"And though she be but little, she is fierce"

The Fitness community is constantly bringing strangers together day in and day out to show that as a group we can achieve more than just the physical. It is a place where you see the same faces and experience new- each time doubling the amount of energy. Working out is something we do for ourselves. A slot in the day that is just for you. However, sometimes a workout pushes you through and  eventually, past emotions you pull up from life a long the way. Yes, it is about you- but the effort can solely come from a bigger source.

This Sunday, November 8th, at barre3 Livingston, Cherilyn Reynolds will be teaching a donation based class for something greater than just results- it is to live. We sat down with Cherilyn after a sweaty class to ask her about why Sunday has been the biggest prep of all and why it is something to be apart of. 

I haven't been teaching barre3 for that long, but I've always had a passion for fitness and helping others. To me, barre3 is the perfect combination of both. Some clients walk in the door for their first class unaware of the capability their body really has; they have yet to discover that deep connection between their brain and their muscles. These same clients are the ones that inspire and amaze me as I follow them on their barre3 journey. As they progress throughout weeks and months of classes, I can see both a  physical and an emotional transformation. That is my favorite part of teaching - the results. The reason I'm so passionate about barre3 and I believe in it is because it is more than a workout... it's a lifestyle change.

Helping clients reach a certain goal makes teaching even more rewarding. This could mean weight loss, eating better, muscle toning, or just the goal of committing to taking class twice a week. As instructors, we encourage and motivate clients to get closer to (and eventually meet) their set goals. Sometimes those goals may be something away from the studio or your dinner plate. There is one goal to be met that has been near and dear to my heart for a few months now. This goal has been set by a little girl who is just one year old. With the help of her family, friends, and the encouraging community surrounding her, we can all hep her achieve her goal. That goal is to conquer cancer.

Emma Marie Wyman was born on October 18, 2014 and has been through more in her short year of life than most people will ever go through. In late spring, doctors discovered a  tumor inside of Emma, and after weeks full of inconclusive tests and many questions, doctors determined she had an undifferentiated sarcoma. Her parents, Lindsey and AJ, who are our very good friends, were devastated. We were devastated. How could this happen to such a small, sweet, innocent baby?

The doctors' plan was to start chemotherapy right away. The Wyman family headed down to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in hopes that her tumor would start to shrink. About 30 seconds into her treatment, Emma went into cardiac arrest. Her heart had stopped, doctors were able to revive her, but she remained heavily sedated for about a week. She had suffered a stroke. The family was already living a nightmare, and it just got worse.

The next few months were filled with physical, occupational and speech therapy on top of already scheduled chemo treatments. Emma had to learn how to regain mobility on the left side of her body, which was affected by the stroke. Doctors and therapists set goals for her each session, and slowly but surely, she began to meet those goals. She truly lives up to her nickname of "princess warrior."

Last month, Emma had surgery to remove the tumor from her body. The chemotherapy has been working to shrink the tumor so doctors could remove it. They were able to remove most of the tumor, but she will continue treatment for a few more rounds.

Emma's goal is to finish her chemo treatment and get stronger. Though she can't understand what she is going through, and we can't understand why, we can do our part to help. As I mentioned above, I have a passion for fitness and a passion for helping people, especially my close friends and family. I will be teaching two barre3 classes at barre3 Livingston this Sunday, November 8. One hundred percent of the proceeds collected will be donated toward Emma's treatment. 

Emma is working harder than ever to meet her goal. I'd love for you to set a goal before class on Sunday, maybe find a way to deepen your workout, or find a way to get back into the world of fitness if you've been away for awhile. You will be helping a strong little girl fight through her battle with cancer and ultimately conquer it. I encourage you to come out this Sunday, November 8 to become one of "Emma's Angels." 

Classes will be held at both 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm. There is a $25 donation fee associated with class. Please sign up in advance: http://bit.ly/1M8EF2n  

Come dance, move, and shake. Celebrate you to help celebrate others. 


For more information on Emma's Angels, please visit: https://www.youcaring.com/emma-marie-wyman-389549