Member Spotlight: Louis Polonsky

Meet Louis Polonsky! He is one of SculptHouse’s newer members and although he is new to the workout, he is a seasoned athlete and lover of all things fitness. He is proof that SculptHouse is for people of all ages, abilities and for guys, too!

How did you find SculptHouse?

In addition to triathlon training, I’m very active in group fitness classes (yoga, spin, weight training, and, at times, even barre) in Atlanta, and had heard about SculptHouse through some of my workout buddies, so it was natural to try it out … and voila, here I am, and am so pleased with my decision to “take it to the House.”

You seem to really like the Megaformer but haven’t used the Woodway curve treadmill yet. Why do you prefer the StrengthSculpt classes?

I get plenty of cardio 3 or 4 days a week in spin classes, outdoor cycling, on the stair climber and with floor exercises such as burpees and mountain climbers … plus, I’m totally in love (OK, in a weird way) with the Megaformer, that I don’t (as yet) want to give up that full 50 minutes of pleasure (so to speak) … and, the results have been very noticeable, so why change? … but, the Woodway curve treadmill will be on my “to do” list very soon!!

How is the Megaformer (Lagree method) different from anything else you’ve done?

The Megaformer is one of the hardest and most rewarding workouts that I’ve ever done. The Megaformer elongates and stretches my muscles, strengthens my core and improves my balance (critical for all ages, but especially as you get older) like no other workout I’ve ever had.

What are the biggest changes you have seen since adding SculptHouse in to your workout regimen?

In addition to being stronger since I’ve started working out at SculptHouse, my muscles are leaner and more defined … plus, although my weight loss has been minimal, I’ve redistributed certain areas of my weight in a very good way … and I’m much stronger in my abs and my balance is much better (which I especially notice either while doing balancing poses in a yoga class or while in “triathlon” position for long rides on my bike).

Besides the actual workout, what keeps you coming back to The House?

I very much enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the SculptHouse instructors and front desk personnel, and the studio is pristinely clean.

What’s your favorite move on the M3 or favorite body part to work?

That’s a tricky question! Similar to a yoga class, the moves that are the easiest (for me, upper body work on the Megaformer) are usually our “favorites” … but, the moves on the Megaformer that are often the hardest for me (such as plans into pike position with my feet on the carriage while trying to keep the carriage still – yikes!, slowly extending the carriage out with a planted foot while the toes of the other foot are on the back platform, or holding squats and trying to keep the carriage still and then gently pushing the carriage out while trying to maintain my balance) give me the most satisfaction as I get better in doing them.

Would you say SculptHouse is a place for all ages, shapes and sizes?

Yes, absolutely! With the expert and confidence-building guidance from the wonderful instructors at SculptHouse, all ages and fitness levels can eventually become comfortable in this workout regimen. Yes, the Megaformer can indeed be a bit intimidating at first, but if you take it slowly and put a lot of stick-with-itness into your workout, anyone (not just those at the higher fitness levels) can do it … it all comes down to how much you want it (“it” being a healthier and more productive body that will definitely enhance your enjoyment of life).

Anything else you’d like to add?

Although I’m 65+, have certain injuries and physical limitations, and recovery from vigorous workouts (such as at SculptHouse) is a continuing issue for me, I strongly believe that physical fitness is often a question of mind over matter … and SculptHouse does indeed challenge me to the limits of both my mind and body, and makes me realize that if I want it badly enough, SculptHouse can make “it” available to me … and the results are extremely rewarding … I say try SculptHouse, and, if you are patient and persistent, it could change you forever.

Louis you are such a badass and we love having you at the House!! You are an inspiration to US and we are honored to be a part of the changes you are seeing both physically and mentally after adding SculptHouse into your mix!

