Raya K. is a 28-year-old woman who struggled with diet and exercise her whole life. She joined Snap Fitness in Sioux Falls, S.D., more than five years ago, but it wasn’t until last year that she found her passion for a healthy lifestyle – thanks to the support from her club’s staff members and owner.
“It makes a world of a difference when the staff is approachable and call you by your name,” Raya said. “They go out of their way to get to know you personally, and I think that’s exactly what I needed to start my journey."
Raya lost 100 pounds in a little over a year. She went to the gym almost every day for at least one hour. Her workouts consisted of cardio on the ARC trainer (her favorite machine!) every day and weight training every other day.
Working out at Snap Fitness has been a rewarding experience for Raya. She said her club has all the necessary equipment needed to get in shape, and the 24/7 access makes it easy to fit her workouts in her busy schedule. The small club size was also a perk.
"I'm very self conscious so just having that smaller gym atmosphere helps me,” Raya said. "It’s not like other gyms where I would walk in and feel extremely overwhelmed; my anxiety would kick in right away."
At her Snap Fitness club, Raya said she walks in with confidence and doesn’t have to worry about the other people. Not only does Raya feel better physically, she’s emotionally in a better place.
“Ask any of my friends or family … they will tell you that I'm a totally different person. I’m truly happy now that I've got my health on the right track,” Raya said.
The hardest part for Raya on her fitness journey was to understand and accept that this has to be a complete lifestyle change and a total commitment. She admits the only way to achieve permanent success is both a healthy diet and exercise.
Her journey isn’t over yet, though.
"I have about 70 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight,” Raya said. "I look forward to the day that I accomplish that goal with Snap Fitness.”
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