"I came to Muscle Hut because I was diagnosed with early detected DCIS Breast Cancer after my regular mammogram in 2015. After surgery and radiation treatment, I decided I wanted to be the healthiest and the strongest and the most energized I could be in order to do what I could do to better my physical and mental health. It was a very stressful time and I needed to "help" myself get to a better place in my life.
I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do the exercises - partly because of my inexperience of working with weights in a gym - well honestly from not ever being a gym member. I also thought that since I was already weakened from my surgery and treatment - so how would I ever be strong enough or have the endurance to be able to "compete" or complete a class? I was also afraid of getting hurt. My hubby and I joined at the same time so we encourage and rely on each other to attend the classes. We soon found that the most amazing part was that every class is a coached class - you are never alone fumbling thru the workout having to figure out on your own what you should be doing or how you should be doing it. The coaches are always there by your side to help you work thru the class, to show you the correct technique, and to keep you from getting hurt.
I honestly feel so much stronger than I have ever felt before. There are simple things like lifting a jug of water, twisting open a jar, starting the lawn mower, gardening, shoveling snow - where I can easily notice the difference in my ability. I feel energized - not only after our classes but throughout the week. I am able to go for longer walks and bike rides, and am not as breathless and/or exhausted when doing cardio work. I notice how much stronger I am when attending my yoga classes and attempting the different poses, and my balance has also improved. I am not as self-conscious about my weight and particularly my waistline - by no means am I where I want to be yet but there are noticeable changes which help to give me incentive to keep going.
I feel less anxious about my cancer diagnosis and less stressed in general now that I have been spending time at The Muscle Hut - I feel more in control of my own health. I believe joining the gym has also been a great confidence builder - I am proud of myself for taking on this experience of working out, meeting new people, and challenging myself. I am a gym member - something I never dreamed of!
I often experienced the problem of restless legs syndrome, especially at night time, but thankfully this has disappeared. I also have noticed a more restful night's sleep. It also feels really good to be using my spare time to better myself. By physically challenging myself, and by putting in the work consistently, I can feel the benefits. I am becoming stronger and with that becoming a fit and happier person. I have dropped a few pounds and lost several inches which is motivating me to continue. I love that this is an activity that my hubby and I participate in together. My hubby quickly realized that his blood pressure dropped to within the normal range after only a couple months of working out.
I have learned that I am an able person ... that I am not too weak or too old to try something new. I am determined to make a difference in my own life. No matter what happens from now on, I am able to take pride in myself for putting in the effort. I am able to say that I tried my best, I challenged myself, and stayed determined, and persevered. Giving up is not an option. I don't make up so many excuses for not getting up and moving my butt!
One concern was that we need to drive from Altona to Winkler twice/week for our workouts. Since joining we have found that the drive down gives us a chance to chat and connect on how our day went and/or plans coming up, and the ride home is a great time to relax after a workout! It gives us common ground. (We have been known to make an egg run to the Hutterites too!) Does Altona have a gym? Yes ... BUT ... they don't have a gym where you have coached classes, in an age group (55+) that we feel comfortable in, together with other non-gym members who are as inexperienced as we are. We were made to feel comfortable right away and did not feel afraid to give the classes an honest try. There are many options for attending these classes - different days at different times - so we just sign up for the class that works best for us.
I love the feeling I get after the workout is done - I know I have physically challenged my body and I can feel that I have used my muscles. I am sweaty, hot, tired, thirsty but at the same time energized and feeling accomplished. My least favorite thing about working out is probably how grossed out I am for getting so sweaty!
I would recommend Muscle Hut to people who need the chance to experience a physical workout in an environment that isn't intimidating. "The un-gym experience" is the best definition of The Muscle Hut. It is comforting to know that you have a friendly and knowledgeable coach by your side to help you thru the dynamics of the exercise while explaining the benefits you get for your muscles. I look forward to work out together with our team - all in the same place for the same reason - to better ourselves. The Muscle Hut is more than a typical gym - it's a coached physical training experience for all ages in an encouraging environment that allows for a social connection. Bonus are the options for personal training, KidFit, Edge Hockey, nutrition coaching and education seminars, fundraisers, potluck/workouts, all the supplements you may need, and home/travel equipment available for purchase. (I always pack my bands when leaving on a trip!)"