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 – 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 – Lisa

Lisa Burgesser

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?   I started at Fit Chick in February 2017 for my 2 weeks free and joined in March. I heard about Fit Chick from two people, Ann Noble, who I know from First Lutheran Church in Longmont, and Aimee Adams, who I know from the Mead High School concessions team. Both spoke very highly of the program and their enthusiasm made me want to try the 2 weeks free. I had noticed that, since I turned 50, my weight was increasing and my muscle tone was decreasing. I know that, if I want to continue to ski, paddleboard, kayak, etc. into my 70s and beyond, I need to work on my muscle tone, flexibility and balance.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  Last year, I did not feel comfortable skiing with my kids.  I felt that I could hurt myself if I fell.  I did not ski any black diamonds and my knees hurt by the afternoon.

This year, we went to Steamboat and I skied for two days and went down some black diamonds.  I could jump from mogul to mogul on the steep slopes with confidence.  My muscles were not sore in the afternoon.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I feel better if I go and workout at Fit Chick.  I like the Boot Camp one day and Piyo the next day.  My biggest obstacle is getting there in the morning, especially this summer with the kids out of school.  There is a lot of things to get done at home.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I like the Boot Camp to make me work and the Piyo to help my flexibility and balance.  I like that Angie and Bobbie correct my technique (I am not the most coordinated person) and give me a modified option if I cannot do the original move.  I also like how the workouts are different every day.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Come and try the 2 weeks free.  There is no pressure.  You can think of it as “meeting for coffee with the ladies” for a half an hour.  We laugh.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? Fit Chick is a fun challenge.

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.

Featured Fit Chick – Maura

Maura Lord

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I joined Fit Chick Express in August 2016 – the idea of a 30 minute workout with all female friends really appealed to me so I gave it a try!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  My greatest accomplishment is making a new community of fun friends and the self discipline to get out of bed each morning at 5:30 am to do something healthy for myself!

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Knowing that my friends are counting on me to show up is my biggest motivation. My biggest obstacle is the snooze button!

What is your favorite part of FCE? Laughing and getting fit!

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Commit yourself to coming at least 3 days a week – the people and the atmosphere will make you want to keep coming back!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? My experience has been wonderful – no pressure, no judgement, no stress – just a relaxed atmosphere to work out and be healthy!