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March Member of the Month Spotlight – Amber Mayes

March Member of the Month Spotlight – Amber Mayes

 

Amber-Mayes

 

I am so excited to announce that the March Member of the Month is Amber Mayes!

 

Amber has been with Forever Fit SCV for two and a half years and has been super consistent since she started.  She was brought in by her mom, starting during one of our challenges and has never looked back.  Amber is always striving to make changes to her health using exercise and has a passion for training and running.

 

She is always up for a challenge and has a big can-do attitude that has allowed her to be successful over the long-term. Whether it’s sandbag clean and presses, suspended pull-ups or barbell dead lifts, Amber digs in, works hard and excels like crazy. On top of all that, she loves to run! She’s done a bunch of 5k’s and 10k’s and continues to find ways to challenge herself.

 

Amber has a smile that lights up the gym! She is always super positive, cheers others on and let’s her light shine on those around her. No matter what we’re doing at the gym, no matter what’s going on at work, she always brings a positive attitude and a smile to the training session!

 

We love Amber’s positive outlook on life, her ‘glass half full’ attitude if you will and we are so proud of what Amber continues to accomplish.  We were able to able to catch up with her to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

Craig: Why did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Amber: I started training at Forever Fit SCV for two reasons. The first reason was that I wasn’t getting the results I wanted with my workouts.  I had always been pretty active. I played soccer as a kid and teenager and I started running consistently when I went to college. I went to LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness in the past, but never truly stuck with any workout routine. I never knew how to work the machines and I truly only felt comfortable with cardio. I started to see unfavorable results in my body and I wanted to make a change that I knew I could commit too.

The second reason was my mom. My mom really was my inspiration to workout at Forever Fit SCV. She knew my workout struggles and suggested that I come try a few workouts at Forever Fit SCV. I had just moved back to Santa Clarita and I really didn’t want to keep working out at La Fitness! I went to a few classes and realized that this is something I could get on board with. After completing and getting pretty good results in the 2015 Back to School Challenge, I knew this was the place for me.

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Amber: I think the fact that 3 other people in my family train at Forever Fit SCV has been helpful to my success. Also, I enjoy the positive vibe at Forever Fit SCV. I never feel like I’m being judged or that I am not good enough to workout here.


Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Amber: My biggest obstacle has definitely been healthy eating.  Like I said, I have always been pretty active, but I was never seeing the results I wanted. I really needed to come to the hard truth that the food I put into my body was my problem. I want to treat my body with the respect it deserves and I know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle will benefit me for the rest of my life.


Craig:
What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Amber: The advice that I would offer to others who are just starting their fitness journey is to remember that everyone was once a beginner. It’s important not to make impossible goals, but to be proud of every small step in the right direction. 

The best advice I would give to someone that has hit a roadblock is that roadblocks are part of life. I honestly can’t think of anything that I’ve done in my life that truly matters where I haven’t had some kind of setback. Everything in life is temporary and people should remember that every day is a new day. I always see the best results when I maintain a positive attitude and when I remember to love myself.

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Amber: I am still driven to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’ because, through the help of everyone at Forever Fit SCV, I have proven to myself that I am capable of what I put my mind to.  Before Forever Fit SCV, I was never able to maintain a consistent workout routine or diet plan. I always gave up and accepted the fact that I just couldn’t do it. However, I have made great progress physically and mentally as a result of working out at Forever Fit SCV and that is all the inspiration I need to keep going. 

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Amber!!!

February Member of the Month Spotlight – Dorinda Perez

February Member of the Month Spotlight – Dorinda Perez

 

 

I am so excited to announce that the February Member of the Month is Dorinda Perez!

 

Dorinda has been with Forever Fit SCV for a year and a half now and her progress has been awesome due to her consistency!  She started during our 2016 Hot For The Holidays Buddy Challenge, and transformed she has. She continues to learn more about herself every single day and saw even more progress during another buddy challenge we just wrapped up!

 

Dorinda is one of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet and many people around the gym have said she ‘welcomed them and took them under her wing’.  She embodies everything we stand for here at Forever Fit SCV and continues to KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES on her path to her Best Self.

 

Working with cardiac rehab patients is no easy task, but Dorinda prides herself on leading by example and has even brought one of her past patients with her to train here at the gym.  She cares deeply about the success of her patients and those around her, and that kind of love and compassion doesn’t come around often.

