I literally can’t get tired of our Member of the Month Posts because I am constantly inspired and amazed at every one of our power woman stories. This month we honor and celebrate a young woman who is truly remarkable: she is one of our youngest members – but don’t let that fool you on her level of determination, maturity, and focus. Maria has had TREMENDOUS progress in just the short 4 months she’s been attending KEEN: she’s lost 25 pounds and gained tons of strength and muscle. Although she is naturally on the quiet side, don’t underestimate her .. she is a true BEAST … especially when she’s beatin’ up on those punching bags!
Hey Maria so congratulations on being this month’s member of the month.. so how old are you?
I’m 17 and entering my senior year at Clark Magnet High School =)
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
When we were moving down the street, my mom saw it and told me about it and encouraged me to come so I started. I’ve been coming for about 5 months… I love it. I feel really really really good!
What was your level of activity or fitness prior to joining?
I would go to the gym 4 times a week, and I’d always do cardio … and I never felt like I had a good workout. The 1 hour I spend at KEEN ruly pushes me and I actually FEEL worked out EVERY SINGLE TIME! Just from being at KEEN, I’m surrounded by so many positive people and that group motivation is sooo powerful. It really makes a difference not doing things on your own and getting that professional advice and feedback.
What are some of your hobbies outside of coming to KEEN every single day haha…
I’m studying to go into art school. I plan on going to Art Center after I get my general education at Glendale Community College. I’m still trying to decide which type of art I want to go into: either animation or illustration.
Cool.. what do you like to draw the most:
I love to draw eyes.. It’s always that one thing I go to.
What draws you to the eyes? (no pun intended.. haha ok just a little. I love bad puns)
Well every eye I draw is different, and they all have their “voice”.. Like they’re trying to say something to you. Really just like they say, “eyes are the window to one’s soul”… I truly believe that.
What would be your dream job?
Probably working at Disney. I would love to be part of their animation studios.
How do you feel about your experience at KEEN will help you later in life?
I feel like I’m getting an earlier start to be healthier in the future, and set a good foundation for good habits. Like already I’m changing my eating habits… and I’m already seeing such a huge benefit. In this short amount of time, I’ve seen these new habits changing my life for the better.. I can’t imagine not coming to KEEN at this point.
What’s one of your favorite workouts?
Hmmmm… probably kickboxing and circuits, for sure. I love the fast-pace of the kickboxing … and to be honest, I love beating up that bag =).
What is something we don’t know about you:
I love to travel a lot.. I was baptized in Italy actually.
Oh ya? What’s your fav travel spot? My parents really like to go to tropical places, but honestly I love Europe. I love discovering all the new mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the cities.
Has your experiences at KEEN affected your life outside of the gym, and if so how?
Oh definitely… It’s made me want to use every opportunity to be active. Like sitting idle now is such a death trap for me. I literally want to be in motion every moment of the day. It’s an amazing feeling! If I’m bored at home doing nothing, I want to go on a hike or on a walk.. I just can’t sit down and do nothing!
What’s your least favorite activity at the gym?
Burpees and running.
You literally gave me that answer instantaneously.. You feel pretty passionately about hating those exercises huh? Haha ya for sure.
What advice do you give people thinking about trying out a KEEN class? Specifically people who say it’s just too hard or intimidating?
Honestly the positive atmosphere here is unexplainable.. The feeling of accomplishment every day is so powerful. I’ve tried to convince my friends to come and honestly they have a ton of excuses that it’s too hard – but if you put your mind to it, it’s all doable.
What’s your jam right now?
I love Bruno Mars … he always makes me want to get up and move. Just love him.
Restaurant Pick: Die hard sushi fan… My favorite spot is this tiny place nearby called Sushi Monster on Honolulu, and their volcano roll is awesome!