Love,
The SculptSquad

Trainer Spotlight: Becky Cawood

As a SculptHouse trainer, nutritionist, yoga instructor and founder of Kale & Tonice, Becky Cawood is always on the go to say the least! But she finds time to eat healthy, exercise her body and soul, and inspires people to do the same. You can catch her teaching StrengthSculpt Tuesdays at 7:15 and CardioSculpt on Wednesdays at 8:30 and 4:30pm…meet Becky!

As a trainer and our very own InHouse nutritionist, you know how important it is to fuel your body before and after you workout. How has your journey with nutrition affected and played a part in your fitness regimen?

Back when I was running in college, I was probably eating the worst I have ever eaten in my entire life. I would eat donuts for dinner, skip meals due to the times I would practice or the intensity of the workouts and refuel with whatever I could get my hands on, which often included microwaved dinners, packaged items and candy. I would also try to maintain a “certain weight” for running so I would not eat enough food during my meals. Needless to say, I would crash a lot.

Fast forward to now and knowing what I know through my own healthy journey with holistic nutrition and Ayurveda, I soon realized how important fueling your body (especially to perform a workout or even a daily task) really is. If I were to give advice to my 20-year-old track athlete self I would say, eat consistently, don’t skip meals and eat REAL food. Your body NEEDS food and trying to lose weight by not eating is not the way to go. If you feed your body what it needs, on a regular basis, it will know what to do with the excess stuff. These simple shifts would have made a huge difference in not only my performance, but my overall energy would have elevated as well.


Any favorite summer dishes or drinks to share?

Right now my favorite summer dish is this watermelon salad on my blog. It is very easy to make, and you can eat it by itself or add some grilled chicken, quinoa or fish for a little more substance! Get the recipe here: http://www.kaleandtonic.com/single-post/2017/06/29/Mouth-Watermeloning-Salad

How do you get ready each week when it comes to preparing food, then finding time to fit in your own workouts, teaching at SH and balancing your personal life?

I choose a day each week that I can shop and prep as though it was an important business meeting. I make a list of what I need and do the prep work to make sure I am able to stay committed throughout each day of the week. I also make it a priority. This is non-negotiable for me because it is easy to allow your diet/lifestyle to slip through the cracks. Each week I sit down and look at the week ahead. I schedule my meals & workouts as well. I have had to say no to certain events and jobs because I know how important eating well and creating balance is for my health and mental stability. It is a choice and commitment. I have to practice what I preach 🙂

What sets the SH method apart from other group classes?

The atmosphere & ability to expand. There are a lot of great fitness studios out there, but with the combination of high level teachers and quality workouts at SH and being able to cater to all levels; the results are fast & effective!


What’s your favorite Megaformer move? Favorite Curve block?

Gosh, this is hard. I would say on the Megaformer I love wheelbarrow or plank of any variation! They are such versatile, full body movements that challenge and strengthen the entire body! For the curve, I would say a good 10 second sprint or a build up!


What kind of music can we hear in your classes?

A good mix but I tend to lean toward remixes and techno!

What’s your favorite part about being part of the SculpSquad?

The squad & community. Working with the sculpt squad ladies that are committed to elevating our community push and inspire me to be better at what I do. The members are also committed to showing up and working hard which in turn makes me want to do the same.

Thanks Bex, we love you!

XO,
The SculptSquad

Member Spotlight: Hailey Dray

Hailey Dray literally lights up the studio the moment she walks in. She has the brightest smile and such a loving heart but when she gets on the M3 and the Curve, she’s all business! Hailey gives 110% during each and every class and we want to share her story!

How long have you been coming to SH and how often?

I’ve been coming to SH for about seven or eight glorious months. I started out coming two or three times a week, and worked my way up to coming six days a week.

How is the SculptHouse method different than other group classes you’ve tried?

SculptHouse slays the fitness game.

I’ve never been much of a “class girl” for many reasons. The biggest reason is probably that fact that there hasn’t been enough bang per buck for most of the classes I’ve tried… coupled with the fact that I had this false sense of self-discipline thinking I could work out harder on my own.