 

Dorinda also strives to set a great example for her amazing family. She partnered up with her daughter during our last buddy challenge and together they made some awesome progress.  She’s brought family members in for our charity workouts and continues to work on staying fit so she can chase around her handsome little grandson!

 

  

 

One of the things I love most about Dorinda is her positive outlook on life. She really is a ‘glass half full’ person and sees joy in all of life’s blessings.  We are so proud of what Dorinda continues to accomplish and are so happy to be on this journey with her.  We were able to able to catch up with her to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

 

Craig: Why did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Dorinda: Forever Fit SCV had all of the elements I was looking for:

  • Strength Training (so important as you age)
  • Scheduled class times (I’m better when I have to be somewhere at a certain time)
  • It was FUN and a POSITIVE Environment

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Dorinda: I am most successful when my training is consistent.  I don’t make excuses to slack off when I am on vacation.  The coaching helps me stay on track while allowing me some freedom without guilt.

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Dorinda: My biggest obstacle is eating out.  I am a social person by nature and often friends want to go out for “happy hour” or dinner and there are few places that are healthy.  I just pick the least offensive choice.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Dorinda: My advice would be to rely on the Forever Fit coaches and other members for support.  We are all just trying to be our best selfs – it’s amazing how empowering it is when we allow other to help us!

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Dorinda: My grandson Tristan is walking now so I feel like I have to be in good shape to keep up with him.  I also want to be a good role model for my patients, so they feel they are not alone on this journey back to good health.

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Dorinda!!!

January Member Of The Month Spotlight – Julie Arshonsky

January Member of the Month Spotlight – Julie Arshonsky

 

 

I am so excited to announce that the January Member of the Month is Julie Arshonsky!

 

Julie has been with Forever Fit SCV for a little over one year now and her progress has been awesome!  She started during one of our transformation challenges, and transformed she has.  She’s made a commitment to her overall health and fitness and has learned that consistency is the key to staying healthy and fit.

 

Julie is an amazing tennis player, but found that something was lacking in her game.  Since coming to Forever Fit SCV, she’s quicker, stronger, more agile and able to get to balls that she never could before.  She’s also learned the importance of stretching and recovery and how that will help her to do more of the things she loves to do for years to come.

 

  

 

Julie is one of the nicest, most helpful people I’ve ever met.  She always has a smile on her face at the gym and is constantly encouraging those around her.  Julie embodies the ‘pay it forward’ motto and continues to build up everyone in the Forever Fit SCV Family so they can see the same life changes she has.

 

One of the things I love most about Julie is her positive outlook on life. She really is a ‘glass half full’ person and sees joy in all of life’s blessings. She has 2 amazing kids and an super supportive husband and wants to be there for them for many more years. She knows that in order to take care of her family, she needs to take care of herself….and that is a commitment she’s made to herself.

 

 

We are so proud of what Julie continues to accomplish and are so happy to be on this journey with her.  We were able to able to catch up with her to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Julie: I began training at Forever Fit because I had always been looking for a fitness program but never found one I liked.  I noticed some posts by people I knew who came to Forever Fit and seemed to really enjoy it.  Playing tennis for the past decade has been great, but I felt like I needed more to help with strength, core, balance, etc.  Boy I was not disappointed in trying Forever Fit.  I feel like it is exactly what I needed to focus on fitness, while still enjoying it too!

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Julie: Committing to helping myself and of course all of Craig’s positive reinforcement.

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Julie: Thinking that I must lose weight to be successful.  I really struggle with my weight, but I continue to work hard and not focus on the numbers too much.

 

   

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Julie: Make it a part of your schedule and keep coming back.  Even if you think you have messed up and you can’t come back, you always can.  It’s like a big hug from family no matter how long I have been gone.  And I am always happy I did it.

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Julie: I want to be strong and healthy for me and my well-being and of course, for my family!

 

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Julie!!!

December Member of the Month Spotlight – Brian Sunde

December Member of the Month Spotlight – Brian Sunde

 

 

I am so excited to announce that the December Member of the Month is Brian Sunde!

 

Brian has been with Forever Fit SCV for almost one year now and he’s been consistently crushin’ it since Day 1! Brian came to us because he was lacking energy and noticed that the things he loved to do were becoming harder and harder. He made a solid commitment to change some habits and live a healthier lifestyle and he has seen BIG CHANGE!

