By Jackie Belzone, Event Planner, Liven It Up Events
Its seems like yesterday that I was just a bride myself…. O.K. I guess I have only been married for 6 months…being a bride was truly one of the best periods of my life! There are a lot of responsibilities that come with being a bride and sometimes the stress of it all wears on you. I personally found an amazing stress outlet in fitness and working out.
I was married this past October and leading up to my wedding date, I was very into looking, and most importantly feeling my absolute best. I worked out on my own, elliptical anyone? I rode my bike along the lake to ease my mind. I even joined in on the TV workouts. I enjoyed all these but I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted quick enough. I then on a whim just attended a group exercise class called Hit It!® P.O.W.E.R. I wasn’t exactly sure what this was all about but it seemed intense and combined all the things I was doing into an hour; class, cardio, strength and abs. saving time and getting fit. Why not? You need every minute of every day to plan your wedding. ,especially when you are handling all the details yourself.
I signed up for the class and I will admit it, I was nervous. I really had no idea what to expect. I walked into a small class of about 7 ladies and the instructor, Carlos Hernandez politely introduced himself and showed me how to wear the gloves correctly. Yes, gloves WITH a resistance band attached. I thought to myself “what have I gotten myself into?” After and hour of the most intense workout I have had since high school, I laid there and thought ‘WOW this is it.” This was the exact workout I needed. I was hooked.
I continued to go right up to my wedding in October. It was the only way to balance my busy life at that point AND to my surprise, my wonderful seamstress, let me know I had lost 6 inches just in my upper body. That’s right 6 inches and again, most importantly, I felt amazing.
To this day, I continue to go to Hit It!® P.O.W.E.R. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. Yup Saturday morning. It truly is one of the best workouts I have ever done and keeps my energy level where I need it to be with my busy schedule.
I needed to share this awesome experience with all our readers, especially you brides!
I spoke with the owner of Hit It! Fitness, Constance Contursi Barker and Carlos Hernandez, Hit It!® P.O.W.E.R instructor, to get a little more information on what exactly Hit It! Fitness is and what inspires them to stay fit.
I started talking with Constance first and she gave me some fab information!
Hit It!® Kickbox and Hit It!® P.O.W.E.R. formats created by Constance Contursi Barker and Chicago Nightclub DJ, DJ KJ® is PERFECT for brides to be! Our fierce, edgy and intense cardiovascular conditioning formats totally reshape the arms, legs, glutes and abdominals! The music and motivation of Hit It!® trained instructors takes fitness to another level and will keep you coming back for more! Brides typically have a short amount of time to get into the best shape of their lives and through the Hit It!® Fitness live classes and/or line of DVDs, they can achieve their goals and look their best on one of the most important days of their lives!
2. What inspired you to start the hit it fitness brand?
I started getting serious about working out right after I had my daughter and gained 75lbs while pregnant! I have worked in the fitness industry for 13 years as a group fitness manager for many different small and large health club chains. I am an ACE and AFAA certified group exercise instructor and ACE personal trainer. I began training instructors nationally for different formats through the companies I worked for and realized that there were so many formats out there that were so ineffective. The more I trained and met other instructors in different areas, the more I saw a need for further education and more effective teaching skills. I decided to start my own branded classes and teach fitness pros out there how to properly and effectively teach a format that brings real results.
I believe that people need a strong leader to motivate them and inspire them to lead a happy, healthy and fulfilling life through fitness. Every single person out there CAN feel great and look great, they just need to find the right person that can help them open their eyes and see their true potential and awaken their spirit.
I then asked Carlos what he loves about being fit!
1. What’s your title? – Group Exercise Instructor / for Hit It P.O.W.E.R.
2. What inspires you to stay fit and active? What inspires me is the feeling I get of being re-energized. I have definitely noticed over the years that I have a lot more energy and just feel stronger.
3. Best advice for staying tone and look fit for your wedding day? You just want to be confident and look great for those wedding photos! Make sure you find a workout fit for you!
Hit It! Fitness is located at 472 Lake Street, Roselle, IL 60172
Hit It!® P.O.W.E.R. Classes are currently offered at Interchange Wellness Center, 1147 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605
Constance is awesome and has offered our first 10 readers that comment on this blog the opportunity to receive a free pass to experience their first Hit It! Fitness experience at the studio located in Roselle!
Thank you Constance and Carlos! Sweat On Ladies and Gentlemen!