I have had body images my whole life. I never was the thin girl, I have always struggled with my weight and I have been on every crash diet there is. I was the girl that hated gym class and would do everything to get out of working out. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I decided I wanted to get in better shape and be healthy for her. I had tried a lot of “at home” work out DVDs but I just was not getting the results I wanted. I then tried running and fell in love with it! It helped with my stress and made me more centered. I lost all my post baby weight and was running about 5 days a week but all I was doing was running. My brother then joined Brazen and showed me a sample of one of there work outs. When I saw it I said “That’s crazy I can’t do that!”. I knew I would never feel comfortable working out with men. My brother then told me about the ladies program that Carolyn had recently started and that my sister in law was doing awesome in! After a lot of support from my brother and sister in law (#Condos) I went to my First Ladies class! I was scared out of my mind I was like I am never going to be able to do this. I could not have been more wrong! I joined the ladies program 2 years ago I couldn’t squat to save my life and the most weight I had ever worked out with was 10lb dumbbells! 2 years later I have PR’D a lot of the WODs and my lifts are in the 100’s! I have gained 11 lbs and have gone down 2 jean sizes! I am the strongest I have ever been both mentally and physically! The women’s program at Brazen is amazing! I have met some of the strongest, most hard working and beautiful women that I not only get to work out with but that I get to call friends as well! The coaches are first rate and work with you to help you reach your goals! They teach you that failure is part of the process and makes you stronger! I recently ran a 5K over the summer and I beat my time by 5 minutes. Lately I have cut my running down to 2 days a week and CrossFit 4 days! This program works and it is the best thing I have ever done for myself! I want my daughter to see strength is beauty and that being strong and healthy is more important then being skinny! Brazen has helped me with all that! Caroyln, and Christine, the ladies coaches are amazing strong and beautiful women who aspire us to be better and stronger everyday! So when people say to me I’m part of a cult I say; Well if a cult consists of a community full of strong women who support each other and makes us feel better both mentally and physically then yes I am part of a cult and have drank the Kool aide! Strength is beauty! Strong is the new skinny!