What better way to kick-off (umm maybe the better word is “celebrate”) back-to-school than by honoring our August member of the month Salpi, a mom to a 7 year old boy! I can not get tired of the phenomenal progress and changes Salpi has seen in her strength, body, and overall fitness performance. She is a true power-house… everyone in the gym knows when Salpi is around, because her kicks on the bag make thunder echoes through the building.. fa real! Congrats Salpi on a long-time-coming, well-deserved Member of the Month win!
Hey Salpi so congratulations on being this month’s member of the month.. so how old are you?
I’m 36 years old… married for 10 years with a 7.5 year old son.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
So Ankeen is my cousin, and I was at the hair salon and Ankeen told me just to come. I tried to fight it hard, and told her there is no way I can do this. After that first class, I honestly didn’t feel too bad. I did much better than I thought actually.. I was mostly scared about heavy lifting.
That’s so funny that you say that, because you’re literally one of the heaviest lifters at the gym:
Ya I know huh.. It’s crazy how your body transforms.
What is the biggest progress you’ve had?
Well I’ve lost 17 lbs and I’ve built a LOT of strength.
Can you give us tips?
Well working out is half of the equation. Building muscle and and cardio strength is so crucial to success. The other HUGE half of it is your diet. Since March I started watching my sugar intake (I have an insane sweet tooth) and upping my clean protein and I started losing a ton of weight. Abs start in the kitchen.. Guess that saying is true!
How has that changed your day to day?
Well I definitely have more energy and strength throughout the day.. Definitely a lot more confidence.
You always have such a positive attitude and always smiling and laughing.. What’s your secret?
I love working out.. It’s my happy place. At this intensity, I really get addicted to the rush of it. It’s a natural high.
What’s one of your favorite workouts?
Bear complex for sure… I love the lifting part of it. Which is crazy because I didn’t ever think I would come to love the weight lifting part of an exercise. (Check out Salpi’s custom “Bear Complex Instructional” GIF below)
So most women think lifting weights won’t help them achieve their goals. In fact, they think it will do the opposite and make them “expand.” Can you give us your feedback on that?
Oh my god.. Lifting weights itself is a great cardio workout. Like when you’re doing the bear complex, you heart rate is super high and racing. You lose more weight in the long run too.
So you are NOTORIOUS for your kicks on the bag… is your husband scared.. Because we are.
I always tell him, “I swear I can kick you a** …” jokingly of course, but in a little way I’m being pretty realistic. I love kickboxing.. It’s the ultimate stress reliever. I even told my husband that I’ll get so strong that I can power lift him too haha!
Does your son know the level of bad ass you are?
I was tell him, “you know I’m stronger than your dad right?” He laughs… doesn’t say anything. I always show him the workouts we do but he’s shy about doing them too. But I’m definitely always advocating fitness to him.
So we know you’re related to Ankeen… is there something you could tell us that we don’t know about her? An embarrassing story would be great…
So Ankeen is 3 years younger than me, and when she was underage, she would borrow my ID. So we had a good system where she would pick it up in the middle of the night from my mailbox, but she was also VERY punctual about returning it back into the mailbox the next day. Well she knew she had too… or else she would lose that “privilege” real quick – haha!
What advice do you give people thinking about trying out a KEEN class? Specifically people who say it’s just too hard or intimidating?
I tell them that’s exactly how I felt. Just come once… and you’ll see what an amazing environment it is. Especially all the ladies here… all of them are just so amazing and supporting. Just come once! The coaches, all of them, are so awesome… all different with great variety – thank you to our coaches!
What’s your jam right now?
I love all kinds of music… except I hate rap…ehh and country is kind of blah to me, but everything else I love. Right now I love that Martin Garrix + Dua Lipa song, called “Scared to be lonely”
Restaurant Pick: TAKU-YA Sushi in Glendale.. The protein roll there is DA BOMB!