A big part of being successful at KEEN, and in any fitness routine for that matter, is passion and emotional commitment. You have to be all in, and you have to be real with yourself. And with that, it’s my great pleasure to announce this month’s member of the month… Elena. She is the poster child for holding yourself accountable, and making the right changes to get to your goals. She’s lost 20 pounds in the past 4 months, and gained a lot of muscle during the process too. She is a silent force to be reckoned with… very shy, quiet, observant, but an undercover beast! Congrats sister… you earned it!
Great job Elena.. really, so awesome. Ok, let’s start out with your age:
I’m 28. Ahh, what a great age to be at! Married? Nope not yet!
So how did you hear about KEEN?
Just driving by honestly. I came once 3 years ago, but I got super busy with my master’s program and stopped coming. About 7 months ago, I knew I needed a drastic change in my routine and I knew I needed Ankeen back in my life. I was going to the gym here and there, but nothing compares to the intensity and efficiency of the workouts here.
What were you studying for your masters?
Global medicine actually. Lots of info about disease control haha.
Oh wow.. so what’s the weirdest disease you learned about?
For sure schistosomiasis. It’s a super rare condition that happens when you get infected by freshwater worms carried by snails. So gross.
Ok so let’s back to working out haha. How would you describe your first KEEN class experience?
Well, I definitely remember that I couldn’t walk straight for a week afterwards. Ankeen was sooo welcoming. I felt like I had known her for years.
So what is your favorite workout here?
Deadlifts, actually, as weird as that sounds. I always prefer lower body workouts, and deadlifts are amazing for your legs. I always feel the soreness the next day. My hamstrings are on fire but I absolutely love it.
How different do you feel now that you’ve become a KEENFIT power woman?
I mean this is definitely the fittest I have ever been in my life. I feel so strong and energetic all the time. I try to come 4-5 days a week, and this is the best hour of my day. I get so excited to come here.. it starts my day off right. Literally an hour of not worrying about anything except your workout and just focusing on YOU.
So what do you think about Ankeen.. how does she influence you?
Her energy is insane. She is extremely helpful, and never judgmental. She is hilarious also… I literally enjoy her company all the time. I have never seen someone like her at a gym. She genuinely cares about every member on a personal level, and she really has helped me individually with a very unique perspective and approach. I truly love her!
What advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try the gym?
I’m a very shy person, and someone who had a lot of fears trying something like this. You just have to put those fears aside and come in. You will be pleasantly surprised. I love spending time with these women, and we all empower each other. Everyone is here for the same purpose.
So you’ve lost about 20 pounds recently right? How did you get to that milestone?
I completely upped my protein and increased my water intake. Exactly what Ankeen tells us to do every single day. I started doing that, and guess what, she was right! I’ve been taking in more lean chicken protein, a few protein shakes here and there, and lots and lots of hydration.
That’s awesome. Great job on changing your eating habits. Diet is extremely crucial for getting drastic results.
Real quick… tell us something we don’t know about you?
Well I’ve been technically diagnosed with misophonia, which is hatred of loud sounds, such as chewing or frequent sneezing.
Like will you punch them in the face if someone is just schlapping their food into their mouth?
Yes. If someone is chomping away at a bag of chips in class, I want to punch them in the mouth. Literally. I haven’t done that yet, but let’s just say it’s very distracting.
I’m really into Medici Pizza in Sherman Oaks right now. Typically I’ll be obsessive about some place until I get over it, and then I switch to my next obsession.
Kygo, “Remind Me To Forget”.. I’ve been listening to that nonstop lately. Are you a good singer? Definitely not. Does your singing qualify as a ‘misophonia’ obnoxious sound? I would say absolutely yes. I would understand another misophonia individual wanting to punch me in the mouth after hearing me sing haha!