When Tristan came to exhale for the first time with a friend, she was ready to make a change. One year later, she opens up about her exhale journey, how she got healthy, and the changes she made for the better – in the studio and out.

Since I can remember, I’ve always struggled with self-worth and balance within my mind and body. As I got older, I noticed more and more the effect it had on my job, relationships, and overall mindset. I was unmotivated, depressed, and disappointed. One day I woke up and decided that I was tired of feeling that way, and that I needed to make a change to take back my life. My best friend was a member at exhale and had been recommending their classes to me, so I thought, “Why not? I’ll give it a shot.”

My first class was Core Fusion Barre and I was completely blown away by how the tiniest movements had my legs shaking and worked all of the muscles I never knew I had! Not only was I noticing a major change in my body, I also noticed a huge change in my mind and in my concentration. Overall I was feeling like a much stronger person mentally and physically and I was addicted!

The next class I tried was Core Fusion Extreme (HIIT) with Alex at exhale Inman Park and I was completely blown away. The class was difficult for sure (let’s be honest, everyone in the room was completely drenched in sweat) but Alex pushed everyone every step of the way and didn’t give you a chance to give up on yourself. Even though I have been taking CFX classes with Alex consistently now for 6 months, she still cheers me on, pushes me to my limit, and sets the bar even higher because she knows I’m capable of reaching it.

What I love about her classes is no matter how many people are in the room, she is watching each person and pushing them to be better and stronger than they ever thought they could be. That’s what makes exhale great: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you” [Fred DeVito.] A year later, I am more balanced mentally and physically than I have ever been in my whole life and have exhale to thank for that.

Say hello to Tristan in class at exhale Inman Park, and follow her on Instagram @tristanelan.

Inspired? Book a CFX class with the amazing Alex Stubbs at exhale Inman Park here!