2ND ANNUAL TOUR DE FRANCE CHALLENGE - JULY 5 - JULY 27 At Inspire Fitness, we are your Fitness Partner for the Real World! Our strength training classes offer a variety of weightlifting technique, functional total-body training, fun kettlebell moves, and challenging free weights. You'll love Spinning in our virtual theater accompanied by Birmingham's best coaches! Getting stronger, safely - USA Weightlifting at Inspire Fitness Our beautiful studio in historic, urban Highland Avenue neighborhood is the perfect environment to inspire you!

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7/29/2014 CONGRATULATIONS, CHALLENGERS!  Our Tour de France 2014 Challenge was a resounding success!  With Team and Individual winners this year, and cash prizes awaiting the top Challengers, everyone worked hard, stayed motivated and really brought the hard work!  We would like to congratulate Lorie Harper, winner of the Individual Challenge; Stephanie Hannah, Runner-Up of the Individual Challenge; and Team Challenge winner Los Velos Rapide: husband and wife Jared and Lindsey Bradford (who happen to be expecting their first child!) along with husband and wife Chris and Natalie Stanfield!  Way to go, guys – amazing job, and congratulations!  We would also like to thank ALL of the Challengers who did their best, attended classes and participated; and special thanks to our Inspire Fitness coaching team: Stephen and Kelly Creel; Sarah Moody; Caitlin Gaynor; Stephanie Chandler; and last, but not least, Adam Burton for holding down the fort on the Weightlifting program during the Challenge!  Special mention to Jessica Furniss for assisting with Weightlifting classes and taking photos throughout the Challenge!  It takes a Village to run a Challenge like this, and everyone really pulled it together – thanks a million!

7/2/2014 2ND ANNUAL TOUR DE FRANCE CHALLENGE!  Cash prizes. Teamwork. Challenging cardiovascular training. Want to get in on this excitement? Join us at Inspire Fitness during July 5 – July 27 for Spin classes devoted to creating a Tour de France experience like none other!  With exciting Tour de France live footage as our video backdrop, Inspire coaches will follow actual Tour de France stage/course outlines so you can follow the pros!  Stage One begins July 5 with a 75-minute Spin class kickoff.  Join us! Sign up today: schedule

6/14/2014 JUNE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE! Birmingham – we need YOU to keep our small business going! Thanks for visiting our website, and you may have been following us on social media, but will you show your support for our Bham-grown, Mom-and-Pop owned fitness studio by joining us? During the month of June, join us for 3 months and get your 4th month free. Current members, refer a friend on this deal, and get a month free. This deal is not available online – email or call us to get started! When you do, you’ll see what you’ve been missing – act NOW!

6/7/2014 BROUGHT TO YOU BY BIRMINGHAM MOUNTAIN RADIO: WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK Implement this one change, and you’ll see improvement in your late-day munchies, experience fewer mood swings and cravings, and might even lose a bit of weight. Try it!  Click here for more info! 

6/2/2014 ANNOUNCING: CARDIO CIRCUIT – THURSDAY NIGHTS We’re rounding out our summer class schedule to better serve our clients’ busy schedules, and are thrilled to announce a new Thursday night class (5:30 – 6:15)! If you want to enjoy the benefits of cardio training, with a change from your usual routine this is the class for you: Cardio Circuit class will introduce plyometric moves, agility drills, footwork, jumping, and hopping, along with some running and functional strength work. Blast calories and fat while enjoying a satisfying sweat! NOTE: Not recommended for clients with past or current lower-body injuries. Sign up HERE!

5/8/2014 NEW CLASS FORMAT Have you heard about Coach Stephen’s new Thursday AM Cyclocross class? Inspired by the rugged Cyclocross sport, it’s a combination of intense Spinning and off-the-bike kettlebell moves. It’s guaranteed to challenge your cardiovascular and aerobic system like none other, in addition to building muscle strength and power! The feedback we’ve gotten on this class format is that it’s really tough and challenging, but fun! All levels welcome – beginners will start with basic kettlebell swings and light weight, and will have the option of cycling for longer periods while working up to the kettlebell moves. Ready to bring it? Sign up here!

4/28/2014 RACE DAY RIDE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!  If you’ve been Spinning for more than 6 weeks, we invite you to challenge yourself with this special Spring Race Day Ride! We will hold a 75-minute mixed-format Spin ride with various Inspire coaches, fun music and video, prizes, and refreshments afterwards. Join us and celebrate your progress!  $12 non-members; no extra charge for current members and package holders. Sign up here.

4/10/2014 BRING A FRIEND TO SPIN CLASS FREE – SATURDAYS IN APRIL!  Ready to show off your wicked Spinning skills to your friends?  Bring them along for free – Saturdays in April!  All we ask in return is for your friends’ name and email address OR mailing address, so we can properly thank them for joining us!  9:00 AM Saturdays – be here!

4/10/2014 TIME FOR A RACE DAY RIDE! SAVE THE DATE – MAY 3  If you’ve been participating in the Spinning program for more than 6 weeks, we invite you to challenge yourself with this special Spring Race Day Ride! We will hold a 75-minute mixed-format Spin ride with various Inspire coaches, fun music and video, prizes, and refreshments afterwards. Join us and celebrate your progress!

4/6/2014 FUNCTIONAL FOODS WORKSHOP Q&A!  Check out Inspire Fitness Nutrition Consultant Caitlin Gaynor’s answers to YOUR burning nutrition questions, which she shared with Functional Foods Workshop attendees on March 22 and we’ve now published in our blog: click here and submit more questions anytime to us here!

3/7/2014 FUNCTIONAL FOODS WORKSHOP March 22!  Sign up today for our nutritional workshop led by Inspire Fitness Nutrition Consultant Caitlin Gaynor, focusing on Functional Foods, foods that best serve your body and its needs!  Now through 3/15/14, enter code FIVE_OFF to save $5 off the $15 enrollment fee. Spots are limited – click HERE to sign up today!  

3/5/2014 CHECK OUT OUR INSPIRING INTERVIEW of Mary Chris Ponder, Director of Operations at Baptist Health Systems, who trains with us at Inspire Fitness and in the past year has accomplished several of her fitness and wellness goals!  Congratulations on your successes, Mary Chris, and thanks for sharing your insight, tips and tricks with us! Click here to learn about Mary Chris’s journey!

2/19/2014 TRAIN SMART. LIVE WELL. YOU are a busy person. You can’t afford to start a workout program that ends up leaving you injured. Train with us – we have an impeccable safety record and offer only products that are time-tested and exercise-science-based. Technique matters with everything we do together – Spinning, strength training, and yoga. Our coaches are the BEST! Check us out on FaceBook and enter for a chance to win a free month: http://bit.ly/1oI4SGm

2/18/2014 EXERCISE AS MEDICINE Check out what one of our regular lunchtime fans had to say about us: ”I’d like to thank Inspire Fitness http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/ for my fabulous BP readings! I’m well controlled on a single drug, a diuretic, but haven’t gotten below about 120/80 in years. Exercise will do it, but every time I’d get in a program, I’d get injured (I have several chronic musculoskeletal injuries). But I’ve been spinning without injury for more than a year and my BP readings show it–I’m now averaging ~113/70.” Thank you for sharing with us when our programming improves your health – it makes our day!

2/16/2014 NOW OFFERING WEIGHTLIFTING CLASSES!  This is true Weightlifting, folks!  In our Weightlifting classes, we focus on strength-building, fat-blasting, muscle-carving moves like Deadlifts, Front Squats, Military Presses, and USA Weightlifting moves including the Jerk, Clean, and Snatch. Start where you are, including with the bar only – we will train you safely and build your confidence, form, and technique FIRST, before you add any weight to the bar. You’re going to love building strength with us!  (Note: we REMAIN dedicated to offering the best Spinning® and yoga classes in town! Combined with our strength training workouts like Weightlifting and Funcfit, you are guaranteed to get a well-rounded fitness program for incredible results!)

