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 – Rebecca

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Rebecca Michuda

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? January 2016. I did a boot camp in Chicago for 2 and half years and really loved it. I was looking for something similar and came across Fit Chick. It was right up alley. Also, since moving to Colorado three years ago, I sort of got off my exercise routine. It was about time I got back on! I knew Fit Chick could help me do that.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? Feeling stronger, not dying every time I work out, oh, and losing 10 pounds!!! Overall, it’s feeling good about myself and my fitness level.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? A morning workout is the way I like to start my day. It makes feel awake and accomplished all before 7am. I’m motivated to keep that a part of my daily routine. Feeling good, healthy and fit keeps me motivated as well. The obstacles I face are the workouts themselves. It’s pushing myself every time to keep going, to hang in there. I try to keep in mind that it’s not supposed to feel good! It’s gonna hurt! But that’s the only way to get stronger in every way.

What is your favorite part of FCE? All you hilarious ladies! Hearing your stories and jokes makes me laugh and keeps things fun. I love how we all can do this together. I might not be close friends with everyone, but I know we’re all in this together and we have each other’s back. It’s a great support.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  We’re all in this together. If you think it’s hard? Guess what? It’s hard for ALL OF US. Just hang in there, try your hardest every day and do what you can do. There is absolutely no judging at FCE.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.  My experience at FCE has been positive, motivating, fun, challenging and just what I needed to start exercising again and getting healthy. It has been the push I needed.

Featured Fit Chick – Alisa

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Alisa Jeffrey

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I’ve been a member for about 9 months. I was looking for boot camp classes and found FCE online. I fell in love with the different classes and more importantly the supportive environment. It was a life changing decision.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? My greatest accomplishment so far is weight loss and the sense of accountability and accomplishment I have re-discovered in myself.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I have a long term goal to lose 40 lbs before I travel to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity in November. I’m half-way there! Seeing the numbers on the scale fall helps but I also have made friends with women in my classes who have encouraged me. And getting called out by the wonderful trainers when they haven’t seen me in a while reminds me to get my butt back in gear and get back into the gym. It’s been a huge motivator. My biggest obstacles have been losing focus and not paying attention to what I’m eating or making time for the gym. Fortunately I haven’t had a lapse in a few months and I feel great every time I leave the gym. Also, early morning classes are a challenge for me to get to (I love sleep!!!) But I’m working to make them a priority. Finally, I had an unexpected gallbladder surgery which has knocked me out of exercising for the next 4 weeks. I’m already having gym withdrawl!

What is your favorite part of FCE? The laughter and camaraderie I experience with the women in our classes. Even if I don’t know someone, by the end of class we’re encouraging, joking around and supporting each other on our individual journeys.

What advice would you offer to newbies? Try out all the different classes – I never thought I’d like Zumba and it’s become my favorite class. Don’t be afraid to speak up and introduce yourself to someone new. We’re all here to support each other and it’s fun to recognize folks and be able to call them by name.

 In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE. An inspiring community full of zany, compassionate women who are passionate about their health and fitness.

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 – 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 – Kelley

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

I have been a member for 3 ½  years. I started here because a co-worker of mine asked me if I wanted to try Zumba. I eventually started attending boot camp and fell in love with it!

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

My greatest accomplishment was definitely completing the challenge this summer. I literally lost inches off my body and it taught me a healthier way of eating on a daily basis.

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

My family and my husband motivate me. I have two little boys that I need to keep up with!  I have also fallen in love with running mud runs and 10k races. Fit Chick gives me the versatility that I need in a training regimen to be as strong as possible in all aspects of the races.

In 2006, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After my latest ultrasound last week, I am now 9 years in the clear!

What is your favorite part of FCE?

My favorite part of Fit Chick is the women that I work out with hands down! Angie pushes me to be the best that I can be.

 What advice would you offer to newbies?

My advice for newbies would be to stick with it!

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

My experience at Fit Chick has been rewarding!