year I hurt my ankle tumbling. The doctor told me it was just a sprain but the pain never went away. I went another year and a half with pain in my ankle and no doctor could find a diagnosis for it. Due to the severe pain, I pretty much stopped exercising all together. I fought through the pain and cheered my sophomore year and then at the end of the school year went to see a surgeon. MRIs were still showing no diagnosis of why my ankle was hurting and all that was left to do was go in and take a look. The first semester of junior year I probably exercised less than five times. I had taken the year off from cheerleading to have surgery so I was pretty much as lazy as you can get.
I had surgery on my ankle in December 2014, a week before Christmas. When I was in recovery and the doctor called my mom he explained it was much worse than expected. I had broken the cartilage in my ankle and they had to remove the broken pieces and shave down what was left. I was left on crutches for a month, and a boot for another month after that, with instructions not to exercise for another six months to ensure it fully healed. The two months I could not walk normally were awful; I thought I’d never walk again let alone exercise.
So fast forward again six months. I had been going through a lot of issues with my tonsils during my spring semester including strep throat and a trip to the ER at 2am due to the severe swelling in my throat. The only option was to go through another surgery and have them removed.
My sister had given me a gift card to Studio Poise for Christmas, thinking my ankle surgery wouldn’t be so intense and I would have some motivation to work out. I decided to try the summer 2015 Six Weeks to Chic after recovering from my tonsillectomy and use my gift card to help pay for it. I fell in love with Studio Poise and the 6W2C program! I was eating food that I actually enjoyed and having fun while I was working out. I was so impressed with myself and my progress at the half way point from eating healthy foods and exercising five times a week that I decided to pick it up a bit for the second half. I began buying more and more classes and ended up buying a month unlimited when the 6W2C ended. At the end of six weeks I had lost a good amount of weight that I was really happy with. I decided to continue following the meal plan and working out pretty much every day. Six Weeks to Chic was the start of a lifestyle change for me. It has now been 8 weeks since I started at Studio Poise. I have lost 13.5 pounds, 2.5 inches off of my chest, 4 inches of my waist and hips, and 5 inches off each leg. I am so happy with the success I have had this summer.
As my summer comes to an end and I head into my senior year of college, I can not thank Danielle and the other instructresses enough for the amazing summer I have had. Growing up as a gymnast, strength was never an issue for me. In my first Poiseboard class with Brittany I was disgusted with the fact that I had just about no muscle on my body. I pretty much wanted to cry by the end of the class. It was a big eye opener to me and I decided I wasn’t going to stop until I could keep up in classes. With the support of the entire staff at Studio Poise, I have become a stronger and more confident person. I feel healthier than I have in a long time. I am sad I will not be able to attend as many classes at Studio Poise while I am at school, but I will definitely still be around! This is only the beginning of my transformation!