What a great way to kick off the first month in the new year… with one of our “undercover beasts” being selected for the member oft the month … Mania Hairapetian. Mania comes into the gym with a great attitude EVERY TIME, and the energy and strength she puts out would never let you guess that she was 3 little kiddos at home. She’s driven, a hard-worker… and one strong mama! Congrats Mania.. we love you!
Hey Mania.. first off congrats. Tell us some quick stats on yourself?
Well I’m 36 years old, and a mom to 3 kids, ages 7,5, and 2 (2 girls and 1 boy=), married and enjoying life.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
I heard from moms at my kids’ school.. And this was when Ankeen was just opening the gym. My first day here was actually Ankeen’s opening day. I came for a year straight… and I took a year off when I got pregnant with my 3rd baby… so for this last year and 9 months I’ve been back consistently.
What was your level of activity or fitness prior to joining?
I did a lot of walking but never did weights. I feel so much stronger now.. I’ve totally pushed myself a lot and I’ve seen such a difference in my body and my health pushing myself to lift weights. It’s kind of an addiction – a good addiction haha. It’s a great release of stress and 1 hour all to myself.
What were your goals when you first joined/started?
Honestly I just wanted to lose the baby weight and tone up. I didn’t think I’d get stronger. But I wanted to get more fit and drop dress sizes.
Tell us something we don’t know about you:
I suck at cooking.. I’m terrible. Actually I don’t like to do it so maybe that’s the reason I suck. Oh and I don’t think people realize I’m a legal drug dealer… haha.. I’m a pharmacist by trade. Also, I’m also super OCD about cleaning… omg dust drives me nuts. I pretty much have that white glove on, mentally… checking the dust levels around the house. Haha not that bad… um, actually, ya that bad.
Has your experiences at KEEN affected your life outside of the gym, and if so how?
I’m much more energetic in general … I definitely eat healthier and am more conscious about what I put in my body. On vacation all bets are off.. But when I’m back and working out, I’m much more determined to stay balanced and on course as far as nutrition and workouts. I honestly don’t diet or anything like that.. I enjoy my weekends, but I also work hard when it’s necessary!
You never complain… you always push yourself and end up kicking ass at the end of the workout.
I know how special it is for me to be able to get to the gym… having 3 kids, a busy home and schedule, it’s very difficult to make accommodations to get here so when I’m at the gym, I make sure to make the best of it when I’m here. I absolutely value my time here.
Would you say you’re more fit than you husband?
OMG for sure… My husband has always been fit, but lately I’m definitely the FITTER one. He knows I’m more fit than him… he doesn’t deny it. I’m his motivation haha!
Aren’t all of us more fit than our husbands here?
Ya for sure!
What advice do you give people thinking about trying out a KEEN class?
I promote KEEN like crazy… People always ask me where I workout because I’m always in workout clothes. People’s first response is “omg it’s so hard I can’t do that!” I tell them it’s always at your own pace, and you build up from a starting point. Once you set your goals, you’ll definitely achieve them. Ankeen motivates you past your own level… and pushes you to achieve great things. Everyone is so friendly at the gym… such positive energy and vibes.
What’s your jam right now?
For sure Destiny’s Child…. OR (don’t judge me) Persian music. If I’m getting ready to go out, my jam is “Iranian Radio” haha. It’s on my favorites .. I really don’t know how it got there.
Fav Restaurant: Sushi all the way… any date night it’s gotta be sushi. Gin Sushi in Pasadena is amazing… and surprisingly Sakura in La Canada has great sushi.