Wondering if Fusion is the right fit for you? Check out these testimonials from clients – whether you’re just starting out or have been working out for years, Fusion is the place to be. Aside from giving you the best workout in KC, we’ll make you feel comfortable and welcome in the most positive and supportive environment full of clients all coming to do the same thing: sweat like a motha.
Nancy Griffin, 59
I was just moping around the house, mourning my losses: my Dad had just died in September after a long bout with Alzheimer’s, my Mom had many health problems and was living with us, our geriatric dog developed diabetes(!) – and worst of all, I had retired from a long and happy teaching career to try to take care of everyone. By Christmas, I was just eating and drinking myself into a massive weight gain, and bemoaning the fact that I would be the Big 6-0 in August of 2014. My daughter Lizzy – a Fusion all-star – said, “Ma! You need to get out of the house and sign up for the Fusion Amp Camp starting in January. It’ll be good for you.” (I’m so grateful for my daughter and her good example.) The rest, they say, is history!
Sure I was scared – I had nightmares before the first class, thought I was going to throw up, etc., plus the fact that I was old enough to be everyone’s mother, at least – maybe even their grandma! I think it was the age thing that scared me more than being overweight and out of shape. I thought – what the heck am I doing here?! But I immediately felt welcomed by the girls at the front desk, by the other nice ladies in my camp, and especially by my teacher, Jos. I would be remiss if I didn’t give her most, if not all of the credit for my remarkable transformation. She is just an awesome teacher (and I know teachers!) She knew exactly when to challenge me (“Why aren’t you jumping?” You know, I didn’t know why I wasn’t jumping – I thought I was too old, or couldn’t – but her encouragement helped me realize I could!) She knew when to be supportive (“You are right where you’re supposed to be right now.”) She is extremely motivational! She uses her sense of humor and picks great music for our spin classes. (I’m probably the only soon-to-be 60 year old whose favorite song is “Talk Dirty To Me”!) She sends us great recipes, cardio workouts and motivational pick-me-ups (It’s as if she knows when I’m about to eat a chip or drink a Martini!) She is passionate about her subject matter: eating “clean,” working out hard, and gaining inner strength, not just stronger muscles. I think this is what Fusion really is to me: A strong core (heart!)
Ali Blake, 29
Jessica McCarty, 35
Teresa Oehler, 36
Amy Shortall, 56
Sara Britton, 30
Lisa Witcher, 33
I decided it was time for a change and to lose the extra 10 pounds that had found me over the past several years. Although I’d become a barre and pilates enthusiast and a cardio junkie, I wasn’t making the progress I’d hoped for, so I decided to mix things up and join AmpCamp – a bonus came when a friend decided to take the challenge with me. At first, I won’t lie, I was extremely intimidated. When I walked into the studio, I was surrounded by what I perceived to be mostly young thin girls and an instructor with a rockin’ fit body, and I thought “how in the world am I going to do this?” Then I heard about the nutrition change and thought “for sure these people are CRAZY!” After I managed to not vomit during my first class, I walked out feeling exhausted but strong and empowered. Each week I found myself working harder to prove to myself that I could, that I had grown. Each week I looked forward to the at-home workouts and even more to the weekly group workouts. Joscelyn was amazing. She was completely dedicated to helping me establish faith in myself and supporting me throughout my journey. She responded to emails promptly, offered tips willingly, and spoke words of encouragement during each encounter. With her commitment and guidance, Joscelyn made the journey possible and my goals attainable: I dropped 11 pounds, lost 10 inches, and gained tone and strength that even surprised me!
With session one over, I realized that I wanted to do another eight weeks. Although I’ve found myself busier than normal and haven’t completely stuck to the program (wine has touched my palate more often than it should), I’ve continued to build strength and endurance and have seen continued transformations in my body and my attitude about “healthy.” The AmpCamp program, along with Joscelyn, has had such a positive influence on me: I think before I eat. I crave exercise and water. I want to be better, and now, thanks to AmpCamp and Joscelyn, I know I can continue to achieve my best.
Kristin Brinkman, 34
David Wetzler, 50
I was a lifelong runner and then morphed into competing in multiple iron distance triathlons. While my cardio system was strong, I suffered from chronic back problems due to disc degeneration in my lower spine. The pounding of multi-hour training sessions worsened my symptoms over the years – after turning 50, I knew I needed to pay attention to developing my core strength. So about two years ago, I began attending Fusion on a regular basis (usually five times a week) – my goals were to improve my core strength, flexibility and balance. The first month was tough, but over time I developed better core strength and really enjoyed the challenge of all of the different types of classes – even the barre class!
Being the solo guy in the 5:30 am class is awkward at times, but I’ve learned to chuckle when the teachers remind everyone that their back muscles will look great in a strapless dress and that bikini season is only weeks away. The intensity of the workouts and unique movements have truly reshaped by lower spine – to the point where I can get out of bed without taking advil and can play golf without pain.
