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[BOOTCAMP SERIES] #sexysummer

From Leigh Ann Yeager, Director of SYNCWELLNESS and Programming:

Every spring you tell yourself, after failed attempts at New Year’s Resolutions, that this year is THE ONE. This year will be the one where you buckle down, commit to working out, and achieve your goals. I know because I used to make the same promises to myself.

I found, after years of trying, that getting to my goals was easy as long as I had the right resources.

I needed a plan.  I needed support.  I needed accountability.  I needed to make time for myself.

I’m ready to give YOU those resources, SYNCSTUDIO [DURHAM]…


THE PLAN:  One hour-long, calorie-torching sweat session each week lead by the area’s best trainers and nutritional guidance and recipe idea to optimize results.

SUPPORT:  Connect with your trainers and your training partners on our SYNCWELLNESS Facebook page all day, every day.

ACCOUNTABILITY:  Check in on Facebook, myfitnesspal.com, and Instagram and receive weekly emails from your trainers.

TIME FOR YOURSELF:  Meet with your trainer and your workout partners on Saturday mornings at 8am sharp at SYNCSTUDIO [SOUTH DURHAM].

Are you in?



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An inspirational friend.

Being part of this studio gives me the opportunity to meet new people everyday.  I make new friends, I feel inspired and moved by their stories.  Sometimes I see them again and sometimes I don’t, either way they provide a moment of inspiration for me as I go through my day.  However, there are those returning faces that I see every day for my classes, in other classes and just passing through the studio.  These are the faces that provide constant inspiration for me.  Especially on days when I can’t seem to find the energy to make things happen.


This post is dedicated to one student at our studio who is truly an inspiring individual, one that I see just about every day.  She is inspiring for me, for other members, for her family, for her friends and anyone who has the fortune to meet her.


I first met her last summer in my cycling class. I can only imagine that she was probably a bit nervous about coming into cycling classes taught by hyper young chickies with music blaring, not to mention she was in the middle of fighting a serious illness.  Her doctor suggested that she exercise more, but probably didn’t think that his/her suggestion would be carried out with such fervent devotion.  She came into the studio with her neighbor, both determined and enthusiastic despite her current circumstance and recent setbacks. I was instantly impressed by her strength and energy; I was blown away by her dedication to the 30 Days to Wellness challenge though.  She and her neighbor committed to the challenge together and didn’t miss a single one of their 30 classes.  In the midst of doctors appointments, grandchildren and life they never gave up.  The challenge came and went, but her dedication to health and fitness didn’t waver. She is walking proof that dedication to overcoming a challenge can pay off and that surrounding yourself with people who love and support you can make all of the difference while doing so.   We have seen the physical changes at the studio (she has some serious muscles now and rocks the back row in cycling classes) and reports from her doctor have also been changing for the better.  Watching her health improve so drastically and her confidence build has been an unbelievably positive experience for me.  Knowing that this studio can offer a place for something like that to happen plays a HUGE role in keeping me motivated.


She, her neighbor and her neighbor’s husband have all become a staple in classes at our studio, inspiring and encouraging just about everyone that walks through the door to stay committed.  I hope they know they are a cornerstone of our community, dear friends, and an important part of my life.


Until next time…




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Get Rhythm

This past Saturday morning I was in the car listening to the Americana and Blues hour on 88.1 and Johnny Cash’s “Get Rhythm” came on.  A song can provoke different emotions for different people, but for some reason at that moment Cash’s song resonated with me.

Recently I have noticed a lot of people coming into the studio telling me they need help getting back into a routine, that the winter got the best of them.  My advice to them has been and will continue to be to get into a rhythm of doing activities that keep them moving, help them release stress, but that they also enjoy.

There were 4 years of my life where I was living in weather that went from one extreme to the other- Seattle for the cold, dark, rainy winter that went from November to April with about a month of windy, cool sunshine during May.  This was followed by 3 months in North Carolina for the humid, hot summers.  The best weather was September to October in Seattle right as school started.  These 2 months were a short reprieve from relentless heat and a deceptive introduction to the winter months ahead.  It only took a year of this before I realized how big of a role weather plays into your mood, energy and activity level.  The 18 years prior of 4 season years in Durham had not been fully appreciated. With my new Northwestern climate I had to prevent a college experience of isolation, endless tv consumption and overall disheartenment. I created new habits for myself like walking everywhere listening to my Chinese podcasts and music, running in rain, snow or shine, and going out to see friends no matter what was going on outside.  Although these things seem trivial, they WORKED because they were things I enjoyed!  I have done the same thing at other times in my life when I could’ve fallen into a slump- create a routine for myself of activities that keep me moving, motivated and put a smile on my face.

For students at the studio I recommend sampling classes, finding an instructor that they connect with and create a habit of going to their classes.  As an instructor when I see this dedication and commitment I try to make it a point to let these student’s know that I recognize their determination and I am compelled to keep them motivated.  Outside of taking classes, getting into a rhythm of doing activities that provide an outlet for you such as walking, dancing, running, reading a book or meeting friends will keep you busy and hopefully in high spirits.

Don’t get the blues…find your rhythm.

Here is a video of Cash and the lyrics below!

Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Yes a jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine
It’ll shake all the trouble from your worried mind
Get Rhythm when you get the blues
Little shoeshine boy never gets low down
But he’s got the dirtiest job in town
Bendin’ low at the people’s feet
On the windy corner of the dirty street
Well, I asked him while he shined my shoes
How’d he keep from getting’ the blues
He grinned as he raised his little head
Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said
Get rhythm when you get the blues
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
It only costs a dime, just a nickel a shoe
Does a million dollars worth of good for you
Get rhythm when you get the blues
Well I sat down to listen to the shoeshine boy
And I thought I was gonna jump for joy
Slapped on the shoe polish left and right
He took a shoeshine rag and he held it tight
He stopped once to wipe the sweat away
I said you’re a mighty little boy to be a workin’ that way
He said I like it with a big wide grin
Kept on a poppin’ and he said again
Get rhythm when you get the blues
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Get a rock’n’roll feelin’ in your bones
Get taps on your toes and get done
Get rhythm when you get the blues

Until next time.



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