Martial arts has always been a fascinating sport to me. To be able to manipulate one’s body and execute various strikes with power and precision (and look really, really good doing it!) is what has drawn me into the martial arts. But, similar to many of the ladies at Hers Kickboxing, my real driving force for deciding to try kickboxing was because I was bored of my fitness routine. I wanted to stay fit, but I had hit a plateau with my treadmill routine so I decided to give kickboxing try and fell in love with it.
Kicking and punching the dummies gives you a sense of empowerment and control. As a coach, it is so rewarding for me to be a part of someone’s fitness journey and to see them smiling and glowing with sweat after a great workout. I love being able to encourage and see others get into the best shape of their life, become more positive and confident, and most of all, have fun while working out!”
Hi, my name is Sahar and I am a mother of two. Five years ago, I started going to kickboxing so I could become fit, healthy and strong. I loved my new lifestyle and my new body. I lost 30 lbs and never felt better physically.
Doing kickboxing also helped me get stronger mentally. I used to be weak and insecure, and I always tried to please others. I constantly worried about what people thought of me. I listened to their negative comments, and I believed them. After I started kickboxing, I learned that it doesn’t matter what others think of me, as long as I am doing what I love, and I’m not hurting anyone in the process. Kickboxing helped me make the most important decision of my life – to get out of an abusive relationship.
Now, I feel strong mentally and physically. I feel happy and proud of the woman I have become. I want to be an example to my children as well as to others. I want to inspire people, and tell all the women in the world, “you are worth it. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you can’t just be you, and do what YOU want to do. Be confident, be strong, be you, and life your life the way that you want to live it!
My name is Suzanne Villa and I’m 41 years young! Through all my hears involved in competitive sport and consistent training, the biggest lesson I learned is this: working out and pushing past your comfort zone will get you a strong, good-looking body, but more importantly, it will shape your spirit and get you ready for all the challenges that life throws at you. This really really became evidence as o recently, when I had some challenging personal issues throw my way. As a result of hitting this rock bottom, I found myself battling depression, feelings of worthlessness, and of course, I gained a lot of weight. Then one day, I remember how good I used to feel about myself. I didn’t question it. I started working out again slowly. Oh boy, was that hard!
The perspective I gained through this journey is invaluable! Working out became so much more than a physical act for me. It trained me to forgive myself and to love myself. I now know implicitly that when you train the body your mind follows, and when you train your mind, your heart follows. If I can impart this message onto anyone I train, or anyone who attends my class, I will feel like I have accomplished what i was meant to do. I believe we are all worthy and we all deserve love. If you don’t believe in yourself, I’ll believe in you until you get there. Sometimes we may lose our way, but life is a journey, and if we stay consistent and let people help us along the way, we are capable of anything.
“Failure is unavoidable in our lives. But if we can learn something from it every time, the chance of success will only increase.”
My name is Caity, and having worked in the fitness industry for 10 years, I understand that failure occurs more times than we’d like. But each day is an opportunity to better ourselves. If you fall off the horse one day, get right back on the next. This is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
I was always the skinny-but-I-could-eat-whatever-I-wanted type of kid. I danced competitively ages 3 through 18 and completely stopped when I went to University. I got away with it in my first year, but during my second year, I went through a tough time and gained 30 pounds. Depression and anxiety takes a toll on the body that is out of your control. It is a struggle every day, but exercise has been my saving grace. There is no time I feel more confident than when I’m working out. I know how hard it can be to get started, but it is ALWAYS worth it.
Fitness is my passion and I love that I get to share this passion with our members every day. Coaching gives me the freedom to exercise my creative side while supporting our female community to kick ass in this lifestyle each and every day.
The women at Hers Kickboxing are truly inspiring – each with their own story and journey. They push me every day to be a better coach and a better person in my own fitness journey. I am so proud to be a part of this powerful community!
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Your time is limited, have fun with it!
Hi! My name is Cristina and I’m a stay at home mama of 2 kiddies plus 3 bonus kiddies, all boys ranging from toddler to teenager.
I worked in the vitamin and supplement industry for over 20 years. When I had my eldest son, my priorities changed and I struggled walking away from a great career. Fast forward 7 years later and tipping the scales at my heaviest, I knew something had to change. In order for me to be a better mama, I had to start putting myself first. January 2017 I decided to make the change. In 8 months I’ve lost over 30lbs, while consistently going to Hers classes and changing my eating habits.
If you think you can’t, I am living proof that YOU can. You CAN be healthier, stronger and more confident at any age. The key for me was BALANCE. Balance in life, in food, in everything. I just turned 40 and I feel like my life is just beginning. So excited to turn my passion to purpose.
My name is Vivian, and I’m a proud member of the Hers Kickboxing team. The goal of every workout is not only to sweat, but also to improve technique and get stronger over time. As a coach, I try to push you to keep trying harder because the end goal is to see improvement. Though the intensity level of the Hers Kickboxing classes are definitely high, it is worth every minute. I love helping people on their fitness journey because I know how life-changing it can be to fall in love with fitness. As a nerdy child, I never exercised regularly until I attended university. Then, I noticed that the most successful peers in my classes went to the gym religiously. So, I started going to the gym 6 times a week, and I continue to do so. I have lost (most) of my baby fat, gained confidence, and found my passion outside of my desk job. Kickboxing is so inspiring because many women just want to lose weight for the sake of being skinny, but kickboxing will gradually change your mindset to wanting to become stronger. With today’s fashion ideas, it is important to realize that being strong is the new sexy, and I want to help more women change their beauty ideals to a realistic and healthy goal.
Hi, my name is Perian and I have an affinity for roundhouse kicks. I started my kickboxing journey just over a year ago after my typical fitness routine started becoming a bit mundane. Not only did I realize how much of an amazing workout it is, but I was always excited to get my workout in each day. After much dedication to the sport and spending five days a week doing kickboxing, I had soon become stronger than I have ever been both physically and mentally.
I feel passionate about coaching others and empowering them through their kickboxing journey. There is nothing more fulfilling than watching our members work so hard for themselves and their well-being while also kicking ass doing it – It is extremely inspiring.
Hi my name is Joanne. I’ve always been an athletic person right through school and into adulthood. I’ve exercised with cardio kickboxing since 2008, and found it a fun and effective way to work out. So it was quite easy for me to say yes when I was approached by an instructor about teaching. I taught cardio kickboxing back in 2012, and loved every minute of it. Helping people meet their health goals, and motivating them to push harder with each workout became a passion for me. However, I got pregnant with my first child in 2013, and discontinued teaching as being pregnant, working a full-time 9-5 job, and teaching all became a bit overwhelming for me. I’ve always wanted to return to teaching, and shortly after having my second child in 2015, I made the steps to become CanfitPro certified. During my training, I decided that fitness and nutrition was what I wanted to pursue in life, and that my current 9-5 job just wasn’t giving me the satisfaction I was looking for in my career. I left my full-time job January 1st 2017 not knowing exactly what was next for me, but knew that I wanted to be in the fitness industry. I know, scary, and uncertain times! To make a long story short, I found a job posting for Hers Kickboxing and applied right away. I’ve been here working, gaining knowledge, and experience, and working with the best group of women I could ask for!
Most people need the motivation to work out and maintain healthy bodies. My hope is that as an instructor at Hers Kickboxing I provide that motivation to someone. As a mother of two, I know how busy and hectic life can get, and we often put ourselves last in relation to other people and things. My motto, “Take care of yourself first, so that you can effectively take care of others”. A healthy mind and body is something we ALL need and should want for ourselves. Live, Love, and Laugh.