Hard working, focused, kind, caring, helpful. These are just a few words that describe Forever Fit SCV’s August Member of the Month Aileen McDonald. Aileen is one of our founding members and has been working hard and MAKIN’ CHANGES since day 1!
I am sure you have all seen Aileen training at some point or another, pushing the envelope and constantly improving. I have heard people talking about how great she looks and wondering how she has been so successful. Well you are in luck because I caught up with Aileen and was able to ask her some questions regarding her time at Forever Fit SCV and here is what she had to say!
Craig: Why did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?
Aileen: I have always been very fit. My childhood was spent climbing trees and walking a mile to and from the bus for school ( sounds cliche but is true). As a younger adult I did everything- Jane Fonda, 10 minute workout, Spin class, Power Pump class, jogging.
When Forever Fit was starting up, I though why not give it a try. I knew most of the people who would be going and they were mainly around my age level. I wouldn’t be trying to keep up with those 30 to 40 years younger.
Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?
Aileen: As an older adult I realized that I wasn’t really enthralled with the individual or large class size workouts. I needed a bit more of the social aspect and no “boot camp”. With Forever Fit I have both of those PLUS I can work at my own pace and ability.
My fitness level will never be the same as my 20 year old self but I have become more aware of what I can do and like to push myself.
Each time I come to class the exercises have been formulated so that my whole body gets some degree of workout. The dynamics change every six weeks. Forget all the other fads and celebrity DVDs, your workouts work!
Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?
Aileen: My biggest obstacle was in the beginning when I just had to decide that I was going to class and everything and everyone else would come second to that.
Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road block?
Aileen: You can do much more than you think you can. That doesn’t mean you have to exhaust yourself every time you exercise but even the smallest change increases your ability. Don’t stick at a level because it is your comfort zone and don’t become obsessed with the scales.
Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?
Aileen: a) Strong at 60, independent at 80.
b) That “feel good” feeling that comes with being fit.
c) YOU. Your dedication to making the journey work for each and every one of us.
As you can see, Aileen has put in a lot of hard work and dedicated herself to MAKIN’ CHANGES! She has given you all some awesome advice and the best thing you can do is learn from her experience and apply it to your own fitness journey!
KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES!