willPower happy | The willPower Method®

In February of 2009, my life changed in an instant when I decided to end my marriage as a result of betrayal. For the months that followed, I kept up my usual routine of an active lifestyle by teaching cycling and group fitness classes part-time. Hoping that I had made the right decision, I tried to face each day with dignity on the outside; however, on the inside, my sense of empowerment and self-confidence was crumbling. In December of that year, I met Stacey Lei Krauss through another training and she mentioned her signature class, willpower & grace®. She spoke about his class with such passion and affection that I could not help but be intrigued by this hard-to-describe barefoot, sweaty, cardio, pilates-infused, mind-body class. A few weeks later, Stacey Lei invited me and my colleagues to attend her master class at a nearby professional conference. On that hotel ballroom carpet, I skeptically lifted my big toes and pinky toes up and down and wondered what on God’s earth was this class?

After the sweaty 90 minutes were over, I had this euphoric and empowered feeling I had not felt in months, and maybe even in years. Something about the willPower & grace® class spoke to my wounded heart and perhaps, this was what I needed to lift myself out of the fog that I had been in for months following my divorce. Thanks to my boss, our studio held a Phase I training for willPower & grace® within weeks of taking the master class and our staff was our way to becoming certified instructors. Within a few short months, one of my colleagues was teaching a class on Saturday mornings and every week, I attended that class to not only learn the choreography to teach my own classes someday, but also I loved the way it made me feel. By focusing on strong precise movements, I was forced to think about my physical body in a purposeful way. By focusing a word of the week each class and letting it permeate my actions and thoughts, I was forced to contemplate my self-awareness and my self-belief on a deeper level. Consequently, I began to connect with myself in a way I had been avoiding for months.

Tracy Sole Training | The willPower Method®

In the months that followed my breakup, I had been in therapy, I had been working out, I had spent many hours talking to my family and friends, but nothing made me truly push through until I found willpower & grace®. The vulnerability and the rawness that came from the physical challenge and the emotional energy of class stripped away the facade I had shown to the world that I was “okay and moving on” and here I was, a girl that was indeed, scared, riddled with self-doubt, and alone for the first time in years. Ultimately, what propelled me back to authenticity was an epiphany that no therapist, no amount of mindless sweat, no friend or family member could do it for me—all I had was me, my soul, my body, my purpose, and my movement.

To this day, when I teach or take a willPower & grace® or infusion® class, there are a few moves that remind me how far I have come, particularly, the squat with rotation. Sometimes when I pick up my “gift,” behind my foot, I pick up my past. I grab ahold of it, I honor it by placing it over my heart and I find gratitude in how it transformed my life. Then, with all of my power, inside and out, I set it free over my shoulder, releasing it. Then, I find my eyes in the mirror to see that all I need is in front of me: myself.

 

Tracey Miller

Based out of Rhode Island, Tracy Miller has been teaching fitness for over a decade, and is a certified Group Fitness Instructor by the ACE, Spinning®, IndoRow®, and a Level III instructor with The willPower Method®. She accredits her childhood best friend’s mother (also an instructor) for her career in fitness because while other teenagers were preoccupied with drama, Tracy wanted to accompany her friend’s mom to the gym for class! Tracy is a high school history teacher currently taking a leave, to pursue her graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

8 Comments

  1. Nikki Graybill
    Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 at 8:49 pm ·

    You are simply amazing! And so glad I get to call you a friend:)

  2. Tracy Miller
    Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 at 9:26 pm ·

    Thanks, Nikki!!! Right back at you!!!

  3. Jenn DeLuccia
    Jenn DeLuccia
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 6:05 am ·

    Tracy, we are so lucky to have you as an instructor! You’re inspiration has a ripple effect!

  4. Jenn DeLuccia
    Jenn DeLuccia
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 6:07 am ·

    I meant “your”, LOL….

  5. Wendy Strohl
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 6:24 am ·

    Tracy what an amazing story… willPower and grace is a life changing class!

  6. Rebecca Davis
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 8:29 am ·

    Thank you for being so brave and sharing your story. You bring me so much hope! Wishing you grace in the new year!

  7. julia Collins
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 at 7:46 pm ·

    So many roads, so many different routes & they all lead to willPower & grace. XO

  8. Jody DIaz
    Monday, January 14th, 2013 at 9:09 am ·

    Tracy you are such an amazing lady. In the short time we spend together anually, you really help inspire us all with your teaching tips and positive attitude. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can not wait to see you again!