I first came to TB3D when a friend of mine asked me to take a kickboxing class with her. She would always talk about going to “the gym” and the classes she was taking and I’ll admit I was interested, but I didn’t really want to go because I had never done anything like that before! I work from home so I have the opportunity to jump on the treadmill, take a walk or pop in a DVD to workout on my lunch break. I was doing that, sometimes, I wasn’t consistent and when I got tired I stopped and I made a lot of excuses. I wanted to make a better effort to be a healthy example for my daughter (who is five going on eighteen) and what I was doing wasn’t working for me. So I agreed to go with my friend to the class and try it.
I had my reservations, BIG ones. I was out of shape, I’m ridiculously uncoordinated, I get socially anxious and I don’t step out of my comfort zone often. When I walked into TB3D for the first time I thought, I’m going to pass out, I’m going to embarrass myself and wondered what I was thinking when I said “yes.” But everyone was so friendly, I had the support of my friend and the class turned out to be really fun. I walked out of the class feeling empowered, not embarrassed. So I started going back.
Initially I was buying packages of classes. I thought I would never be able to go frequently enough to make a membership worthwhile. I work full time, my husband travels with his job and I had my daughter’s activities to schedule around. I started to go to weekend classes to fit TBD into my schedule when the week days were too hectic and that meant trying out some new classes. I was feeling comfortable enough that it didn’t even make me nervous to try new things and leave my comfort zone,
which for me is a pretty big deal. With the support of my husband and some creative scheduling for childcare I was also able to make my weeknight classes a priority in addition to the weekends and I began to run through my class packages pretty quickly. It was then I started to entertain the idea of a membership.
Unfortunately we were moving out of Murrysville and I had a feeling my gym days were numbered due to the distance from my new home. However, we moved to Saltsburg a year ago and I still go to the gym at least 2 times per week, more when I can. The extra distance was not going to be an excuse NOT to go to the gym, so I bought a membership, and I am so glad I did. I even met a “mom friend” through my daughter’s school who started coming to classes with me. We carpool, schedule our classes together and hold each other accountable. Not only is going to class something healthy for my body, but it’s my time away from my wife/mom duties and an opportunity to socialize. TB3D has been good for my body but it’s great for my mind as well.
I would encourage anyone to take a class at TB3D and give it a try. You won’t be sorry. The instructors are there to help you; they are all encouraging and friendly and push you to move past your comfort zones. There is no criticism or making you feel bad about yourself. You learn how to do exercises correctly and modifications are always identified. I’ve been able to use the corrections and exercises I learn in class for my home workouts as well, but working out at home and going to class are two totally different things for me. There really is nothing better than going to a class filled with friendly people all working toward their goals, encouraging and supporting one another. You don’t want to quit, you want to finish strong and you want to keep coming back.