I was living in a new body, that didn\'t show the weight of my heart anymore. It has been with this transformation of my body, that I can feel the strength in myself again. I have struggled with associating my happiness with my body image.
I was debating what part of my story to share for Member of the Month, chose the safer side of me or more of my truth? But I decided to start where I have stopped and started again. Life for me started in 2004, with the birth of my daughter Abby. A beautiful big baby full of life! Life for me stopped two months later with her passing. My grief held me underwater for years, and the effects that it took on my heart and body have been irreversible. I punished my body with either too much food, or not enough. I wore my sadness as a cloak. I had waves of sunshine threw the years, got married and had a baby boy, but my body still carried the weight of my grief. It took me 5 years to start letting go, and with letting go, I had to look, really look, at myself. I was just a shell hiding in a shell. So I started there. Started with my outside as that seemed easier. As the pounds slowly started coming off, it scared me endlessly to let myself be seen again, after all the years of hiding in the darkness. It was between the births of my two boys, that I found some physical strength. I lost 50 pounds, got pregnant, gained 45, and lost that again. I was living in a new body, that didn't show the weight of my heart anymore. It has been with this transformation of my body, that I can feel the strength in myself again. I have struggled with associating my happiness with my body image. It was so linked up with my inner happiness and sadness. That is what I am still learning. I started with 30 minute Hit in Langley, and fell in love. Not just in love with this great gym, nor the wonderful trainers, but with finding my own power again. And isn't that what this is all about? Us women getting together, separately and together in a room and finding ourselves? It has been for me. I started in Burnaby last spring, wanting to continue to be a part of this woman's group. I took a few months off in the fall to run my first marathon. I came back again to the Hit this New Year, to find my center again. I hear the exercise reasoning, that "it only TAKES 30 minutes" and what I have learnt is, to GIVE myself that same 30 minutes. I wanted to share my story, for one simple reason. For the woman I have workout beside, who have made a few simple comments about myself being "strong" I wanted to share my story, so that you special few, would know just how much it has meant to me, to be called strong. And for that, I thank you.
I always feel fantastic after finishing the circuit especially in the early mornings.
Wow, thanks for making me member of the month. I've been coming to the Hit for five years now and have loved it since day one. I always feel fantastic after finishing the circuit especially in the early mornings. A huge thank you to Kelly, Candace, Shannah and Sarah for the words of encouragement and kicking my butt into gear! Here’s to another great year at The Hit!
It\'s more than the fitness though, it is the positive energy that I get that stays with me throughout the day, the energy that I have all day, and the four people (that I like to call friends) that help set my day up.
As I finished my morning work out the other day, Yossi let me know that I had been chosen as member of the month. Wow! I work out first thing in the morning, and it always starts my day out on a great note (after I catch my breath) but being given this news really put a smile on my face! Last fall I decided to give 30 Minute Hit a try. I needed to get back into a fitness routine, as that mid 40's muffin top had suddenly appeared and I knew I couldn't wish it off. I went for my free trial with Stefano, and thought \"Oh my Gosh I don't think I want to keep doing this", but then realized that was the muffin top trying to convince me that it should stay. I kept going, and it has become routine, but the main reason for that is because of the amazing people that greet me each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I am usually the first one there at 7am, and quite often I am on my own, which means I get followed around the circuit. Yossi, Stefano, Laura and now Kirsten are always pushing me harder, and I have really surprised myself with what I have been able to accomplish. I truly thank them for their energy, smiles and encouragement each morning. The muffin top is slowly releasing it's grip, and a fitter stronger bod is reappearing. It's more than the fitness though, it is the positive energy that I get that stays with me throughout the day, the energy that I have all day, and the four people (that I like to call friends) that help set my day up.
The journey has been not just about killing time and pounds but also challenging ones personal self and becoming confident in who you are.
"HeeeHaaaa!!! Wow what a honour! The reason I initially started was to get some exercise and also I could bring my kid to the class. There was a warmhearted welcome and in the passing months since joining 30 Min Hit it has been a transformation not only physically but also mentally. The journey has been not just about killing time and pounds but also challenging ones personal self and becoming confident in who you are. The atmosphere at 30 Minute Hit is not like an ordinary gym – there is a bond where you are part of the 30 Min Hit family and not just a number. It is with a brilliant manner that you are motivated and challenged to push yourself to new heights of which you had no idea you were capable of doing. With the encouraging reinforcements and optimist views you guys have done a remarkable job creating a zone where no matter who you are you can feel marvelous. Once you have done your routine you always leave with a sense of renewal and accomplishment! Astounding job Steff & Phil!"
