Read Lisa and Tony Zappa’s account of their epic weekend with AFCC3 coaches Hannah Eden and Paulo Barreto!
If you’re part of AFCC3 or follow Oxygen on social media, you probably saw that we went to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to work out with Hannah Eden and Paulo Barreto at their gym, PumpFit, last weekend. We’ve been lucky enough to work out with them once before, so we had an idea of what to expect this time.
One thing is for sure: Spending time with both of them inspires us in ways we never could imagine. Right off the bat, they make us feel like we’re family. They are hands down the most genuine, real people we know. That’s one thing we love about them, there’s no BS with them. They give it to you straight in such a positive way.
The night we arrived, we took a class by one of their instructors, Nina. She is so much fun! Her energy mimics what Hannah and Paulo are all about. She kicked our butts big time. We were a sweaty mess after, and we loved every single minute. We even spent some time with her after class and got to know her better. We love her!
We were lucky enough to be approached about taking over Oxygen’s Instagram to document our time with Hannah and Paulo. We were both beyond excited to be able to show all of you firsthand what our time at PumpFit was like. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, go check out their AFCC3 Highlights on their Instagram profile.
The next morning, we arrived at PumpFit early to catch up with Hannah and Paulo and document the first class Paulo was teaching. Guys, the energy in that place is out of this world! From the second they start, you instantly know you’re in for a fun time. If you ever get the chance to get down there, GO! We got to watch Paulo kick Hannah’s butt, so she was sure to pay him back in our class! LOL
It was time to get sweaty and get our butts kicked by Miss Hannah herself! Since we had been before, we knew that we would leave totally wiped. We were not disappointed. We collectively decided that we should do an Instagram Live of the class, and we’re so glad we did. It was a blast going back to watch, especially Hannah’s little dance number while we were all outside running! J
We set up at the front of the room and were ready to roll when Paulo set his water bottle right between us. We both instantly knew we were in for a treat! Having Paulo between us made us push even harder. At one point, I even went as far as to TRY to keep up with him on the runs, but that didn’t last long. Paulo is a gazelle, and let’s not talk about how much longer his legs are!
I can’t lie. Knowing we had to do anything that involved a wall and a handstand scared us, but we were pleasantly surprised at how well we did. Seriously, the energy in there is amazing. The opportunity to be coached by Hannah was unreal. She keeps you going when you want to quit, motivates you to push harder than you think you can, and without a doubt, she helps you realize your potential when you are in that environment.
When we booked our trip, we had no idea that it was PumpFit’s thee-year anniversary, so when we found out, we were so excited. That evening, Hannah and Paulo hosted a party to celebrate. We felt so lucky to attend.
We finally got to meet more of Hannah and Paulo’s team — Meghan and Courtney, who we both feel like we’ve known for years. It was like we were all old friends just getting back together again. They are both hands down the sweetest ladies. We also had the opportunity to hang out with their nutritionist Alexa Uherek for a while. We talked about how the Challenge is going, what our experience has been so far with the nutrition, and how hard we see everyone working.
We also can’t forget Hannah’s parents, who we absolutely love. Hearing how proud they are of her and Paulo and knowing that they see how hard all of us are working felt really good.
We know how down-to-earth and great Hannah and Paulo are, but we had no idea how much of them has rubbed off on their PumpFit members. Every single person at the party was amazing. For us not living there, we felt so welcome as if we had been a part of that group for ages. Getting a chance to talk to so many of their members just reinforces how wonderful they are and what they’ve built. It’s truly a family there!
Leaving Fort Lauderdale, we both had a deep sense of how much they have changed our lives and touched our hearts. It’s crazy to compare us just over a year ago before we discovered them and where we are now. We couldn’t be more thankful and feel blessed to have them in our lives. We feel like they are our family away from home. It was a quick weekend, and we both wish it could have lasted a lot longer, but there is no doubt that we will be back soon!
~ Tony & Lisa
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