Fit Feature: Grand Ledge Amanda Hengesbach

Amanda Hengesbach, 38, of Grand Ledge, loves to stay busy, active and teach others her love of dance. And, while she’s at it, she fits in plenty of physical activity.

The real question is, how?

Hengesbach is a teacher at Grand Ledge High School during the day as well as the owner of Ledge’s Sweat Shop, a fitness studio specializing in group fitness classes. She teaches dance at the Rising Star Studio of Dance Arts and is an assistant director and choreographer for Grand Ledge High School musicals.

“I am definitely busy, but my family is always my priority!” Hengesbach said. She has two children. “I am so fortunate to have a very strong support system that helps me, keeps me sane, encourages me, and tells me to slow down. It truly takes a village! Also, my kids get to be a part of so many things that I do. Both my kids have been involved in the musicals, they both are my dance students, and my daughter loves coming to my cardio dance classes.”

Hengesbach said she keeps fit by teaching cardio dance classes three days a week, teaches dance at the studio one night a week and when it’s warm enough, runs outside when she can. She avoids diets, eats in moderation and sticks to whole foods as much as she can.

“I have not been in the fitness industry very long, but I do love how many options are out there for people. People will only stick to an exercise routine if they enjoy it.”

She doesn’t like all the unnatural, unhealthy supplements and ideas that are pushed.  She believes they send the wrong message to people, especially young girls.

“I am a firm believer in everything in moderation,” she said. “I try to eat a majority of healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables and limit my dairy, sugar, and carb intake.” Ledge’s Sweat Shop has been open since 2016 and features several classes, all of which you can find online at ledgessweatshop.com.

Her advice to those looking to improve their health: “Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and love, then it doesn’t feel like exercise!” she said. “I am a much better wife, mother, teacher, etc. because I make time for my health. It provides an outlet for stress. Getting healthy and maintaining your health is the greatest gift you can give to all your loved ones!”

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