 

Since Brian started with us here at Forever Fit SCV, he has been one of the most consistent people in the gym, hands down. He trains 3 days/week at 5am so he can be home with his family in the evenings and could make the excuse that he’s too tired to come to the gym, but he never does! He’s here every time, ready to go with a smile on his face. He evens works in a Friday or Saturday session each week to ensure his success.  This is what has allowed him to lose over 15 pounds in two different transformation challenges and keep it off!

 

 

 

Nutrition was a struggle for Brian at the beginning, but he asked a lot of questions and we were able to make a healthy nutrition plan that worked for him. Portion control and moderation are things we all struggle with, but  Brian has learned that he doesn’t need to be ‘perfect’ all of the time to see results, he just has to be consistent.

 

Brian’s got a competitive side and, every once in a while, he let’s it show. Whether its a transformation challenge at the gym or a personal challenge with himself, he really exceeds when there is something at stake. I’ve even seen him give a glance at his training partner and crank things up a notch to challenge himself a bit more and beat his partner, all in good fun of course.

 

 

 

We are so proud of what Brian has accomplished and can’t wait to see him continue to KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES! We were able to able to catch up with him to find out how and why he’s been so successful and here’s what he had to say:

 

Craig: Why did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Brian: I needed to lose weight and get healthy. I have tried going to 24 hour Fitness, LA Fitness, running, and dieting. It would help for a month or two, but in the end it would all come back and more.

Susanne Ma completed a 28 day challenge about a year and  half  ago, and she told me that I need to try it, it will change your life. For 3-4 months, I always had an excuse whether it was scheduling or questioning how would it be any different than what I was doing currently (which wasn’t working anyway.) Once she finally got me to commit, I have been with Forever Fit SCV ever since.

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Brian: There is two main reasons why I have been successful. First, I have been committed to the process. If I come and train 3 or more days a week, follow meal guidelines, and drink my water, I will see results.  Second, I enjoy coming to Forever Fit SCV. I have never wanted to go to gym. I actually look forward to it even at 5am after a long weekend or a late night at Dodger Stadium.

 

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Brian: Portion control! I have struggled with portion control for many years. When I was younger, I could eat whatever I wanted and didn’t matter how much. I would just burn it off. Once I hit my mid 20’s that wasn’t the case anymore and I have struggled ever since. It also doesn’t help that my wife’s nickname is The Food Pusher, but I have to say since I  started Forever Fit SCV she has been much better with me and letting me choose my portion size.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Brian: Stay committed to the process. Everyone has their bumps in the road, but if you can honestly say you are putting in the time at Forever Fit SCV and following Craig’s nutrition plan, you will reach your goals.

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Brian: I want to live a healthy life, so I can enjoy time with my wife and kids. I want to see my kids grow-up, and also be able to show them how to live a healthy lifestyle.

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Brian!!!

November Member of the Month Spotlight – Amy Zamieroski

November Member of the Month Spotlight – Amy Zamieroski

 

I am so excited to announce that the November Member of the Month is Amy Zamieroski!

 

Amy has been with Forever Fit SCV for almost 4 years now and she’s been consistently killin’ it since Day 1! Amy came to us because she was tired of being another face in the crowd at the ‘big box gyms’ and has truly thrived during her time with us.

 

Amy is a people person; one of the warmest, sweetest, most caring people you will ever meet! She really thrives with the support of her friends and family, and that’s one of the reasons she’s been SO SUCCESSFUL at Forever Fit SCV. She originally came in with her best friend Kelley, and has made so many more lasting friendships, which keeps her excited to train on a daily basis.

 

 

 

Amy has had her share of obstacles, namely pre-existing ‘bad knees’. She’s worked hard to correct these issues and continues to make progress every single day. She one of the most positive people I know and understands that Fitness is Forever and not something you can work on for a week and be set for the rest of your life. She has been, and continues to be, a positive role model for her family and is the ‘fun mom’ we’d all love to have!

 

And don’t get me started on how giving Amy is! She has been volunteering for years and teaching Sunday school at her church, which takes way more time and patience than most of us are comfortable with. But Amy does it willingly and loves shaping the minds of our youth!

 

We are so proud of what Amy continues to accomplish and are so happy to be with her on her journey.  We were able to able to catch up with Amy to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

 

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Amy: I had been working out at one of the larger gyms in the area, and was not happy.  Everything from the constantly broken machines to the bad music they played bothered me.  When I heard about Forever Fit SCV, I was eager for the change.  After the first class, I knew that I had found exactly what I’d been looking for.  In one word, Forever Fit is FUN!  Not a lot of people can say that about where they workout.  Craig is simply the best coach  …ever!  The community there is so friendly and happy.  The workouts are challenging and they regularly change, so no boredom.  I don’t understand why anyone would waste their time and money working out anywhere else!

