Before I started at Dragonfly Fitness, I was out of shape, not fitting in my clothes, working too much, eating horribly, and feeling just downright BLAH. I belonged to a gym and would run/walk the dog but never stuck to anything … Turns out, it’s about finding the right place … and DFT is it for me.
Dragonfly is a supportive community of fabulous, fit ladies, challenging workouts, and a place I miss when I don’t get a chance to make it to all my weekly classes. If someone told me, a year ago, that I would miss working out, I would have rolled my eyes. But I do!
I started with a couple times a week but was blowing through my sessions, so now I’m unlimited and go as much as possible. DFT is not just a gym, it’s a community packed full of support and great ideas about nutrition. I can’t say enough awesome things about the owner, Renah, the community of ladies that supports and pushes me, and the great trainers who motivate me every workout. Every session flies by, has a different spin, and still incorporates new moves that keep me from getting bored. And in between all those tough sets, we all still laugh!
I seriously could go on and on about the place that changed my life and the way I think about myself.
I’ve always been active, and I’ve tried several facilities in St. Louis over the years but found nothing that was awesome, nothing to keep my interest. I hadn’t yet found THE place, my PERFECT FIT. I like fun workouts that don’t get boring, workouts that challenge me, allowing me to gain strength, workouts led by an instructor who knows their stuff – workouts that keep me coming back.
A friend heard about Dragonfly in spring 2013, and we attended a few strength & conditioning sessions held outside (before it moved into the studio in the fall). SCORE! Fun and challenging sessions, small class sizes, a knowledgeable trainer who mixes things up. I’d found THE place!
Nutrition is an important complement to exercise, of course – but it wasn’t something I thought about as much as staying active. I had the good fortune of having high metabolism – and all through my twenties and thirties, I got away with eating junk and then working out to make up for bad food – a terrible approach, but my weight stayed pretty even. But recently, I’d been feeling terrible, with stomach issues and low energy. Food diaries and experimentation didn’t identify a cause, and nothing was working – what I needed was a nutrition make-over!
Dragonfly was offering a 3-month nutrition program to teach nutritional knowledge and habit-building. No fads, no tricks, no gimmicky food combinations or exclusions. Solid, healthy habits like meal planning, eating five to six portion-controlled meals each day, consuming lean protein and colorful vegetables at every meal, drinking plenty of water, and eating SMART carbs timed to coincide with exercise. There’s even a cookbook!
The program healed my nutritional ills and guided me through the development of positive habits for healthy living. I feel healthier than I have in years, I feel stronger and leaner, and I’ve lost pounds, shaved off inches, and toned my muscles. It’s not a diet — it’s a lifestyle!
I made the decision to switch to DFT from another gym that offered group training because I had become uninspired with the workouts and found myself skipping classes. I knew I had to make a change in order to keep up with my commitment to fitness and goal of living a healthier lifestyle.
Last fall, I saw an ad for DFT on Facebook, and it intrigued me, so I tried out a few of the classes. After taking those classes, I knew when my membership at the other gym was up, I was going to make the change. I was drawn to Dragonfly’s variety of classes and its community of positive energy that I wanted to be a part of.
The trainers at DFT are phenomenal, knowledgeable, energetic, and are always in a great mood (which is contagious)! I’m a 6 a.m.-er, and it can be a bit challenging to pep up that early in the morning, but the trainers always show up with a smile on their faces ready to get me motivated to work out! They also listen to what your goals are and help you achieve them.
One day after class, I asked Coach Missy how I could figure out what my 1-rep max was on my deadlifts. Later the day, Missy sent me an email with instructions on how I could work to get to my 1-rep max. The next lift class I went to, Renah, who was the trainer that day, brought up the conversation I’d with Missy and worked with me to get to my 1-rep max.
Truth be told, I wasn’t feeling great that day and wasn’t going to bring up my 1-rep max, even though it’s something I wanted to do. But because Renah approached me, I did it that day, and let me tell you — I was ecstatic the rest of the day due to that achievement!!
I’ve also taken advantage of the nutrition program. My last gym really pushed the Paleo diet, which worked for a while, but I needed to learn how to not be on a diet and still make healthier choices — choices that would stick with me for the rest of my life. The DFT program helped me incorporate healthy habits I can stick with.
I’m still a work in progress, but I know with the support and help of DFT, I will get to where I want to be with my fitness and healthy-living goals. I absolutely love DFT! It’s a great community of strong women who are inspiring and make working out fun!
DFT has been a game changer for me. Before I became a member, I was literally going to work, coming home, sitting on my couch in front of the TV, and then going to bed.
I had been active in the past but never really stuck with it. I’d done the “YoYo diets,” where I would lose a bunch of weight quickly and then put it all back on, plus some extra. DFT helped me realize that slow and steady wins the race, and each day I do the best I can. And if I have a bad day, I just get right back at it the next.