2/16/2014 COUPLES’ NUTRITION SPECIAL!  Have you ever noticed that you tend to adopt the patterns and habits of your spouse or significant other? Changing your habits is often MOST successful if you do it TOGETHER!  For a limited time, in honor of February, the month of LOVE – you can purchase a couple’s Nutrition Package for $80 (that’s a significant discount off the per-person price of $60!)  Couple’s assessment includes a brief diet analysis for each person, and goal setting/meal planning for the couple combined. This is such a great way to learn how to eat healthy together and work together to reach nutritional goals!  Call (205)558-2003 today to purchase – this discount will NOT be extended via online sales. Hurry – special pricing expires Saturday, February 22!

2/10/2014 STRENGTH PROGRAM RE-LAUNCH! You will notice some new strength training equipment downstairs when you visit the studio! Our commitment to helping our clients get stronger, fitter, and healthier is evident in our dedicated clients’ progress. Our FuncFit regulars got so much stronger, we had to order new equipment to keep up with them! If you are a strength training newbie, NOW is the time to start – we are about safety, sustainability, and helping you become fit for life.  Technique matters, which is why we invested in extensive coaching training to make sure YOU get the best coaching available as you start lifting. See a coach today to find out how to get started. You’re not going to believe what 2014 will bring!

2/9/2014 GoRed DRAWING WINNER!  You came, you sweated, you wore red!  Congrats to Diana Blackwell, who was drawn randomly from our GoRed participants this past weekend to win her choice of a special 60-minute Personal Training session with Coach Kelly ($60 value) OR a Nutrition Package with Coach Caitlin ($60 value)! Great job to everyone who proudly wore their red this weekend to show their support for Heart Health! For more information, visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/.

2/7/2014 GO RED FOR HEART HEALTH! Don’t be silent. Heart disease is the killer of 1 in 3 women in America (more than all forms of cancer combined). Inspire Fitness celebrates women and heart health by Going Red! In honor of Go Red Day for Heart Health, wear RED to Spin classes this weekend at Inspire Fitness (Saturday OR Sunday), and be entered into a drawing for a special 60-minute Personal Training session with Coach Kelly ($60 value) OR a Nutrition Package with Coach Caitlin ($60 value)! Wear red, sweat with us, and share what you’re doing for your heart – especially with your female friends and family members.

2/5/2014 FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART HEALTH MONTH! In honor of American Heart Month (February), consider this fact: Each day the average heart beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times! That’s a lot of hard work, so keep your heart muscle tissue strong and healthy by regularly practicing cardiovascular exercise, such as Spinning®! Come see us and let us show you how exercise can make you feel great and give you the quality of life you deserve.  Read more about the Inspire Fitness Spinning® program here.

2/3/2014 MORE OF INSPIRE FITNESS IN THE PRESS! Check out this feature from Birmingham Magazine on Inspire Fitness in the beautiful Highland Avenue neighborhood! We LOVE our community!!! Link

2/1/2014 INSPIRE FITNESS IN THE PRESS! Read all about Inspire client and fan Javacia Bowser’s quest to exercise 365 days in 2014 and her interview with Inspire Coach and Owner Kelly on the blog for NPR local station, WBHM (link) and listen to the NPR radio discussion on the topic here!

1/31/2014 SUNDAY (2/2) PM SPIN CLASS CANCELED; YOGA CLASS DELAYED We are welcoming our friends and trainees for Team Ovarian Cycling for a 3-hour training ride on Sunday afternoon, February 2 from 2-5, so our regular 3:00 PM Spin class is canceled just for this Sunday. Yoga, regularly held at 4:15, will be delayed till 5:15 PM.  Sunday classes will go back to their regularly-scheduled time next weekend. Enjoy your weekend and support Team Ovarian Cycling here!

1/26/2014 FITNESS ASSESSMENT PROMOTION EXPIRES SOON! Only five more days to use coupon code FITNESS2014 to receive $20 off our Fitness Assessment (regular price $39, special price $19 through 1/31/2014)! We have had many clients take advantage of this special offer to determine where they are currently with their cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular endurance, balance and strength! Don’t be left out – this is GREAT information to have going into 2014, so you can set your goals and make sure you apply your energy where it’s needed most! Purchase here today! 

