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 – Haley

Haley Mesander

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I’ve been a member at FCE for about 4 months. I found FCE when I was looking for a gym that offered high-intensity bootcamp classes, but the FCE community turned out to be nothing like a gym (which is incredibly refreshing!)

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  My greatest accomplishment has just been being more active. When I joined FCE, I barely exercised (just a walk with my dog in the neighborhood every day). Now I am either working out at FCE or biking most days of the week.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I am motivated by the other fit chicks at FCE. They work HARD in class and many participate in athletic events outside of FCE even though they all have very busy lives like me. It’s inspiring!

My biggest obstacle since joining FCE has been being consistent with exercise with the constant travel and flux in my life over the summer. I’m slowing building more of a habit of being active into my life, but it’s still a work in progress.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I like how the boot camp classes are always changing, and it never feels like I’m stuck in a rut of the same exercises over and over.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Don’t compare where you are in your fitness journey with others.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? FCE is a great place to get a quick, intense workout and meet new awesome people!

Featured Fit Chick – Sandy

Sandy McClellan

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?   I started Fit Chick Express about 6 months ago. I came to Fit Chick Express because I was tired of the gym atmosphere and wanted to belong to a place that had women with similar goals and struggled with similar problems when it came to fitness, nutrition and motivation.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  I have a better attitude and outlook on my fitness goals.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? What keeps me motivated are the attitudes and women I met at Fit Chick Express. They push you to do your best, to give your best of yourself for yourself. I’ve struggled with “the getting there” after a long day at work and getting home I’ve had to learn to keep myself busy and not sit down on the couch because that is where I would stay. Making excuses for myself that I will do class tomorrow but I love my Zumba classes, my boot camp classes, the instructors and the women that are in the classes. I’ve come to look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces and the way I feel after the classes.

What is your favorite part of FCE? I’d have to say the Instructors. Dawna with her bubbly and quirky personality that keeps me smiling and giggling all through Zumba class. Bobbie with her, “you can do it, good job, here try it this way” motivation and knowledge. I had fractured my wrist about 2 months ago and have had to make adjustment when in the classes but both Dawna and Bobbie were more than accommodating and helpful.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Above all else don’t compare yourself to anyone else. We all have a journey we are on to be a better version of ourselves. It’s one day at a time, one work out at a time. You have to work for it and love the “you” you are now.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? I found a place where I feel I can finally become the healthy, strong person I’ve long to become.

Featured Fit Chick – Jolene

Jolene Nicoll

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I have been a member of Fit Chick since October 2016 and, ironically, I learned about it from a Facebook tag for my friend Fran Wahl. Little did I know she wasn’t a 6 am boot camp attendee.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  Getting back into a regular workout routine – I had gotten out of the routine after a skiing accident that sidelined me for too long, and I could never get motivated to start exercising again.

 What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? I don’t like the early morning alarm, but I love all the fun ladies and the ability to get my workout in before my work day starts. Biggest obstacle — the Snooze button – don’t use it!

What is your favorite part of FCE? Constant variety and laughter.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Try all the different classes, don’t be afraid if you have never done it before – everyone is very helpful and you just might like it.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? How can you put it in one sentence? – but thanks for putting up with my constant yawning in the 6 am class.

 

 

Featured Fit Chick – Ana

Ana Lucaci

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here?  I’ve been a Fit Chick for 6 months and I came seeking to get toned and feel better about how I looked. My friend Raluca has been going to the boot camp classes and she had great results.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE?  I participated in a 10-week diet challenge and learned to eat better and incorporate more veggies in my meals. At the end of the challenge I was happy with how I felt and looked and got lots of compliments on the change. Now there’s no smoothie I’m making at home that doesn’t have spinach or kale in it!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Seeing the results keeps me motivated. Finding time to work out was a serious obstacle! When I kept hearing health professionals saying one should exercise at least 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes, I thought it would be impossible for me to find the time. I am involved in lots of community activities and have a daily commute into Denver. Now I go to Fit Chick Express at least 3 times a week!

What is your favorite part of FCE? The women community here is extraordinary! We all make fun of how hard the workouts are (and yet we still come for some reason), but the instructors are very encouraging and knowledgeable on how to modify for one’s needs.

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Working out at 6 AM is not that crazy: you get it done early in the day and it gives you the energy and stamina you need to survive a busy day.

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE? The FCE experience has been the answer to what I needed to push my physical abilities a step further.

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!