Featured Fit Chick – Margaret

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Margaret Josey-Parker

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? Feels like eternity, but I think it has only been 3 ½  years. Hehe.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Well, I feel like I have pretty well maintained my fitness and my strength through my late 40s.  That seems like something to be proud of.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I like the atmosphere at FCE, people are friendly and good-natured and I don’t even mind that Angie razzes me all the time.

What is your favorite part of FCE?  My favorite part is the timing and the fact that the workouts are ½ hr – 45 min. makes it easy to commit to getting there.

What advice would you offer to newbies? The pain dissipates eventually and then it is only occasionally that you can’t sit down.  I like that soreness.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. It is good clean fun, most of the time.

Featured Fit Chick – Brandy

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Brandy Riley

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I have been a member for 2 years.  What brought me to Fit Chicks was a desire to find a workout that was fun and challenging in a great environment.

 What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? It’s going to sound ridiculous but one day I want to move something and realize that my core muscles were helping. It was a strength I’d never felt before, even though I had done many an aerobic class, walking, and weights.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I think I have the same obstacle as  many others, carving time out for myself. While it will probably always be and obstacle, knowing the great workout, and amazing ladies waiting for me at Fit Chicks keeps me motivated to keep coming back.

What is your favorite part of FCE?  My favorite part is that Fit Chicks is more than just a place to work out. It’s a place that provides a community of support for a healthy lifestyle. On top of that I can honestly say that even after two years I don’t think I’ve ever done the same workout twice. The excitement and creativity of the staff here is awesome, and is reflected in the many different classes offered.

What advice would you offer to newbies? You’re going to love it, give it a try!! I can’t wait to me you.

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE? I would describe being a member of the Fit Chicks Community as an awesome addiction!

 

Featured Fit Chick – Stephanie

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Stephanie Thai

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I have been a member of Fit Chick Express since September 2009. I won a free month of classes, and after my first class I realized I wasn’t in nearly as good shape as I thought I was. 😉 It felt good to be challenged.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I have had MANY accomplishments since becoming a Fit Chick! I finished the Spartan Race with fellow Fit Chicks and felt really strong. I have become a personal trainer and kickboxing instructor and LOVE sharing what I do with others. My feelings about my body and how it serves me has evolved so that I look at it with appreciation and thankfulness rather than obsession over a number on the scale. And most importantly, I have found a family of women who have embraced me, helped me through the hardest time in my life and who I know I can count on for anything.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Being accountable to get to the gym when I’ve made an appointment for class is a huge motivator for me. I used to exercise for 6 months out of the year — when it wasn’t dark outside. Once I started Fit Chick and knew that someone would be looking for me if I didn’t show up, I showed up!

A big obstacle for me has always been the nutrition portion of fitness. I ate all white things and vegetables were a rarity. I have seen that no amount of exercise can make up for a balanced diet. In the past few years, I have realized that I have a gluten intolerance. Having Fit Chick support from the other members and trainers has helped me to take away many of those white foods that made me sick and to learn how to eat differently to nourish my body.

Most recently, I took time away from Fit Chick to take care of my terminally ill husband. While Minh was sick, and after he passed away, I forgot all focus on myself — what I need to do to take care of my body, soul and heart. The Fit Chicks have been an amazing army of friends that came to my rescue in those crisis months and who still help me take care of myself now.

What is your favorite part of FCE?  My favorite part of FCE is the friendship and support that I feel with my fellow Fit Chicks. I love sharing yoga, PIYO, zumba, bootcamp and kickboxing with this beautiful group of women and having fun while staying fit!

What advice would you offer to newbies? The thing that I love most about Fit Chick is what was most difficult for me…meeting the other women and forming connections. I would say to have FUN at your workouts, laugh at yourself and with the women working out with you and soon enough you will grow to appreciate the friendships you will form here just as others will appreciate you.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. Fit Chick Express is my home away from home and my family away from family.

18 and Under Options

Do you have a child(ren) who are between the ages of 14-18 that want to join you at some of our Fit Chick Express Classes?