1/16/2014 SUNDAY YOGA CLASS 1/19/2014 CANCELLED This weekend, Inspire Coaches Kelly and Andrea will be travelling to a USA Weightlifting Coach certification workshop, so we will resume the Inspire yoga program on Tuesday, January 21! Roll out that mat and practice your Downward Facing Dog at home, and we’ll be back in yoga action on Tuesday!  All other classes this weekend are ON as scheduled.

1/7/2014 CLASSES ARE ON AS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY 1/8/2014!!  Thanks to a pretty great vacuum cleaner, a fantastic building management team, really wonderful clients who gave us all the support and patience we needed, some elbow grease and hard work, and some really great luck, WE ARE ON for classes tomorrow at Inspire Fitness Birmingham as scheduled! You guys ROCK!!! Prepare to get your workout on tomorrow morning 5:30 AM with Coach Stephen for FuncFit! (And, please be advised to use the upstairs entrance. Hehehe)

1/7/2014 ALL CLASSES CANCELLED FOR TODAY – TUESDAY 1/7/2014 Friends and fans, regretfully Inspire Fitness was burglarized in the early morning hours of Tuesday 1/7/14.  We need a day to clean up, inventory the studio to determine exactly what is missing, start the insurance process, etc.  Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience, and we will be back open and ready to SWEAT ASAP!  Blessings to you and yours, Inspire Fitness Management

1/1/2014 HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Don’t miss our Resolution Ride today at 5:30 PM with Coach Gabe! Coupon code HAPPY2014 gets you $5 off the $15 drop-in rate – start off your New Year with a GREAT workout!

12/31/2013 IT’S THE LAST DAY OF 2013!  We have lunch classes today (11:30 FuncFit and 12:15 Spin with Coach Kelly), then will be closed for the rest of New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss our Resolution Ride on New Year’s Day (Wednesday, January 1, 2014 – 5:30 – 6:30 PM) with Coach Gabe – wish him farewell as he relocates up North to begin his new post at Indiana University. Good luck, and Happy 2014, Coach Gabe! You will be missed!

12/28/2013 COUPON CODE HAPPY2014 gets you $5 off the $15 drop-in rate! Come drop in and sweat with us this holiday season!

12/12/2013 ONLY 3 DAYS REMAIN in our Instagift special.  Snag it now, before time runs out!  Deal ends Saturday, Dec. 14!  http://insta.gf/1cvMed3

12/12/2013 Clients LOVE our new floors…

…in the downstairs studio area! Thanks to our awesome clients and friends for pitching in with the installation! It was an early Christmas gift for us, and we’re so thankful. We’ve had a blast already sweating, jumping, breathing, stretching and breaking in the new floors. Happy Holidays!

12/2/2013 We’re getting in on Cyber Monday! A Red Rider BB Gun with that thing that tells time would be nice, but how about an Inspire Fitness Birmingham e-gift certificate from Instagift to round off your loved ones’ stocking stuffers? (Note: if you want in paper form, we can do that!!!) Check out our Holiday deals: http://insta.gf/1cvMed3

11/30/2013 Today is Small Business Saturday!  We’re celebrating small businesses everywhere, including our own, so help us support by shopping small and local! Our Small Biz Saturday special deal through Instagift will help you kick off your holiday shopping for your friends and loved ones – buy an e-gift for $20, get $5 FREE; Spend $50, get $10; Spend $75, get $25; Spend $100, get $40!  Click here to buy:  LINK

11/15/2013 Life is Long! Consider Coach Kelly’s latest blog post about taking a long-term approach to fitness, http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/life-is-long/, when thinking ahead to your 2014 fitness goals!

10/23/2013 CHANGES ARE AFOOT at Inspire Fitness Birmingham!  We’re growing, so to accommodate that growth, we’ve made some changes in the physical layout of our studio that we’d like to share with you! You’ll notice the front desk has now moved directly adjacent to the front door, so be sure to stop by there to sign in for class! And, we’ll be creating a cozy and inviting lounge area in the side portion of the studio that was previously our office. (Coach Kelly votes for an automatic coffee/tea/hot cocoa machine!) We’ll be posting photos of our makeover as it progresses, so stay tuned! And, you’ll be excited to hear that changes are coming to Highland Towers Apartments as well!  With a change in building ownership completed in September, we hear renovations and upgrades are in the works…more details to come!