I have not only gained more strength throughout my body, I have seen a vast improvement in my Cardio.
I have been a member of 30 Minute Hit since November 2012. I joined the Hit with the specific goal of gaining more upper body strength. By committing myself to three times a week, I have already in this short time seen a dramatic difference. I have not only gained more strength throughout my body, I have seen a vast improvement in my cardio. I look forward to coming to the Hit as the trainers on the floor are both motivating and fun to work with. They are always helping me with my technique and giving me new things to try on the circuit. It is impossible to get bored. The thing I like and need most is they are always kicking my butt!! I encourage everyone to try and have a goal and then give 110 percent. The results are very rewarding.
30 Minute Hit has become my stress relief and has allowed me to make myself a priority again.
Last February I made the best decision and joined 30 Minute Hit! I really had no idea what it was about. I honestly thought that it would be an easy way to re-enter the "gym world" considering it was only 30 minutes and really how hard could it be? I remember being so nervous the day of the free trial and as I was going through the circuit I felt so feeble. At the end of those 30 minutes, I could barely breathe and as I sat stretching, trying to act like I was ok, I struck up conversation with the other women. They were telling me the same story about their first day and how hard they found their first workouts but they came back and saw results. When I first started I was so result driven, my main goal was to lose my baby weight. After the first month I could tell that something was happening even if no one else could. I knew I was getting stronger and that the workout really worked. As I toned up, the reason for going to the gym changed. 30 Minute Hit has become my stress relief and has allowed me to make myself a priority again. Life can be so crazy and I love that I can go to the gym and feel great after only 30 minutes. I love feeling strong, that is what keeps me coming back. Not to mention that kicking and punching is amazing too! The women of 30 Minute Hit are strong women of all types. What I like most is the support of the trainers and even the other "hitters"! The trainers challenge me everyday to try new things and it is really difficult to have a "slacker" day with them around. Thank you so much to all the ladies of the Hit and especially the amazing trainers!
At the Hit I am forced to use my whole body strength, and, at times, I am amazed at my strength. I remember my first trial at the Hit vividly because it is the day I always compare myself to when I try to assess the progress I have made.
I started the hit 6 months ago in August and it was one of the best decisions I made for my life because today, I feel more alive, stronger, and happier. After my workout I feel energized and I have the strength to overcome my daily tasks without feeling sluggish and tired. After my workout I feel stronger and confident and sometimes surprised at my strength and at what I am able to do in 30 minutes. After my workout I have the opportunities to talk to the wonderful staff and to other hit members and share stories or have conversations about ways to increase strength. The 30 Minute Hit is not only a place to burn calories, release stress, and to build strength it is also a small community, in which, everyone respects and motivates one another, and it is a place where all the team leaders truly care for its members and their well-being. For 15 years I belonged to several gyms that did not give me the same strength and energy as the Hit. I would spend over two hours working out and I have to say I have never had a workout as intense as the Hit. At the Hit I am forced to use my whole body strength, and, at times, I am amazed at my strength. I remember my first trial at the Hit vividly because it is the day I always compare myself to when I try to assess the progress I have made. I was ready to cry during my first set of abs on the ball and my mind was telling me that there is no way I will ever be able to do this for 2 minutes straight. I was wrong; today I can do the full 2 minutes at every station and push my limits. That is not to say that I can perform at every station perfectly well, on the contrary, at every station the team members push me to the extreme and remind me of my strength. While there are many things I like about the Hit one thing that stands out for me is the staff and how they are always there to see if you are feeling alright. For example, if you are injured they try to find ways to modify your workout and they keep an eye on you and always check in. The team members presence makes me feel safe and for this reason I am not afraid to try new things. I appreciate the team members’ honesty as they will also let you know if there are certain activities you can or cannot do. What I love about 30 Minute Hit is that it is a program that can always challenge your body strength, and do different exercises and, most of all, it is a full body workout that works your core also. I cannot imagine going back to a regular gym, the 30 Minute Hit is the community I plan to stay at for a while. Thank you 30 Minute Hit for the words of encouragement and wisdom.
Westshore Hit is the best thing to ever happen to me!
