Do It

42423033_1937744572986881_7669811344312369152_o.jpg

How is it already almost October? Anybody else feel like time is flying by at record speed?! For me, I always felt like this time of year was a new beginning…I think from when I was a kid…fresh school supplies and a new pair of school shoes gave me new life.

42492257_1937744729653532_3815061325520830464_o.jpg

Honestly, it’s a great time of year to reflect on what you’ve done so far this year and what is left to check off on the list (I love a good list). Personally, I always set out on a new year with some great goals, sometimes I crush them, sometimes I fall off the wagon, but right around this time of year I like to take a little inventory.

If you have a health or wellness goal that you’ve haven’t checked off your list yet this year, listen up. Just because the summer is over and sweater season has arrived doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop cranking. Actually, we think it’s the best time of year to get fit - can you say, jump start on a fresh year? Or how about some compliments about how great you look at the holidays? Little black dress on NYE?

The Revenge Tour

If you like the sound of any of this jump on board with our Revenge Tour. Our 8 week fitness program starts on Monday, October 1st and you have 24 hours left to register. If you’re ready to make a positive change in your life, sign up. If you need to put yourself first for once, sign up. If you’re ready to transform your life from the inside out, sign up.

What you’ll soon realize, is that this is so much more then a fitness challenge. You’re going to work hard but you’re going to feel amazing. You aren’t going on a “diet” and you aren’t giving anything up. Your just going to learn how to feel your best and be surrounded by 24/7 support.

It’s time to make shit happen…… LFG.

Don't Stop September

don't stop september.png

We couldn’t be more proud of our CREW this summer. Classes were consistently full or waitlisted, you worked harder then ever before, and your focus was inspiring (clap for your damn self). With that being said, we are challenging you to keep it going.

Here’s the deal - check in on social media and fill out a ticket when checking into class. The more you come and check in on the socials, the more tickets you get to fill out, the more chances tow in. On October 1st we will pull a winner for $100 cash prize!

The only thing better then working on yourself is working on yourself AND winning $100 bucks.

LFG.

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new” - Brian Tracy

You’ll hear me say this over and over again in class- get comfortable being uncomfortable. Our minds are so powerful, more so than we think. See the thing is that our minds were built to keep us safe, away from harm, and comfortable. Which is why when we hesitate at something, our mind shifts to protect us, if we are hesitating it must be scary, right? 

Here is the problem, while our mind is keeping us “safe” we are actually living in a comfort zone.  Whats the problem with your comfort zone…well…everything…its killing you. When you take that uncomfortable step outside your safe space, you’re probably discovering some new things about yourself, accomplishing a goal, or finding happiness. The truth is, the longer you stay in that comfort zone the chances are you’ll slowly discover that its an unhappy place. 

Now what?

comfort-blog.jpg

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Did you know that our bodies react the same way to fear as it does to excitement? Increased heart rate and high adrenaline levels prepare our bodies for fight or flight. The difference between fear and excitement lies within the power of our mind. You have to make a choice, to feel the fear and do it anyway. 

Our job at CREW is to make sure that you are constantly growing both physically and mentally. Whether it’s introducing a new class with heavier weights or giving you some mental challenges during your workout - maybe its to pause or to let something go. The power is in your mind and body working together. 

I want everyone to take the next week to step outside your comfort zone. If you’ve never taken a cycle class, step in that room and embrace the unknown. Never been in our studio space? Afraid to take a class besides barre? Reserve a spot in class and challenge yourself. The magic happens in the space where you’re really afraid and you do it anyways. You don’t have to love it, you can hate it, but you challenged yourself to grow and thats what matters the most. 

We have so many opportunities at CREW to grow this summer from new classes to the revenge tour, grab one of these chances and make it yours. I can promise you this.. no matter what the outcome, you’re going to feel so damn proud of yourself, and that my friends is what it’s all about. 

Lets, Fucking. Go.
Kristen

You Are Not Alone

saveorg.jpg

The world has felt a little heavy this week and it seems as though one bold word is standing out: suicide. Currently 38,000 Americans commit suicide every year, each of which intimately effects 6 other people. It’s actually the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. 

Why am I sharing all this information with you? Because this is an important conversation to open up in our community. For any of you who have stepped though our front doors or taken a class, you know we are so much more then a gym. It isn’t the four walls that make us a community, its the people. 

At CREW, we try our best to keep the vibe light and the conversation inspiring, however we also have made a promise to ourselves to always be real. Being real means not always having it together. Being real means sometimes you need to fall apart and ask for help. 

Over the past five years I have always remained transparent to our community. The ups, the downs, the dark days, and the depressed ones.  This winter was impossible for me...my only goal was to make it through the day. When my doctor prescribed me an antidepressant, I didn’t really want it, I thought I was stronger, that I should be able to face this days all on my own. That by taking this medication I would be somehow cheating. But...it turns out, as strong as I am on my own, I was depressed, and the medication did help, and it also helped being open about it. 

During this time of my life, the times I felt the best were usually related to CREW. Whether it was letting something go on the bike, pushing myself in the studio, or that therapeutic time we all spend chatting on the floor after class. This community carried me through my darkness. 

I’m sharing my story with you to make sure that you know something. You need to know that as long as you are a part of our community, you are never alone. That you can make your time at the studio whatever you need it to be. CREW will always be your space, to sweat, to smile, to cry, and maybe even fall down - because we will always be here to pick one another up. Know that this community will never judge you, not where you’ve been, where you are, or where you’re going in life. CREW is a space to feel safe, to let something go, or to look for more. 

