Meet Paola who has been a member since 2011 and has a great Transformation Testimonial.
"I have battled with obesity for most of my life. In recent years, that obesity resulted in high blood pressure, high levels of unhealthy cholesterol, and diabetes.
When I decided that I needed to take big steps to give myself a chance to be healthy, I opted for bariatric surgery. My surgeon told me that the surgery and changed diet were just part of the equation -- I also needed to take on regular exercise, particularly resistance exercise, as a regular habit.
I had been a member of RHF for years -- I really appreciated the gym's vision for health in this community -- but my visits were sporadic, at best. I have been a member of other gyms before -- as I struggled with my weight and physical fitness, they didn't feel like welcoming places. I knew that if I was going to succeed, I needed to be in a space where I felt I belonged.
I grew up in the south end. RHF feels and looks like the neighborhood that I love and that matters a lot to me. Every time I see one of my community elders walking on the treadmill, I know that I am home.
In the last two years, I have lost 90 pounds. I have worked with Marla through personal training and it has made all the difference in the world -- I am willing to push myself harder because I know that she is not only skilled but compassionate. This is a place where I can take risks and be vulnerable -- I can go to Zumba and be comically off-beat and no one blinks twice :-). This is a place where I can try and can succeed. On those days when maintaining this loss feels so hard, I know that I can count on RHF to help me and inspire me. I am forever grateful."