Ramsey BEFORE AND AFTER

BY: April Millian – TSMMA Ramsey

I will be celebrating my 2nd anniversary with TSMMA at the end of May. In that time I have lost over 30 lbs, and am in the best shape of my life.

I have struggled with my weight since I was a young child. I was 10 years old the first time I was on Weight Watchers. Throughout my life I have tried many different weight loss/management plans. Most of them worked for a while, then … didn’t. When I turned 30, I decided that 30 years was too long to be fat. I needed to do something about it, and this time I was serious. It took about a year, but the good old-fashioned, eat less / work out more plan seemed to work. I lost around 70 pounds and felt great.

Over the next 6 years I managed to maintain this weight loss, give or take 5 pounds. I was taking classes at my local gym, and watching what I was eating, but could never break the plateau that I had hit. Then the unthinkable happened. I started to gain back some of the weight. Try as I might, I couldn’t stop it. When I had gained back 20 lbs, I decided that something had to change.

After my first trial class, I knew I was hooked. This wasn’t a boring workout.

One of the classes I particularly enjoyed at the gym was a kickboxing class. It wasn’t a “real” kickboxing class, but I do love to hit things. That’s when I decided to check out Tiger Schulmann’s. After my first trial class, I knew I was hooked. This wasn’t a boring workout. It was challenging but doable and I felt great. As time progressed, I started the intermediate kickboxing classes and then grappling. The belt system is a great incentive as well. The pride I feel when Sensei advances me to my next belt is one of the best feelings ever. It encourages you to not be satisfied with just doing the minimum, to work hard to reach that next level.

The people here at Tiger Schulmann’s have become family. We encourage and help each other out.

The people here at Tiger Schulmann’s have become family. We encourage and help each other out. The higher belts are always willing to give advice to lower belts and genuinely care about everyone here. I have made some wonderful friends. Sensei Rapoport is great as well. He is always available when you need help with your technique or even your diet.

I will be celebrating my 2nd anniversary with TSMMA at the end of May. In that time I have lost over 30 lbs, and am in the best shape of my life. I know I could not have done it on my own. Kickboxing is a permanent part of my life and I couldn’t be happier than to be a part of TSMMA.

 

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