Kalamazzo FBBC December 2017

HOW I STRIVE TO HELP PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU Reach Their Full Potential YOUR KALAMAZZO FBBC EXCLUSIVE JOURNAL 4026 SWestnedge Ave. Suite 1, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008 — www.fitbodykzoo.com

Ever since I started running my own gym, my goal has been beyond just helping people get fit. I strive to create a space not only where people can work on their physical fitness, but where they can feel in control of their lives, restore their faith in their abilities, and spend time with like-minded and supportive people without worrying about whether they’ll be judged or looked down upon. I’ve helped dozens of people transform their self-perception and realize goals they never thought were possible, but a few cases in particular stick out to me, truly giving me purpose in the work I do. One client’s story is especially important, not so much because I helped her shed a few pounds or lift heavier weights, but because her transformation took place as much internally as in her physical fitness. The first time she walked through the doors, I could tell she was tangling with something going on. For weeks, while the group would work together and chat with one

“ ” “Personally, as a person who’s struggled with my own social anxiety and confidence in the past, it means the world to create a space that facilitates such a meaningful, positive change in someone’s life.”

noticed shifts in the way she carried herself, an eagerness to communicate and connect with those around her, and a confidence that had been entirely absent in the months before. It was one of the most dramatic and pronounced shifts in personality I’ve ever seen. She’s still with us, and she has done a complete 180 fromwho she was before. Now, she’s a source of energy for others, comfortable with herself and her abilities, and a happier person overall. Of course, I can’t take credit for a metamorphosis like that. In the end, it always comes down to the person and the lengths they’re willing to go to achieve their goals. Plus, it really helps to have a supportive group of people like we do with the fit fam. Personally, as someone who’s struggled with my own social anxiety and confidence in the past, it means the world to create a space that facilitates such a meaningful, positive change in someone’s life. I know that control and confidence can be hard to muster. That’s why I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to offer both to all the awesome people just like you who come in and kick butt day in and day out!

another, she’d be off by herself, closed off from the others. I engaged her in deep conversations, and over a fewmonths, she gradually began to trust me and tell me her story. Her goal for the boot camp

was awesome: to be a badass both inside and out. I discovered that she’d always struggled with her self-confidence, constantly finding it difficult to convince herself that she was worth the effort. Even worse, others in her life reinforced these negative perceptions, keeping her down when all she needed was support. Even at the beginning, she’d put in the work, but as the months went on, I saw her focus intensify as she became more engaged and dedicated to her goal. When she started opening up to the others in the class, it was clear something special was happening. I

–Adrian Shier

December 2017

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