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At the end of each Refit class, instructors end with three or four minutes of “heart work” where everyone comes together and hears an inspiring message from the coach.

“We make a difference in people’s lives with the things that are said to them and that are said to them,” Seay said. “I was getting emails from people about how the class was helping their marriage, like they felt more confident in their marriage because they were gaining confidence here.”

Lynchburg resident Billy Coffey has been coming to the fitness studio for over a year now.

“I met Kat in 2015. I went to [one of her classes] and I fell in love with it, “he said.” And she convinced me to become an instructor, then I became a Zumba instructor. When the pandemic hit, I was teaching seven to ten classes a week. at the Y and it all stopped. I had surgery, then my son died in a car accident, and I needed a place to go. I knew Kat and I knew it would be a great place to exercise.

Coffey said he especially enjoyed the “hard work” at the end of each class and the fact that the instructors would text him to make sure he was okay if he missed a class.

Forest resident Heidi Foster has been taking classes since the studio opened.

“I have become so much stronger; I slept better and I feel better and happier, ”she said. “The community is so encouraging and they are watching you when you are not here and you don’t feel intimidated by anyone else. Everyone belongs, no matter their size, age, race, whatever.