I’m super excited to announce this month’s Member of the month, because this woman’s middle name can literally be changed to “COMMITMENT” ! She has demonstrated a crazy level of dedication and consistency, which has led to her amazing success over the past year. I’m constantly amazed by how much better and stronger she gets week to week, and it’s people like Kris who make me feel like a proud mama! Check out her super cool interview below, and get to know Kris a little better! Congrats girl =)
Tell us some quick bits about you… are you married?
Well I’m 38 years old, happily married… and I have 2 kids: an 11 year old boy, and a 12 year old girl.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
I heard about Keen from my friend – I really needed something to change my body and I wanted to be much stronger. Oh and I hated going to the gym. I’ve been coming to KEEN since Oct 2015, so a little over a year now.
What was your level of activity or fitness prior to joining?
I did spin like 4 days a week but no lifting at all. On the first day when I had to lift at KEEN I thought it was going to be impossible. I thought I can’t lift anything. Now I can’t wait to come to the gym and lift weights. It’s my favorite part of my workout.. even though I sound like I complain all the time haha.
What were your goals when you first joined/started?
To get myself to come at least 3 days a week and be physically active. And to gain strength because I knew I needed that. I feel like I’ve accomplished that… and I’m striving for the next level of strength.
Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I literally had a fear of lifting weights… I would envision the weights dropping on myself or it slipping out of my hands. Looking back on it now, I understand that my ignorance of weight lifting is what was fueling that fear.. I’m so much more confident about it all now.
Has your experiences at KEEN affected your life outside of the gym, and if so how?
I’ve made friends from the gym.. Great ladies here. I’m also definitely trying to incorporate what I learn at the gym at home with my kids . Of course they always make fun of me but that’s ok.
Going from hating the gym to now coming 2x a day sometimes, what a transition. Anything you want to say about why KEEN is so special?
The people here are special: everyone is so supportive, we cheer each other on… it’s never a competition.
I was one of you out there, super intimidated to coming to this gym thinking I would get judged or I’d be surrounded by super athletes. KEEN is the total opposite of that… everyone pushed me, challenged me. Supported me… and mentally made me stronger.
Have you seen changes in your body since coming for a year now?
Yes! I’ve lost a total of 18 pounds actually .. I feel much tighter on my legs, and very compact. Generally I feel amazing.. And my jeans fit!!!! That’s the true test of progress right?
Would you say you’re more fit than you husband?
Haha yes… hopefully he won’t read this lol.
Aren’t all of us more fit than our husbands here?
What advice do you give people thinking about trying out a KEEN class?
Just try it… every woman should come in here at least once and see what it’s all about.
Favorite Restaurant: It’s gotta be Stinking Rose… I love their garlic with bread… it’s an amazing appetizer. Oh yum… haha.