Check out our policies below: 

 

  • Any child under the age of 18, MUST have a parent accompany them to a class if they attend, and must have a parent sign a waiver for them. (Sign Waiver Below!)
  • If a child under the age of 18 would like to attend Kickboxing, PIYO or Boot Camp, they must first attend 3 Private Training Sessions with one of our trainers so that they can be evaluated to see if they have proper form and knowledge so that we can keep them safe from injury at such a young age.
  • Any child under the age of 18 is allowed to attend Yoga or Zumba without the private training classes.

3 Private Training Sessions

3- 30 Minutes Sessions = $18/session = $54

Contact us at angie@fitchickexpress.com with times and days that work for your child and we will set you up with one of our instructors.

Featured Fit Chick – Bobbie

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Bobbie Covert

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I met Angie pre-Fit Chick when she was doing personal training on her own.  I became a Fit Chick before Fit Chick even had a “home”!  I think this was around 2008?  We used to do boot camp classes outside in the park, which was perfect for me after working a pretty stressful corporate job.  Small wonder I end up teaching a lot of evening classes!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Changing my way of life from someone working a corporate job in the pharma industry (which frankly wasn’t the best fit for me) to someone making their own way doing things more in line with my beliefs about health (= food not drugs!).  Finishing my MNT (Master Nutrition Therapy) certification was a long, fascinating, and challenging process!  After quitting the stressful job in 2010, I became a trainer for FCE, and got schooled in all things food related – including cooking – since I’m also a Natural Foods Chef.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome?

Motivation is a funny thing…  I joke that if I could find the “key” to motivation, I’d be beyond rich!  Like most folks, my motivation ebbs and flows…  Personally I find the healthy eating part to be much easier than staying motivated to work out and run, but also like most folks, after the workout is over I usually feel SO GOOD.  So I try to tap into that feeling when I feel less-than-motivated.  Also, I have aging parents, and I know their health now would be better if they had eaten better and exercised.  For me, that is a potent reminder.

What is your favorite part of FCE? Fun women, lots of laughs and good times!  It is hard to do a plank while someone is making you laugh in class but I figure it can only make my abs stronger!  The camaraderie in workouts makes them easier to get through, and also sometimes helps me work just a little harder, too.  As a trainer here, I also want to single out Angie and my fellow trainers – who have all been supportive, flexible, & helpful when I’ve needed to be away from FCE or had changing school schedules!

What advice would you offer to newbies?

-Don’t be afraid to be a little sore, and definitely reframe the soreness as something fantastic!  It’s your body giving you feedback, saying “THANK YOU for moving me, I’m aware you’re making me stronger, and that is good for me and my future!”

-Give yourself permission to use the “disabled” stall in the bathroom (assuming no one else really needs it!) when your glutes are super sore!

-Enjoy yourself, laugh with us, and always ask for help if something doesn’t feel right!

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. Fit Chick has been a huge part in big life changes for me in the past 7 years, not just from a workout point of view, & I can’t really imagine life differently!

 

Featured Fit Chick – Amy S

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How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?

I joined Fit Chick in Spring of 2011, on the recommendation of a friend who’d been going. She knew I did better when a part of a group and thought it’d be a good fit.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?

Discovering how much more physically capable I am. Because of the people and the motivation I get at Fit Chick, I’m doing things I NEVER would have tried five years ago. I’ve completed five 5K mud runs; I did Slide the City; and I just climbed my first 14er!

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome?

My fellow Fit Chicks are my method for staying motivated; being a role model for my sedentary friends and my kids is the reason. I have overcome a few health setbacks, and a run-in with a concrete wall, but the biggest obstacle was ME.

What is your favorite part of FCE?

My family of Fit Chick girlfriends. I can count on support, laughter, positive perspectives.

 What advice would you offer to newbies?

It doesn’t matter what level of fitness or lack thereof you’re at. Fit Chicks welcome you with open arms and instantly adopt you as part of a boisterous, sunny, fun-loving family of sisters.

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.

Fit Chick has literally altered my life for the better.