Thursday, May 14, 2015

May Client of the Month - Tiffany Bollinger

Tiffany Bollinger has been a member of the Crowbar Crew since just about the beginning and we are so glad she's stuck with us because we love her energy, her sense of humor and her great hair.  

Crowbar is more than just a fitness studio to me, it's my happy place. When my twin girls started going to school full time, I finally had some time to dedicate to my fitness. Crowbar was a no brainer. It was in the neighborhood, intimate, not intimidating, offered great classes and I always left feeling like I got a great workout. Growing up I was a swimmer, then after graduating college I moved to San Francisco and the mild weather with the endless scenic views inspired me to take up running. When I wasn't running you could find me at a barre or spin class. Crowbar fit perfectly into my exercise routine with the added bonus of InoRow class. Slowly but surely, there wasn't a class I didn't love at Crowbar. So when I'm not taking a class at Crowbar, you'll still find me there personal training with Darius Yancy. He always pushes me to next level and I love it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April INSTRUCTOR of the Month - Matthew Hickey

Matthew Hickey is a true gem - dedicated to the sport of cycling and dedicated to helping others find success in fitness.  We've known him since before Crowbar was Crowbar and we are so happy and lucky to have him as part of our fitness family.  
I am a native Dallasite who remembers when LBJ was built and Lover’s Lane near Greenville Ave had Lover’s Lane Horse Stables!  I’m happy to remember anything now! While a lot has changed since I grew up here, one thing has remained constant, I have always enjoyed working out as much as I have enjoyed eating! 

I have always had a challenge with maintaining a healthy weight.  My nickname growing up was “Fat Matt” and then “Fat Matt with a radial plied tire”! I have always been upbeat and I have had a good sense of humor so I was able to roll with the punches without taking it too personally.  After being overweight for years I was finally able to slim down by watching what I was eating and by starting a dedicated workout with goals in mind! It worked! I started cycling (back when no one wore helmets but long after LBJ was completed!) to complement my running and swimming.  I started riding with one of my best friends and we pushed and challenged each other!  I have run six marathons and annually ride the Hotter N Hell 100 mile bike ride as well as numerous other bike rides in the State.  Having a realistic stated goal and a friend or a group of friends to train with is very important since it helps you take ownership of the goal and to strive to succeed!    

Crowbar has great classes to choose from with a group of dedicated instructors who want to see the client succeed in obtaining their goal(s).  I understand the challenges of maintaining and controlling weight and physical condition.  As a teacher and leader of a spin class, I have two objectives: (1) first is to get each individual to challenge themselves and work as hard as they can to help them achieve their goals (2) lead by example and spin as hard and fast as anyone in class.  There is a sense of accomplishment when the class tells you they had a great workout and enjoyed class!  SPIN ON!

Friday, March 13, 2015

March Client of the Month - Flannery Nardone

Well, yes, she has a very Irish name, but it took more than that to choose Flannery Nardone as our March client of the month.  She's been a regular at Crowbar for a long time now and she always brings a positive attitude in the door with her.  We love seeing her in our classes and love the growth she's had in her personal fitness over her time as part of the crew.  And yes, we do think she brings a little luck o' the Irish along with her.  

A little over two years ago my best friend talked me into coming to Crowbar with her.  We made a deal that I’d suffer through a spin class with her if she’d come to a Barre class with me, and after that first class I was hooked.  Right after our class in the parking lot my friend told me her husband had gotten a job in Austin and they were moving, but I’m so thankful she introduced me to Crowbar before she left!