The Before photo was taken late October 2011. I had sustained a double quad injury and was literally at the end of my rope and had never felt worse about myself. And that injury lasted 10 months. With it came poor eating habits, and absolutely no activity. I could barely get down my own front steps never mind go for a walk. In March, I took on my health. Starting with my nutrition. Took out wheat, sugar, grains and alcohol and amazingly, my quads started to feel better since the inflammation went down. By late April, I was able to go to the track and walk. That was about the extent of it. I had no strength in my legs after such a long time of being in active. But I kept walking which I knew would slowly help. I also had no cardio stamina since I'd been inactive for so long. Then I got a text message from a friend who knew how much I had loved my experience at Burnaby Hit with Teri Brewer letting me know this was opening in Colwood and suddenly, I knew it was perfect. I started going immediately in July, and my life has never been the same. I kept up with the nutritional aspect because once I'd seen the benefits of taking out wheat and sugar, I couldn't bring myself to go back. I also started, in April, taking 5 minute cold showers every single day (I'm dong that for a year) which has done wonders for my skin and I'm less sore from the work outs. I drive sometimes an hour out of my way to work out at Westshore Hit because I love it. And I love flexing my biceps so I can just stare at them. :) I have a lot of strength in my legs now, so much so that I spin on Sundays now. I gotta tell ya..I feel like a friggin' super hero. Last time I measured myself (October 28) I was down a total of 31.75 inches (which is almost 3 feet) and the NOW photo is actually from a couple of months ago, and I've lost an additional -8lbs since then. Not to mention, I feel DAMN Good all the time. Not only do I LOVE the workout, but Leanne is so encouraging and awesome to be around, that I manage 5x a week at Westshore Hit and that's just my life. I had no intention of writing a testimonial but it just makes sense if I'm going to post this. I think it's safe to say that Westshore Hit is the best thing to ever happen to me. xo
I still managed to finish the circuit and I am glad I did!
It all started with my trial session at 30 Min Hit. I really did not know what to expect at the “HIT” ...well it hit me pretty hard. I remember Teri telling me , "It's okay Kelli, you can do it!" By the time I got through the first couple of stations, I thought I was going to faint. Teri had to open the back door for me to catch my breath, while still encouraging me to go back in and try. My favorite phrase was, "I can't...I can't do this" and my favorite thing to do at my local gym was yawning. In order to make it through the remainder of the circuit, Teri told me I could crawl to each station. I couldn't crawl...who am I kidding? I was better off rolling to the next station. I still managed to finish the circuit and I am glad I did because now "I can't" is no longer part of my vocabulary. I use to wonder why I would smile after I finished with Bob. I now know that this "smile" is a pat on my back to myself. 30 Min Hit has changed my life in a healthier way. I eat better and I'm happier and more confident. The trainers Sarah, Lisa, Wendy and Zunobia are all a big part of the reason why I love 30 Min Hit. And of course Teri! If not for Teri and her constant encouragement, I would still be yawning at my local gym.
My journey for a healthy body since my early twenties has taken me on a roller coaster of a ride
" My journey for a healthy body since my early twenties has taken me on a roller coaster of a ride, and it's not yet! Over the years I have had numerous gym membership, worked with a handful of trainers, seen a naturopath, tried my luck with a Chinese herbalist, run hundreds of miles, twisted my way through many yoga classes and even took Karate. For the past couple of years running had become my new love, until it started to destroy my joints. Last year I hit a plateau where I had lost my motivation to work out. I wanted to run , but was unable to so it every day anymore. I figured I would look for a new karate dojo since that was one of my favorite things I had taken years ago and it got me in the best shape of my life. While I was browsing the internet I came across the 30 Minute Hit. I booked an appointment to come in for a free trial and was stoked. It was everything I had hoped. The staff were super friendly and patient. I had finally found my new love to re-place my running bug, boxing! The hours are great; having someone to motivate you while your work out is amazing; the workout itself is stress relieving; I find every muscle is worked by the time I am done; the staff are personable and know your name; and best of all I am excited to go each day. I would recommend 30 Minute Hit to anyone! Ladies we all know how hard it is to lose weight and get healthy. Persistence is the key, just keep in mind "The sweat, the time, the devotion. It pays off!"
30 Minute Hit has given me more strenght, stamina, energy, and confidence than I had ever felt in all my years of running!
