Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bodyshaping By Sandy

So now that the holidays are over and many of us are carrying around a few extra pounds, I'm giving a plug for WNY's largest fitness company, Bodyshaping By Sandy.

There are people who love going to the gym, and then there are people who are either scared of it, don't want to spend their time on a treadmill or elliptical or don't want to spend the money on the membership.

Bodyshaping By Sandy provides an awesome alternative to those who don't want a gym membership. But above that, the classes are really a great way to meet new people, share a few laughs, and get into the best shape of your life.

For 22 years Bodyshaping By Sandy has been offering group fitness classes for individuals and businesses in the Western New York area. Currently they are offering Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, 20-20-20, Tai Chi, and The Wet Workout to get you in shape in the new year!

Owner Sandy Mannella rents space at over 40 locations throughout Western New York, so there are classes in your neighborhood today! The classes run in ten week semesters, with the next semester beginning up the week of January 9th. Bodyshaping By Sandy is offering some great New Year specials so check out the website www.bodyshapingbysandy.com today to see what fits your schedule. Descriptions of each of the classes are given on the website as well!

Even better - depending on your health insurance, classes may be free. They accept plans from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Independent Health and others. To see if your plan is accepted, please call 716-568-0246 today! The office is open Monday - Thursday from 10am - 4pm.

So how do I know they work? Well, to be honest, I work for Bodyshaping By Sandy...BUT, before working for them I took the classes and it helped me kick start my weight loss (35 lbs!). I've taken fitness classes all over WNY, and while I've enjoyed many of them, the classes Bodyshaping By Sandy offer have been the best. Getting to meet a ton of new faces every semester has really given me a great network of new friends. I always love seeing my classes evolve over the 10 week semesters. People come in shy, by themselves, and within a few weeks I have to quiet down the class to get it started because everyone is gabbing away!

Getting to see things from the "teacher" point of view, I have been so impressed with the difference the classes have made for my students. I've seen ladies come in with little self confidence and after ten weeks they have broken out of their shell. I've seen some tremendous weight loss and most importantly I've seen people leave classes with a smile on their faces and the energy and strength to keep going.

So what class do I recommend? Well, I'd be lying if I didn't say that ZUMBA has changed my life. It's a latin based dance fitness program that incorporates rhythms from all over the world. During the hour cardio class you will be taken on a trip around the world, exploring salsa, cha cha, merengue, cumbia, belly dancing, tango, quebradita, and more! It's the highest impact class Bodyshaping By Sandy offers, but it is an absolute blast, and a great class from beginner to the advanced exerciser.

If you want to loosen up the joints, and stretch out, the Yoga, Pilates Fusion and Tai Chi classes are tremendous. To build your muscles and get a great overall workout try Total Body Boot Camp. If you want a lower impact but total body workout, try 20-20-20.

If you are looking for a fun way to get fit in 2012, consider trying out Bodyshaping By Sandy. I promise it will be the best decision you make this year!

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