I recently completed Nancy Cardoso’s 1 day swim clinic at Sun Oaks and wanted to take this opportunity to share what an incredible impact it has had on my life. I have significant anxiety with swimming stemming from lifelong asthma and a fear of not being able to breathe while in the water. I participated in David Schauer’s Water WOD classes last summer. He was instrumental in teaching me the basics of freestyle swimming, but I certainly have a long way to go. I could not keep up in the class and often have to revert to a kick board. I signed up for Nancy’s clinic hoping I could be a more efficient swimmer and maybe overcome some of my fear in the water. Nancy went above and beyond what would be expected of a coach. She taught basic steps to learn a new technique that uses far less energy than just trying to madly kick and stroke to get to the other side of the pool. The class included all levels of swimmers from the most inexperienced (me) to avid swimmers. I thought she was able to meet the needs of each individual participant with patience. At one point, I became near paralyzed with fear at the thought of crossing 25 meters. Nancy pulled me aside and was able to help me get ahold of my emotions and fears. She swam right next to me, coaching and supporting me the entire time. She had confidence in me, when I could not have any in myself. Her encouragement and patience helped push me past that terrifying place that had kept me from swimming for so many years. I could not have broken through that place of fear without her persistence and encouragement. Since that class, I have returned to David’s Water WOD class. He has noticed a profound improvement in my technique. I have not had to rely on the kick board and David has been supportive in reinforcing the same techniques that Nancy taught me. I still have a long way to go before I can call myself a swimmer, but Nancy and David have given me all the tools to start. I strongly encourage anyone struggling with swimming anxiety or if they just want to improve their technique, to invest the time into Nancy’s swim clinic. I can honestly say that she, and the clinic, have changed my life.
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Today I finished my 6 week, twice a week season of Tribe Life. In our final 35 minute workout, I completed 134 push-ups all on my toes! I have always done weight lifting and cardio, but I have gained so much more strength and stamina doing Tribe Life. We are all challenged and encouraged by Brooke to push ourselves that little bit more. The class always fills me with energy, gives me a positive attitude for the day. I have awoken muscles I didn’t know I had. Plus I have never seen my husband below 200 lbs, 192 lbs and looking so good! I actually only started Tribe Life to encourage my husband, Dan, but I ended up seeing myself grow immensely. I love that I get strength training, Cardio and stretching all in 35 minutes. I love the weighted viper and body weight exercises, and it’s fun to be a part of a team that encourages each other to do our best! For anyone who wants to reshape their body and meet great friends, I highly recommend Tribe Life. Looking forward to trying Tribe Fit and Tribe Punch too!
I am finishing up my first session of Tribe Punch with David Schauer. I have been a client of David’s for a year now and was in his WOD class before joining Tribe. I was initially unsure about Tribe Punch because I have a somewhat passive personality and did not think that boxing or kickboxing would be my thing. Because I wanted to stay with my amazing trainer and was fearful of losing the strength I have gained with David, I reluctantly signed up for Tribe Punch. What an amazing experience! I actually had fun, gained even more strength, improved my endurance and met new friends! David took the time to show us all the techniques of Punch and even worked out with us, running up and down that gym, encouraging us along the way. After two weeks, I was hooked! Every workout was different with stations that included core work, cardio and strength building. I found after I gained confidence that I loved the one on one session with the coach and comradery with my team. It is competitive in that scores are kept and the team member with the highest amount of repetitions for all the exercises is deemed the winner of that night. I personally would just compete with myself for my personal best, but the scoring gave me a benchmark of where I felt I could, or should be. I found that this training program challenged me physically and mentally, and provided a fun change to the workouts I had become comfortable with. The program is well worth the investment! I plan on trying another Tribe class and then probably returning again to Tribe Punch for more! Thank you for bringing Tribe Fitness to Sun Oaks!
Our family joined Sun Oaks in November of 2013. I began regularly attending Melissa’s Group Active class three days a week. In the process of attending Group Active I built some new friendships.
Following a routine mammogram, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy in early April 2014 and began the process of reconstructive surgery (which took several months to complete). During my time of recuperation, I was visited a number of times by one of the friends who I had gotten to know through my Group Active class. She always brought well wishes from other ladies in the class and mentioned that the instructor, Melissa, had asked how I was doing and was looking forward to seeing me back in class.
I procrastinated coming back to the club. Due to the time of inactivity following my surgeries and the medication that was taking, I had gained weight and wanted to try to get some of the weight off before returning to the gym….not too logical, I know. I had a friend who wanted to join a gym and it gave me the extra push that i needed to come back after being gone for about a year and a half. I was warmly greeted by Melissa and many of the same people that had attended the class in early 2014 when I was a regular participant. I am so glad to be back and i feel so much better emotionally and physically, In addition to the health benefits that I’ve gained by coming back, there is the community and friendships with the class participants that I see on a regular basis.
– Luanne Smith