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!

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 – Dee

Dee Thompson

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? —I joined in October 2016. I was looking for a place to do Kickboxing and essentially knew I would come here instead of another place because it was close to my home.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I am strengthening my upper body more everyday.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? The camaraderie keeps me motivated. Making myself go to classes, even when I’m exhausted is a big obstacle, but I’ve learned that I will be energized and feel better afterwards.

What is your favorite part of FCE? The laughter that pushes us all through the end of classes! There are many fun and humorous women at FCE and I’m doing great things for my body and health!

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Keep going and ask for help if you need it!!!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE.  An enjoyable way to be healthy and have fun at the same time!

Featured Fit Chick – AnnaMarie

AnnaMarie

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I’m not even sure anymore how long I’ve been with FCE! I came to a Zumba class with friends from work back in 2011, I believe. Shakin’ it in front of a room full of people intimidated the hell out of me! I did Zumba for about a year before Dawna suggested I try the Boot Camp classes. I’ve also done Kickboxing with Stephanie since she started it up a few years ago and now I can’t imagine a Saturday morning without it!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? CONFIDENCE!  I’ve accomplished so many amazing things since I started here: climbing Bierstadt, running a few 5k races, improved numbers on assorted lab tests,  having the confidence in my body to do a boudoir photo session, getting my running time down to a 10-minute mile… who knows what’s yet to come?!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? My biggest obstacle has been my own body. I tore an ab muscle two years ago and had to take a long break from any activity. That, combined with stress , a job change, and getting married, has caused a big setback on my health goals and I gained 18 pounds back. That’s heartbreaking after having worked so hard to get 75 pounds off! I also have shoulder and wrist weakness so I feel like I’m always having to take it easy or modify. Luckily, the trainers at FCE are amazingly kind and supportive and make great modifications and workouts that still challenge me.

What is your favorite part of FCE? The way if makes me feel! I feel so energized after each workout (no matter how much I complain during it!)

What advice would you offer to newbies? Stick with it, give it a good chance.  Don’t give up even after setbacks. It takes time to see results but you’ll feel so great and THAT’s what’s important!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE.  FCE is a great place for fast and fierce workouts and new friendships!

Featured Fit Chick – Nikki

Nikki Lee

 How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? My experience at FCE has empowered me to take a firm hold of my future and live my very best life!

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? My most major accomplishment since becoming an FCE member would have to be my overall strength. I love that I can finally see some muscle in my arms and that’s a reminder of all my hard work.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? My motivation comes from wanting to be healthy and to keep up with my kids. When I first started working out, I had horrible exercise-induced asthma. Each time I worked out, it was a struggle. However, every week I could see that I was building stamina and strength.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I love the quick, and intense boot camp classes. I feel that I get a great workout in a short amount of time. I also love the instructors and the members.

What advice would you offer to newbies? The advice that I would give to new members would be to fight through the pain. To be patient for results, because it doesn’t happen overnight!!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE.  My experiences here at FCE has been happy, healthy and fun.