If you’re reading this right now, chances are you’d describe yourself in at least one—if not more—of the following ways: active, athletic, fit, healthy, strong, flexible…I could go on. Maybe you’ve been this way for as long as you can remember; you know, since that first time your mom took you to soccer practice wearing a two-tone, reversible jersey—so long that it was basically a dress. Maybe you found your way to a gym, yoga studio, park, or pool more recently as a way to get moving, chase after new goals, and make new friends.

Regardless of where you are in your fitness journey, have you ever thought about what your life might be like if these activities simply weren’t an option? I don’t mean because you’re too busy, too tired, too intimidated, or too full of excuses. I mean if you physically couldn’t—not because you’re temporarily sidelined by an injury, but because your body isn’t capable.

It’s honestly a tough scenario to imagine. The days I hit snooze on my alarm at 5 a.m. are ones I often beat myself up for later because I sacrificed my time to work out. It’s pretty easy to fall into the trap of saying, “I HAVE to work out today,” especially when it’s something that’s just another part of your daily routine, or maybe even your job.

There are other times though, when I’m able to stop and reflect on how lucky I am that I GET to exercise. June 16th will be one of those times. As part of Burn Boot Camp’s third annual nationwide campaign, “Be Their Muscle,” Burn Boot Camp Elizabeth is partnering with Lenny Boy Brewing to host a charity workout in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

All proceeds raised from “Be Their Muscle” will directly benefit MDA’s Summer Camp, a place where children with muscular dystrophy and related illnesses can participate in physical activities they never thought possible.

MD is caused by a lack of genetic information the body needs to build and fuel healthy muscles. MD affects the muscles to varying degrees, but causes them to gradually weaken. Sufferers may become unable to sit upright, walk, or breathe easily—all things that most of us don’t think twice about while exercising or going about our days.

At MDA summer camp, children with MD are able to go horseback riding, zip lining, and swimming—and at no cost, thanks to generous donations through fundraisers like “Be Their Muscle.”

The Burn Elizabeth “Be Their Muscle” event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at Lenny Boy Brewing on June 16th, starting with a workout around 8:45 a.m.

Round out the 45-minute sweat session with healthy breakfast options from one of Charlotte’s top food trucks, followed by a silent auction. Community vendors will also be joining in on the fun with merchandise, samples, and raffles. Tickets for the event are $20 and will go directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association—get yours here!*

Show up and sweat it out with us in support of those who need our strength.

*Please note you must purchase a ticket to participate in this event.

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Krysta Huber
I work in finance by trade but fitness by passion. I'm a former Pure Barre and Piloxing instructor, and currently training to become a trainer with Burn Boot Camp in Charlotte. Growing up a swimmer in the competitive waters of New Jersey, I've always been extremely active and had no desire to slow down once I elected to hang up the towel after high school. I launched into group exercise classes in my college gym at Washington and Lee University and loved the feeling of motivating others by staying active. I spend most of my free time exploring all of the fitness options available in Charlotte and have made a ton of friends along the way. One of my favorite parts about taking and teaching group exercise is making connections with like-minded people. These experiences led me to teaching at Pure Barre Myers Park for about a year and I'm now beginning a new phase in my fitness chapter with Burn. I'd love to contribute my communications skills to SweatNET's fitness community and empower others to get plugged into all that Charlotte has to offer.