10/20/2013 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to us!!!  October 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Inspire Fitness’ Grand Opening in 2012. Thanks to our customers and clients for making the past year a BLAST!  We’ve had so much fun watching our clients grow stronger, fitter, healthier and happier over the past year, and we can’t wait to see what the next year holds!  As always, our clients inspire us just as we seek to inspire you!  High fives to all!!!

10/9/2013 Mt. Everest 3-Hour Ride Training Begins Saturday, October 12! Saturdays in October and November will be a little different at Inspire Fitness!  Beginning October 12, during our Saturday classes (beginning 9 AM), together we will be working toward one goal: Conquering Mount Everest in a special 3-hour ride that will take place on Saturday, November 23!  Here are some of the benefits you will experience, with hard work and dedication, during this 7-week special training program:

  • Calories Burned 2000+ during the ride; 7000-11,000 during training!
  • Total Training time 13.75 hours over 7 weeks!
  • Physical Changes Less body fat; Increased cardiac output; Lower resting heart rate; Lower stress hormones; Lower triglycerides; Increased Thyroid hormone; Increased Growth hormone
  • Psychological Changes Better mood; Increased confidence; Sense of accomplishment; FUN increased 1000%!

The Mt. Everest Official Training Roster filled up fast, but if you missed the Roster sign-up deadline (Friday October 4), you still may be able to grab individual slots on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis on Saturdays.  Check the schedule and reserve your class slot up to 7 days in advance.  Good luck, climbers!  See you Saturday!

10/1/2013 “Chin-Up Challenge” Finale Results!  We brought it. We attempted our unassisted and band-assisted chin-ups after a 7-week progressive training program designed by Women’s Health contributor Tony Gentilcore (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/chin-up-challenge). Monday we tested ourselves, and here are the results!

MOLLY PARTRIDGE  Unassisted Reps: 2  Band-Assisted Reps: 6

MADELINE ADAMS  Unassisted Reps: 0  Band-Assisted Reps: 6

AMELIA SUTTON  Unassisted Reps: 0  Band-Assisted Reps: 4

COACH KELLY CREEL  Unassisted Reps: 0  Band-Assisted Reps: 10

Our concluding thoughts: chin-ups are freakin’ hard!!! But we’re going to keep at it. This program has gotten us closer than ever before. Most of the participants were unable to complete a single band-assisted rep before this program.  Chin-ups, for the uninitiated, are an excellent strength goal for women because they build muscle mass in the upper body and constitute a max-rep effort.  We’ll be revisiting the progressive moves in FuncFit classes to come, so we’ll re-test ourselves again in a few months!  Great job, ladies!!!!

9/26/2013 “Chin-Up Challenge” Finale date changed!  Lots of folks out of town this weekend, so we’re having our Chin-Up Challenge Finale DURING FuncFit classes on Monday September 30.  We will NOT be having the Finale this Saturday at 8:00.  Attend EITHER FuncFit class on Monday (AM or PM) and we’ll warm you up, then have you attempt your unassisted and band-assisted chin-ups!  We will be counting the reps of both types of chin-up (unassisted from hanging, and band-assisted from hanging) for each attendee and posting the results on our website, so eat your Wheaties! After Chin-ups, we’ll complete a regular FuncFit class, so you’ll get a well-rounded workout to start your Monday off right!

9/23/2013 “Yoga for Stress Management” Workshop Notes Published  We had a great time practicing yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation at our Stress Management workshop yesterday.  If you weren’t able to make it, stay tuned for future workshops.  The notes for yesterday’s workshop have been published on the Inspire Fitness blog at:   http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/yoga-for-stress-management-workshop-event-syllabus

9/12/2013 Enrollment is OPEN for our ”Yoga for Stress Management” Workshop!  Enrollment is OPEN for a special “Yoga for Stress Management” workshop with the Inspire yoga team: Kelly and Andrea! The workshop is Sunday, September 22, 4:15 – 6:30 PM. Join us and learn about how the practice of yoga, including physical postures and non-physical yoga practices such as meditation and breath awareness, can help you manage the stress that life throws your way. Cost is $15 to attend the 2-hour workshop. Sign up here: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ws.asp?studioid=31663&stype=-8&sTG=23&sVT=10&sView=day&sDate=9%2F22%2F2013

