I am Body Rock – Kristen 2016-12-20T15:08:22-05:00



Body Rock changed my life. Almost two years ago my new friend and co-worker told me about a class she took on Tuesday’s called “Dance Your A$$ Off” that she thought I might enjoy. Hesitant at first because I am terribly uncoordinated due to a childhood illness that left me unable to play at recess and learn basic coordination at gym class. After about a week of putting it off I figured “Why not?” as I am never afraid to try something new. Upon my arrival at Body Rock there was a wall of accomplishments with ‘before and after’ weight loss photos. I started to think this might be the place for me. As I was looking at all these amazing journeys, a woman (who is now my friend) greeted me warmly and introduced herself as we waited for class to begin. Shortly after that, class started. I fumbled the steps, went left when I should’ve gone right but I had fun. Not one person cared I missed a step. It didn’t matter what I did as long as I kept moving and was sweating. After class the majority of the girls came over and greeted me, and said they hoped I’d come back. Kayla and Nicole (the wonderful woman that own Body Rock) talked with me after class, asking about myself and how I likes the class. I had a blast. So much so I kept going back. And eventually tried other classes. For the first time in my life I wasn’t seen for my tattoos, my crazy hair or my piercings. They just saw me as a person that was there to exercise and have fun. I went home that night finally feeling like I belonged somewhere. Everyone at BR is friendly and positive and they have now become my friends. Over the last two years we have all supported each other with our fitness and personal goals. My journey with these amazing people has been life changing. I battled weight and the feeling of not fitting in for as long as I can remember. Even more so battling this in my 20s when I was diagnosed with a binine brain tumor on my pituitary gland. This threw my hormones off and ballooned me up to my biggest weight. Although I loved myself I was lost as how to shed the extra pounds. From my heaviest I’ve lost 50lbs. Most recently 30lbs when I trained and competed in my first ever fitness competition. And I did it all because I had the love, support, guidance and nutritional expertise of Kayla and Nicole. I had my BR family supporting me. I’m 30 years old, and this amazing place has changed my life for the better because of the love and acceptance they have shown me.