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Let's Dance: Client Spotlight on Jonette

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Dedicated Starkville barre-ina finished our winter challenge with impressive speed. Check our her client spotlight to take a look inside her athenafit journey. 

Q: So Jonette, when was your first athenafit class?

A: Over the summer. Maybe June-ish!

Q: What motivated you to come to athenafit initially?

A: A friend/coworker raved about the classes and invited me to come try it. I've also been a dancer since I was 3 and have taught dance for the last 15 years. When I lived in Atlanta, I would take dance, fitness classes, and yoga as often as I could. Since moving back to Starkville, I've had issues finding things that keep my interest, are affordable, and are worth it. Before athenafit, I was on my own. Needless to say, I'm beyond thankful my friend invited me. 

Q: What keeps you coming back?  How do you motivate yourself to get moving or to carve out time for athenafit? 

A: I just turned 30 and was in okay shape some might say, but for my standards, I was in the worst shape of my life.  I'm pretty hard on myself, and I was starting to get embarrassed; I even stopped wearing certain clothes - which I've never had to worry about before. I've come to class consistently enough now that I crave my barre workout. I feel ten times better than before, I have more energy, I'm more confident, and I can see the difference. Working out at home is great, but I do best when someone is instructing me. And I feed off the energy of others in class. 

Q: How often do you attend a week on average?  

A: At best, I come 5-6 times a week, but sometimes because of my varying schedule, I'm limited to 3-4.

Q: How does athenafit barre differ from other workouts you have tried? 

A: athenafit barre is the whole package. You don't just do legs and back one day and then arms and core the next, you work A-Z. Barre choreography changes class to class and teacher to teacher, so there's no threat of plateauing. Every teacher I've had is encouraging, thorough, and most importantly, real. They'll admit afterwards if a new routine was difficult and they'll talk with you about life before/after class, meanwhile remaining super professional. I'm constantly impressed. 

Q: What is your favorite barre exercise? 

A: I love stretching. I've taught dance for quite a long time and stretching is key.  So, any of the stretches are my favorites. Also, I focus a lot on my arms, where I see solid changes.  I'm all about working my arms throughout class. 

Q: Tell us something personal about yourself that you don't mind sharing.

A: Professional dance and choreography are major passions of mine. I still, even though I'm 30, see these in my future. Since coming regularly to athenafit, I feel more confident that my goals are still attainable. Coming to athenafit regularly inspires me in every other aspect of my life. 

Q: I love to hear that!! What are your goals for 2017?  

A: There are some auditions that I'm considering. I want to continue to lose some weight and to tone. I want to define my mid-section, legs & arms even more, and I want to feel comfortable and proud in a bikini this summer. 

Q: What would you like to share with other folks about exercise and athenafit?

A: Getting back into the swing of things, eating right, exercising, and making it all happen in general is so so so hard at first. No matter how hopeless you feel or how far gone you think you are, you can and will see change once you continue to stick to it.