Over the years I’ve joined several different gyms, but I never found one that motivated me the way Crowbar does.  Now rather than forcing myself to go into a huge gym where I’d mindlessly get on an elliptical for thirty minutes, I actually look forward to going to Crowbar where I know I’ll be engaged and challenged.  The instructors know you by name, the classes are full of friendly and familiar faces, and there’s something about the whoosh of the water barrels on the rowers that’s oddly calming (even when your heart is pounding).  I actually hate when things come up now that keep me from getting to my workout—a feeling that’s new to me when it comes to exercise.  Having done ballet growing up, Barre was where I started, but after a while I got the courage to start exploring other classes.  Although I was initially intimidated, they work to suit all different levels and the only real competition is against yourself—each month I try to shave another couple seconds off my split time in IndoRow or I’ll see if I can balance a little longer in Barre than I did the week before.  I remember my legs shaking so hard after just ten minutes of that first Barre class in January 2013 that I thought they’d give out and everyone would politely stare at the poor new girl on the floor, but I made it through on my feet!  And now, two years and hundreds of classes later my legs (and the rest of me) are stronger than they’ve ever been, and even though my legs still shake after all those pliĆ©s, I know they’ll keep holding me up and that I’ll be back a few days later for more.

Friday, February 13, 2015

February Clients of the Month - Michelle & Richard Perrin

Love is in the air this time of year, so we're featuring not just one great client but an awesome couple.  You can often find Michelle in Indo-Row while Richard is in cycling and sometimes they come at different times or even different days, but we love that they've made fitness a priority in their life and that they do it as a team.  We also love having them as part of the Crowbar Crew, with their smiles and great energy.  Michelle gave us the lowdown on what brought them to the studio.

I was a runner.  Injuries from a serious car wreck years ago, prevent me from running any longer.  That started years of searching for a form of exercise that I loved as much as running.  My other main priority is to avoid injury.  As I’ve gotten a little older, it’s harder to bounce back from injuries and easier to lose fitness.  For me, consistency seems to be the key to staying healthy and fit.  I really never found anything exactly the same as running, but over the years I found that I really enjoy spin class.  I joined a gym that had good spin classes, but nothing else I enjoyed, and I became worried about what would happen if I got bored with spin.  Fortunately, I found Crowbar last year and discovered a gym that focuses on low impact, high result activities that include spinning.  And I also discovered Indo-Row—which I love and I think will be challenging for years to come.  The instructors are fantastic and Crowbar has a great group of members.  It’s a very supportive, encouraging environment.  I still have a long way to go to reach my weight and fitness goals, but I finally feel like I’m on the right track.  I enjoyed the workouts so much, that I invited to husband to join.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January INSTRUCTOR of the Month - Darius Yancy

Happy 2015 everyone!  While we LOVE featuring our amazing clients, we thought we'd kick off the new year by letting you get to know one of our amazing instructors, the one and only Darius Yancy.  If you've been around the studio you know he has an infectious smile, more energy than the rest of us put together and knows how to rock some spandex.  He also has a deep passion for bringing fitness to others and we are so lucky to have him as part of our team.  

"Hi! Being a professional mixed martial artist and constantly training state to state I originally came to Dallas, TX just to visit my dad and train, but the attraction that all of Dallas had to offer kept me. Simply using my bike to get to my training sessions sparked my enthusiasm to become a cyclist and in turn leading me to be the cycling instructor I am today.

From instructing at Crowbar Cardio and being around such an awesome crew with individuals that come in & trust me with their goals and their workout, I grew to love helping others in fitness just as much as I helped myself.  Now I run several classes a week on top of of my own training program. My passion for martial arts has grown my passion for fitness itself and& anyone physically progressing through me brings my life all the more joy.

I’m also passionate about helping clients achieve goals through  personal training and I put together a program with cardio, strength conditioning, toning, speed,  circuit, boot camp, kickboxing, Cirkick training, and more depending on your physical goals  Just ask me for more info!" 

Monday, December 15, 2014

December Client of the Month - Amber Aikens-Robidou

Every new year provides an opportunity to change for the better. In 2013, Crowbar Client Amber Aikens-Robidou made huge strides in finding a way to make fitness work for her, despite old injuries and limitations. And her results have been awesome.  Amber is a formidable presence on the rower and an undeniable asset to any Indo-Row team, but it's her sunny smile and the warm encouragement she always offers to her other teammates that make her a true favorite around the studio.  We're so happy this was the year she joined the Crowbar Crew and so happy to round out our year by recognizing her.