" Member of the month-You gotta be kiddin' me!! I was totally mortified when Kelly decided to bestow this honour on me yesterday morning! I've been a member of North Van hit for just over a year now, and have to say it's been a blast! Turning 41, finding my old bod needed as a bit more work than a odd run during the week, along with peer pressure from some friends who were firm fans of the hit, led me to sign up last year, and I'm so glad I did! Having been a recreation runner for a long while, I sporadically train and enter 10K's and half marathons. It can be a lonely road though and these joints can only take so much pounding of the pavement! 30 Minute Hit has given me more strenght, stamina, energy, and confidence than I had ever felt in all my years of running!I used to say I was 'allergic' to gyms but the down-to earth, no nonsense and fun attitude of all the staff and members has been so encouraging and inspirational! Being a shift-worker, a busy Mom, and not a morning person (ask the husband!) - I try to drag my ass down to the 'hit' and 'give it' at least 3 times a week, sometimes more, sometimes less! I always leave feeling uplifted stronger, and more energized physically and mentally - in a nutshell it makes me happy:) Thanks for a million to all of you wonderful ladies for the ongoing support and encouragement.
While the result of my commitment to make the Hit part of my routine is a stronger body, the real payoff is a healthier me.
What a great way to start out the New Year! Thank you Candace, Kelly and Shannah for encouraging and motivating us ladies on the floor each day. Two years at the Hit has flown by! Little baby Charlotte, who I once carted around the circuit, has grown into a busy toddler. I am very thankful for such kid friendly staff and the kids area. While the result of my commitment to make the Hit part of my routine is a stronger body, the real payoff is a healthier me. It's been equally rewarding to have family and friends join or start exercising too. First bump to all the ladies on the floor who push hard everyday! Here's to a healthy and happy 2013.
I have finally found the perfect work out that I enjoy! It is a great stress reliever and fun.
During my free trial back in June I didn't think I could even finish the circuit, now I’m hooked. I have finally found the perfect work out that I enjoy! It is a great stress reliever and fun (who wouldn't like beating the crap out of Bob.) Previously I was going to a regular gym and worked with two different personal trainers. I didn't see any results and I wasn't doing the right things to lose weight/tone up. Once a week sessions with the personal trainer weren't enough either especially for the price. After being at 30 Minute Hit for 2 months, 5-6 times a week I lost 16 inches. I couldn't even believe it! The trainers become your friends, are incredible and keep pushing you to reach your goals. I’m so happy 30 Minute Hit is a part of my life. Thank you 30 Minute Hit Staff!
I feel I have become addicted to working out here. Everytime I leave I feel great! I work out 4 days a week and enjoy every minute of it.
Hi my name is Shawna and I am 46 years old and I have been working out at 30 Minute Hit for 2 months and have lost 10 lbs. so far. I have tried many different workouts and gyms in the past and have never been able to get such great results in such a short time. I feel I have become addicted to working out here. Every time I leave I feel great! I work out 4 days a week and enjoy every minute of it. I want to thank all the trainers for pushing me and showing me a new techniques. I would like to thank my sister - in - law who introduced me to this fantastic gym. Thanks again girls for all your awesome energy! Hi my name is Tricia and I am 16 years old. I have been working out at 30 Minute Hit for 2 months with my mom and have lost 15 lbs. I have tried other ways to work out but this is truly the best! I work out and I have changed my eating habits and i am really happy with my results. I want to thank my mom for bringing me with here Thanks to all trained especially Jessica for all he "double time" yells. This is a really fun place to work out and I love it! Thanks again girls.
I feel, well... awesome! And not only on a physical level, but emotionally and mentally as well.
When I signed up for my 30 Minute Hit membership and half ago, I had no idea I would be where I am today. I am stronger, fitter, more determined and confident than ever before. I actually crave the rush, and feeling I get after a workout now. I have heard is said a few times before that The Hit is not your average gym, it's different, it's more and it really is! To me The Hit represents strength, power, challenge, acceptance, respect, determination, setting and achieving goals, motivation, support and FUN! I need it, I love it and I just couldn't live without it! Thank you Terri, Audrey, Amy and Ashley for making The Hit such a great place, you guys are AMAZING!
I’ve seen changes in myself I haven’t seen in a long time, results I never got from other gyms or exercises. It has really boosted my self-esteem and confidence.