I want all of you to know, that no matter what, we are here. We are stronger together. 

You are never alone. 

save.org
IN A CRISIS? CALL1.800.273.825

"There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world..."

So while I’m pouring my hearts out to ya’ll, I think it’s time to tell one more story, the reason why I opened up the studio. 

Rewind the years back to when I was 21(ish) and I was working at a day spa and salon. I was fortunate in this time of my life to meet so many amazing people, many that I still have contact with, however the most important was Avalanna. 

279498_1851806415261_5943675_o.jpg

Who is Avalanna? I’m not even sure where to start. Avalanna was an angel on this earth, one that I was lucky enough to call my little “sister”. (She would be really mad if she saw those quotes but I’ll explain more in a moment) Av was the most brave, hilarious, inspiring, fun, kind, positive little girl that I will ever know, she also fought a courageous battle against ATRT. 

Av came into my life like a whirlwind when she was 5 years old. Our moms became fast friends and suddenly we had created our own little family. Even though Avalanna was sick she was the brightest light and brought so much excitement to each day. She also had incredible negotiating skills usually resulting in getting us all to have a dance party and mint chocolate chip ice cream. As she was fighting this battle against this very rare form of pediatric brain cancer, she was changing so many lives… including mine. 

Avalanna was an only child which is why we became soul sisters… I let her put my makeup on, we had sissy slumber parties, spent Christmas together, and I even taught her how to drive (in the driveway obviously). I feel so incredibly fortunate to have all of these experiences with Av.. while we were having all this fun she was dramatically changing the course of my life. 

In 2012, Avalanna's health declined, still she persevered. She inspired me to do something to make a difference which is when we had our first spin-a-thon (now called Avapalooza). I called every person I knew, pulled every favor I could, and pulled together a weekend long fundraiser resulting in raising tens of thousands of dollars solely for Cure ATRT Now

417721_3127641443709_897410202_n.jpg

Later that year Avalanna went to be with the angels. I’ll never forget, it rained for a week after she left us. It felt like the world stopped. Suddenly the world had lost it’s bright light. I grieved so deeply for Av. So much of my happiness was gone and I felt like I no longer had a purpose. If the wold could lose the most magnificent soul at just 6 years old (she would of told you six and a half and three quarters) what was the point of carrying on. 

Months went by and I realized that I couldn’t kick and scream any longer. I had to do something to give back a glimmer of what she had given me. I was at work one day, I answered a phone call and a client was carrying on in misery about having her manicure before her pedicure. I hung up that phone and left for the day. I realized I was wasting my purpose answering those phones.

Suddenly, I was on the search. I decided to open a barre studio and create a place for people to run to for an hour. I wanted this space to evoke a feeling.. my sole mission was for people to leave feeling better then when they came. That was always how Avalanna made me feel, always better then when I had arrived, with a clear perspective of what was truly important. 

Join us at Avapalooza

So here we are at the crossroads of CREW and Avapalooza. It’s hard for me to even believe I have the honor of hosting this event. All of us who had the privilege of loving Av have vowed to keep her legacy shining bright and always raise awareness for ATRT.

On April 7th we invite you to join us at the studio to sweat and celebrate and raise money for an amazing cause. Grab your friends and family, join our team or create your own

 

 

Living Well is the Best Revenge

So there is a little buzz going around the studio about our Revenge Tour and I wanted to open up about the inspiration of it. Yes, we all watch Revenge Body, most watch it when it airs on E! but, for me I never started watching it until my latest bout with insomnia. You see...I never had trouble sleeping. I workout often, eat a balanced diet, and limit my caffeine.  But after a personal “tragedy” (you’ll understand the quotations in a moment) I have had the most impossible time sleeping and would stay up all night long watching Revenge Body. 

I understand the concept and appreciate working hard to prove a point to something or something. However, I think the message always comes across at the end that the person is happier because of the work they did for THEMSELVES. 

So, what brought on our little revenge tour?

Let me open up with you (full disclosure: this is not easy). You may or may not know but, my husband left me...12 weeks after our wedding. Left. Gone. I don’t even remember the month of November…I was like the walking dead. I probably would of died if Jillian didn’t force feed me a donut every morning in my bed. No really, she let herself in and made me eat a bite of a donut and a sip of tea. In the weeks after he left I was lost.

What I remember most is waking up in the morning and having to remind myself what happened. I had just imagined a lifetime with this man and now I was left to start over. In those days I didn’t even know who Kristen was anymore. I was lost in a chaos of emotions and forced to put the pieces of my life back together. 

So obviously it has been the hardest winter of my life (sorry if I haven’t been myself and you weren’t sure why!). It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Once I came out of the darkness, I had this feeling wash over me…peace. I finally found a small dose of peace after feeling like I had a storm inside of me. 

What was the peace? I think it has been a combination of things… from working out with all of you, reconnecting with my yoga mat, to my new haircut, and even some breathing exercises on loan from a dear friend. I realized the moment I shifted my focus from outward to inward everything changed. I had been doing the work on myself for months and hadn’t even been realizing it. 

The entire point of our Revenge Tour isn’t to get revenge on someone (I mean maybe indirectly) but the point is put in the work mentally and physically and achieve the level of confidence you have always deserved. It’s going to be a journey and we are going to push you to find peace in the process.

My goal for all of us during this 8 week program is to learn, to grow, to discover a piece of your insides that you may have forgotten about. We are all in it together and when the 8 weeks comes to an end I hope you feel so alive you want to tell everyone you know, because that is what we all deserve. 

Ready? Let's, go.

XO,
Kristen