"After a major knee injury and surgery, the doctors told me it would be best to stop playing basketball, weight lifting, biking, jogging, racquetball, pretty much everything I have enjoyed doing for physical activity. I was devastated, after 20 yrs of being a strong competitive athlete; this news was hard to swallow. I became depressed and stopped all physical activity and gained much unwanted weight. I had to find something I could do without pain (when even walking is painful most days). This search brought me to try rowing, and to my surprise I can push and row as hard as I can with NO pain. It’s like a little miracle to me each time I row.

Now that I had found something I could do, I had to find a place to do it. This is what brought me to Crowbar Cardio. I am so happy to find a place I can work hard, have fun, make friends, and burn a ton of calories all at the same time. After joining Crowbar the competitive athlete inside me starting coming out again and over the past 4 months I have lost 40 pounds and went from a size 14 to a size 8. Not only did I loss the weight I gained after surgery, BUT I am in even better shape then I was as a semi pro athlete. I owe it to the amazing classes and staff at Crowbar cardio, and I little hard work. If I can get out of my slump with so many limitations, YOU CAN TOO!"

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November Clients of the Month - Courtney & Alyson!!!

Since Crowbar is turning two this month we decided to feature TWO of our fabulous workout mommies for double the stories, double the celebration and double the birthday fun!  These beautiful, strong women make working out while pregnant look easy.  Just days ago, Alyson Woodard gave birth to her second son, William and Courtney Cleveland is due in late January.  We are so proud of these women and so happy to share our birthday celebration with them.   Here are their fitness stories...

 Courtney Cleveland
Why am I working out while pregnant? I'll tell you why. This is my second pregnancy and with my first I gained 80 pounds! Somebody pass this girl the chocolate chip cookies! Let's just say I ate my way through Dallas for 9 months.

Obviously, things HAD to change!
After I had our baby girl 2 years ago I discovered the link between WHAT one eats WITH your exercise. Turns out you have a way better work out when you skip the cookies - and then I actually started enjoying the exercise because I wasn't dying! I really fell in love with working out and was greatly motivated by the desire to keep up with my energetic toddler.

Fast forward to being pregnant again. Yay! This time I wanted to take care of the strong body I had worked for, but I also wanted to take it down a notch and not be too hard on myself lifting weights and running.

Enter Crowbar! It was the perfect fit with the rowing, cycling and barre options. The welcoming and kind coaches and community turned out to be this amazing added bonus.

Alyson Woodard
Client of the month! And I didn't even have to go into labor during Triple Threat...but I was prepared to do just that. What a great ride this has been and continues to be. I've never been a mega-gym or go-run-alone type worker-outer, so when I discovered Crowbar, it was the perfect fit. I loved the classes, loved the community feel and loved the results.
I found out late February that we were pregnant with our second child. I was flooded with memories of my first pregnancy. Otherwise known as my 9 month hall pass to eat mac and cheese and make permanent indentions on the couch from laying around watching tv. "This is the life!," I thought. Wrong. My payback came in the form of a really tough labor and a hard recovery. Oh, and the miracle of life.
When I found out we were on the gravy train again, I vowed to do it differently. I read the positive pregnancy tests and literally ran to and from barre that evening. Some might argue I took that personal oath a little far. Not sure I recommend two-a-days at six months pregnant, but I blame that on the summer challenge. Those points were like crack.
The instructors were full of modifications for each stage of the journey. I felt the collective effort from the Crowbar team to hit my goal: a safe and healthy pregnancy. Nine months later, I was totally prepared both mentally and physically to bring this kid into the world. And on November 4th, I unleashed my awesome in the form of a 9lb 7oz beast we named William Robert.