Are You Ready To Be Inspired?


Are You Ready To Be Inspired?

Even our very own Group Exercise Instructors have had a fitness journey. Megan is not only a YMCA Memership director; she also teaches Zumba Fitness classes during the week.

Check out her story...

I was in pretty good shape in high school and was a cheerleader throughout the years so I was pretty active. When I was 20, I moved out of my parents' healthy household and into my own place of "freedom". I finally got a real taste of fast food! And processed food! And every other unhealthy thing that is so delicious - and I couldn't get enough of them. Before I knew it, I was pushing 200 lbs and wearing a size 16. One day I looked at a picture someone recently took of me and I was shocked. I didn't even recognize myself...I knew I had to make a change.

I didn't like to exercise...   

So I started praying that the Lord would help me find something that I could do to lose weight. Just like that, in November of 2009, Zumba Fitness was introduced to the YMCA. I went to the first class expecting it to be like any other aerobics class and boy was I surprised! Within minutes I was HOOKED. Dancing and exercise with great music? I knew this was where I belonged. It completely took my mind off of how bad aI felt about myself and how much I hated my body. I was actually having while working out. After a few months, people started noticing a difference in my appearance. In 2010, my instructor encouraged me to enter training to become an instructor. 

Fast forward to today... 

My life has completely changed. I have been teaching Zumba Fitness for 9 years, I am down 60 pounds and I have dropped 10 dress sizes! This is the only exercise I have ever done that is always fresh and exciting and allows me to ALWAYS have a blast while working out. It's also allowed my to maintain my weight loss.

As a group fitness participant, it can be really intimidating to go to a class where the instructor is already in fabulous shape, everyone seems to know what's going on, and you feel ilke no one understands how you feel. WRONG! Every person has a journey. Including me. YOU have to DECIDE to change and find a workout that you absolutely LOVE. Be the change that you want to see!

Megan Zema Collier is Membership Director and Zumba Instructor of the YMCA Mountain Brook branch. Please stop by to meet her and say "Hello!"

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