Age: 52

Member Since: 2013

Goals (achieved):   The, way too small, skirt I bought a three years now fit. Something I never would have thought would happen.   Most recently,  300M Row in minute.  

Goals (striving for):  To do 10 pull-ups b the end of the year.  

Hobbies:  Training – I’m addicted.   I’ve gotten back into biking this summer – having a lot of fun with that.  I Love Paddle Boarding.  Experiencing new adventures.   Just trying to enjoy life!

Favorite

Food:     If I have to pick just one it would be steak

Exercise (at Coastal):   With the exception of the Assault Bike (a bit of a love/hate relationship there),  I like everything.   If I have to pick I would have to say, Ladder Drills and ‘The Game’      

Book:    Suspense Thrillers – especially ones that are based on history (education and entertainment all in one).  Although the one book that has had the biggest impact on me –  ‘It Starts with Food’ – Dallas & Melissa Hartwig

Place to visit:   I haven’t been there yet.

Ice Cream flavor: Coffee or Chocolate.  Nothing with nuts

Olympic Sport to watch:   Gymnastics.

Holiday:   Siblings Day!  When my two brothers and my sister get together for some fun.  Could be a day or a weekend – whatever the amount of time – it’s my definite favorite

What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishments since joining Coastal Performance?

Redefining my definition of fitness/health.  My goal, like countless others, was to be ‘skinny’.  Skinny does not mean fit or healthy for that matter.   I used to literally weight myself every morning. The number on the scale had a huge impact on my day, how I was going to feel, even what I would wear.   About six months ago (maybe a little more) I threw the scale in the ocean!  Today, I actually have no idea how much I weigh – all I know is that one ‘goal skirt’ still fits.  I have to admit I’m a little curious – but I’m perfectly ok without knowing – that number does not define me.

Since joining Coastal, what is something in the fitness world that you have changed your mind about?

Weight Training.   I used to believe cardio was the best way to get ‘in shape’.   I ran, did cardio workouts, etc.   I thought that lifting weights would make me ‘bulky’.   But I was ‘stuck’ not seeing the results I wanted.   I had a long talk with Kelsey – she convinced me to add in strength training.  Now I’m in the best shape of my life.

Describe your first day at the gym.

Scared to death but everyone in the class was so friendly and encouraging – that my nerves faded fast.   I had a blast!  I was hooked.

What’s something about you that we already don’t know?  

I’m not a huge fan of heights.    Sometimes, I still get a bit nervous before class.

What advice do you have to give to new people that enter Coastal? (Just getting started)

Be patient.- there are no shortcuts – there is no magic pill – there is no magic cream –   trust the process – do the work!  Make the commitment to yourself– you’re worth it!!! When you join a strength training or HIIT class and you see what some of the people are doing – don’t get discouraged if you can’t lift as much, do as many or any push-ups for that matter.  Just remember when they started, they couldn’t either.  

Who has inspired you in your life and why?

Just about everyone I meet.  People starting their fitness journey and join a class for the first time – they are nervous and apprehensive – but they face that fear – that is inspiring.   The incredible women I train with – ‘The Tribe’  – (Martha, Lori & Amanda) – seeing the transformation, gains and accomplishments made in the last year  – that is inspiring.  

How do you evaluate success?

In the gym – I measure success by setting new personal records.   That incredible feeling at the end of a workout knowing I put everything I had into it.

Outside of the gym – when I see what amazing, strong, independent women my two daughters have turned out to be.   By the friends I have – they are incredible!

What is your favorite Coastal moment?

The day Martha Black did her first unassisted pull-up.  We were all excited.  I honestly don’t think anyone was more excited than Kelsey – not even Martha! She was so genuinely excited – jumped up and down and did a fantastic happy dance.

How has joining Coastal changed your life?

I am stronger, both physically and mentally than I have ever been.  My diet is healthier than ever before – I am much more aware of what I choose to fuel my body.    My coordination and balance (physical and mental) has improved immeasurably.  I have accomplished things I never thought I could.  I have met some amazing people that I am honored to have as friends.  

Motto/Mantra/Quote:        

“I Am Doing This For Me”

“You Can’t Out Train A Bad Diet”

Testimonial:

The trainers at Coastal are amazing, and a lot of fun.  Every class is just that – Fun. I have learned so much about what I am capable of.  Those days when I don’t think I can – they have the confidence in me and show me that I can.  

I started training at Coastal when I was going for physical therapy.  It was pretty upsetting to realize that my, then, training method just wasn’t for me.  But to discover that I could train in a different, safer for me, method was huge. It took a while to adjust, but it has turned out to the best thing I have ever done for myself.   Kelsey, Craig, Beth, and Dylan all care so much about all the athletes they work with.  I can’t see ever training anywhere else.