I just realized that beyond the fact that Alida is a real force to be reckoned with and a beast babe at the gym, she is someone who brings cheer, love, and passion to the gym, and February, the month of love, is the perfect time to award her with the “Member of the Month” title. Alida is the one you see lifting a crazy amount of weight, mastering it, and then salsa dancing to the next circuit station. We love you and can’t imagine a gym atmosphere without your bubbly fierceness. Congrats Alida, I commend you and am blown away by the progress you continue to have. Mental toughness is definitely your strong suit!
Congrats on being the this month’s featured member – let’s start off by establishing your age:
Really? I’m 40. For-Tay baby.
Well, you age extremely well, let’s just say that. You have kiddos?
I have one son, he is 9 and half years old =).
Does he take after you?
He has a bit of both of us actually. He’s like me in the sense that he’s determined. Even if he’s scared to do something he’ll still attempt it. I love that about him.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
I don’t know… hmmm, I think through Facebook. This was like 4 years ago but for like 2 years I was intimidated and I didn’t come. Now I’ve been here almost 3 years. Longest I’ve ever stuck to 1 gym. Best decision I ever made.
Can you describe the energy you feel at KEEN ?
Basically how I feel at 40, I never felt in my 20s and that’s due to everything that’s come to me form KEEN. It takes over and betters your life – that’s it. You have to be open to receiving that energy though – that’s important.
What is the biggest progress you’ve had?
Strength for sure. And determination. Always pushing myself to go stronger and to the next step. I try to not to quit, even at times when I don’t think I’ll make it or I can’t go any faster or pack on more weights. I always attempt my ‘max effort’, and sometimes that gets me in trouble hehe but I love attempting the challenge.
Does your husband know how much of a bad ass you are?
Yes… we battle it out sometimes actually. He’ll try to wrestle me and trust me, I don’t get pinned down.
What’s one of your favorite exercises?
Bear complex – because it’s working out your full body. I feel like every muscle in my body is being worked out, at my desired weight.
What would you say about Ankeen?
Best soul I have ever met. Period.
Her energy and patience can’t be found in other trainers (or other professions for that matter). She’s so unique. She’s much more than just our ‘ coach’ – I’m honored to call her my friend.
Tell us something that we don’t know about you?
I play the piano. I just started back at it … I’m still very rusty but my son was even shocked to see me bust out “Fur Elise”. And I’m really artsy-fartsy … I love to draw. I’m not that great, but I used to sketch a lot.
What advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try the gym?
Don’t be stupid like me, I wasted 2 years because of my hesitation and intimidation. Don’t be afraid… JUST DO IT.
Any routine outside of the gym that helps you?
I watch what I eat. It’s so important to do that so you don’t undo all the hard work you’ve done at the gym. I really started being vigilant of my portions after I started at KEEN, because you see immediate differences. It’s all about discipline. I actually started weighing my food and making sure I wasn’t over eating.
What is your food indulgence?
Oh my God sushi.
But that’s pretty healthy no?
I’ll overeat though.. There is no stopping me until I’m literally about to explode.
You did the firefighter challenge in 2016 right? How was your experience training for that, and tell us about the injury you got right before the big day, and how you mentally prepared to overcome it.
Training was really intense and fun, but takes a lot of willpower. They’re difficult exercises and all you got to think the whole time is ‘mind over matter’. A couple weeks before the challenge, at class, I had one of the worst injuries of my life. I missed the box. We always hear Ankeen warning us about not missing the box, and I did it. Let’s just say I gashed my shin and have a permanent “KEEN tattoo”. For a moment, it discouraged me to compete and I felt like I may let my team down on competition day. But my team, along with my friends and hubby, encouraged and supported me, and it was a great day. I’m glad I went forward and overcame my fears, and just did it.
What’s your jam right now?
Reggaeton baby … specifically Nicky Jam.
Yummm Yuzu Sushi in Studio City.