When we asked for student posts to add to the blog, we received this lovely little gem from long-time student Gina Scarpulla – reflecting on the birthday of the Fuse Pilates Playground:
Happy 1 year anniversary to Fuse Pilates’s DuPont Circle studio!
It’s hard to believe that only a year ago I was walking into the studio for the first time. Looking back, I remember just how much the studio has impacted my life over the past year.
I always considered myself healthy and active. In college, I could eat almost whatever I wanted and still stay in great shape. As I transitioned in the working world, I was sitting more, eating out more and exercising less. I worked two jobs and found little time to eat as healthy as I wanted and almost no time to have a regular fitness routine. There were also some personal things that happened in my life that contributed to eating more and working out less. Before I knew it, I wasn’t feeling as healthy as I used to.
I needed to get a grip on this before it became overwhelming. I had been to Fuse classes when they were at Flow Yoga, but I never had a regular routine. When I was invited to participate in the pre-opening classes for the new fitness studio, I knew that this was my chance to really start over. No excuses this time.
I still have some goals to meet, but in the past year I have become stronger, more focused, more aware of my body and how diet and exercise affect it. Fuse Pilates has not only been a place to tone up, it’s also been a place that has given me mental clarity and friendship. I notice a change in the way I handle stress now as well. I was recently laid off from an amazing job, and in the past, I would’ve reached for a glass of wine or some pizza. Instead, the first thing I wanted to do was go to Fuse. During my unemployment, Fuse Pilates helped keep my spirits up and allowed me not to get sucked back into bad habits. (Although I still eat pizza and drink wine, just in moderation.)
Whether you are looking for something to add to your workouts or to start a new routine, I cannot recommend Fuse enough. Fuse Pilates is more than just a workout and more than a fitness studio. It has been nothing but a positive force in my life and I know it will be in yours too.
You can find Gina at Fuse several evenings per week and most Saturday mornings, when she meets up with instructor Laci and other friends she met at the Playground.