I’m so proud of this month’s member of the month! Melineh is the pure embodiment of perseverance, determination, and overcoming challenges. Mel comes to the gym at least 4 times a week, if not more, and gives it her all. Her results are clearly tremendous and noticeable, but I think what impresses me the most is that her level of commitment and determination hasn’t faded one bit. Congrats Mel on being this month’s featured member!
Hey Mel.. first off congrats. Tell us some quick stats on yourself?
I’m 35 years old, and I have a 4-year old daughter.
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
Honestly I drove by and got curious. thinking, “What is this place?” I kept seeing women working out and honestly I drove by like 10 times before I finally made the decision to try it out (best decision I have ever made by the way).
What was your level of activity or fitness prior to joining?
I wasn’t really working out… on a scale of 1 to 10, maybe a 3 at best. At first when I joined, I really just wanted to be healthy. I wanted to get it together. I had gained a lot of weight, and I knew I needed a big change in my life. I knew it was going to be challenging, and I had some fears, but I just knew I needed big changes in my routine.
What’s one of your favorite workouts?
I really like the boxing… definitely a great stress release. Your time to just break sh*T up ! … and just funnel that energy into a killer workout. I like weights now too because of Ankeen. It totally makes you stronger, and when they tell you you will burn fat throughout the day it’s true. I actually feel myself having more energy throughout the day too.
Something we don’t know about you:
I’m an accountant haha… if you know me, that will probably surprise you. Oh, also I have a set of identical twin sisters… they’re a year younger than me.
Dang your mom was busy huh!
Yes I don’t know how she did it.. I couldn’t handle it!
Has your experiences at KEEN affected your life outside of the gym, and if so how?
It’s totally made me stronger and healthier, and the friends I’ve made here are priceless. Generally, I’m so happy. Working out is a natural high for sure.
What’s your least favorite activity at the gym?
Oh my god RUNNINg… I hate it!! People who say they love running … I don’t understand those people. BUT I understand that it’s so important for cardio.
What advice do you give people thinking about trying out a KEEN class?
Just do it… don’t be scared. the people here are so great… don’t be intimidated. My first few weeks, I couldn’t keep up with anything. After a while, I got stronger and stronger. Everyone here is so motivating. And Ankeen… oh my God I thank God every day that I met her. She really pushes you and has your best interest at heart.
I’ve had a LOT of trainers in my life…and no one even comes close to Ankeen. This place is like family to me.
Do you workout with your daughter?
Ya she’s 4 years old, and I have her do squats and plank with me. She actually enjoys it.
What’s your jam right now?
I’m all about rap… Future and Drake.
Fav Restaurant: Rocky’s Fish & Poultry in Burbank… OMG best food ever. Very clean and healthy… get the lemon chicken + brown rice.