Everyone has story…Meet Molly
Molly became a member of Studio ME over one year. I still vividly remember the conversation with her that very first day at the Studio. I left the meeting with her that day feeling blessed and thankful that I had the opportunity to start Studio ME and build a community that wasn’t just about fitness or working out but life and making each person stronger both physically and mentally than when they walked through our door. Molly, you are an amazing, strong and powerful woman! We are so grateful to have you as part of our crew and in our lives!
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for”. Those are the words that I saw on the wall when I first visited StudioME, and a little over one year since I became a part of the crew, they couldn’t be truer. I have struggled with anxiety my whole life. Most of the time I like to think I have it pretty well controlled, but there are times that it stops me from meeting new people, going new places and doing the things I want to do. About this time last year, I was in the middle of a pretty anxious time in my life. My doctor encouraged me to start working out regularly because the benefits of exercise on stress and anxiety are well documented.
I had seen more and more stories about rowing and how it was the hot new trend in the workout world. I was intrigued and curious to try it. I googled places to row in Minnesota and began the search for a cool new workout. Because of my anxiety, it was important to me that the gym I chose be welcoming and not intimidating. While I’m sure many of the small gyms in the area try very hard to make everyone feel at ease, the fact that StudioME put that feeling into words right on their homepage encouraged me to try it out. It took 2 months before I worked up the courage to email Megan. She met with me one-on-one after a class one weekend to show me the ropes of rowing and I was hooked. Going to my first class was nerve racking and for a while, I stuck to the same few classes with the same instructor while I found my footing.
Over the next year, I challenged myself to branch out into new classes, new days and new times. It has been totally worth it! Classes at StudioME have helped my push myself to new places and mindsets I once thought I could never achieve. Towards the end of last year, when my anxiety was high again, I fell off going to classes. At the beginning of February I challenged myself to workout four times a week until I go on vacation in June. And I’ve done it so far! Not only has going to the gym four times a week helped my anxiety levels, over the past month and a half, I’ve set some new PR times on the rower! The best part is hearing everyone else in class cheering me on and celebrating wins with each other, no matter how small. So the me-of-today is so, so proud of the me-of-one-year-ago for letting StudioME help me be the best I can be!”