Featured Fit Chick – Kelly

Kelly Arthur

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I have been a member of FCE for just shy of 1 year. I found FCE when the studio moved in across the street from where I practice yoga. Yoga is great, but I missed the camaraderie and motivation that comes with working out with others (talking seems to be discouraged in yoga). I still practice yoga, but it is fun to have the balance of both.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  Coming to realize that I enjoy doing burpees.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Since joining FCE and committing to a regular workout schedule I have noticed I sleep better, have more energy throughout the day, wake up for the 6 AM class without much resistance, and I am generally happier.  All of this plus the people keep me motivated.

What is your favorite part of FCE? Having someone else tell me what to do and the people! I work out much harder at FCE than I would if left to my own devices. The “Fun Fridays” workouts are my favorite.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  It might hurt the first few classes, but stick with it, in a short time you will see an improvement in your stamina and a decrease in your soreness after class. Also, FCE is for everyone; do not be intimated. Everything can be scaled and you can go as heavy or light with the weights and as fast (or slow) as your body needs at the time. Remember everyone was new once and it is a very welcoming group of people.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? FCE has provided me with the variety, motivation, and camaraderie that I was looking for in a workout program.

Featured Fit Chick – Haley

Haley Mesander

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I’ve been a member at FCE for about 4 months. I found FCE when I was looking for a gym that offered high-intensity bootcamp classes, but the FCE community turned out to be nothing like a gym (which is incredibly refreshing!)

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  My greatest accomplishment has just been being more active. When I joined FCE, I barely exercised (just a walk with my dog in the neighborhood every day). Now I am either working out at FCE or biking most days of the week.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I am motivated by the other fit chicks at FCE. They work HARD in class and many participate in athletic events outside of FCE even though they all have very busy lives like me. It’s inspiring!

My biggest obstacle since joining FCE has been being consistent with exercise with the constant travel and flux in my life over the summer. I’m slowing building more of a habit of being active into my life, but it’s still a work in progress.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I like how the boot camp classes are always changing, and it never feels like I’m stuck in a rut of the same exercises over and over.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Don’t compare where you are in your fitness journey with others.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? FCE is a great place to get a quick, intense workout and meet new awesome people!

Featured Fit Chick – Nabeela

Nabeela Merali

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I started my trial in April but officially since May. I’ve been asking Angie questions about FCE for two? years now. After having blood work done, realized I needed to make some serious changes with my health and FINALLY set up my free trial. I’ve been a member of so many gyms but after the first couple of months, stopped going because I always felt uncomfortable or judged.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  This is the first workout routine that I’ve actually STUCK with for more than a few weeks and doing exercises that I never thought I would be able to do.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? The great thing about FCE is that everyone is there to support each other. We may whine and gripe during the exercises, but I honestly feel that each one of us wants to see each other succeed. Also, watching my body change and getting stronger has been awesome! I still struggle with actually getting there some days because I’m too tired or in a bad mood but I know once I’m there, my mood will immediately get better.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I really like that the workouts change each day and the community. I feel really supported here.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Try it out. It may seem intimidating at first but everyone is there for the same reason, to get healthier!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? My experience so far has been tough but fun and I’m so grateful I finally came in!

 

Featured Fit Chick – Ana

Ana Lucaci

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I’ve been a Fit Chick for 6 months and I came seeking to get toned and feel better about how I looked. My friend Raluca has been going to the boot camp classes and she had great results.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  I participated in a 10-week diet challenge and learned to eat better and incorporate more veggies in my meals. At the end of the challenge I was happy with how I felt and looked and got lots of compliments on the change. Now there’s no smoothie I’m making at home that doesn’t have spinach or kale in it!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Seeing the results keeps me motivated. Finding time to work out was a serious obstacle! When I kept hearing health professionals saying one should exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes, I thought it would be impossible for me to find the time. I am involved in lots of community activities and have a daily commute into Denver. Now I go to Fit Chick Express at least 3 times a week!

What is your favorite part of FCE? The women community here is extraordinary! We all make fun of how hard the workouts are (and yet we still come for some reason), but the instructors are very encouraging and knowledgeable on how to modify for one’s needs.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Working out at 6 AM is not that crazy: you get it done early in the day and it gives you the energy and stamina you need to survive a busy day.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? The FCE experience has been the answer to what I needed to push my physical abilities a step further.

Featured Fit Chick – Deb

Deb Sudbeck

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I was first a member in 2011 for 3 years then had to stop because of a change in my work but was able to join again this past December. I’m so happy to be back!! And people remembered me from the previous time I spent at FCE!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  Improved strength and energy level! I can fit into clothes that I wasn’t able to in a while!

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? My motivation comes from how FCE makes me feel when I do it consistently-healthy, happy and energized (and that good kind of sore!). My main obstacle is finding the time to fit it in with work and home life, that is why the 30 min. workouts are so perfect!

What is your favorite part of FCE? The workouts, the variety of workouts/exercises we do and of course the amazing wonderful fun group of ladies!!! I may not be the most vocal but I love the supportive, fun, non judgmental atmosphere! OH…and I love Angie who pushes us and keeps us accountable…she knows when you haven’t been there and calls you out!

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Keep with it, do what you can and enjoy the women that are surrounding you while working out!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? My experience at FCE has been so much FUN! It is the one program that has kept me motivated by giving me results, a community of support and has kept me healthy and happy! Thanks Fit Chick!

Featured Fit Chick – Mickey

Mickey McLaughlin

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I have been a Fit Chick for 6 years. I had hit the big 50 the year before, and realized that I needed some help in my efforts to be in better shape. I came for the free week of workouts, and even though I couldn’t do everything, felt nauseous during the workout, and could hardly move after the first one, I was hooked!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  I am much more disciplined and consistent, not only with my exercise program, with my diet, sleep, all aspects of my health. I show up, I workout hard, and I feel better!

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? When I workout I feel more confident, strong, and healthy. If I need to pick up a 50 pound box, no problem, run 2 miles , while I would not love it, I could do it and more. I have had injuries during these 6 years, plantar fasciitis, sprained ankle, annoying muscle strains, you know the usual aches and pains, but I never stopped working out. Angie is always quick to modify for your injury, and she is just a wealth of knowledge on how to help your body cope with stress.

What is your favorite part of FCE? My favorite part of FCE is when I am finished! Thirty minutes of intense, challenging, go, go, Go!!! Boom, you are done, and then that glowing relaxed endorphin rush of “I did it, again”.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Do this for yourself, keep coming to class, look at the long game, this is a life style commitment. Forget about what number the scales says, in a short period of time you will see muscles defined, better cardio endurance, mental stress…poof…gone! You will not find a more supportive, hilarious, good hearted group of women to be friends with, and change your body at the same time!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? FCE is a gift to myself.