How long have you been exercising at Portland Team Fitness?
I think I went to my first class in June 2008.
What made you get started?
I was lucky enough to have Alayne on my Ultimate Frisbee Spring League Team in Spring 2008. She mentioned that she was opening up her own fitness studio close to my house.
Do you remember your first class? Can you share that story and what it was like?
I consider myself athletic. I had just completed the Boston Marathon in April 2008 and I had been doing various sports and going to the gym pretty much nonstop since I was little. I remember my first class with Alayne and how completely exhausted I was. I was pretty much hooked from day one.
Why did you come back?
I realized that I could spend multiple hours each day in the gym and still not achieve the level of fitness I could with one hour of PTF. In addition, having the variety, not only improved my fitness but it helped to keep up my motivation.
Why do you keep coming back to PTF?
PTF makes me happy. I have reached new levels of fitness and have found a real community of like minded people interested in fitness and fun.
When did it “click” for you? When did fitness become habit you couldn’t live without?
I have been playing competitive sports since I was young, but fitness really became important to me after college. I realized the regular activity for me provided not only better health but would also relieve stress and provide goals to strive for. And being activity brings you in touch with other activity people. I met my husband playing Frisbee.
What are your biggest achievements? Weight Loss? Inches lost? Races completed? Big competitions? Increase in speed, agility or athletic performance? Personal best achievements? Please be as specific as possible.
This is an interesting question. I’ve run 9 marathons including qualifying and running the Boston Marathon. I’ve also improved my performance as an ultimate frisbee player. When I started working out with PTF, what I was really looking for was a change from the standard “gym” mentality. I had also started a new sport called ultimate Frisbee, and want to improve my speed, agility and athletic performance in that area. I have continued to maintain a very high level of fitness into my mid-thirties. I have participated on a competitive ultimate Frisbee club team for the last four years. I was named MVP of my team in 2012. I am very proud of my achievements.
How do you feel different since you have been working out at Portland Team Fitness?
I feel stronger than I have in my life, even when I rowed crew in college with a constant mix of endurance training, cross-training and weightlifting. I also have a very good balance of exercise and general activity in my life. Working out at PTF has afforded me the ability to do a huge variety of activities from strenuous hiking, competitive running, ultimate Frisbee, and the confidence to participate in whatever activities present themselves. Just this past October, my husband and I went for a couple of really strenuous hikes with bouldering, and steep inclines and declines involving ropes. Thanks to PTF, I felt confident and strong and got to participate in some real awe inspiring experiences.
What are the positive benefits of coming to Portland Team Fitness?
Strength, endurance, confidence, and a community of supportive fitness friends. Also, the trainers get to know you, what your goals are and your limitations. They work with you, to push you but also make you successful. I think a big part of PTF is feeling “kick-ass” with still taking care of myself. It limits injury, promotes holistic health. I have told my family and friends to come try PTF because I want to not only have them experience the fun and challenge, but participate with them. There is nothing better than working out hard with family and friends!
What is your favorite exercise?
Pull-ups! When I was younger, I can remember doing the Presidential Fitness test and being required to complete the arm hang. I could barely do the exercise. It was very frustrating being athletic but not being able to pull-up my own body weight. I made it a life goal to do 10 pull-ups. My best to date has been 9. Right now I’m less than one mainly because I’m pregnant, but it is definitely at the top of my goal list post pregnancy.
Which is your favorite exercise that you actually don’t like?
This is a tough question as I do like almost all the different exercises we do. I think the rope climb is hard for me, mostly because I’m not good with heights. While it is exhilarating to climb to the top, feeling exhausted and shaky and then having to climb down can be a little scary.
What would you tell someone that is just beginning on their fitness journey? WHY should they chose PTF?
We are all on a different stage of our fitness journey, and fitness is a life-long journey. Pretend it is like it’s doing the pacific coast trail. PTF is like having series of guides and fellow hikers joining on this adventure. If you are just starting off, the trainers and your fellow PTFers are there to show you the ropes, support you and encourage you as you figure out your pace. PTF is great for all fitness levels. If you are motivated to improve and excited about trying different types of exercises, PTF is right for you.
What has been one of the most influential steps or changes you have made in your overall lifestyle that has helped you meet your goals?
The most influential step is to realize that all activity is good, and that the best way to continue to stay motivated is to prioritize that variety (hiking, biking, Frisbee, PTF, dancing around the living room, taking the stairs at work), all these
What is something that you have done recently that you NEVER thought you could have done?
I never thought I would be this activity at 30 weeks pregnant. I worked out twice over this past weekend, and
What is something you are training for or looking forward to in the near future?
I’m expecting my first baby in April of this year (a little goal). Right now I am training to help with the pregnancy, (fingers cross) a good delivery, and a solid foundation of fitness.
THANK YOU! Any last words?
I want to thank Alayne and PTF for the last five+ years of this ever-changing, ever-awesome fitness adventure.
If you could pick one piece of exercise equipment AND only one song to sweat to on a deserted island, what would they be and WHY?
That is tough, but honestly if I was on a deserted island, I think I could use stuff found there. PTF has taught me how to use my body weight, and medicine balls or equivalent to get a full body workout. If anything, I would like a mat, so I would have to work out in the sand all the time. As for song, Kanye West – Stronger- because that song motivates and inspires me.