How long have you been exercising at Portland Team Fitness?
Since September of 2010 — wow! Time flies!
What made you get started?
I’d read about PTF when Alayne first opened the studio, but I was (silly me) very happy with the gym I was in at the time. I did have a pattern of getting restless after a few months at the same gym, so I hopped around a lot. I went from a big gym, to a small, personal training-focused gym, to Crossfit to kickboxing. It took me a few years, but I found my way to PTF. I love thedown-to-earth, fun, intense, but non-posey approach to the workouts. And it’s close to home and work!
Do you remember your first class? Can you share that story and what it was like?
It was a Wonder Woman class….I remember feeling really welcome, challenged, and excited about discovering such a great place to work out.
Why did you come back?
I was ready for a new approach to fitness, I liked Alayne’s class and the other PTF fitness friends, and I was excited for more of a challenge.
Why do you keep coming back to PTF?
Because it’s as much a family as it is a great workout. Alayne has amassed some incredibly talented and smart trainers, so you really can’t lose with whatever workout you choose. And the members make it extra special… We encourage each other, give each other a good-natured hard time, giggle together when we’re dying, and celebrate our achievements, big and small!
When did it “click” for you? When did fitness become habit you couldn’t live without?
Ever since I can remember. Fitness has been a part of my life pretty much all my life. As I got older (college?) I saw just how important it is in creating balance, release, and optimal health.
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.
I’d have to say increased overall fitness, dedication, and weight loss. I think my earlier habit of gym-jumping when I got bored held me back. I think PTF not only has all I want to keep me interested and challenged, Alayne and the other trainers helped me push harder, stay at it even when I didn’t think I could. As I got older, I found it harder to lose weight. With Alayne’s support and encouragement, I worked to fine-tune my workouts, my nutrition, and really listen to my body. Alayne helped me see that what I had in my head as the solution (what had worked for me in the past and for so long) was not necessarily what my body needed now. Since I started at PTF, I have lost 20+ pounds (not sure of inches, but my clothes fit mucho better!), and I’m really proud of all I have accomplished. At PTF, I have trained for and completed A 40-mile mountain bike ride (mostly on gravel!), I climbed South Sister (despite my feeling convinced at several points that I was indeed going to fall over — THANK YOU, Alayne and Christina!!), and I feel I can truly do anything I put my mind to.
How do you feel different since you have been working out at Portland Team Fitness?
It’s been a true metamorphosis. Not only do I feel and look healthier, but I feel I have a better understanding of how my body works and responds to fitness/nutrition.
What are the positive benefits of coming to Portland Team Fitness?
Killer workouts, a great group of fitness friends, and plenty of silliness.
What is your favorite exercise?
This one is hard….I do like the ab roller wheel, and thosecrazy TRX bands. But moreover, I love a workout that keeps me thinking, pushing, going…not too much repetition.
Which is your favorite exercise that you actually don’t like?
Is this a question? BURPEES!
What would you tell someone that is just beginning on their fitness journey? WHY should they chose PTF?
Because they’ll get a great workout, no matter their fitness level, they’ll get awesome encouragement from the trainers and members alike, and they’ll have a blast reaching their goals. The PTF family is made up of some of the coolest people around. Seriously. I also can’t stress enough the importance of form when you’re working out. No matter what exercise you’re doing, without good form, you might as well stay home. Seriously. Proper form helps your body and your brain get the most out of your workout. One of the things I LOVE about the trainers at PTF is their consistent, gentle reminders about making sure we’re all holding our heads, shoulders, necks, hips, butts, chests, feet, EVERYTHING in the right place. Yay, good form!
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?
Really taking a hard look at my diet. I have eaten pretty “clean” most of my life, but taking a deeper look at my nutrition, portions, protein/carb/fat intake and balance has made a huge difference.
What is something that you have done recently that you NEVER thought you could have done?
I gave up sugar on Feb. 14th 2014, and I find I really don’t miss it. It’s crazy. I also never thought I would find such a happy, healthy, balanced, consistent and rewarding fitness routine. Yoga is a regular and wonderful part of my life — never thought I could make the time. My cardio and weights workouts are varied, fun, and full of rad people. And I walk at least three times a week at a fast clip for an hour with my sister and our dogs. Immeasurably important and rewarding! I am so grateful for these gifts, and all that they bring and teach me.
What is something you are training for or looking forward to in the near future?
In January, 2015 I will turn 50 (whaaaaaat???) I have a list of 50 Awesome Things I would like to accomplish or experience before that. Tops on the list: at least one unassisted pull-up. No bands, no box, nothing.
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?
Equipment: the TRX because you can do all kinds of crazy stuff with ’em for your entire body.
Song: “I Stay Away” by Alice in Chains. When I was training for triathlons, this song kept me going, and I associate it with hanging in there, not giving up, and pushing past the pain.