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 – Chris

 

Chris Bayon

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I’ve been a Fit Chick member for 3 years and was brought by a referral from my friend, Kelly Wyjad.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? My greatest accomplishment has been getting my strength back and my body feeling 10 years younger.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Everyone needs a motivator in their life like Angie and I’m blessed she is a part of mine!  She keeps me motivated! My biggest obstacle is the inability to have a set schedule due to travel for work.

I’ve been known to be a challenge drop out in the past so I’ve come into 2017 with a new thinking that it’s not all black and white.  There can be some grey area so long as you keep going.

What is your favorite part of FCE? My favorite part of FCE is the challenge of the boot camp workouts and the ability to keep pushing yourself.  I’m never bored.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  The quote I’ve embraced for 2017 is “Fall down 7 times, stand up 8”.

Set small goals that you can obtain weekly, they are small wins that become bigger wins overtime.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE.  Fit Chick is the best workout regime I’ve added into my life and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

 

Featured Fit Chick – Jolin

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Jolin Wyman

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I started with personal training at Fit Chick Express two years ago in September since I knew I needed more than a diet change to lose weight, keep it off, and become healthier. I started attending bootcamp in November 2014.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? It is definitely feeling and looking better at 60 than I did at 50!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Since losing 20 lbs after joining, I got rid of all my larger clothes. No way do I want to go back to have 3 different sizes of clothes in my closet necessary for weight fluctuations. I’m motivated to continue getting stronger and leaner.

What is your favorite part of FCE? My major obstacle has been the multiple surgeries over my lifetime; the latest September 2015 for a torn rotator cuff. It’s been a long rehab and healing process. That affects how hard and how much I can do on any given day.

 What advice would you offer to newbies?  It’s hard to pick just one favorite! Knowledgeable staff that deals with all the modifications necessary due to previous injuries. The variety of classes offered. All the wonderful and supportive members of FCE and the Facebook community. Lately I’ve been relying on the nutritional support for an overall fitness approach included in membership.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.  Make a commitment to start, then come and just do what you can! Everyone has been in your shoes and you’ll find only support and encouragement at FCE!

Featured Fit Chick – Lori

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Lori Faiola

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I first joined in the summer of 2013 after a job layoff so I had free time and came every single day 🙂 Then after I got a FT job+commute+single parent challenges, I felt like didn’t have time come to FC anymore. BIG MISTAKE. I have now been back 3 months because I need the discipline/structure of the class format not to mention the support of this entire tribe of strong amazing women! Even just the 2 classes/week I have been fitting in has been life changing (again!) and I forgot how the positivity trickles down to everything else in my life.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Realizing that in order to take care of my 2 daughters and be a good role model that I had to put myself on my own to do list and make myself and my health a PRIORITY! I used to think it was selfish after I became a mother and then especially a single mother to take even just 30 minutes away from the kids or other ‘to-do’s’ but I was so wrong. Self care is not selfish!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Knowing how I felt before: tired, depressed, squishy and out of shape… and knowing I never want to feel that way again keeps me motivated! The biggest obstacle has been my own brain/self sabotage in thinking I can’t stick to something this physical because I used to be such a quitter when it came to working out. When the goin’ got tough, I got goin’ (as in quitting!) 🙁

 What is your favorite part of FCE?  3 things: 1) No two classes are the same so it keeps my body guessing 2) the classes are only 30 minutes so I never get bored or look at the clock 3) the camaraderie and support of all the other women!

What advice would you offer to newbies? You will be sore and question if you can do this, but push through! You can survive anything for 30 minutes and the rewards you will gain are so worth the initial pain! If you get stressed by life and want to quit, realize that putting yourself on your own to-do list should always stay a priority somehow!

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

Self care = self love = superpowers for all other aspects of your life!

Featured Fit Chick – Meghan

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Meghan Mckechnie

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I have been a member of Fit Chick for one year!  I originally came to Fit Chick to provide chair massage, and I was coerced into a free trial period… I was hooked after that 🙂

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Finishing Acupuncture school, working out at Fit Chick allowed me to manage my stress and tension.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? My family. Apparently, I am a more chill mother and better partner when I attend classes.  My husband’s surgery and following complications have been the biggest obstacle for me in the past year.  I am still trying to get back to my regular schedule.

What is your favorite part of FCE? The community.  Moving to CO in May 2013, I knew no one and had no support system.  This group of women has made me feel like I have a family and an amazing support system.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Stick with it, and work through the pain!! The results are worth it….physically and mentally.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. Fit Chick has made me feel empowered!

 

Featured Fit Chick – Dawn

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Dawn Wildes

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I started in September 2013 and loved the idea of being part of a community with all women.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I ran my first 1/2 marathon just before I turned 40 in 2014

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Feeling strong and in the best shape of my life continues to keep me motivated. My family is also a huge part of my drive to take care of myself and be the best role model I can be for them. Everyone is faced with obstacles but by overcoming them makes you stronger. Never ever give up and keep pushing through those times when you are struggling. Exercise is my medicine and sometimes I lose sight of that, but after a hot and sweaty workout I am quickly reminded.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I love the support and sense of community that exists here at FCE. I have been to a lot of gyms and this rare support group doesn’t exist elsewhere. It needs to starts from the top and flows down to the bottom.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Set smaller realistic goals at first and then shoot for the moon!!

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. My experience has been nothing but positive and inspiring by the amazing women in this community!!