There comes a time when change is very necessary. For Nicole Young that change came over two years ago. She was not eating nutritious foods, she was concerned about her health and she was overweight.
Something had to change. Young is a nurse and felt she needed to take care of herself as well as her patients. She joined a fitness class at Chizel-It Fitness Center and her life began to change. She set some goals to lose weight and to be take control of her health.
Today she is more than 30 pounds lighter and has no concerns about hypertension or other health-related risks related to obesity.
Nya Ferrell is a fitness instructor and teaches kick boxing and classes for the youth. She has been with Chizel-It for five years and really enjoys her job there.
She is very motivated to teach the youth about fitness and the importance of staying in shape.
“The kids are not consistent and I have to think of ways to keep the interested. They are a real challenge because I compete with TV, friends, and shopping, so I always find something new for them to do, says Ferrell.
Some are introverts, so I make them the leader in activities so they are getting fit and learning leadership at the same time.”
Another member of the fitness center is Angela Carrington. She has been a member for two years and says the place is full of good, fun people. Chizel keeps everyone motivated she says.
“Once we went on a cruise as a group and we do different types of challenges and there is a running club. You can’t help but stay connected,” says Carrington.
Lakeisha Hall was having a personal training session and says that is all she does. She is in her second 12-week session and looks great.
“I am only here for the personal training because I like the toning and I am almost at my first goal weight,” says Hall with a big smile.
During the class Harris encourages the members by telling them how great of a job they are doing as he runs around the room. He tells them how many calories they have burned as a group and even runs up to some of them and performs the exercise with them.
With the close of every session as everyone is stretching, Harris reminds them, “Be good to yourself, love yourself, put God first in everything you do, drink plenty of water and remember YOU CAN DO IT!”
Everyone claps and usually some of them hang around and socialize for a few moments before leaving. Chizel-It is the Cheers of fitness centers.