Woman Crush Wednesday – Amanda Widener

November 8, 2018 / Public Categories

We hope you are all having a wonderful week. You know what we love? Hearing from YOU! Everyone has a WERQ journey. How incredible is it that Haley Stone has created a format that inspires people, challenges people, and builds the most incredible community? We LOVE it! Today we’d like to share a WERQ Transformation story with you. Meet Amanda Widener. She has literally WERQ’d her booty off. Amanda, your story is inspiring. We love seeing your smile and confidence shine through in these photos. Keep up the great WERQ!

My WERQ story isn’t that long, but it was a bit of a long time coming. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life, but I danced and was in marching band until I graduated from FSU. As I got older and then eventually had kids, the weight kept creeping on. It seemed like no matter what I did I kept gaining weight, getting more tired, and got more depressed. Finally I demanded medical answers and saw multiple specialists. I suffer from PCOS, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and Hypothyroidism. Once I got those under control I had the energy to start working out again. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been and could hardly walk 2 blocks to take my kids to the park. 

One day my friend suggested I join her for a dance class at the Y called WERQ. “You would love it!” she said. So I went. I was terrified that everyone would judge me. I felt like I didn’t belong there. But this class was unlike any I’d ever been to. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and a few even messaged me via social media to make sure I kept going back! 
It was hard in beginning. For months I couldn’t finish a song without feeling exhausted. I couldn’t lunge, jump, or squat. But slowly it got easier as the weight started coming off. I went from 2 classes a week to 3. Then 4. Then, after 9 months I decided to get certified. Not to teach, but just so I could have access to the library. But once I was certified my friend who owns a gym asked me to teach for her. She loved how my story and progress motivated others. So I started teaching and it wasn’t was the best thing I’ve ever done! 
Now I take or teach a WERQ class 5-6 days a week. It’s my “me time.” I’ve lost 100lbs and counting and I’ve made some of the most amazing friends from all paths of life. WERQ has completely changed my life in so many ways and I just want to share it with everyone. When you do what you love, with people who truly care, and it doesn’t feel like work, that’s the recipe for success.
When it doesn’t feel like work, it’s WERQ! You’ve got that right, Amanda. Cheers to you on this Woman Crush Wednesday. Have a story you’d like to share? Email us at info@werqfitness.com.