One of the best decisions I've made in the past year was to come back and sign up for the 30 minute hit after my free trial last June. At first I kind of wanted to give up, only because I was using muscles and body parts that I wasn't used to working so hard. What kept me going was that its only 30 minutes, you can burn over 500 calories, and then your done before you know it and can get on with the rest of your day! As well as the constant positive support from Teri, Sarah, Zunobia and Lisa yelling “double time! “ and telling me I CAN do it has really helped me along the way! I love how Hit works for women of all ages, sizes and fitness levels, and everyone’s there to support each other in reaching their goals. In the past year, I’ve seen changes in myself I haven’t seen in a long time, results I never got from other gyms or exercises. It has really boosted my self-esteem and confidence. Hit has given me more energy, makes me want to eat healthier, relieved stress (thanks BOB! ☺), and has made my lifestyle a lot more active!! I know it sounds kind of corny, but I believe that 30 Minute Hit has changed my life…for the better! I’m hooked, maybe a little obsessed! I haven’t loved working out as much as I do now, since when I started at the hit last June! If I haven’t been in a few days, I can’t wait to get back in there and kick some butt! I love sharing with family and friends how great Hit makes you feel. You may see the results on the outside, but you feel best on the inside. When I walk in after a long day at work, and walk out feeling absolutely amazing I know it’s been a successful round. Even though I’m dripping in sweat, and exhausted, I cant help but have the biggest smile on my face! Thanks to everyone at Burnaby Hit!
The program and the trainers have motivated me to keep fighting and to come back even harder and stronger with every hardship that comes my way.
I’ve been a member of 30 Minute Hit for almost 2 years now. My self-image and my mental well-being were in shambles and I was already giving up on finding the right work-out program and the right trainers until “the Hit.” I remember my first trial.. felt like hell...I was dizzy and weak all over and I even vomited when I got home. But...I knew I needed help so I came back and signed up. I was slow to start and very quiet. I kept to myself and was only coming once a week...then I started coming 2x a week...then I tried one of the boot camps and before you know it, after about a year or so, I started creating goals for myself, to be consistent in coming 3x a week and attending boot camp once a month. I was afraid to open up to Teri and the trainers for awhile. It was difficult for me to open up physically and mentally but as time passed and with the end of every workout I had at the Hit, something inside of me kept nudging me to open up as the only way to properly heal. So I started to take little steps with each workout to challenge myself and I noticed how hard Teri and the other trainers were pushing me with every cheer, every yell, and with every “congratulatory punch” after beating “Bob” up. They really believed in me. I felt like I was starting to win my personal battles with stress and “The Hit” became my secret weapon. After about 4-5 months from joining the “Hit” my outlook on life was consistently positive and every punch and kick I did, felt like I was successfully beating down every negative thought and stress or that almost destroyed my way of life. 30 Minute Hit became my pillar of strength. When another storm hit my life, with my dad’s diagnosis of cancer, I felt like that same self-destructive girl again and I started to regress and withdrew from the Hit. Then one Saturday morning, I came in, worked out, and after that, felt the urge to open up to one of the trainers...after that, I became consistent with my workouts again. That Saturday gave me solace and comfort in recognizing that the trainers and members were coming in to fight their own battles as well and I didn't feel so alone anymore. I started to slowly open up to other trainers and started to chat with other members after my workouts and I felt stronger. I started pushing myself again. The “Hit” and the trainers have saved me in so many ways and they have helped me grow. They continue to do so with each workout that I have. The “Hit” is my outlet and the only down time I have for myself. The program and the trainers have motivated me to keep fighting and to come back even harder and stronger with every hardship that comes my way. I can now look at myself in the mirror (even drenched in sweat) and say, “I’m open, I’m beautiful, I’m strong and I can beat anything.” After every workout, I feel so free in mind, body and spirit. I have the highest degree of respect for all the trainers and the members. I feel so privileged working out alongside the most powerful, empowering women I've ever met. It’s a huge fortune for me to be part of 30 Minute Hit. Thank you to Teri and all of the trainers at the “Hit” for saving my life and for continuing to train me to become my own weapon against stress and life’s challenges.
Life can be so crazy and I love that I can go to the gym and feel great after only 30 minutes.
