I took my first Fit School class in spring of 2012 and have taken the class several times since then. I can honestly say that working with Carol Frazey in her Fit School classes has changed my life. Although I started out as a lifelong runner who just wanted to have a more structured way to improve my running speed and lose weight, I soon found that there were so many ways to which my life was enriched through Fit School classes. First of all, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of women who are drawn to take Carol’s classes, women in their twenties through sixties. They are interesting and varied in running speed as well as vocation, and many have inspired me through their goals, both athletic and professional.
Secondly, my mindset has changed dramatically over the past two-and-a-half years of being in Carol’s classes. Whereas before I thought of myself as just a middle-aged woman who was inevitably slowing down in all areas of life, I came to see that I was capable of so much more than I thought, and through Carol’s coaching and encouragement, I became more energized as a I got faster and stronger and my ideas of what I was capable of in other areas of my life expanded exponentially. I lost 20 pounds, increased the number of push-ups from 4 to 30 in a minute, dropped nearly two minutes off my mile time, ran 5Ks and Half Marathons faster than before, and ran 1,000 miles in the year leading up to my 50th birthday – all while having a great time! Carol is an encouraging, supportive coach who uses a variety of specific training techniques that keep it interesting. She provides challenge when one wants it and support when one needs it.
My confidence in myself and my abilities has increased and my joy in life has grown. It has been so much fun to hear my college-aged kids say that they are very proud of me for working hard and getting faster and healthier. They have told me that I am inspiring to them; I can’t imagine a better feeling.
My work life, my family life, my athletic goals, and my aspirations for the future have improved as a result of being in Carol’s Fit School classes, and I enthusiastically recommend the program to all of my friends.
Laura Norton, Bellingham, WA