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What's your workout: Pam Green


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Pam Green gets into her workout at Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping in Columbus (Keith Griner, for The Republic)
Pam Green gets into her workout at Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping in Columbus (Keith Griner, for The Republic)

Pam Green gets into her workout at Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping in Columbus (Keith Griner, for The Republic)
Pam Green gets into her workout at Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping in Columbus (Keith Griner, for The Republic)

Pam Green gets into her workout at Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping in Columbus (Keith Griner, for The Republic)
Pam Green gets into her workout at Farrell's Extreme Body Shaping in Columbus (Keith Griner, for The Republic)


Routine: Kickboxing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and strength training on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Inspiration: I have begun fitness routines several times in the past. I began the most recent routine over two years ago. I can honestly say I have a routine now where in previous attempts it never reached the point of becoming a routine.

Stuck with it: I was quickly able to see progress, which motivated me to stick with it. I enjoy the workouts and the benefits they bring both physically and mentally. I want to continue this. I also am an instructor at my gym. I enjoy motivating and inspiring others to exceed what they thought they could during a workout. Because I am an instructor, I must set a good example, which means sticking with my workout routine.

Schedule: I make working out a priority each day. Generally, I work out in the evenings after work, but if I know ahead of time that I won’t be able to make an evening workout, then I plan ahead to attend a morning session.

Starting out: I had been on the diet and exercise roller coaster just like many others. I would have some success but typically get bored with exercising or get too busy and stop resulting in the loss of any improvements I had made. In March 2012, I got serious. I was tired of being tired, tired of not feeling good about myself and tired of being out of shape. I had also been trying to battle high cholesterol for several years. For about 12 months, I took medication to control it. I decided that I was too young to be on medication for the rest of my life.

Muscle mass: I gained muscle mass. I have dropped my body fat percent by 10 percent.

Favorite exercise: Kickboxing, abdominal/core exercises

Least favorite exercise: Burpees are an exercise that everyone loves to hate. They are a really good exercise and have several benefits, but they are not enjoyable to do.

Music: I like loud, upbeat music when I exercise. Often I will select an ’80s playlist at the gym for days I instruct strength training.

Diet: I eat six small meals every day and balance my carb/protein intake. This routine keeps me fueled throughout the day. I focus on good, nutritious foods — nothing frozen or canned. I don’t drink soda or eat fried food. I stay away from red meat but enjoy chicken, turkey and fish. I’ve become a fan of tofu, too. I haven’t eaten fast food in over two years. This may sound like a boring diet, but it really isn’t at all.

Favorite moment: Something I had wanted to do for a long time was to hike across the Grand Canyon. Part of me getting in shape was to prepare myself for that. In May 2013, three friends and I made the trip and hiked from North Rim to South Rim.

Motivation: I remind myself of the regret I will feel if I don’t go to the gym. Walking through the door is often the hardest part of working out. I’ve never regretted working out, but I have regretted not going at all.

Advice: Just believe in yourself and don’t give up. There will be hard days and you will want to quit, but keep pushing.

Fitness Fact: I enjoy obstacle-course racing and completed my second Spartan Sprint this year.

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