“When Life Happens, Head to Fuse”
Sometimes, life happens, and your workouts... don't. Fuse student Melissa Thompson chronicles her journey from Minnesota, to the couch, to some trainers, and finally to Fuse Pilates... When I first moved to DC from Minnesota in May 2011, I had a pretty good workout routine going for me. Back home, I hit my local yoga and Pilates studio nearly every day of the week, a pattern I’d established after injuring my back as a distance runner. However, along with all the other adjustments that came with changing everything about your life (switching career tracks and going into the nonprofit world after being trained as an academic; uprooting myself from my native Minneapolis to head east; leaving the close group of friends I’d had since college, etc.) I found myself wandering away from the first gym I joined in DC. My boss at the time noted one day, “You used to always come to work with your yoga mat. What happened?” Yelp for guidance. I’d searched for Pilates studios the previous summer, but didn’t run across any that looked great. However, this time Fuse was the first hit to pop up. After reading a couple of glowing reviews, I knew I had to try it out. It simply sounded too good to be true. Turns out it’s not. The studio is immaculate; the instructors friendly, knowledgeable, and interested in their students; the class choice, expansive. Fuse knows and loves Pilates and it shows. Every time I leave a class I find myself on a Fuse high, seeing everything in a whole new light. And that’s saying a lot considering I’m usually heading down into the bowels of the Metro to get jostled home on the red line. I feel better, I look better, and I’ve even handling my intense work stress better. I love Pilates because you get all the benefits of exercise without hurling a stupid medicine ball in the air (boot camp class at a local gym where the instructor spent most of his time yelling at us to hurry up), run until you feel like you’re going to barf (running two marathons was enough running for me in one lifetime, thankyouverymuch), or wrangle unruly weights (body pump always left me deflated). For some people, those things work, but I am not those people. Fuse is Pilates at its best: dynamic, challenging, and fun. I can see my future and it contains a lot of Fuse Pilates. And the zipper on my shorts (along with everyone who has to see me in them) are truly grateful.