 

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Amy: I’m happy there so I want to go.  There are very few mornings that I feel like I’m dragging myself to the gym.  I am smiling and laughing 90% of the time that I am there!  Also, Craig is a great motivator.  He teaches me ways to get around any body pains I may have that day, and he is always encouraging.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard him speak a negative word.

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Amy: I have bad knees.  When I was at my previous gym, nobody really cared if I did the moves right or not.  Now, I am watched over and corrected or complimented all the time.  Craig is always giving me different alternatives if my knees hurt, as well as different exercises to try that will strengthen my knees to help alleviate the pain.  Right now, I’m practically pain free!  And my squat looks pretty darn good!!

 

    

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Amy: Get up, put your pants on, and get your booty to Forever Fit.  It will change your life!

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Amy: My age!  I don’t want to grow old and be one of those people who can’t pick up a pencil they’ve dropped on the floor, who grunt and groan every time they get out of the chair, who is winded when they climb a flight of stairs, who can’t go for a bike ride, etc. etc.  That will never be me!   The variety of moves Craig challenges us with every week helps to keep every muscle in my body strong.  I love that feeling!  And it doesn’t come in a bottle. I have to work for it. At the end of the day, it is up to me to get the job done, but the support, the environment, the challenges, and the community of Forever Fit SCV are exactly what I need to help me be my best.   Thank you Forever Fit!!

 

 

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Amy!!!

October Member of the Month Spotlight – Joni Stiman

October Member of the Month Spotlight – Joni Stiman

 

 

I am so excited to announce that the October Member of the Month is Joni Stiman!

 

Joni has been with Forever Fit SCV for almost 5 years now and she’s been working hard and super consistent since Day 1! She was the winner of our very first Transformation Challenge and was so surprised with her results from simply following the program.

 

Joni has had an amazing support system since she started. She initially started with a great friend and, during her time with us, has inspired her daughter, husband and a few co-workers to join in as well. Her determination of a healthy lifestyle and love for her new found fitness level continues to inspire those around her every single day.

 

 

 

Joni has had to persevere through many obstacles and things haven’t always been easy for her. Whether its her crazy work schedule (she’s a high school teacher, God bless her!), a surgery or her amazing grandchildren, Joni has continued to make her fitness a priority and truly understands what it means to KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES!

 

We are so proud of what Joni continues to accomplish and are so happy to be on this journey with her.  We were able to able to catch up with Joni to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

 

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Joni: I began to train at Forever Fit SCV because I was turning 50 and I felt that I was not prioritizing my health and I needed to.  I came to the realization that the best thing that I could do for the ones that I love was to take care of myself, so I could continue to care for them.  I was more tired at the end of the day than I felt I should be at my age and with 3 grandchildren under 5, I need energy!! I already knew Craig and had great respect for him, so I knew I could count on him to guide me to where I needed to be.

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Joni: Forever Fit SCV is for all people at any age and at any fitness level.  In the beginning, I struggled with every workout, but I enjoyed them.  I was successful because what I was doing was working.  I immediately felt success, lost weight, became strong and most importantly felt better and empowered to change my life.  I have ups and down, but for 5 years now I have not regretted any workout or any commitment I have made to improve my life at Forever Fit SCV.

 

  

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Joni: The biggest obstacle for me is when I find myself going back to lazy or unhealthy habits. I am in this for the long haul and I plan to prioritize health and fitness forever.  When life gets busy, I avoid making excuses and jump back into healthy habits as soon as I can.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Joni: I never believed this before, but it is as simple as making a decision to commit to it.  There are no quick fixes that last forever and the only way to feel good is to decide to take care of ourselves everyday in the best way we can.  The rest of the journey is to continue to make that decision every day.  The goal is not perfection, but continued progress.

 

 

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Joni: When I have made changes and tried new things,  I find myself happier and healthier.  The people at Forever Fit SCV and the inspirational coaches keep me coming to workouts even when I am tired and really not into it.  I always leave with a great feeling and more energy!  My friends and family have noticed this and several of them now work out with me at Forever Fit.  My support system continues to grow and that is what drives me.

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Joni!!!

