Monday, June 15, 2015

June INSTRUCTOR of the Month - Brittany Harrington

We want to introduce you to one of our newest instructors, Brittany Harrington.  Don't let her petite frame fool you - she's one tough instructor and always has a big smile, a great laugh or an encouraging word for you, while she's kicking your butt.  If you haven't tried her classes, you're missing out.  And by the way, she has a musical hidden talent...

Do you know what a bassoon is?  I have been playing one since I was 11 years old in a town just around the corner from Dallas.  It’s something that has shaped my life in a profound way!  It has allowed me to travel around the world performing and learning about music, afforded me the opportunity to meet people across the globe, brought me through three degrees (a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and graduate Diploma), created lasting bonds with people, introduced me to my wonderful future husband, and even brought me to my love of fitness!

I have always tried to hit the ground running in anything I do.  When I first attended the Eastman School of Music, things were no different- I began practicing and performing anywhere from 2-7 hours a day!  The repetitive motion my body endured in conjunction with bad posture and practice habits, and hours of sitting in rehearsals, caused me to develop severe tendonitis.  I actually had to stop playing bassoon for a few months and go into physical therapy- no small feat when my degree program depended on my ability to perform! My forced hiatus from performing allowed me to re-evaluate my body, and I began taking better care of myself.  I eventually found that I wanted to help others, especially my peers, get into better shape.  As musicians, we spend a lot of our time being sedentary and I love when I can get people moving and feeling healthier and more energetic. Since breaking into the fitness industry I have helped many friends, family, and fellow musicians find a fun way to exercise.  I even convinced a bunch of colleagues to cycle with me after orchestra rehearsals one semester!

Fitness has allowed me to come back from severe injury and enriched my life in so many ways.  I love Crowbar Cardio not only because of its healthy low-impact classes, but because of the culture and the community.  Everyone comes from different places and various backgrounds, yet everyone supports each other.  Every time I walk through the door, I’m struck by the overwhelming sense of kinship amongst the instructors, staff, and members.  Every time I sit on a rower or a bike, I’m inspired by the members of my classes.  And every time I teach, I strive to bring that same sense of positivity, encouragement, and support those around me.

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 pliés, 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!"