Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine:
I do kickboxing Monday, Wednesday and Friday and strength training Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?
I had reached an all-time high weight, had very low energy, got migraine headaches and caught colds frequently. I knew I had to make a big change to get healthy.
Why is it something you have stuck with?
So many reasons. I have seen/felt amazing results in my shape and the way my clothes fit. I haven’t gotten a migraine in over a year. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and I really enjoy setting new fitness goals and achieving them. Kickboxing is a blast. But the greatest reason is the environment at Farrell’s. It is such a positive, uplifting place where fellow students, coaches, instructors, staff and the owners all provide great support. Even as a new student, I never felt out of place.
How do you make time to work out?
I attend class at 5 a.m. My day just doesn’t feel right if I don’t make it to the gym.
When and why did you get serious about fitness?
I started working out at Farrell’s in April 2013. I was only in my second week when I realized I never wanted to give up the increased energy and strength I was gaining. I haven’t looked back since.
Have you lost or gained muscle mass through working out?
I have gained muscle strength and tone, not bulk, and I love it.
What’s your favorite exercise?
During kickboxing: Left crescent kick into a right roundhouse kick. During strength training: Tricep extensions, seated row and all of the ab exercises.
Any exercises you dread, but do anyway? Why?
Mountain climbers make every part of your body tired, but that’s also how I know they work.
Do you listen to music while you work out? What’s on your playlist?
There is always a mix of music playing during classes at Farrell’s. On kickboxing days, there are mixes of dance-speed pop, rock and electronic music. On strength training days, I like the alternative rock selections.
Do you follow a special diet? If so, describe it briefly. Do you “cheat” much?
I don’t follow a diet as much as I do a clean-eating lifestyle. I eat six small meals a day for six days of the week, balancing a target number of grams of protein and carbohydrates for each meal. I choose as many natural and whole food sources as possible. One day per week is set aside as a fun day, when I can have some of the treats I don’t have through the week.
Do you have a favorite fitness moment, for example, when you reached a tough fitness goal or overcame a plateau?
After 10 weeks at Farrell’s, I ran a timed mile in a minute less than my goal time. I was also thrilled when I started to be able to do push-ups from my toes easily instead of from my knees.
What do you do to motivate yourself when you just don’t want to work out?
I remind myself that no matter how tired I am or no matter what else I could be doing, I always feel better after I work out. The hardest part is getting your foot in the door every day.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start working out?
Don’t wait. There will never be a perfect time or set of circumstances. You can always find an excuse as to why you’re not ready. Your life and health are worth the investment, and they’re worth it now.
What’s a little-known fitness fact about you?
Outside of some cycling, I was never athletic before Farrell’s. Now I’m in the best shape of my life, and I’m even an instructor at the gym.