Exercise has been a part of my life since I was a kid. 

Before I had my children I was a member at a big box gym and would go multiple times a week. 

I would do a combination of cardio and weights while I was there. I always dedicated more time to cardio as I thought that was what would achieve more results. 

After my children were born I quit my gym membership and took to my own measures.

I was a runner at that point in my life and this became my go to method of exercise. 

I would throw in a strength video, plank, or push up here or there, but primarily I ran. 

I ran races and as many miles as I could during the week. I thought this is what was good for me. I thought this was enough to keep me in shape. 

I know now I was wrong.

It started to hit me that I might have a flawed approach to fitness after training for and completing my first and only marathon. 

I actually felt more out of shape than ever when I had completed the race. I trained on my own and when the chart said strength day I rested. I didn't have a program in my place to help me maintain my strength during this process. 

I am not in any way implying that marathon runners are out of shape, but I felt like I was weak because all I did was run for 6 months. I ran so much that I couldn't bring myself to do one ounce of strengthening.

About 3 years ago just before I joined DSC I was getting bored with running. 

I was struggling to get through a 3 mile run on a good day. This was new territory for me so I knew it was time to switch things up. 

It was at this point that I reached out to DSC. It was time to make a change. 

I was still quite certain I could get a better workout running but I figured 2 days a week at DSC would help.

It had been awhile since I had stepped foot into a gym.

I was nervous!

My husband had been a member for years, but he was out of town for an extended period of time when I joined. So I was on my own. 

I wasn't sure what to expect and I was doubtful the workouts would provide different results from my cardio madness. I didn't think lifting weights would challenge me as much as heading out for a 10 mile run.

I never thought I would like strength training as much as I do. Nor did I think the results would be so much better than my years of cardio addiction. I was wrong. 

I love feeling strong, being strong. 


My body has changed in so many ways. 

I never weigh myself so I can't offer up any weight statistics, but I feel better in my clothes and I feel stronger and more confident overall. 

Prior to DSC I was at the chiropractor constantly for back pain. I'm a photographer and my equipment is heavy and I'll get into just about any position I can to get the shot. This was taking a toll on my body. 

My chiropractor constantly encouraged me to strengthen my back and my core. He was quite certain this would help with my back pain. I would do a push-up or two and call it a day. 

Since starting DSC back pain from working has not been an issue. Turns out my chiropractor was right. 

Before DSC I thought I had to do as much cardio as possible to maintain and or lose weight.

I never in a million years believed lifting weights could be better for me than a 2 hour run. 

Overall I feel strong, like the way I look, and I actually spend less time exercising. Sounds like a win to me!

If you are thinking of joining DSC, then just try it!

The mental benefits you will receive are almost just as amazing as the physical. 

DSC is a community of people who will lift you up and encourage you to do your best. 

You will make friends, laugh, be challenged, and at the end of each workout you will feel better leaving than you did when you walked in. 

Joining a new gym is scary and I can relate to that feeling 100%. I assure you there will be someone there to make it less intimidating on your 1st visit, whether it be a coach or a member. Someone will make you feel welcome. 

Since joining DSC for my 2 day a week membership 3 years ago I now go as many days as possible. While I still love running, I rarely hit the road for a run these days. The good news is when I do run I am strong and conditioned enough that I can crank out a few miles and feel good.

 I am no longer cardio obsessed and I am in the best shape of my life. Who knew?!

- Kelli