How long have you been exercising at Portland Team Fitness?
Over 5 years!
What made you get started?
My partner and I moved to Portland from Brooklyn, NY in 2006. After celebrating our departure from Brooklyn for a year before we left, and celebrating our arrival in Portland for a few years after we got here, we decided that it was time to get back in shape. We’re still celebrating though.
Do you remember your first class? Can you share that story and what it was like?
I went in pretty confident that Alayne’s class was going to be easy. I hadn’t been exercising for a while, but I used to work out pretty regularly. I showed up to class not having eaten in the past 6 hours, and probably not having had enough water during the day either. Half way through class, Alayne was offering me an apple to make sure I didn’t pass out.
Why did you come back?
It took me a week to get over the shame of my performance in that first class. But then I wanted to try again. Without apples.
Why do you keep coming back to PTF?
I feel better after every class I take, even after 5 years. And every class is still a challenge.
When did it “click” for you? When did fitness become habit you couldn’t live without?
Not too long after I started attending class regularly. I usually go 3 times a week, and if I miss one I feel terrible! The results I see make me feel guilty for skipping even a single class. Like I’m being mean to my body.
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.
My first achievement was being able to last through a whole class without looking like I had passed away several days earlier. Thanks to PTF, I quickly got to what I consider my ideal weight and physique and have easily managed to stay there.
How do you feel different since you have been working out at Portland Team Fitness?
It no longer looks like my mid-section has partially melted when I have my shirt off. That feels nice.
What are the positive benefits of coming to Portland Team Fitness?
I used to work out on my own. That would mainly consist of me using whatever machine at the gym was available. Lots of waiting, and probably a lot of areas on my body that never got attention at all. Plus it was REALLY boring. PTF classes move too fast to be boring, and you definitely get a more complete full body workout.
What is your favorite exercise?
The tornado ball thing. That makes me feel tough. Plus any of the boxing class exercises. Same reason.
Which is your favorite exercise that you actually don’t like?
Pull ups. I can do a lot more than when I started, but that doesn’t mean I like them.
What would you tell someone that is just beginning on their fitness journey? WHY should they chose PTF?
Starting a workout program on your own is difficult and intimidating. With PTF you get all the motivation you need from the people around you, plus having the exercises picked out for you by the very knowledgeable instructors makes the whole thing a lot less scary.
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?
I’m not the best at lifestyle changes. I eat a little better, but I never really ate poorly. I ride my bike more and do more outdoor activities. But it’s mainly been the PTF classes that have helped me meet my goals. Teacher’s pet, I know.
What is something that you have done recently that you NEVER thought you could have done?
Bought size 31 jeans?
What is something you are training for or looking forward to in the near future?
THANK YOU! Any last words? 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?
I think I’ve learned enough body weight exercises at PTF to not even need a piece of equipment. Which will leave more room in my suitcase for rum and a blender. And if I had to pick one song, I suppose it would be something by Katy Perry to remind me of Alayne while working out.