If you’ve taken classes at iCandy Dance & Fitness Studio, chances are you’ve seen Catherine Chatman in at least one of them. She can be found at iCandy almost every day, happily chatting with classmates and instructors whilst stretching, dancing, conditioning, or twerking.
Catherine began at iCandy almost two years ago but wasn’t sure she’d return after her first class.
“I was discouraged and came home crying,” she reflects. “I had met my match; I felt like I was too old for these classes. But I didn’t give up. And here I am two years later, stronger and more confident.”
Catherine grew up dancing as a child in the streets and briefly studied ballet when she lived in France. A fitness instructor for 24 years, 18 of which she taught jazzercise, Catherine has participated in countless fitness classes. But something about iCandy’s classes stuck with her and made her a lifelong student.
“In other classes I always felt like I was by myself and instructors didn’t pay attention,” she says. “At iCandy, I feel like I matter and that everyone is a friend.”
Not only are the classes unique, fun, and challenging, she says, but they’re a great way to build self-confidence and “bring your sexy back.” Plus, the classroom environment is judgement-free.
“You’re accepted for who you are. Ladies come to class wearing sports bras and booty shorts and no one cares. At iCandy, you are who you are. Take it or leave it.”
iCandy instructor Melina says Catherine takes almost every single class she teaches. “She’s a constant uplifting presence,” says Melina. “Not only does she inspire me personally, but she serves as an inspiration to other students. She always has a smile on her face.”
Catherine’s top three classes: Pole Only, Cize, and Assisted Stretching.
“Assisted Stretching has changed my life,” Catherine gushes. “I’ve had problems with my back for years. I was injured a few years ago and was almost paralyzed. But since I began Assisted Stretching, I haven’t returned to my chiropractor since. If I ever have an injury, it’s gone after Assisted Stretching.”
Her advice for new students: don’t give up. “No matter what happens, don’t stop. You’re going to make new friends, have fun, and join an awesome family of strong, supportive women.”
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