If you know me, you know how much I preach consistency and determination as the key to fitness success. If you wanted a poster child for those 2 characteristics, it would be this month’s member of the month, Lernik. She shows up to class at least 4 times a week, if not more, and is laser focused on her workout. She is strong as HELL, a sweetheart through and through, and one super determined power lady. I love you Lernik, and am so proud of your success over the past few years. Can’t wait to see the goals you surmount in the coming years as well! Congrats!
Yay for Miss Determined Lernik! You rock… ok let’s start with how old are you ?
I’m 29 years old, but in 3 months I’ll be 30.
So your wedding is coming up right?
Yea it’s actually Sept 21st, so coming up in a few months.
Oh so you’ll be 30 already at your wedding? Yup!
Are you having a large wedding? Ya kind of. How many guests? About 400. Holy shit, that’s ‘kind of’ ?! Do you know all of them? No not really… haha, but I’ll smile and take pics with every single one like I do.
Are you ready for married life?
Kind of yeah. We just bought a house too… So lots of stress, but it’s labor of love all around. We are very excited.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
Actually I was with my close friend. Her name is Lernik as as well, funny enough. She encouraged me to give KEEN a try, so we both came to our first class together. It’s been 3 years now since I’ve been coming, and I absolutely love it.
What’s the biggest improvement you’ve seen?
Strength, first and foremost. I feel healthier and much more toned. I would always wear loose clothes, but now I wear fitted clothes and have a lot of confidence doing so. I feel good in my own skin now.
What was your first experience at KEEN?
It was with Coach Stephanie actually: a non-stop kickboxing class on a Saturday. I was sore for a week, maybe more. I had sharp pain in my upper body from how sore I was. But you know what … I got over it. So yea Stephanie KICKED my ass, big time, but I was hungry for more. I was determined to get better.
Haha that’s funny since you would never think it looking at Stephanie. She is a downright beast. Yup, she proved that to me on my first day.
What’s one of your favorite exercises?
Kickboxing – especially when I’m stressed out, I can take it out on the bag. It’s a perfect combination. And I also love how much it has molded my body into a more toned physique. My legs especially … I’ve never had this much definition in my legs, and now I take pride in them haha! I terms of lifting, I love the bear complex.
Does your fiancé know how much of a badass you are?
Oh ya.. He’s a little scare
d of me. Haha actually he is very proud of me.
What would you say about Ankeen and how does she influence your experience at the gym?
First off: she’s an amazing woman, period. Her strength and determination is like no other. She wakes up at 4 AM, and deals with us women until 9 PM, working straight through. And any time I’ve seen her, she lifts me up. She literally changed my life. She improved my life. I’m so happy my friend dragged me here that first day 3 years ago. Also I love that she pushes me to my limits, even when I think I have achieved those limits. It truly is proof that she genuinely cares.
Tell us something that we don’t know about you?
I have bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Right now I’m in social work, but my goal is to work in crime scene investigation in the near future. I love the mystery part of working a case: taking all of the evidence and piecing together, and hopefully cracking it.
Whoa … your fiancé better be on good behavior all the time then huh?! Haha ya for sure!
Does working in an intense line of work like social work affect you, emotionally, after you leave work? Ya totally, but you really have to learn to compartmentalize and separate the two. I’m a really good listener, and I love to help people, so it’s a great fit for me. But there’s a lot of intense situations out there, especially in the realm of mental illness, so I’m happy to be able to contribute to being part of the solution.
What advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try the gym?
I would tell everyone even considering coming to just give it a try. Just don’t give up… You owe it to yourself to see it through. Everyone can accomplish the goals they set for themselves… trust me, one day you will see the results you are seeking.
Any routine outside of the gym that helps you?
Liquid protein after workouts is a must for me… Churro flavor all the way. It keeps me full, and helps me recover, especially after heavy or intense workouts.
What is your food indulgence?
Sweets, anything sweet! If you give me quadruple layered chocolate cake, I will take that thing down! But since this past December, I stopped eating sweets and I lost a lot of weight and saw great results. But it’s depressing… haha I need my sweets. On my honeymoon, all bets are off… dessert table here I come!
What’s your jam right now?
House music. Can you really sing to that? Ya some of them have lyrics. So can you do beats? Well my fiancé is a DJ, so I better have some rhythm huh
Cheesecake Factory. Their Caesar salad… omg and their bread. Can’t get enough.