Hi everyone :) Here we are again, successfully made it through the mid-week hump. Which means the weekend is on the horizon :) I hope your week has been great so far. Mine has been pretty rockin'--some great workouts, funny conversations, inspiring words and healthy food. Not too shabby :) Here's what my Monkey Ninja Bootcamp at Iron Works did today, pretty tough, definitely awesome.
As you know, our winner for last month's "Highest Class Attendance" challenge was the awesome Rebecca Merino, with a whopping total of 28 classes. That's right, 28 solid hours of hard-core exercise....pretty inspiring, wouldn't you say? It was a very tight race, and while we could only give away one prize (a gift certificate to the awesome masseuse Adrienne of Mend in downtown Berkeley, website http://www.adriennesaltzbergcmt.com/), I also wanted to give a shout out to Kattt Atchley, our runner-up, attending 27 classes!
In the spirit of letting these fabulous women inspire you, we invited them both to do a quick interview to share with the rest of our students/clients. Thankfully, they both agreed :)
Here are the questions we asked, along with their answers. Be inspired ;)
1. How long have you been coming to The Fuse Fitness?
Rebecca: "Since it opened, but before that, I was going to Kristin's Saturday Monkey Ninja Bootcamp at the park."
Kattt: "I have attended classes since the last week of June."
2. What are your favorite classes and why?
R: "I take TRX, Bootcamp, and Metabolic Surge regularly. But my favorite class has to be Yoga Tune Up. After a week of doing all the other classes, it feels like heaven to massage and stretch the muscles. However, I love Yoga Tune Up because of the other classes. So if I could only take one class a week, I'd have to go with where it all began for me, Saturday Bootcamp."
K: "My favorite classes are power yoga, pilates fusion, monkey ninja, slow flow yoga - from intense to subtle. I like the classes because I always feel better *afterward* and I like the feeling of accomplishment. I like the "I did it!" feeling. As I've developed stamina and feel more secure in the poses and movements, I am learning (and enjoying) how to increase the intensity. Also, through doing these exercises, I am learning anatomy, and beginning to understand my body in new ways through these exercises (e.g., incorporating breathing, and using core muscles, especially my gluteal muscles)."
3. What Fitness goals have you set for yourself if any and have you achieved any of them?
R: "I don't really have any specific fitness goal. I primarily workout because I love the feeling of being in shape and the adrenaline rush after a tough workout. Also, to be honest, I like to eat. I love Little Star Pizza, onion rings, and pretty much anything sweet. I don't go crazy everyday, but come Friday or Saturday evening, I definitely don't stick to any diet that The Fuse would recommend. I guess my fitness goal would be to keep working out so I don't feel guilty about some of my nutritional choices." Rebecca, don't worry, we love to eat too :) A cheat day is always welcome after a week of hard work, sweat and discipline.
K: "I achieved my early goals: my clothing fitting and increased energy. My long term goals are strength, increasing intensity, and learning how to relax after working out." Kattt, just what we love to hear, clients/members/students ninja-kicking one goal after another...keep up the good work!!
4. Tell us something interesting about yourself.
R: "In the spirit of Halloween, I read Bram Stoker's Dracula at a much too early age and have been scared of vampires ever since. Most people have fears of spiders, heights, or things like that, but I'm just afraid of a vampire floating into my window while I sleep. Aly likes to sneak up behind me with fake fangs and freak me out. Lesson learned, never tell a 9 year old what you're afraid of." Alright, now I know what to dress like for class on Halloween! Thanks for the idea ;)
K: "I am a visual artist working with pen and ink on paper. I am an experimental vocalist, composer, keyboardist, and combine disciplines into performance, which means I have my own artistic language. I also have an electronic pop laptop band called "The Atchleys", with my husband Kenneth; and "Kattt and Ron" with vocalist Ron Heglin, which is more meditative. I have performed work in art galleries, dance lofts and bars." Wow Kattt, so cool! Very impressive :)
Well there you have it friends, the words of our two most dedicated and very inspiring members. Let it be motivation to push yourselves in your workouts, today and everyday. Whether it's going to that next level of intensity in Metabolic Surge or letting your mind/body center itself and calm in Slow Flow Yoga, work hard! Nothing in life is worth it if you don't give it your all. Know what I'm sayin'? :)
Yours in Health,
Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness, www.thefusefitnessstudio.com