My name is Tanya and I’ve been working from home since the beginning of the lockdown in March 2020. I’ve been doing Zoom privates twice a week since then — one reformer Pilates private and one functional training private.
I started coming to Leap in September 2019. I’d had two frozen shoulders years ago, and because of it, had just stopped doing anything. It eventually got to the point where it was severely impacting my quality of life — things like I had trouble reaching down and picking up the paper. Any time I did unusual movement — anything out of the ordinary, like fixing windows, I would injure myself. I was already in my 50’s and I knew if I didn’t do anything now it would be too late!
I knew a gym wasn’t going to work for me, and Leap has been so fantastical meeting me where I was at so that I could start exercising safely, without feeling incapable or unwelcome. I started Reformer Pilates privates and loved the pilates machine. It reminded me a little of rowing with some of the exercises, so I quickly got the hang of it.
As soon as lockdown started last year, I rented a Leap reformer and moved to Zoom privates. I was also strong enough to start doing some Functional Training Zoom privates, so I started doing an extra private a week. I had been reluctant to start Functional Training but Karla really helped me commit to myself. At first I thought it was so hard, and that I would never improve but then…
I started making so many gains! I was getting stronger not just physically, but mentally, which was amazing during COVID. I had more energy than before, my work performance was improving because I was healthier, I felt like I was achieving more and more in my privates which meant my mindset changed in everything else. Instead of “this is hard, I can’t do this”, it became “this is a challenge that I can overcome”!