photoWhen I met Yvette, it was ten years ago. And not unlike other stories you may have heard we met at the gym. I was immediately drawn into her warmth, energy, and personality. So it should come as no surprise that she quickly became one of my favorite instructors. Every class I took with Yvette, even though it was a group class, she made every one feel as though they belonged. I never once felt intimidated, which is an easy feeling to have when working out at a large gym. She always gave the feeling that anything was achievable and possible. After Yvette left the gym I belonged to, the feeling of community I felt in those classes went away. Even still I continued to go to the gym on a regular basis, but knew I needed to find Yvette, and fast! I quickly learned through mutual Yvette fanatics, that she was becoming a personal trainer, and instructing small group classes. Fast forward ten years later, I very rarely go to the gym, but I work out 4 days a week with Yvette. While there I am amongst a great group of ladies that I not only work out with, but am privileged to call my friends. Yvette always mixes it up through her various workouts: kickboxing, kettle bell, strength training, TRX, yoga, etc. Her classes are never boring! I don’t think I’ve ever done so many variations of push-ups. In fact, if someone had asked me to do even a single push-up ten years ago I would have laughed. Asked me what a kettle bell was? Would have thought it was something that belonged around a cow’s neck! But now I know that a kettle bell class is no joke, but she does make always make it fun and challenging! I was a little apprehensive when she recently started me in kickboxing, having never done it before. But in true Yvette fashion she has me loving it. Now that I am well into my 50’s I have Yvette to thank for keeping me strong. Not only physically, but mentally. She has helped me to realize that being fit is more than just a number on a scale, or how I look in a mirror. It’s about being healthy to be there for the people that I love, and who need me. Which is what Yvette not only teaches, but lives everyday. I just want to thank you personally, Yvette from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me and I look forward to another decade of Yvette Salva Fitness!