SH stripped me of every misconception I’ve held about classes down to every last detail. The CardioSculpt classes allowed me to get my strength and cardio done in about an hour. The combination of the high intensity interval training on the Curve and the slow-twitch muscle-building that lengthens and tones on the Megaformer crushes any workout I’ve tried.

On top of being a killer, fun workout, the mental strength that the SculptHouse method and the trainers teach you is unrivaled. While there are other people in the class, I never feel like I’m getting lost in the crowd. I feel as though I’m being personally trained, motivated and encouraged.

These incredibly strong, inspiring, kind, hilarious women have a contagious energy. They’ve ingrained the words “yes you can” into my brain that has translated to other aspects of my life beyond fitness.

How has your body changed?

I’m 99% sure I laughed when I saw a couple of the moves the trainers were teaching me to do when I first started. My reverse catfish looked more like a dead fish, and my cobra resembled a struggling sloth. I was also one of the least flexible people I knew before training at SH.

It hasn’t gotten easier necessarily, but I’ve gotten much stronger. That’s the awesome part—you can master the form, but you can always make it harder by going a little bit slower on the Megaformer, stretch a little bit deeper, or run faster on the curve.

I’m still learning, growing and sculpting my body, but I’ve never felt stronger, faster, or more motivated.

What’s your favorite M3 move? Favorite Curve block? Music?

M3: Teaser to a twisted bear (oblique killer)

Curve: Last block level 4 – 20s. It’s a chance to grow mentally, and give it everything I’ve got left in the tank.

Music: It’s all incredible. You can’t help but to feel like a badass going at your top speed on the Curve to Ali Bomaye or Lose Yourself.

What would you tell someone who is hesitant to try this new type of workout?

I was hesitant too… and now look how hard I’m nerding out about SH.

Every bit of it is worth it. The trainers, the methods, the inviting atmosphere, the music, the results. I never thought I would find a class like this—the hype is real.

Meg took me under her wing when I first started, and she, along with the other trainers have changed my mindset for workouts. Get to know a trainer or ask someone taking the class about their SH experience—it’s so refreshing to see people’s kindness and passion, and you’ll quickly feel right at home. You’ll form new friendships and feel a part of something, while shaping yourself along the way.

What’s your favorite thing about the House and the SculptSquad?

I love this question because I know I speak for many when I answer this. My favorite part about the House and the SculptSquad is that feeling of comradery that uplifts, empowers and motivates me.

Every time I walk through the door for class, I feel like I’m back in high school walking into lacrosse practice. We’re a tight-knit team at SculptHouse and we love the SH game.

I’m not sure when I started saying “We” when referring to the SculptSquad, but that’s the beauty of it. There’s a huge sense of belonging—whether it’s a “we’re in this together” warm smile you get when gearing up for sprints, or one of the high fives thrown around after class—you feel motivated and connected…all while strengthening your mind and body. It’s pretty epic. So are the results.

It’s no secret that Kale Me Crazy is your favorite post workout spot! What’s your “go-to” at KMC?

Ahhh… guilty as charged. My go-to is the Recharge. Every time. Half a banana. Or an avocado if I’m feeling snazzy.

Anything else you want to add?

I’m grateful for everyone who works at SH, and for all the people that go and encourage each other. I’m banking on it being in Dallas, Austin, NYC, and all the places I love soon… so………….. just saying. Let’s throw Nantucket on that list too.

Thanks Hails for supporting SculptHouse and believing in us from the beginning! People like you, really make the SculptSquad what it is!

With Love,
The SculptSquad

Trainer Spotlight: Lindsey McClellan

This month we are sitting down with the one and only Lindsey McClellan! We call her Linds and she absolutely lights up any room she enters. But don’t let her charm and gorgeous smile fool you…she will kick your butt as soon as that music and class start! We love Lindsey because she is so positive and supportive in and outside of the studio. She can take your bad day and turn it right around while forgetting about the outside world for an entire 50 minutes. Meet Lindsey:

You have taught other types of group fitness classes here in Atlanta. What makes SculptHouse’s workout so different and effective?
I love the combination of cardiovascular conditioning and strength training. The SH method is a great combination of HIIT on the Woodway Curve that keeps my heart rate in an optimal fat burning zone and strength training on the M3. What makes SH different is half of the class is focused on getting the heart rate up on the curve while the other half is on the M3 stretching, lengthening and toning those hard to target areas I struggle with most.

