Occupation: Stay-at-home mother
Family: Husband Jason, 34; daughter KJ, 8; son, Boston, 6
Where you work out:
How many hours per week? 10 to 12
Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:
Zumba, kickboxing or cycling for cardio daily and a daily Group X class
What is a Group X class?
It is basically a lighter version of CrossFit. We do push-ups, pull-ups and flip tires.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
My father had his first heart attack at the age of 39 and has had two heart bypass surgeries since. Heart disease runs in my family, so I just feel it is important to stay on top of your health before it is too late.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
I believe it is important to have a support system not only at home but at the gym when you are training. I have a great group of instructors, friends and a wonderful husband to keep me motivated.
How do you make time to work out?
I make working out a part of my daily routine just like brushing my teeth or taking a shower.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I have always been very active. Whether it is dancing or playing soccer, I just like to stay busy. I want to be healthy and fit. It is addictive.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out? How much?
I started Group X four months ago and have lost 10 pounds and gained muscle mass.
What’s your favorite exercise? Why?
Push-ups. When I first started working out, I couldn’t even do one. The most I’ve done is 50 in a single set.
Any exercise you dread, but do anyway? Why?
Burpees. Burpees are hard, but a great cardio and endurance exercise.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
Sometimes. Old School hip-hop.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
Protein. Protein. Protein, and of course a few fruits and vegetables. Of course I cheat. But only for a meal here and there, not for an entire “cheat” day. I deserve it!
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
Being able to do a pull-up without assistance.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
On the way to the gym I will turn up my radio in my car and jam to music. It always gets me pumped up.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start working out?
It takes more than just working out. You have to eat healthy and stay on track. If you keep it up, you will see results.
What’s a little-know fitness fact about you?
I am very competitive, so I make every workout a competition.
— Jennifer Willhite, firstname.lastname@example.org