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Left: Vicki Steele works on her left jab with 9Round owner Mark Balk. Above: Punching a bag is another way she builds upper body strength. Below: Steele is happy to show off her slacks that no longer fit. VICKI STEELE CREDITS HER WORKOUTS AT 9ROUND BALLANTYNE WITH HELPING HER LOSE NEARLY 100 POUNDS. you are advanced or a beginner, we tailor the workout for each person depending on their ability and goals," Balk says. "It's all about what works for today's clients, and 30 minutes in and out will always be appealing to people. People are never going to have more time." Steele says the workout drills provide the intensity she needs. "I come out super sweaty and I know I got a great workout in, versus driving to a fitness club and having to be there at a set time for a class. Here, I can start my workout anytime and it's comparable to getting a personal trainer for a fraction of the cost." "It's like a good restaurant," Balk says. "Someone tells you to eat there because the food is outstanding. You're heading there the next time you go out! That's how our business keeps growing. It's word of mouth." Losing nearly 100 pounds has offered Steele all the motivation she needs to make exercise and healthy eating a new way of life. "It's so important to set this example for my children." 9Round is now an integral part of her personal journey. "I have made significant lifestyle changes," Steele says. "My kids are so proud of me, and I have no intention of going back to the sedentary life I once lived." WINTER 2012-2013 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 71

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