What is your favorite type of music to play during your classes at The House?
I love me some EDM/Dance, rock, hip-hop and pop. I am big on remixes and love anything Matoma.

What is your favorite Megaformer move and why?
Any of our oblique exercises I absolutely love…especially a member favorite – twisted bear. This move is one where you can just feel your obliques getting tighter.

What is your favorite block to do on the Curve?
Give me 60 – builds any day on the curve and it’s a good day for me. This one is my favorite because you hit each level. You’re at level 2 for 20 seconds, level 3 for 20 seconds and then level 4 for 20 seconds followed by a level 1 for 60 seconds in between. It is a great feeling to get your heart rate up knowing you can walk it out for a minute before repeating that sequence – twice.

At the House, each instructor has a bin to keep whatever they need to teach. What’s in your bin? What’s in your gym bag when you work out?
There is nothing exciting about what you will find in my bin and gym bag. In my bin you will only find extra workouts and my microphone screens and in my gym bag the clothes and shoes I am going to work out in, maybe a protein bar and headphones. I probably should get more creative with these things but just essentials for me. ☺

Where can we find you when you’re not at The House?
You can find me at Buckhead Church, spending time with my amazing husband, Jonathan, hanging out with dear friends, on a run or curled up reading a good book!

Best part about being part of the SculptSquad?
Without a doubt the clients and the amazing women I get to work with! What an honor to have a team of trainers that I can call friends and clients who have become friends. Katherine and Megan have created an environment that is full of comradely, laughter and motivation to be the best we can be. I love that I get to walk into a place encouraging others to be the best version of themselves they can be. I like reminding them that they have 50 minutes to tune everything out and focus on what they want to accomplish not to mention they are changing their bodies. It has been a privilege to be a part of this amazing team and grateful for the clients who make it possible for SculptHouse to be what it is.

You can catch Lindsey on Tuesday nights at 5:45pm, Wednesday mornings at 7:15 & 8:30am, sweaty Saturdays at 8am and starting on October 14th – Fridays at 6am!

Thanks Linds, we love you!

XO
The SculptSquad

Member Spotlight: Pete Chambers

SculptHouse wants you to meet Pete Chambers! Pete has been a huge part of SculptHouse’s growth since before we even opened. We can’t thank him enough for his continued support and spreading the word to the ATLFit community about the House! Meet Pete:

How did you hear about SculptHouse?
The Lead Trainer, Megan has been one of my favorite instructors for the past several years in other fitness classes.  So three or four months before even opening, she contacted me about SculptHouse; and said “Pete, you are going to LOVE this workout.”.  Boy was she right!  From the moment I started doing the pre-opening/mock classes, I was hooked.
 
What would you tell another guy looking to try SculptHouse?
That this is by far THE MOST challenging workout or class I have ever done; and is THE BEST core work you can do, period!  I’ve brought several buddies of mine who are in incredible shape to try a class.  They all loved it, and said it was an incredibly tough workout and the best core work they have ever done.  So don’t think that SculptHouse is just for women!  It will challenge and push you to the limit . . . but you WILL see the results you want, if you stick with it.

How is the SH workout different from other group classes you’ve done?
First, the Megaformer is different from any other piece of equipment I have ever worked on.  It forces you to isolate the muscle(s) you are supposed to be working and minimizes your ability to “cheat”.  The number of movements and different parts of the body you can work on the Megaformer are endless.  Second, the cardio portion on the Curve treadmill is incredible!  The combination of Megaformer and Curve is a perfect workout . . . in only 50 minutes.  Third, the chic studio, music, great energy, and beautiful instructors make SculptHouse a VERY unique place.   
 

