Mission's New Year Motivators!

We get it. Making your health a habit isn’t easy so we’re calling in the experts for advice. Introducing Mission’s New Year Motivators…real people with real life $*&t revealing their tips and truths on how they make their health a habit ...no matter what. 💫

Meet Libbie Allen! 👋🏻

Holding the title 🏆 as our most recent Health Habit Champion [nearly 100 classes in 60 days!] this full-time working mama of 3 makes our daily hustle look like child’s play.

Mama to 👧🏼Anna [6] + 🧒🏼Caroline [3] + 👶🏼John [2]

🏡Wife of John Allen

🗣Speech Language Pathologist at Little Sister’s of the Poor

When she’s not helping her patients say the words or convincing her friends to replicate a Tik Tok video this big-hearted soul is always finding ways to make life better and brighter for those around her.

Here’s how she manages to make it all happen plus squeeze in a daily workout…without breaking a sweat 💦 [outside the gym, that is]!

"I decided to make my health a habit after I had my first child and dealt with postpartum anxiety + depression. Although I’ve always enjoyed exercise after I had my first child in 2015, exercise became something that I needed more than enjoyed. Becoming a mother was a gift but immediately after giving birth changes in my hormones threw me on a cruel anxiety rollercoaster; which turned into depression. It wasn’t until 9 months postpartum I realized I was depressed and needed more than just medication to improve my mental health. I began running more which helped my mental state but during my second pregnancy I began having issues with my IT band. Running became more hurtful than helpful. It was during this time that I struck up a conversation with a neighbor (and soon to be best friend) who was instructing Pilates at new fitness studio in Midtown and she urged me to come “check it out.” That fitness studio was Mission Fitness.

When I walked through the doors at Mission for the first time, it truly felt like home! I knew only two people there but it didn’t matter. The classes were killer but taught me how to change my mind and body in a healthier way. The air was light, as well as the decor 😀 and LIGHT was what I needed in all my darkness.

Here we are nearly 4 years later and I still visit Mission Fitness almost daily. I am a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and coworker because I choose to improve my mental health through exercise. I can wholeheartedly say, joining Mission Fitness has been one of my best health habits to date. I am grateful for the exercises, instructors (really friends) and the chosen family that have helped me kick my anxiety to the curb."

Listen to Libbie and follow in her footsteps...just not her moves in Pilates. 😂

Meet Dara Green! 👋🏻

When this boss babe steps into a room everyone takes notice. Dara is a lethal combination of fit, fierce, fearless and FUN. She walks through life with a quiet confidence and unbridled kindness that makes her easy to love and tough to forget. If Dara was a craft cocktail she’d be the ultimate crowd pleaser…the perfect amount spicy and sweet.

🏠Mama to Sweet Vincent 👶🏾[3]

👩🏾‍💻Business Owner, IV Solutions: a digital agency with an emphasis on branding, digital marketing and development solutions.

✊🏾Co-Founder of Black History Now Port City

⭐️Commonwealth National Bank Emerging Leaders Board Member

When she’s not shattering a glass ceiling or slaying a class at Mission, Dara enjoys reading, hot yoga, and being a plant mom🪴!

Here’s how she manages to make it all happen plus squeeze in a daily workout…without breaking a sweat 💦 [outside the gym, that is]!

“I decided to make my health a habit 2.5 years after a really stressful and high risk pregnancy/labor & delivery. I really had just gotten my energy back and thought, hey I need to keep this up. We all know how stressful having a baby can be for any woman. Add high risk, NICU time, breast feeding, and postpartum depression in the mix and you’re now at another level of stress and exhaustion. I’ve learned that a healthier me is what will fuel me to be everything I need to be for my son, family, and ultimately my entire community. It’s what keeps me going and motivated to actually do the work. If I can commit 30-45 minutes to myself in between meetings and consultations, to work on being a better version of ME, the sky is the limit! I’ve never liked traditional gyms, it always felt like a chore and I ultimately would just get discouraged and stop going. Mission Fitness is definitely a hidden gem (gym) for me. There’s a level of accountability and encouragement when I go to a Pilates, cycling, row, core, or reformer class. I have a support system every time I show up to get my workout in for the day and that’s what makes it easy to just simply show up!”

Cheers to Dara! 🥂We hope her wise words and noble efforts inspire you as much as they do us!

Meet Raychel Larson. 👋🏻

Our most recent Fitmas Challenge winner and a perpetual double dipper in allllll the classes this gal stays in constant motion and keeps smiling while she’s at it.

