ALI

JABS Instructor

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My job was uninspiring, I was dealing with deep personal struggles, and I was feeling quite honestly a bit lost in life. I grew up as a competitive gymnast and was used to dedicating my heart and soul to something I was passionate about, but I hadn't done that in years - I was so out of my element. I didn't want that part of myself to slip away but had come to terms with my gymnast "shelf-life" so I began to try everything - yoga, spinning, improv comedy (LOL), dance, singing lessons, pilates... the list goes on. But once I found Jabs, my search was over. I had found something that was challenging, fun, inspiring, and something I could easily bake into my weekly routine. Each class gave me not only the physical push, but the mental push to help me overcome my struggles both in and out of the gym, and enable me to to build the life I wanted. I finally had the energy to find a new job, move to a new apartment, and stick to a real workout routine. I even found myself practicing what I learned at Jabs in my apartment each night (sorry to my downstairs neighbors!). I couldn't believe that in a matter of months, every aspect of my life improved. Not only did I become stronger, but I felt more like myself than I had in years. It felt good to work towards something again, watch myself get good at something, and as weird as it sounds, to be proud of myself for the first time in a long while. Not to mention, Gina is the most encouraging and motivating person I've ever crossed paths with (since my gymnastics coach) and she's helped me find this renewed sense of confidence within myself. I never set out to change my body or my life, but it happened, and I couldn't be more thankful for that. Jabs truly empowers me to push through adversity, whether in class or out in the world, and I can't wait for everyone to experience it.