I have not only gained strength and lost weight, I have become a more confident person, and my overall attitude about life in general is much more positive!
I would recommend DFT to anyone and everyone. Plus, Coach Deb has great jokes! 🙂
In 2013, an ad popped up in my Facebook news feed promoting a four-week, small-group, all-women training session outdoors in a park near my house. I had friends who participated in the larger, co-ed “boot camps” in local parks, but that just wasn’t my thing (I am very self-conscious when I work out, so I never liked working out around men, and didn’t feel like I was getting any individualized support or guidance in those larger groups). I didn’t know a thing about Renah Jones or Dragonfly Fitness, but I was looking for something to re-energize my workouts and decided to take a chance.
After the first four weeks, I signed on for another four weeks, and then another, and before I knew it, summer was nearly over. Thankfully, Renah announced she would be opening an indoor location and asked who would be interested in continuing their training program in the fall and winter. Without hesitation, I said YES!!!! After four months, I was already seeing improvements in my strength, and I wanted to continue that success.
Here I am years later. I’ve shed inches and pounds, and I’m definitely stronger! Renah exposed me to workouts I never imagined I was capable of completing. She pushes me to do my best, try my hardest, and helps me believe I can. And the other women in the community have been a great support network. We encourage each other to try heavier weights, hold planks just a bit longer, and show up for those early-morning sessions!
I also appreciate Renah’s focus on nutrition as a key component of building a healthy body. When Renah decided to offer the 12-week nutrition program, I’ll admit, I was skeptical … of my ability to stick with a new “eating program” for three whole months! But I shed more inches and pounds, and I’m eating healthier and feeling more energetic than I have in a long time. Renah constantly reminded our group that we weren’t on a diet – we were making healthy choices for a healthy life. She also reminded me that eating healthy actually can – and does – taste good. Just like my workouts, I’ve introduced new foods into my life that I never imagined I would try!
As one friend told me, “Erica, I’ve never seen you more excited about a workout program. Keep up the good work!” And I intend to!
Being a member of Dragonfly Fitness has been an outstanding experience for me. The trainers are motivating and encouraging, no two workouts are the same, and all are very challenging. The trainers sincerely want each person to reach their maximum potential with each and every rep. And the community feel that Dragonfly provides keeps me coming back.
Dragonfly has given me the confidence to switch up my workout routine and use heavier weights, along with more functional exercises. I’m stronger and more fit than I’ve ever been!
I discovered Dragonfly Fitness & Training a little less than a year ago through my friend Michele. She would post her workouts on Facebook, stating that she’d had amazing sessions time and time again with TRX, boxing, kettlebells, free weights, and more! Being an athlete in previous years, I couldn’t help but be intrigued.
After picking Michele’s brain on the place, I learned that it was a gym geared strictly toward women’s health and fitness needs, and, since I’ve always had anxiety going to co-ed facilities, this further piqued my interest. I reflected on all the times I’d dreaded working out in front of all of the “muscle head” men at the public gyms and the feelings of inadequacy that went along with it.
Finally, in late November of 2015, I decided it was time to give Dragonfly a try, so I came in for a free session with Michele. Renah, the owner, was the instructor, and she was nothing short of outstanding while conducting the most exhilarating and energizing workout! Ever since that day, I’ve been hooked!
There are so many benefits to being a member of DFT. For starters, it’s cool to be surrounded by women who can relate to and support you while working towards similar health goals, whatever they may be. There’s a camaraderie that exists here that you don’t find in traditional gym settings. Secondly, the trainers take the workouts to a whole new level with their knowledge and guidance throughout each class. It feels as though you’re getting the quality and results of a one-on-one personal training session even though you’re with a group. And third, the variety of classes offered keeps me interested and motivated enough to maintain a regular workout schedule!
I find myself talking about Dragonfly A LOT! To friends, family, co-workers … really, anyone who will listen. There are so many amazing things that I love about walking through the DFT doors throughout my week.
Whether it’s been a fantastic day and I’m feeling wonderful, or it was a gloomy, disaster of a day and I’m super down, I leave DFT feeling better and stronger every time! Who wouldn’t? I get to work out at a gym in my awesome neighborhood with women who work or live down the street! And the best part? I just have to show up ready to work! The trainers plan new workouts that both challenge you and make you want to say, “I can’t believe I just did that!”
A year ago, if you would have told me I would be deadlifting and pushing prowlers and that the words “I love kettlebell swings” would come out of my mouth, I would have fallen over. But thanks to the wonderful support and inspiration I have found at Dragonfly, that’s just a typical everyday thing now!
The words “Better Every Day” are painted on the wall in the gym. I really do feel like a better me every time I go and put the work in with my DFT family!