👨‍👩‍👧 Mama to Chloe [16] 👱🏻‍♀️ + rescue pups Lola and Lucy 🐕🐕‍🦺

👩‍❤️‍👨 Wife of Randy

🧪 Full time chemical sales rep for Nalco

When she’s not slaying a challenge you’ll find this Mobile native walking the pups through Midtown or getting her hands dirty with a little DIY project at the house.

Here’s how she manages to make it all happen plus squeeze in a daily workout…without breaking a sweat 💦 [outside the gym, that is]!

“I decided to make my health a habit after 10+ months of no fitness activity at all. During that time we were in the process of selling our old house and buying a new one. With that transition came the unexpected expense of renovations + moving and then if that wasn’t enough…along came Covid. Throughout that time I just felt crappy. I wasn’t managing stress well. I wasn’t happy. I’d cancelled my gym memberships and realized I was spending all this time and energy and money renovating my home while putting my health on the back burner. I made a commitment to change that and came up with a plan. I knew I wanted to find a place that was close by my Midtown home so proximity couldn’t be an excuse for not showing up regularly. Over the next months I tried out loads of gyms but kept getting burned out on the redundancy of the classes. The more places I tried the clearer my priorities became for the gym I would call home. I wanted to find a gym that challenged me physically, offered a wide variety of quality, instructor-led classes and wanted it all housed in a positive environment. After trying out Mission I knew it was the right fit. Once I’d officially joined I began scheduling my classes a week or two in advance and plugging them into the calendar so life didn’t have a chance to fill in those time slots for me. Once I created the routine the benefits are what keep me motivated to continue. Today, I feel better. I can manage everything better. I’m a better mother. A better wife. A better employee. All because I prioritize my health.”

Well said and well done. This girl knows how to lay the hammer. 🔨

Meet Krissy McCullough 👋🏻

The 2020 Nappie Winner for Best Divorce Attorney this tiny powerhouse is the very epitome of brawn + brains.

👨‍👩‍👦 Mama to Fiona (7) 👧 + Graeme (4) 👦🏻

👩🏼‍💼 Founder of Empowered Family Law

🥦 Co-Chair of the Lawyer Wellness Committee for the Mobile Bar Association

⭐️ Leadership Mobile [Class of 2021]

🏃🏻‍♀️Co-Creator of Girls C.A.N. [Confidence Athletics Nutrition]

Champion of the people and advocate for all things noble + healthy + worthy, Krissy puts her energy where her heart is. A beast in the courtroom + doting mama at home she wears allllllll the hats like the boss [babe] she is.

Here’s how she manages to make it all happen plus squeeze in a daily workout…without breaking a sweat 💦 [outside the gym, that is]!

“I truly began to make my health a habit when going through a divorce. I wanted to find a healthy way to cope with the stress and uncertainty over that difficult time. That was 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve made my daily workout a priority. That time has become sacred and as non-negotiable as showing up for work. Now, exercise and meditation are automatic. Creating the foundation of the routine is important but it’s also not a static process. During the peak of the pandemic I joined Mission Fitness. It was there I learned that variety is key to staying on track and finding continued enjoyment in exercise. Mission truly transformed and elevated my exercise experience. The positivity, the variety and the novel approach they take to fitness is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Going to Mission is a pleasure. It’s a refuge. It’s a light. The space, the people, the owner…all make it so.”

☺️☺️☺️ If you need us, we’ll be right here just blushing + beaming.

#1 Meet Ashley Ludwig 👋🏻 our resident rowing guru [and soon to be Ride instructor!]

Meet Ashley Ludwig 👋🏻 our resident rowing + ride guru.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Mama [of Baron👦🏼+Daisy👶🏻] 👰Wife [of David] [insert Handsmaid jokes here] 👩‍🏫Teacher at UMS And a hoot and a half any day of the week 🤣…but really. Get on a text thread with Ash immediately and thank us later. To say she’s busy is an understatement, yet somehow she manages to make life with two littles + a full-time and a fun-time job look easy. 🤯 Here’s how Ashley manages to make it all happen plus squeeze in a daily workout without breaking a sweat 💦 [outside the gym, that is]!

👉🏻I make my health a priority by setting realistic, attainable goals for myself. Between working full time as a teacher, and juggling two kids, I set myself up for success by simply committing to 30 minutes of exercise each day. With the right routine, 30 minutes is really all you need to get an effective, calorie-torching workout! With [Open Gym ]at Mission, I can select the time of day that fits best with my family AND work schedule! I love an exciting and longer class with my Mission besties but it’s super helpful to have the option of a pre-planned workout and convenience of [Open Gym] when life gets in the way.👈🏻 You can put Ashley’s tip to the test in her 30 minute express Ride class every Friday at 5:45am! Have a little longer? Check out her back to back Iron+Core class on Mondays at 5:45pm + Ride30 at 6:30pm!