Monday, September 23, 2013

Linsey's story

 It wasn't until after I got married in November 2010 that my unhealthy habits started catching up to me. I gained about 15 pounds in our first year of marriage and added another 60+ pounds during my first pregnancy. Our son Levi was born in June of 2012, but 9 months later I was still wearing my maternity jeans. I was unhealthy in so many ways, and it was manifesting itself in my energy level and self esteem.
  In March of 2013, I was ready to make a change. I had a membership at Phazes for a few months, but I didn't seem to have the will power to make it there. I always had an excuse. I was too tired, too busy, or needed to spend more time with my husband. Fitness and health seemed so overwhelming to me. I felt powerless. I didn't think I had the will power to really change my eating habits, or exercise regularly, and I didn't even know where to start. I knew I needed some kind of structure and a little push to get me going. I heard about the Health Challenge at Phazes and decided I would try it. 
 The first week on the challenge was hard. I craved sugar constantly, and I was dying to go back to the way I was used to eating. I dreaded going to work out, and had to really push myself to make it in to do the circuit, or the classes. One week was all it took for me to notice the difference simple changes could make in my overall well being. I suddenly had energy! The sugar cravings stopped, and workouts were less daunting. I became a better, happier mother and wife. From then on it was like a snowball effect; the more I did, the better I felt, and so I wanted to do even more. I finally had the discipline and self control that I had thought was unattainable, and I know it sounds cliché, but I really felt like I could take on the world! By the end of 8 weeks, I had lost almost 20 pounds, and (sorry I don't remember how many inches anymore. its in my fitness assessment I think). But I wasn't about to stop there. I could see and feel the changes in my body and in my attitude towards life, and I had a new found passion for health and fitness.
 I have gone to Phazes consistently in the months following the end of the challenge, and I continue to get stronger, and to feel better. I have now lost almost 40 pounds in the last 6 months, and who knows how many inches, but I have learned that it is all in the little victories. Like not being embarrassed to be seen in your swimsuit, conquering that hike you have been avoiding, or even being able to carry in that case of bottled water that you would usually rely on your husband to move. Phazes was with me at the beginning of my journey, and they are with me now. Not only did they help me learn how to exercise efficiently, they also educated me about healthy food choices. The exercises in the cross conditioning circuit are always challenging, but doable and the trainers are always there to answer questions, and to motivate and encourage. Exercises and activities that scared me before are now easy and I can't wait to keep moving forward in my health and fitness journey. 
 Thanks a ton!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pure Neglect.

Pure neglect - someone was asking about testimonials, and I had not put mine in yet! Two years ago, I went from 11 pullups to 20 in just three weeks of working with Phazes. It helps to have a trainer that works with you on both form and intensity when you are targeting fitness goals.

More recently, due to a pair of arm-wrestling wins that I enjoyed for a moment, I injured my elbows. I'm still feeling it, almost 8 months later. Nice victory lap. Now that time and deep-tissue ligamentary healing are well under way, I'm starting to build up my upper body strength. Within two weeks, I'm back to 25 dips and climbing, having started at just 10-12. Elbows feel good! Thanks Phazes! - Bill

Friday, September 6, 2013

It's time to change your life and your body!

It's time once again to get signed up for BOOTCAMP!  4 weeks of change to a more fit, lean, stronger, faster, you!  This program is LIFE CHANGING!  You will have a workout buddy to keep you going, food journals, notebooks to track your progress, Before and after fitness assessments that are based on actions, rewards, games, fun!, finisher t-shirt, multiple qualified and experienced bootcamp trainers, a new chalenging workout every day, sweat, moments of glory, teamwork, amazing days, and self confidence booster! Watch your body transform! while you transform your entire life!  Get signed up today!  http://hurricanevalleybootcamp.eventbrite.com/  Click here to register NOW!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Questions? I have answers...

Hey Guys, this is Michelle writing to you....

There have been a LOT of changes at the Phazes studio. With change come rumors, and with rumors comes misinformation. Today I had THREE people ask me the same questions, so I am going to address all of your questions and try and quiet the crazy rumors flying around!