Last February I made the best decision and joined 30 Minute Hit! I really had no idea what it was about. I honestly thought that it would be an easy way to re-enter the "gym world" considering it was only 30 minutes and really how hard could it be? I remember being so nervous the day of the free trial and as I was going through the circuit I felt so feeble. At the end of those 30 minutes, I could barely breathe and as I sat stretching, trying to act like I was OK, I struck up conversation with the other women. They were telling me the same story about their first day and how hard they found their first workouts but they came back and saw results. When I first started I was so result driven, my main goal was to lose my baby weight. After the first month I could tell that something was happening even if no one else could. I knew I was getting stronger and that the workout really worked. As I toned up, the reason for going to the gym changed. 30 Minute Hit has become my stress relief and has allowed me to make myself a priority again. Life can be so crazy and I love that I can go to the gym and feel great after only 30 minutes. I love feeling strong, that is what keeps me coming back. Not to mention that kicking and punching is amazing too! The women of 30 Minute Hit are strong women of all types. What I like most is the support of the trainers and even the other "hitters"! The trainers challenge me everyday to try new things and it is really difficult to have a "slacker" day with them around. Thank you so much to all the ladies of the Hit and especially the amazing trainers!
I have lost at least about 40lbs since I started…and still on my way to trying even harder…cuz I’m not done yet.
Hello! My name is, Shar Atwal. The other day I see a message from Laura, saying I'm member of the month. Well, gotta say...it made me feel happy, awesome and honored. The thing is, I don't need to be recognized as member of the month to feel those three things, cuz each day I get to step into 30 Minute Hit, I feel that way. Walking in, and getting to beat the crap outta those bags and BOB, makes me feel amazing! I remember I used drive passed the South Surrey location, and then one day sitting at that red light, at the corner of King George and 24th there, I heard a commanding voice shout out “DOUBLE UP! DOUBLE UP!”, and caught a glimpse of Yossi. The next day I went in to try it out, (Yes Yossi…hahaha…I went in cuz of you…I wasn't scared! Hahaha). My first day was very memorable. Cindy walked me through each station…and after I finished up with BOB, I felt nauseous and nearly passed out on Cindy…LOL! I mean I was really blacking out…it was GREAT! As I drove home that day, I knew I had to go again and sign up immediately, cuz I realized that I managed to get through that circuit. I got through that circuit, after about 3 years without a proper exercise routine I got through it and I didn't pass out! It has now been about 3 years, since I joined 30 Minute hit, and I come back for more and more, because I really love it! I had tried working out at home and working out at the gym, but I would get distracted and nothing kept my attention and nothing kept me focused and motivated like 30 Minute Hit. I am epileptic and I have to take medication that causes weight gain, and I had not been so motivated to fight the health and weight issues I had until I met the 30 Minute Hit family. So those of us who tell ourselves we can’t do it….I say…”YES YOU CAN!” I have never felt so good and healthy in my life until now. I have lost at least about 40lbs since I started…and still on my way to trying even harder…cuz I’m not done yet. Now, I need to mention the most important thing about the South Surrey 30 Minute Hit…..the TRAINERS! The Trainers are the reason why I come back all the time. In these past 3 years, certain circumstances have kept me away at times for several months even. However, I always wanna go back cuz, the 30 Minute Hit family. I can’t get enough of my 30 Minute Hit fix. Nowhere else do you get the amazing one on one training and encouragement…AND sense of family. Yossi, Laura, Cindy, Iris, and now Gen, you guys freakin’ rock it! Love you guys! You guys need to be recognized more, cuz you guys are so amazing, and have helped me so much. Oh….and thank you Iris and Cindy for putting up with me, as I nearly passed out on the two of you several times over the past few years.…ahahaha. Well, thank you, Yossi and team for always telling me I can and challenging me. And keep up the great work, to all the other lovely ladies who workout at 30 Minute Hit…you’re doing great!
No matter where I was at, the trainers were always right behind me providing emotional support and training tips.
Over one year ago, I stepped inside South Surrey Hit. I told Yossi I was raising 3 kids on my own and was “reasonably” fit. How hard could kickboxing be? It WAS hard! The problem was never the workout (except for the evil planking and rope skipping). The real problem was ME for I had to learn letting go and simply make one with the bag (mind-body-soul connection). Ask any woman to do that . No matter where I was at, the trainers were always right behind me providing emotional support and training tips. Through it all, I kept working at that elusive connection. It took me months to let go so I could start fully owning my training. Every time I walk into this gym now, I leave my daily life at the door, smile, and focus on me. Every station becomes a separate entity deserving 100% of my attention, sweat included. What I learn at the Hit, I take everywhere with me. Kick boxing is more than just an exercise. It has become a way of life. It is such an incredible honor to be singled out today for only deep respect fills my heart when I think of my fellow hitters. Thank you Yossi, Laura, Cindy, and Iris. I could never have done it without all of you.