9/4/2013 Bring a Friend to Saturdays in September at Inspire Fitness! Sweating is so much more fun when the energy is shared! Beginning this Saturday (9/7), bring a friend along free to 9 AM Spin class, and you’ll both be entered for a drawing to win a 5-Class Package (drawing held 9/30)! Register your friend for any Saturday class by emailing the studio (kcreel@inspirefitnessbirmingham.com) to reserve the spot for their free class. Terms: friend must be new to Inspire Fitness OR must not have visited Inspire Fitness for a free class in the past 6 calendar months (March 1, 2013 or after); friend must agree to have email address added to our newsletter mailing list for e-newsletters sent out on a periodic basis (monthly/quarterly); friend must be registered for the class BEFORE class starts by emailing via instructions above in order for both of you to be entered into the drawing (otherwise you are still welcome to attend class). Questions, contact Kelly at the studio via email or phone.

8/25/2013 Inspire Fitness is now an online affiliate of The Alabama Booksmith! At Inspire Fitness, we are about starting where you are and effecting change in our local communities. We support locally owned and operated businesses, and encourage our clients to do the same. As such, we are now an online affiliate of The Alabama Booksmith. The latest book on our reading list is “Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know are Good For Me?” by BJ Gallagher, and can be purchased through Alabama Booksmith here:

Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know are Good For Me?: Taking Small Steps Toward Improving the Big Picture

Check out Coach Kelly’s latest blog post which reviews the book above by visiting http://inspirefitnessbirmingham.com/?p=217!

8/22/2013 Yoga + Spinning = a match made in heaven!  Read these two articles that explain why Spinning and yoga have been cornerstones of the Inspire Fitness program since Day One! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/spinning-yoga-fitness-classes_n_2470451.html and http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/191

8/16/2013  Runners NEED Spinning!  Runners, as you map out your fall training plans for upcoming races, don’t neglect to plan your two cross-training days per week!  Spinning is the perfect complement to running: it’s lower-impact, improves leg muscle strength, helps you perfect your pedal turnover which helps with range of motion and stride refinement, not to mention it’s a GREAT cardiovascular workout!  Runners, come see us at Inspire Fitness and be prepared to experience huge gains in your running game!  (Read more on Spinning and running:  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/the-benefits-of-cross-training/?_r=0  and http://beta.active.com/cycling/articles/improve-your-running-skills-with-indoor-spin)

8/14/2013 Take the Women’s Health Chin-Up Challenge!  To participate in the Chin-Up Challenge, Inspire Coaches Kelly, Stephen and Atheena will be working with our FuncFit class attendees on progressive moves working toward chin-ups for the next few weeks!  According to the Chin-Up Challenge designer, Tony Gentilcore (CSCS), chin-ups are a prime move for women as well as men because they add muscle mass, tone the core, back, chest and shoulders, and in turn help boost your metabolism and shed body fat.  Learn more about the chin-up challenge here:  http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/chin-up-challenge  Are you in?!  Sign up for a FuncFit class today!

8/6/2013 New Inspire Fitness Coach Atheena Walters’ classes are getting rave reviews:  Check out what some of our clients – and an Inspire coach – had to share about Coach Atheena’s FuncFit /Boot Camp classes!  Get in on the action by signing up here: class schedule

“Tough workout!” –Robert M.

“Thank you, Atheena – am rocking a sleeveless top due to your awesome arms/shoulder workout! Great start to a Friday!” –Madeline A.

“Atheena is awesome!” –Amelia S.

“She is tough.” –Shaun R

“I tried Coach Atheena’s Wednesday night FuncFit class for myself and loved her formatting and coaching style. She’s tough but motivating and encouraging. She has a great energy and the class was just the right blend of challenging but doable moves. The standing hip flexor extension and standing crunch I’ve now incorporated into my own strength routine. Yeah Atheena!!!” –Coach Kelly

Click here to see our class schedule!