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Member Spotlight: Kristina Golling

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Member Spotlight: Kristina Golling

Kristina Golling

When did you start coming to AX and how did you hear about it?

I started coming to AX in December 2013. I had originally attended a trial AX class with some teammates (and other Ultimate players) when Christine was still in Arden Hills. We talked on and off about signing up for more classes, and when AX moved to Minneapolis and offered the Groupon deal, we couldn’t think of any reason not to sign-up!

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? My fitness goal the last few years has been to “stay in shape” for the ultimate season. Going into AX I really wanted to get that extra push to work harder than I do on my own. I’ve always struggled with motivating myself to strengthen my upper body in particular. Christine develops full body workouts that literally work every muscle in your body (even ones you didn’t know you had). I’m happy to say that thanks to AX, I can do real push-ups again for the first time in years.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? AX is an intense workout. Christine keeps you moving with a variety of exercises. Her creativity never ceases to amaze me. Since starting AX, I’ve done approximately 30 variations of the burpee, 50 different exercises involving tires of various sizes, and at least a couple dozen types of planks.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? Drink a lot of water and don’t be scared. You will work very hard, but you’ll get through it. As the Trainer says, “you can do anything for one minute!” After a few weeks of AX, you’ll start to notice positive changes in your strength, endurance, and overall fitness

What is your favorite part about AX Fitness?Handstands! And Scout! But seriously, I love the workouts in general, and the people who come to AX are also great.

How do you stay motivated? My teammates who also attend AX are big motivators. When I see them working hard, I know that I need to be working just as hard. We try to attend classes together, so I know they know how often I’m coming to AX. That makes it much harder to ever think about skipping a class.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? If you haven’t tried AX, you should. I bet you 100 burpees, you won’t regret it!

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Member Spotlight: Diarmuid Kelleher

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Member Spotlight: Diarmuid Kelleher

When did you start coming to AX Fitness and how did you hear about it? I started going to AX in the Spring of 2013. Back then, the AX studio was part of a gym I was attending for sprint training. I was early one day and I saw Christine putting a group through their paces and thought, “I have to try this!” I was instantly hooked and I’ve been an AX member since and have been excited to see the gym move to it’s awesome new space.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? As an ultimate (frisbee) player, most of my training was on the field; lots of sprinting for short periods. I really wanted to improve both my strength and endurance. AX has helped me here immensely. Christine keeps you moving for the entire duration of the class and makes sure that all your muscles (even some you didn’t know you had!) are getting a workout. This has improved my stamina and functional strength hugely, keeping me going at a consistent intensity all through the season.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? It can be hard to describe AX, partly because there is really nothing else like it. I’ve heard it described at “bootcamp” and that’s pretty close. However, the difference is that AX is much more varied and personal; Christine mixes up the workouts weekly and throws in plenty curveballs so that you will never get bored and your muscles will never get used to it. I’ve also heard it compared to Crossfit and that’s also not far off the mark. However, the strength training in an AX class is sustainable. You will be able to go to AX several times a week for the majority of your life. And you will never get injured, rather AX will help keep you healthy, strong, and injury free.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? Don’t be intimidated, or at least don’t let that stop you from going! I was nervous about the intensity of AX classes when I first started. Yes, it’s a challenging workout; it’s supposed to be. But everyone has to start somewhere and it is amazing how quickly people improve and gain fitness. Christine is a patient instructor and, while encouraging you to push yourself, understands that fitness is personal where everyone is on their own level. Also, AX members are super friendly and welcoming and will always take the time to show you a workout if you haven’t done it before.

What is your favorite part of AX Fitness? The quality of the workout. It is simply the best, full body, workout you can do that will improve your cardio, strength, and flexibility simultaneously. Also, I have to mention the camaraderie; there is a perfect mix of competitiveness and motivation in all AX classes.

How do you stay motivated? Routine works really well for me. Having AX scheduled three times a week means I will get three top quality workouts in that week at least. Expanding that scheduling principle to running or yoga or lifting lets me get in even more. Also, Christine has really helped me with self-motivation during training or competition. Personally, I can struggle with mental toughness and getting psyched out sometimes. Christine is a phenomenal motivator and her mantras of “mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter” and “your mind gives up before your body ever will” have really resonated with me.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? That AX Fitness is the best workout in town. Whether you are training for a team sport, a solo event, or you just want to get healthier, Christine will make you fitter, faster, and stronger in no time.

Diarmuid recently moved to Chicago. We miss you, D!

