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Family & Fitness

The Family that Sweats Together, Stays Together

Most of the time when you go to one of our FIT4MOM classes, you will see a group of moms and their kiddos who are all friends in and out of class. Some were friends prior but most make friends when they join our village. And the same is true for our Body Back classes.

A couple of months ago we had a special situation at one of our Body Back Transformation sessions – three family members all in the same class! Mom, Tina Hardy, Daughter, Shayna Dixon and Daughter-In-Law, Sharon Iaonou.

“The 3 of us started workout out together in my mom’s church one year ago while I was on maternity leave…Today, all three were working out together doing Body Back at Abiding Presence at 5:30 am!” said Shayna Dixon.

Sharon added, “Knowing that if I force myself out of bed at 4:15 am to make it to class because I promised I'd be there, and made Shayna do the same, there's no way I would let her down. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to change my life in such a positive direction, while doing it alongside these women.”

“Momma’s and Grand Mommas exercising together is a treat!” said Tina. “Body Back with my beautiful daughter and her beautiful sister-in-law was awesome! Shayna suggested I join a Body Back Open House one evening with her. It was a program she’d been talking about and I saw her results from all summer as an extension of the Stroller Strides program. I figured I was in need of some exercise and why not try to work out with them! I was ready and I had some time with my daughter as a bonus!”

And so, they started on their journey in Body Back Transformation.

“We've always been close, but have never worked out together so sharing this experience together this year was pretty neat…Also, Sharon looks AMAZING…she's great motivation and has great hand me down clothes!!! And my mom is simply amazing - she is my #1. She is so supportive in everything I do and has always fit right into my circle of friends! I was so excited she stepped out of her comfort zone so much during Body Back, she makes me proud!”

“Working out with family has been incredibly motivating.” Said Sharon. “Momma bear Tina can really keep up with the spring chickens and let me tell you, if that's doesn't motivate you to take care of yourself so you can be present for your family, I don't know what will.”

For those of you that are Body Back veterans, you know this program is intense! But these three women inspired and encouraged one another and all of the other moms in their class.

Tina added, “Another fun part was I was able to meet their friends and see what a great community of moms represent the NoVa area. Nothing like a trainer or fitness class at a gym experience where people don’t get to know one another and become supportive of your efforts. A true support system that moms need! It takes a village to raise kids and friendships that encourage you along the journey are a blessing.”

“My favorite thing was a good sweaty hug after our workouts before we all headed to work or home!” exclaimed Shayna.

You will see Tina, Shayna and Sharon at some of our morning Body Back classes and yes, they still give the sweaty hugs after class all while smiling!

** Shayna Dixon has been a member of FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa since April 2016. She is mom to Daisy (2.5) and Colton (1). She is a full time Pediatric Emergency Room Nurse and an Independent Plexus Ambassador.

** Sharon Ionou has been a member of FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa since April 2016. She is mom to Damian (4), Demetri (3), and Dominick (1.5). She is also the owner of Pixie Dust Treasures, featuring handmade sentiments.

**Tina Hardy has been a member of FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa since December 2016. She reminds us that age is just a number and is an inspiration to all of us to stay fit and healthy and be an example all of our children can follow.

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