September Member of the Month Spotlight – Tracey Cohn

September Member of the Month Spotlight – Tracey Cohn

 

I am so excited to announce that the September Member of the Month is Tracey Cohn!

 

Tracey has been with Forever Fit SCV for over 2 years now and she’s been working hard and super consistent since Day 1!  She is an amazing elementary school teacher that pours her heart and soul into the kids she teaches, but still makes her family and her own health a priority.

 

Tracey first started with us during a transformation challenge and instantly made changes to her nutrition. I still remember her coming in and telling me excitedly how the positive changes she was making were carrying over to her family and how great the all felt.  I could not have been more proud of her for leading the way and being the positive example at home as well as the gym.

 

Tracey continues to be a supportive, guiding light inside and outside of the gym.  She is always there to lend an ear to a fellow teacher during a training session or congratulate another Forever Fit SCV Family member on their achievement.  She is still striving to improve her push-ups (something she’s been focused on since day 1) and we know she’ll get there because good things come to great people.

 

    

 

We are so proud of what Tracey continues to accomplish and are so happy to be on this journey with her.  We were able to able to catch up with Tracey to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

 

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Tracey: To look and feel better about myself.

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Tracey: People and friends that come every day.

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Tracey: Life, trying to turn everyday frustrations into something positive.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Tracey: Never give up!

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Tracey: Wanting to look and feel better about myself.

 

   

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Tracey!!!

June Member Of The Month Spotlight – Pam Bird

June Member of the Month Spotlight – Pam Bird

 

 

I am so excited to announce that the June Member of the Month is Pam Bird!

 

Pam has been with Forever Fit SCV for 2 years now and her progress has been so amazing!  When Pam first came to us, she could barely squat, now she’s dropping down lower than most people half her age and doing it while holding a 40 pound sandbag!  I still remember the day she came in and told me she was able to squat down to rearrange things under her desk, something she had never been able to do before!

 

Pam is a thinker, which means she strictly analyzes every movement she does at the gym. She is able to focus on what she’s doing to ensure she’s moving efficiently and safely and she takes guidance very well.  She is truly a coach’s dream!

 

Mimi, as her grandkids call her, is one of the most genuine people you will ever meet.  She is kind, yet firm and always tells it like it is in the nicest possible way.  She has a way of sincerely building up everyone around her which has made her a favorite among the Forever Fit SCV Family.  She’s even brought in her husband Dave (who’s legally blind) to train with us and held his hand the whole time, cheered him on and helped him start living a healthier lifestyle.  If saints really live on earth, them Pam’s one of them!

 

We are so proud of what Pam continues to accomplish and are so happy to be on this journey with her.  We were able to able to catch up with her to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Pam: My daughter invited me to one of the Saturday Bring A Friend classes.  Though I did walk on the treadmill, I did not do any strength building.  I was really surprised at how weak I had become!

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Pam: My trainer Craig has successfully pushed me to try.  My husband encouraged me to continue trying though I was sore.  My daughter and son encouraged me because they believe I can do it!  My classmates encourage me to continue.  I just can’t lose with this type of support!

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Pam: Honestly, I hate to admit this, but it is me!  My self doubt, which hinders me every day.  I have to keep pushing to keep going each time I think I can’t go on….I push to keep going because I am so much better off physically and mentally.  I’d never want to disappoint my family.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Pam: DON’T STOP!  It is too easy to do….keep pushing to better health and a longer, more meaningful life.

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Pam: It is simply this: 4 boys and 1 girl that call me Mimi!

1 boy and 1 girl that call me Mom as well as 1 boy and 1 girl that mall me mother-in-law.

1 man that calls me his wife (who is my best friend and cheerleader).

Each one of them are the lifeblood that drives me to keep trying to make meaningful changes that will help me stay healthier for a longer time.  Believe me, I know there is much work I need to do.  Then, not lastly, but additionally, Craig, who carefully, honestly and firmly reminds me and pushes me to keep moving toward better changes!

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Pam!!!

March Member of the Month Spotlight – Brenda Keller

March Member of the Month Spotlight – Brenda Keller

 

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I am so excited to announce that the March Member of the Month is Brenda Keller!

 

Brenda has been with Forever Fit SCV for over 2 years and has made some major strides (pun intended) in that time.  She continues to set meaningful and achievable goals, challenging herself to get to the ‘next level’.

