Rebecca Lyons is our Spotlight Member this week!!! Rebecca has been at OSI for a year and we love having her and her family with us! She has accomplished some amazing things while she has been here and when she is in class we always know it is going to be awesome and encouraging! Keep it up Rebecca!
How did you hear about/what made you decide to try OSi?
I was talking with a friend about how I wanted to start at a gym but I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go. I knew in my mind I wanted something different and I didn’t want to join a big gym where I would be on my own. I had really bad SI joint issues and heel pain in the past which caused me to be in and out of physical therapy for many years. I was also doing Pilates to try to strengthen my back, but I knew I needed something else. My friend told me about how she walked into OSI one open house night and saw the wonderfully made phrase on the wall and said it seemed like a great place. I have always passed OSI when driving downtown, but I never realized what it was. I stopped in and talked to Tim and Dani on different occasions and knew this was exactly what I was looking for! I committed myself to trying it for a year, and that was the best health decision I have ever made! One year in I cannot imagine being part of another gym!
What are your favorite things to do outside of the gym?
I love going out for Mexican, keeping things organized, game nights, planning parties, going to our son’s baseball games, getting my hair done, family walks, flea market shopping for good rustic finds, beach days, and getting a good nap!!!!
What did you initially think about our form of movement and what reset felt the strangest?
I found the movements to be very interesting but it didn’t take long for me to be hooked, and to see that there really was something to rock-n-roll!! Rolling probably felt the strangest, but I love lower leg half rolls and windshield wipers.
What changes have you seen in yourself since starting OSi?
I feel so much better overall!! When I was in pain it was a real mood changer. I can go walking, even running now, stand for long durations, do yard work, and ride in the car without being in pain. I really appreciate being able to move pain free, and I love how learning the resets have become an everyday routine for me. Also since working out regularly it has helped me to keep my eating balanced.
What is your favorite thing to do at OSi and Why?
This is tough to pick a favorite because I like the variety of things we do, but I think crawling has become my favorite. I never knew just crawling around in circles, going back-n-forth being a monkey, frog, and leopard could be so effective, but I like how it instantly gets my heartrate going, and I can tell it works a lot of different areas of the body.
What has caused you to keep coming to class even when you don’t necessarily feel like it?
Simple! The coaches and the community of people! I can honestly say over this last year that I have never dreaded coming. I may not have wanted to get up quite as early but I know how good I feel after class, and it is worth the alarm going off every time!
What has been one of your biggest obstacles when it comes to sticking to your game plan in the past?
It has always been challenging for me to have an overall good fitness routine. I would eat well, but wasn’t at a gym. Walking was always my go to, but that just wasn’t enough anymore. If I was walking consistently I then wouldn’t be eating well. This would repeat over and over, and then add in 4 pregnancies to that mix!! 😉
How has OSi helped/is helping you presently to overcome that obstacle?
The first positive step was joining OSI, and everything else followed suit. I didn’t think I would like having to sign up for class in advance, but it is a good accountability tool for me. Once I click book I don’t want to back out. I joined OSI at the first of a challenge, and it helped me right away get on track with eating well and working out simultaneously. I love how OSI stresses everything is a balance and you need to move your bodies how you were made to move, and enjoy life while doing it including eating fun things in moderation! I have added walking back into my routine, and most recently was part of the run club, so I finally have adjusted my days to have some form of workout throughout the whole week which has really helped me. All the coaches are encouraging along with the friends of OSI!
What is your proudest achievement/next big goal at OSi?
I am so excited that this past weekend I ran a 5k with my 9-year-old son. I haven’t ran since college, and if you asked me a year ago to run even a ½ mile I would have told you it was impossible for me with the pain I had with my back. With the movements I have learned from OSI, the training I have had over this past year, and joining the run club it was possible! My next big goal is to complete the Army 10 miler in October, and eventually conquer a pull-up!
If you are interested in joining us at OSI we have a couple options including; one on one training, group training, and a $29 2 week trial. For more information about OSI or to register for classes, check out www.originalstrengthinstitute.com or call us at 919.346.6016