I recently had the opportunity to attend a free 50+ class at the top Women's Fitness Studio's in Charlotte. I saw it advertised on social media and signed up. Hilliard Studio Method aka HSM is known as simply the best for women's fitness in the Charlotte area. Pictured above is Liz herself on the cover of her book, about Finding Your Strength At Any Age.
Even though my weight fluctuates 5-8 pounds, I pride myself on staying active 5-6 days a week. I include free weights and 3 days of HIT (high-intensity training). So when I arrived for my class and they suggested using a 3-8 lb weight I guffawed to myself! Two days after the class, I was still feeling the effect in every one of my muscles. It was no laughing matter... just ask Mr. Silver! :) Don't get me wrong there was nothing in the class (which is geared toward low impact and is pilates based) that I could not do... with a little coaching on my form. It's the fact that I was working my muscles differently. Did I mention my muscles shaking at the end of class? Well, they were! The HSM method promotes a safe and effective approach combining different modes of resistance plus stretching and focuses on the strength of the spine and the power of the core.
Alas, the core. I don't know about yours but that is where I need work. I have lower back issues and tight hips which I understand are all related to the core. The class was exactly what I needed for a kick start or maybe a kick in the rear. I need and want to get myself into my best shape ever and plan to commit to the program. I live 35 minutes (an hour in traffic) from this studio and cannot make it to class 5-6 days per week but I can commit to working out on my own using the HSM online videos and streaming. This will allow me to use the program based on my schedule and offers flexibility. I plan to stick with this for 3 months and at that point see how I feel.... and look. I will keep you all posted!!
Ladies, I would be thrilled for any of you to join me! The good news is, Liz and her team have offered me and my readers half off your first month and since they already offer a 14-day free trial... that is one month free! The price is less than $30 per month and you can cancel at any time. I am very excited to get started! How about you?
Be sure to watch the Be Powerful video here, to understand the essence behind HSM and Liz Hilliard. At 60+ she is a beautiful, powerful force, empowering women to find and be your best self! Sounds familiar!! :)
Interesting that the day I was going to attend, I almost talked myself out of going but knew, that day especially, I truly needed to prioritize and focus on myself...and that is just what I did! Ladies, I don't know about you but I think we should all make sure we are making ourselves a priority... if not now...when?
PS. There are not a lot of pictures in this post, even though the studio was kind enough to take some. Sometimes, we have a wake-up call, to get it done and make changes. The pictures did that for me! Hope you can all appreciate my transparency.
HOW TO SIGN-UP:
You can work out with Hilliard Studio Method anywhere with our easy to use Video Streaming platform. The first two weeks are free, and then it is $29.99 after that. Once you sign up, you can cancel your account at any time. There are over 1,000 minutes of content with a variety of options. We would recommend starting with our Hot Flash Hottie workout or our Beginner workout. Any option in our Beginner category is great to mix it up! As you master these selections, we recommend moving on to our HSM Live Classes which is a real Hilliard Studio Method class, recorded!