 

I can honestly say that Brenda is one of the most caring and encouraging people to ever walk through the Forever Fit SCV doors.  She has a genuine interest in the success of everyone around her and continues to be a role model for many newcomers, FF SCV Family Members……and even her elementary school students!

 

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Brenda is an avid runner and will be attacking the Los Angeles Marathon this month, a goal that she set for herself last year and has worked extremely hard to achieve.  When she had a leg injury last year, she could have thrown in the towel and quit, but she took care of herself, kept her eye on the prize and continued to make strides (pun intended, there it is again!) toward her ultimate goal.

 

You can always find Brenda and her bestie Lisa hamming it up on Saturday mornings after a long run.  Even after a looooooong run, Brenda still has the energy to train hard and support her husband Gordon as they push each other to be the Best They Can Be
We are so proud of what Brenda continues to accomplish and can’t wait to see her accomplish her marathon goal later this month!

 

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We were able to able to catch up with her to find out how and why she’s been so successful and here’s what she had to say:

 

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Brenda: After being invited by Lisa Kimura and enjoying the workout, Gordon and I decided to work out at FF together.  The family atmosphere and individual attention were major factors in my choice.

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Brenda: I have felt successful at FF because Craig takes an interest in the total me: physically, nutritionally, and emotionally.  The atmosphere at FF is so conducive to a healthy workout.  The encouragement is endless and the inspiration pushes me to try harder and “lift heavier weights”.

 

Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Brenda: My biggest obstacle is myself…am I working hard enough, am I eating in a healthy manner.  The nutritional advice that Craig offers helps me to focus on making positive choices.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Brenda: An accountability partner is essential.  Gordon and I encourage one another to go at 7pm (which can be difficult after a long day at work).  We talk each other into going and doing our best.

 

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Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Brenda: My biggest reason is my husband Gordon.  He has had a few health issues and we both realize that consistent exercise has helped us stay healthy.  We can squat, plank, and lunge!   My other reason is a goal I am striving for…running a marathon.  Meeting that goal means working out, running, and maintaining good nutrition.

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Brenda!!!

January Member of the Month Spotlight – Tommy Kimmerle

January Member of the Month Spotlight – Tommy Kimmerle

 

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I am so excited to announce that the January Member of the Month is Tommy Kimmerle!

 

Tommy has been with Forever Fit SCV for over 3 years and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since!  He keeps us all on our toes with his witty humor and continues to get stronger every time he walks through the door.

 

A former athlete, Tommy is no stranger to hard work.  And though his baseball days are over, he still shines playing softball and is now hitting even more home runs throwing more people out thanks to his new found strength! He’s even found that coming to the gym to train before a game helps him play better and have more power.

 

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Tommy’s got a wit and charm that always puts everyone at ease.  He’s always willing to lend a hand when needed and give some an extra push to help them get through a workout.  And we even have a special bond because we both ‘speak fluent movie quotes’!

 

We are so proud of what Tommy continues to accomplish and can’t wait to see what the future holds for him!

 

Tommy getting it done!

 

We were able to able to catch up with him to find out how and why he’s been so successful and here’s what he had to say:

Craig: When did you start training at Forever Fit SCV?

Tommy: I started out at a bring-a-friend workout a few years ago and learned quickly what an awesome environment Forever Fit SCV was to work out in.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

 

Craig: What has made you so successful at Forever Fit SCV?

Tommy: Craig! Duh…well, mostly Craig.  He pushes me to be at my best.  Always willing to hand me extra weight or another band, or getting me to try new variations and exercises.  The atmosphere also contributes to success.  Having such great people to work out with, including my wonderful wife, really makes a difference and makes working out far more fun.

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Craig: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome during your fitness transformation?

Tommy: Definitely forcing myself to eat better. I still treat myself from time to time, but my most prominent cut was to fried foods (especially french fries).  It’s so sad because they’re SO delicious.  But cutting down on them really made a difference.

 

Craig: What advice would you offer to others who are just starting out on their fitness journey or have hit a road-block?

Tommy: Hit the ground running.  Force yourself to get into it (or back into it), because that’s the hardest part.  But once you’re in and it becomes part of your routine, it becomes easier to keep it going.  And trust Craig, he always knows what’s best.

 

Craig: What drives you to ‘KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES’?

Tommy: Seeing results.  Once you see that your hard work is paying off it motivates you to keep it going.  And Craig always says to KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES.  And like I said, Craig knows best!

 

KEEP MAKIN’ CHANGES Tommy!!!