Welcome to our member of the month blog series, where we want to shine the spotlight on one of our awesome KEEN ladies who has shown amazing character, strength, progress, performance, motivation, and attitude. This month we’re proud to interview Dinah Chua, one of the many moms at KEEN, who is an inspiration and motivation for everyone she interacts with.
Q: When did you join KEEN, and why?
A: I joined KEEN Fitness about 2 and a half years ago because I was training for a half marathon, and funny enough, my husband saw a KEEN Facebook Ad and I decided to give it a try to help me train. I didn’t realize I’d get this hooked.
Q: How did you take the suggestion from your husband encouraging you to workout? Some women may get offended by that.
A: My husband and have always worked out together… it’s part of our lifestyle. We wanted to mix it up a bit and so it was perfect timing for me.
Q: Want to talk about life after kids?
A: There is no life after kids – haha just kidding! I have an 8 year old boy, and 6 & 4 year old girls. Going to the gym is ME time.. I can choose to stay at home and watch TV but coming here is so much more fulfilling. Gives you so much energy to deal with 3 kids all day, everyday …
Q: How do your kids perceive your fitness level?
A: My son competes in Tae Kwon Do, and my girls are in gymnastics so fitness is a big deal for our family. I want to set a good example for my kids: if I ask them to push themselves then there is no excuse for me. I need to show them it’s a family philosophy.
When my kids have watched a workout at KEEN, they’ve told me “Mom.. all the mommies at your gym are so strong!” I love that.. .my 4-year old tells everyone that “my mom is the strongest in our entire family”
Q: What is your favorite part of KEEN
A: I love that the exercises are never the same, and we’re always being pushed to achieve more. Boredom is never an issue. You would think a gym full of girls would be full of drama… so not the case. I love how supportive everyone is of each other
Q: How do you motivate yourself?
A: I know deep down inside that after the workout I’ll feel like a million bucks. There are days I’m super tired or fatigued, and I listen to my body and take a day off. But after my morning workouts, I’m pumped for the day and this is what drives me.
Q: Describe the perfect meal:
A: Definitely Sushi. I love Sushi Monster in Montrose … they go minimal on the rice and have super fresh fish. My kids love it too so works out for the family.
Q: Give a recommendation for someone considering trying out KEEN:
A: Don’t watch the scale! Set you expectations realistically and give your body time to change.
If you’re looking for a change, whether in your body or routine, you need to give it a shot. It won’t be easy the first couple weeks, but you will see tremendous benefit once you keep at it.
Q: Any feedback for Ankeen (Keen’s owner & lead trainer):
A: Ankeen – and all the other coaches – are amazing! I love how Ankeen speaks the truth. She genuinely wants the best for you. Also, her style for explaining exercise movements is unique, hilarious, and just relatable.
Q: What’s something we don’t know about you:
A: When a workout is hard I actually sing out to the song playing and that takes my mind off of the workout. Q: Are you a good singer? I’m a horrible singer, but when the volume is super high I sound amazing. Don’t we all?