Fusion is truly a family affair for us - my wife (Lisa), daughter (Sophie) and niece (Lauren) are all regulars at Fusion as well. Most importantly, all of the instructors have been great role models and mentors for Sophie and have taught her the importance of exercising to be healthy and developing a healthy body image.
Laura Baker, 29
I am a Fusionista.
I started attending Fusion 35 pounds overweight, according to the healthy ranges on the Weight Watchers website. For some that are out of shape, like my formal self, it might take a little bit of time to really feel like you belong. The people were amazing but I simply was well behind the group. It took me two months to graduate to the 2 pound weights – I had to use the 1 pound weights because it was the only way I could make it through a class. But each class I would try to incorporate 2 pounds weights a little more. Sure enough, I don’t even grab the 1 pounds anymore! My next goal is to conquer the one armed side plank. Each class I try to hold it a little longer, and still have to do it from one knee most of the time. Sometimes I catch myself in the mirror during class. I catch some definition in my shoulders or in my back and almost break into tears – tears of joy and tears of pride.
Since starting my journey, I have lost 17 pounds. If you stick to it, you will have a place you look forward to every day. A place that feels like home.
I am a Fusionista.
Christy Schoenfeld, 38
Jane Parsons, 52
Why do I choose Fusion Fitness? The instructors. The instructors put a lot of time, energy and thought into their classes. Every class is a new challenge. The instructors enjoy what they do. They take each other’s classes. Your success is their goal. They inspire me to work hard and try my best every class I take. Another reason I go to Fusion is the people I have met there. I am 52 years old and have shared classes with teenagers, very pregnant women, new moms, busy mothers with their toddlers in tow, people older than 52, beginners to group exercise, people dealing with health and or weight issues, as well as veteran athletes, iron man and marathon competitors. Something for everyone. I am happy to have a fun and supportive place to improve my fitness. Thank you Fusion Fitness!
Scott Schmidt, 35
Allison Tapp, 21
Since I am now a full time nursing student, I am constantly trying to squeeze in a class whenever I can. Whether it’s sprinting from a clinical at the hospital, or pulling an all-nighter to study for a test, I strive to make Fusion a priority. I can honestly say I have never left a class feeling like I didn’t get a good enough workout – I am constantly challenged each time I walk in those doors to push harder and leave my daily stresses behind while I take advantage of the 60 minutes of “me” time.
Since coming to Fusion I have gained a whole new perspective on what beauty is. Weight and appearance was always something that bothered me through high school and college – sensing the “beauty” mold of today’s society – but at Fusion, I am constantly reminded that beauty is not defined by what size of jeans you wear, but by your heart and determination.
I’ve come to realize that Fusion isn’t just a bunch of group fitness classes, its a bunch of inspiring, strong, women who are striving to be the BEST version of themselves. This community encourages each other, pushes each other, laughs with each other, and supports each other. When you join Fusion Fitness you aren’t just going to get a stellar workout, but a community that is going to come along side of you and help you achieve your goals.
Alicia Ayer, 25
Kim Knape, 34
The best version of myself – that is what Fusion has allowed me to become.
In my nearly 35 years, nothing has changed my life more than becoming a part of the Fusion community. I’ve been a member for over 2 years now and I have never been more strong, proud, mindful and happy as I am today. I never thought when I walked in the doors for the first time, that I would become so passionate and so dedicated to my health, working out alongside so many I call friends today.
I fell off the exercise bandwagon a few years ago – as it happens sometimes in life, especially when the exercise or mode of fitness doesn’t quite excite you anymore. I’m an all or none person – why do something halfway – so when I was “off” of the bandwagon I was truly OFF. I was indulgent in food and fun and though I knew I didn’t feel great about myself, nothing really pushed me to want to change. After settling into my new life I decided it was time to face the music and peel away the extra pounds that came with the limbo world I had been living in while going through a divorce and transitioning into a new chapter. It was now time to become healthier both inside and out.
I will never forget the first class I attended – I literally looked around the room thinking, who are these people? I remember doing an exercise that is so simple today but barely being able to lift my leg at the time, let alone do all the reps required. Well, let me say the whole “shock your body” tagline is legit. I work full time yet attend class nearly every day and I can say that each time, I still have that fire to work harder than the last time and to push myself to the limit. Don’t be scared of the challenge because it never gets “easy” – it’s not supposed to! The reps do get easier, the weights sometimes do get lighter but the challenge of pushing yourself to a level you never thought you could enter is always present! Never once have I attended a class and heard the same playlist, done the same sequences; the awesome instructors are consistently changing what we do which keeps the energy level so high and the body working at its ultimate max.
I am so grateful to have this community of strong, like-minded women who only see the best in each other and push one another to be better than they were the day before. I genuinely see and feel the world differently – stronger not only in body but also in mind.
Kathy Grant, 46
All of our classes provide a total body workout in just one hour – and if you’re looking for a structured program, check out our 12-Week Weight Loss Boot Camp and our 8-Week Amp Camp. You can also read about our instructors and class descriptions – then schedule your first class and come give us a try! The only thing you have to lose is a whole lotta sweat…
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