Veronica Duerscherl

Accomplishments With help from PTF and my awesome trainer, MacKenzie, I rebuilt my strength and got back to where I was “pre-baby”. And I must say, I’m pretty proud to have recently finished a half marathon (the first after having my daughter) and feel I am in kick-butt shape to complete my third Hood to Coast at the end of August! In a year, I’ve lost over 15.5 inches and still counting!
Inspiration from Veronica The only limits are those that you create for yourself. If you can visualize your goal, then it can be achieved! Set incremental milestones on the way to attaining your goal so you can measure your progress. Results will happen but don’t expect changes overnight. Staying fit and healthy is a life-long commitment. PTF really provides the complete package: great people and challenging fitness routines!

How long have you been exercising at Portland Team Fitness?
For close to 4 years now.

What made you get started?
I started coming to PTF because my exercise routine wasn’t challenging me enough and I had hit a plateau. I’ve tried many different types of routines from being a “gym rat” to structured boot camps to being my own fitness coach. I wanted a new challenge and felt PTF would help me achieve my fitness goals.

Do you remember your first class? Can you share that story and what it was like?
My first class was circuit training on a hot summer day. I remember at one of the stations there was a HUGE truck tire. I thought to myself, “So exactly what are we going to be doing with this?!?”. All I remember is flipping that tire over and over again until my arms ached; then I did it some more. The next morning I was sore all over which was a good kind of pain since my body had not been challenged like that in a long time.

Why did you come back?
See the story above.

Why do you keep coming back to PTF?
I like a good challenge! After I had my daughter last year, I felt like I was starting from square one again. It was defeating. During my pregnancy, I couldn’t keep up with my favorite past time of competitive running and put it temporarily on hold. Unlike what you see with celebrities, it does take longer than a couple months to bounce back. Balancing the care of a new little one, working full time and exercising is very challenging but doable if you have the right mindset (oh, and sleep and time with my husband and 4-legged companion are in there somewhere too!) With help from PTF and my awesome trainer, MacKenzie, I rebuilt my strength and got back to where I was “pre-baby”. And I must say, I’m pretty proud to have recently finished a half marathon (the first after having my daughter) and feel I am in kick-butt shape to complete my third Hood to Coast at the end of August!

When did it “click” for you? When did fitness become habit you couldn’t live without?
I’ve always viewed fitness as one of the key pieces to achieving life-long happiness along with a good diet and healthy living. Now as a mother, I continually strive to be a good role model for my daughter.

What are your biggest achievements? Weight Loss? Inches lost? Races completed? Big competitions? Increase in speed, agility or athletic performance? Personal best achievements?
My 2 biggest physical achievements are:
1.) Going from being a fit person to being pregnant to now being a fit mom. It wasn’t easy for me. I think I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy. It was a very daunting task to get back into my skinny jeans. So many times I thought I was going to have to get a rid of them along with all the other pre-pregnancy clothes. Every month working out at PTF, I achieved mini milestones by losing a few inches and being able to do exercises I hadn’t done in a long time, like running, step-ups and planks. In a year, I’ve lost over 15.5 inches and still counting!
2.) Having completed the Portland Marathon (twice) is a badge of honor for me. I’ve always wanted to try for a third time, but was unsure if I could get there after having a child. I feel that I am physically stronger now than I was before and getting closer to where I want to be.

How do you feel different since you have been working out at Portland Team Fitness?
Yes, I feel different since starting at PTF. I really enjoy the variety of fitness classes available and the completely custom approach to my personal training program. I also feel the PTF Team is personally invested in helping me achieve my personal goals.

What are the positive benefits of coming to Portland Team Fitness?
First and foremost, the instructors and trainers are really fabulous! If you don’t know how to do something, they will guide you through doing the exercise the right way to get the maximum benefit. The classes are small and there is a wide variety of exercise options from group fitness classes to personal training to choose from. Also, if an exercise is not hard enough, be prepared because they always have a bag of tricks to challenge you with!

What is your favorite exercise?
Bench press with legs drops (while holding a yoga block between my knees). Great whole body exercise that really pushes me to fatigue (in a good way!).

Which is your favorite exercise that you actually don’t like?
“Crazy Ivans” . They are a huge pain (in the abs)! But oh so good for strengthening my core.

What would you tell someone that is just beginning on their fitness journey? WHY should they chose PTF?
Being open-minded to making a holistic change in your lifestyle is the first step. The only limits are those that you create for yourself. If you can visualize your goal, then it can be achieved! Set incremental milestones on the way to attaining your goal so you can measure your progress. Results will happen but don’t expect changes overnight. Staying fit and healthy is a life-long commitment.
PTF really provides the complete package: great people and challenging fitness routines!

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’ve always been a believer that you must have the drive and perseverance to overcome any challenge. I visualize my goal and then set a plan in place to achieve it, one step at a time. My motto is that “It Can Be Done.”

What is something that you have done recently that you NEVER thought you could have done?
I recently started taking yoga at PTF which never in a million years I thought I would have the patience for. I’ve always just done running and cross-training. It was interesting and intimidating to take yoga for the first time since I had no idea how to do anything, and I mean anything. I’ve found yoga at PTF to be very complimentary to my cardio and strength routines.

What is something you are training for or looking forward to in the near future?
I believe that life is an adventure and I look forward to the next challenge ahead of me! My passion is running and I’m always training for another foot race. I would really love to do another marathon and beat my last 2 times.

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?
TRX because there are many different exercise options and I could use it to build a raft and get off the island! One of my all-time favorite dance pop songs from almost 20 years ago is: “Jellyhead” by Crush (circa 1996).