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 – Libby

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Libby Fitzgibbons

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 less than a year.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I love knowing that it will be a different, challenging workout every time I go! My biggest challenge is listening to my body and knowing that there are some things I just shouldn’t do.

 What is your favorite part of FCE?  I like the format of a half hour of hard work in the boot camps. It’s quick but effective. I also love the constant instruction and guidance from Angie. I feel like I have a personal trainer while I’m working out to tell me if I’m doing something wrong or offer advice for better form or intensity. I also love the variety of different work outs.

 What advice would you offer to newbies? Try it out! It’s a great group of women who provide a supportive atmosphere.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.  Supportive, tough, rewarding and fun!

Featured Fit Chick – Kim Britt

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Kim Britt

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I’ve only been a member for about 8 months. I was looking for a new exercise inspiration and had several friends who recommended it.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome?  What obstacles have you had to overcome? I feel better if I exercise every day. I love to do all sorts of outdoor activities and believe having a strong core will help me avoid injury and enable me to play more!

What is your favorite part of FCE? It’s only 30 minutes long and it is different every time. And the people are all very friendly.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Stick with it! If you are sore that means you are making progress. And it always feels better after you work out again.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.  It’s a great way to stay in shape and it’s never boring 🙂

Featured Fit Chick – Becky

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Becky Pfaff

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? One year. I drove by FCE several times on my way home from work and thought why not?  I saw there was a two week trial and said to myself ‘I can do anything for 2 weeks’. I loved the two week trial and have continued ever since.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I have lost weight and several inches since coming here. It keeps me motivated to continue on a path of a healthy lifestyle. When first starting the classes, there were many exercises I couldn’t do and now I can! I never thought I’d say this but even the burpees are easier than before…….

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? The different work outs each day are motivating. IT IS NOT BORING!!! 😉  I love that everyday it’s different and challenging from the cardio, strength and core training.  I also had chronic shoulder pain from college sports that was awful each and every day.  I am so happy to say that pain is 95% gone now!  I owe this to FCE.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I really love how the instructors keep me motivated by changing it up, encouraging me, challenging me & modifying the exercises when needed.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Keep coming!!!  It’s fun and the work outs do get easier.  You will look forward to coming to class! It’s a Happy Place.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. I’ve had a wonderful, positive and life changing experience that I hope to continue at FCE

Featured Fit Chick – Breanna

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Breanna Smith

 How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I have been a member of FCE since November of 2015.  I joined FCE when I recognized that 4 years post baby was my own personal statute of limitations for blaming my excess around the mid-section as “baby weight”!  I had always exercised by climbing mountains and playing outside. I was a complete newbie to the “gym” environment but knew I needed to incorporate something more practical and convenient in order to become part of a daily routine.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Coming each week and integrating FCE as a regular part of my schedule. Proving to myself I could stick with it for a year plus!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Accountability and cost. One of the driving factors is that people actually notice and call you out if you don’t show up to class. The days I’m feeling lazy or tired, I often barter with myself and consider the cost per class in conjunction with the commitment I’ve made to show up. It’s a good idea to register for classes in advance – makes you feel super guilty if you have to cancel.

What is you favorite part of FCE? Hands down, the community of women! Must admit I was nervous to join at first, not in good shape, never been to a “gym” kind of environment and those initial classes kicked my butt! That said, what I discovered early on was that I was surrounded by a group of women with very different backgrounds and there was no judgment. My unease was quickly dissolved and followed by a willingness to get in shape, appreciate my body for both its strengths and flaws and I truly enjoy the time I spend a few times a week with some very sweet and very funny women.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Stick with it – it does get easier and before too long you will actually start looking forward to going to class. FCE also has some various challenges and subgroups that help you better understand your health and habits on a more personalized level. Take advantage of these programs – I have learned a lot about my triggers and lifestyle.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE? It has been a wonderful and fun experience for me, I am so happy I got over my initial hesitations and have stuck with it.

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.