Gigi Bastian moved to Las Vegas from California two year ago to go to school. She knew all of two people, didn’t have a job, and was overweight. Unhappiness and boredom set in, and in between job interviews and filling out applications, she began taking advantage of every free gym trial available in her area. She made it her goal to lose weight and develop a healthier lifestyle. “In all honesty, I hated the gym,” says Gigi, “I didn’t have a clue how to work out. It seemed like I was the only ‘chubby’ one there, and I felt completely ostracized from everybody else.”
One day, as Gigi complained to a friend about wanting to get into shape, her friend mentioned TruFusion. Upon hearing the words “hot Pilates,” Gigi cringed. “If I could barely stand to work out in a crowded gym, I definitely wasn’t jumping at the opportunity to sweat my ass off in a crowded Pilates room” Gigi states.
Her friend did a lot of convincing to get her to attend a Pilates class, and somehow, Gigi found herself plopped down on a mat at nine o’ clock in the morning. “To be blunt, I hated it” she says. “I absolutely hated that first class; I left the room three times and I felt myself jiggle more than I have in my entire life, but when I sat down to take a break, or left the room to get more water, the instructor (Monica) routinely checked in with me. After what seemed like an eternity of sweaty hell, the class was over, all the extremely fit middle-aged women had filed out of the room, and I laid there on my mat, feeling my heart pounding in my ears.”
When asked by Monica how she liked her first class, Gigi was honest. She told her that it felt like she had gone into cardiac arrest. Monica laughed, gave Gigi a high five, and told her she was proud of her for sticking it out. She made Gigi promise that she would come back, and told her that the first class was always the hardest and that, slowly but surely, it would get easier.
Gigi says, “I think it was her sincerity (and extremely buff arms) that made me want to come back.” It was the first time she felt encouraged. It was the first time she felt like she could actually accomplish something. Nobody made fun of her for leaving the room three times, nobody stared at her thighs, nobody seemed bothered by the fact that she had zero idea what she was doing.
“Monica didn’t act like I was an inconvenience every time I got up and left, instead, she guided and accepted me. I think that’s what the TruTribe is all about – guidance and acceptance, embracing who you are and making conscious choices to improve the parts of you that you wish to change. TruFusion became a place where I was allowed to look like a hot mess, sweat through my clothes for an hour, and work out without judgement. It’s affected my life tremendously – TruFusion has nearly become my therapy. When I’m suffering from a stressful day at work, I run over to TruFusion and sweat the stress out for an hour.”
Not only has Gigi lost forty pounds because of the incredible classes and instructors at TruFusion, but she’s regained a peace of mind, and has found her happy place. “I’ll always recommend TruFusion to anyone looking for a place to improve their body/mind without judgment, and I’ll always encourage people to come back after that first class just like Monica did with me.”