My journey to RippedPHL started after I found myself plateauing at a different work out class. I started hearing about Ripped and seeing some posts on Instagram so I decided to give it a try. I’ve always been physically active. After gaining the freshman 15 in college, I made working out and physical fitness a part of my routine. But I found after I hit a certain age, running a few miles was no longer doing the trick. In fact, no cardio was doing the trick anymore. Because I read alot about fitness, I knew it was well past time to introduce weights into my routine but the thought scared me. I had only ever ran on a treadmill, outside or done the elliptical. I was afraid weights would bulk me up and make me look to masculine. But again, Ripped offered the perfect way for me to do something I was familiar with (running) and introduce me to weight training.
I have always been an active person, running has been a part of my life since I joined the track team in fourth grade. It has been a familiar outlet for me when I am stressed and want to clear my head. Being a competitive person, it is also something I have used to continue to challenge and race against myself. I have lived in Philadelphia for the past 5 years and work demanding hours for a public accounting firm. Throughout the first few years of my time living and working in the city, I struggled to find a workout that kept me interested and challenged me enough to make a priority over my busy work schedule.
I have been a member at RippedPHL for almost a year now. I started my fitness journey a little under 2 years ago. I had always been an active person, but always intensely intimidated by fitness. I broke my ankle in 2011 and was not as active as I had been. So, frustrated and in actual physical pain because the extra weight I gained was causing me a ton of pain in my ankle and limiting my range of motion. I made a decision and became determined to change my quality of life. I started out spinning. Then I added kickboxing. I plateaued majorly doing both of those things 5 days a week, which was majorly frustrating. Everything I heard from fitness experts and read said weights were the key to changing your metabolism, losing weight and of course building strength. I’d heard about RippedPHL from one on my spin instructors and decided to try it. I require a class setting for workouts because I need an instructor to set a pace and tone. I also had no idea how to use weights or put together a workout that would produce results. The instructors at RippedPHL are all supportive and have great expertise that they share with their members. The other members are all encouraging and hardworking as well. The workouts are consistent, reliable, challenging and result producing. Because of RippedPHL I’m in the best shape of my life. I am also no longer intimidated by fitness (LOL). I look forward to my workouts at RippedPHL.
I grew up as an active dancer and gymnast, continued dancing throughout college, became an Eagles Cheerleader (Go Birds!) and then moved up to NYC to pursue my dream. When I made the decision to move back to the Philly area and start a new career, I knew I would have to find a replacement for that every day activity I was leaving behind. Since I was always dancing, working out at a gym was never a strong focus of mine. The thought of going to a gym and getting on a machine was torture to me. So I joined ClassPass to get a better idea of the different classes available and I attended a lot of great classes, but finding something that I could call home where I can challenge and push myself to the next level and had the variety I needed was lacking…until I found Ripped.