Say, “Hello!” to our February client of the month! Shannon has been with us for just under a year now! Over the course of her time with us so far, she’s lost over 50 pounds and has become such a beast in the gym. She is one of the hardest working women we have, and you’ll never hear her complaining about an exercise. She might not always like it, but she will perform like a champ, no matter what. In addition to her incredible performance in the gym, she also has been killing it in the kitchen! Due to a lot of dietary restrictions, she’s had to get creative, and she is always posting delicious recipes on Facebook (obviously to make us all jealous that we aren’t having dinner with her). Without further ado, read on to learn about this fiery, Irish redhead.
Can you describe any reservations you had before you started working out at Fit For All and how
we helped you overcome those?
It wasn’t a workout style that I was used to doing, I had gone to normal gyms and had a personal trainer in the past. I hadn’t been to the gym in 6-8 months so I didn’t know how if I was going to handle this style of classes. When I got into the classes I liked that they worked around everyone’s different fitness levels. They encouraged and pushed you to keep going and that is the trainers and the other people in the classes.
Describe your 1-2 top goals when you started at Fit For All and where you’re at with these goals?
To lose weight and be more toned. At first I was looking to lose about 25 pounds and when I get that done I continued and now I’m about 55 pounds down. I’m at a weight that I didn’t even think was possible. I also have more muscle definition that I can see even thru a shirt. There is always that time it clicks in your mind what happened or this isn’t working and I need a change. I thought I could do it on my own and I’m glad I made the time and tried something different. I’m so proud of what I achieved and that keeps me motived to push myself!
What have you achieved, both physically and mentally, so far?
Just the other day I ran a 5K and had the best time at 29 minutes and even from back when I ran all the time. Even thou the gym doesn’t have treadmills the training and classes do help out by building muscle, endurance, and even breathing. I never thought as I got older I would be in the best shape.
How has your experience at Fit For All differed from other fitness experiences you’ve had?
I love that I get an awesome workout in an hour and not on a treadmill for hours. The time flies by and all the people make it a great place. We even started a little group of runners that go and do local runs, it’s nice to have the support and friendship even outside the gym.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is nervous to start their own fitness journey?
It’s always hard at first, hard to get to the gym or do the workouts, but you have to push yourself outside your comfort zone to see a different result. When you push yourself you can be amazed at what you achieve. If you say you can’t you can’t but if you say you can you can!
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Want to learn more about Shannon and her progress since she’s joined our family? Click here to read her testimonial and see her before and after pictures!