What is your favorite move(s) on the Megaformer? Favorite Curve block?
I love ALL of the core and oblique moves on the Megaformer, so it’s hard to pick just one, because they are all killer!  But “French Twist” is probably one of my favorites.  I have a definite love/hate relationship with the Curve . . . hate it while I’m on it, but LOVE it when I’m done.  The final block is my favorite with the 45 builds. 
 
What physical changes have you noticed the most?
The shaping, toning and strength to my entire core (not just abs, but the entire core area) have been amazing!  I feel stronger everywhere, because I have strengthened my core area so much!  Also I have noticed huge changes in my legs, both in tone and strength. 
 
How often to you visit the House?
At least 4 times per week minimum, but on the average 5 times per week.
 
Can you tell us a little bit more about your exercise experience throughout your life and how the SH workout has been accessible even while recovering from any injuries? And also, do you think this workout can be for anyone of any age?
Even though this is an intense workout . . . don’t be scared to try it! SculptHouse is for anyone and everyone.  I’m in my late 50’s, and I’ve had three back surgeries, one torn rotator cuff, one dislocated shoulder, one completely shattered wrist and permanent sciatic nerve damage in my left leg . . . yet I can still do SculptHouse and achieve great results.  So if I can do it, anyone can! You just have to be willing to try, to push yourself and to take that first step!  SculptHouse is exactly what the Atlanta fitness community has needed!  It is a unique workout that provides definite results if you do it right and stick with it.  It is NOT easy!  But the results are rewarding! 

Pete is right…you have to find a workout that works for you and stick with it! We are so happy to have Pete at the House several days a week in both formats: CardioSculpt and StrengthSculpt classes. Thanks Pete!

Love,
The SculptSquad

Gameday Outfit Picks from SculptHouse Boutique

This Saturday kicks off College Football, with NFL games soon to follow! We all know what that means… it’s time to tailgate! Along with the perfect spread of snacks and cold beer, a cute outfit is a must. Everyone wants new pieces for game-day and SculptHouse has you covered!

SculptHouse Boutique is all about comfort, versatility, and practicality. Having a piece that can be worn as workout or game-day attire, makes the purchase that much more exciting!

Here are our picks that pair perfectly with a skirt or top!

1. Koral Muscle Tank
“Burnout” holes adds fun texture to this crop top/.
Black or cream
$85

2. Nesh Torn Legging
A Nesh classic back in stock! Mesh underlay makes the “torn” parts of the leggings not so bare and a lot more fun@
Black
$150

3. Koral Web Tank
One of our top selling shirts! Open back design gives your outfit an edge!
Black or white
$130

4. Varley Sofia Tight
The perfect legging with (faux) zippers to dress them up a bit!
Black or Navy (coming in red soon!)
$110

5. PRISMSPORT 4-Way Top
Can be worn 4 ways! Open in back or front or tied in front or back!
$68

6. Holst + Lee Buena Vista Bracelet
The perfect layering piece with all the jewelry you already have, or on its own!
Black, Silver and Gold (we also have a number of other colors!)
$175

7. Michi Molten Top
Long in back, covers booty. Flattering fit with fun mesh on back and shoulders.
Black and White
$125

8. *NEW* Nesh Side Swipe Legging
Sporty legging that is so comfortable you will wear it all day!
Black/White stripw
$155

XO,
SculptHouse Boutique Girls

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind & exercise of the body

Welcome to The House, SculptHouse’s lifestyle and news blog devoted to keeping ahead of the Curve on the wellness scene—and its chic lifestyle components!

The House will be your source for all thing fitness, fashion, travel, food and beauty. Our trend-spotting posts will keep you up to date on how to get your mind engaged and your body looking and feeling great from the inside out!

In planks and pikes,

Katherine
SculptHouse Founder & CEO