Several times this week I have had someone ask if and when Phazes was shutting down the group fitness classes.  Phazes IS NOT SHUTTING DOWN GROUP FITNESS!  I know how this rumor started and the start of this rumor has caused a few casualties.

How it all started...
Several weeks ago, I sat down and decided I needed to be able to actually write myself a paycheck for the first time in over a year.  I needed to find out what makes money and what loses Phazes money.  Money lost mean business fails and shuts down which means, lost jobs and programs for people that trusted themselves into my hands.  I had to make some tough calls about programs to promote and what our schedule and staffing looked like.

I have been stretched thin across 2 businesses and multiple programs within those businesses.  I needed to see my kids more often and be a mom, AND I needed to get paid for once.
Some of the solutions I came up with were:
1 - Dump unit #2 that holds the large babysitting room and go down to a smaller room and save the business over $700/month.
2 - Take the Circuit Group Fitness format of BODY SLAMTM to the city community center in addition to the studio to if it can be successful with a different audience.
3 - Find a business partner or other arrangement to assist in managing the group fitness and studio end of the business so I can have more time to be a mom.

As I was working on exploring these options, someone told "Trainer A" that I was dropping group fitness.  "Trainer A" assumed a lot and accused me of falsehoods. The more I tried to explain what happened and was needed to happen the worse our relationship became. Things were said that should probably not have been, and I had to let her go.

"Trainer A" quickly had a solution for herself and went to another fitness company and told them she could bring her trainers and her clients to them. They all - trainers and the other fitness business - of course jumped right on it, which in turn caused even more people to think Phazes dropped group fitness making the rumor worse than it already was in the first place.  I want to reasuure you - THIS IS NOT THE CASE!

We DO have a NEW schedule and NEW trainers, but just like any fitness businesss, just because a few trainers leave for what they see as greener pastures, it doesn't mean the original business shuts its doors.  Phazes has never been about ANY ONE OR TWO trainers!  It's about finding the right solution to meet your goals and providing you with a variety of paths to better fitness and health. We will do that no matter what trainers come and go over the years.

Since this parting we have brought in new instructors and hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.  I decided to hold off on teaching any classes at the community center (which would have given me a paycheck immediately) so I could focus on Phazes again. I am working with a manager/partner solution that will help us to maintain, improve, and expand our programs and quality at our Hurricane location, and eventually offer those programs in different ways in additional areas.
We have had a few bumps past month, but I embrace those bumps as learning moments and opportunities for re-evaluation .  We are in this for the long haul and have a wide group of trainers to pull from for other classes and programs.  Success comes with occasional bumps along the way.

Phazes will uphold it's end of your contract! Classes and teachers may change at any moment, but Phazes will keep going and providing you with what we promise. Our commitment is to you, the clients!  Phazes is not going anywhere unless that anywhere is to better pastures for you, our clients.

As we get all classes finalized and trainers put in the right days and times, we appreciate you patience with this transition.  Losing so many trainers at once is hard for a small studio, but it makes room for new faces and new talent to come in.

Here are some fun offering Phazes still has:
YOGA!  Monday at 8:00pmTUESDAY at 9:15am, and FRIDAY at 10:30am
ZUMBA! Monday and Friday at 9:15am Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00pm and WEDNESDAY at 10:30am or 7:30pm!  (there are some new times there!)
PILATES!  Thursday at 9:15am
BODY SLAM! Wednesdays at either 9:15am or 8:30pm

PLUS... in addition to that other offerings:
RETREAT!  SUP and fitness retreat for 3 days coming in October the weekend of October 12th
Bootcamps!  4 week intensive training to change your life!  next one starts September 16th!
SUP (Stand up Paddle) fitness and Yoga by appointment
AND finally...
BEACH BOOTCAMPS!  Watch the schedule for your opportunity get outside and try this fun new program in the sand and surf of Sand Hollow!

Many thanks and much success as we work together to meet your fitness goals!
- Michelle Ennis