It has been exactly one year since I joined Razor Sharp Fitness in downtown Racine. I was happy to see a new gym move into the community. I discovered Razor Sharp by walking past on my way to work one sunny afternoon. I saw the doors open wide, inviting me in. Kelli Anastasovski was the very first person to gracefully introduce me to the gym. Just meeting her, I knew I was in a good place.
When I joined Razor Sharp, I had been looking for some sort of life-changing opportunity to help me refocus after a series of events that had left both physical and psychological scars: in my teens, I had kidney problems resulting in removal of one of my kidneys; in my early 20s, I was diagnosed with a rare blood clot that required me to take blood thinners for 2 years.
Growing up, I was very physically active – I played soccer, I loved to practice dancing to a variety of styles of music. I also wanted to be a teacher to kids and to share my knowledge and experiences with people. I haven't given up on all of those things I used to do.
Kelli has been a great influence for me. She pushes me to train hard, and I find a motivation to not let her down – she keeps me going with a desire to prove to her that I can do any challenge she gives me. And that success leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment. I can do more push-ups and burpees than I ever thought possible! And she has worked with me on a phenomenal diet plan. Step by step, I come closer to meeting my goals.
Working to get back in tune with my physical fitness has made me realize how many people there are like me. I am not alone with the feelings of fear of being ill again. But, being dedicated to my health now means that I may be able to use my success to motivate others facing struggles similar to mine.
At Razor, I feel like I am surrounded by positive and genuine people. The staffs' smiles always pick me up and make me feel even better to be in such a clean and friendly environment. Thank you, Razor Sharp Fitness, for becoming a part of the downtown community!
~ Azalia Villareal