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Member Spotlight: Joe Amundson

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Member Spotlight: Joe Amundson

When did you start coming to AX Fitness and how did you hear about it? I started AX back in the summer of 2012. A friend of mine convinced me to come out and give it a try. Been at it ever since.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? I currently don't have any specific fitness goals. Really it's always just about "staying in shape" for me. I guess that definition could change over time, but for now it's basically to feel like I can compete in whatever and go at a high level.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? It's tough because I've never attended a true CrossFit or boot-camp class but I always tell people it's a combination of both. With a mean little twist, haha.

Here's Joe after he won the plank contest at our Open House

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? Don't get discouraged (much easier said than done, I know). Everyone is at their own level of fitness. The good news is that progress and improvement should come quickly if you stay consistent with it.

What is your favorite part of AX Fitness? My favorite part of AX has gotta be the feeling you get afterwards. You really feel like you got a workout in. Like a real workout. It's definitely not a feeling I could get from working out on my own.

How do you stay motivated? I've been fortunate to have had the "workout" work ethic instilled in me very early in life, so it's always been something I just do from force of habit. It would be much more difficult to not workout than to keep it up (so far anyway, haha).

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? AX is a great way to get in shape, no matter what level you are at. Christine and everyone else I have met at workouts, etc. are super cool and make the atmosphere friendly and easy to give your all in.

Joe is an original member of the “Big Boys Club” aka mAX Fitness. The club meets on Wednesdays at 7pm for an extra mean workout. Trainer approval required.

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Member Spotlight: Joe Aplin

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Member Spotlight: Joe Aplin

When did you start coming to AX Fitness and how did you hear about it? I started coming to AX in the Summer of 2013. I was originally planning on skating at Acceleration North but then saw AX's first free session advertised on the Acceleration site and thought why not give that a try. I was looking for something to whip me into shape and really liked how challenging AX was.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? I wanted to get into shape so that I could perform my best in golf and skydiving. AX has really helped my stamina and overall fitness.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? An ass kicking but fun work out.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? Bring water, and be ready to work hard.

What is your favorite part of AX Fitness? The variety of exercises and that no matter where you're at with your fitness level it's still challenging.

How do you stay motivated? The results are motivating in a snowball effect sort of way.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? This is a great workout for all fitness levels. If you think you're out of shape there is cardio boxing or if you're feeling like you're ready for a challenge try the AX classes.

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Member Spotlight: Shiver Me Kimbers

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Member Spotlight: Shiver Me Kimbers

When did you start coming to AX Fitness and how did you hear about it? I heard about AX Fitness after the trainer lead a Minnesota RollerGirls league practice at the Xcel Energy Center concourse. Then, after talking with some fellow league-mates, decided to try it out when AX was still in Arden Hills, about August or July of 2012.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? My fitness goals were to increase my endurance and strength so that I could be a more effective blocker for the Minnesota RollerGirls All Star team.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? Harder than a bootcamp, more intense than CrossFit. It's an all-over body workout and tests your mental limits and when you're done, you REALLY feel like you've worked out.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? Pace yourself. You don't have to be the fastest at whatever thing Christine tells you to do, just be consistent and don't stop moving. It's always worse when you stop. And tell yourself that you can do it, because you can.

What is your favorite part of AX Fitness? It has continually pushed me harder, faster and mentally every time I go. I have seen visible improvement and my mental endurance is getting better. The workouts are ALWAYS challenging and different. I get bored real easy and she doesn't allow that to happen.

Shiver Me Kimbers

How do you stay motivated? In general, I stay motivated to continue working out at AX because it sucks when I take a week or two off and come back and my body is like, "What are you doing!?! We haven't moved like this in weeks!" Then the second time I work out it says, "Oh yeah, I remember this! I feel so good and strong! I can conquer the world!" I am also motivated by competition. If other people are doing something that I KNOW I can do better or faster or harder, and I'm just sucking wind, I will push it just a little bit harder than I would by myself. Also, I know the people that I work out with also want to push themselves and we feel so good when we go further than we thought we could.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? AX is hard. It is a body and mental challenge, and I trust that Christine knows when to push and when to stop. Every week I get a new challenge and (almost) every week I meet that challenge. I can do handstands for almost two minutes, I can do walls sits for almost 10 minutes WITH a medicine ball, I can flip a 300+ lb tire over and over and over! I can do sprints (sometimes) and I can do 100 burpees in less than 4 minutes. All things I never wanted to do before because thought it was impossible, and now I don't even second guess my ability to do it.

Keep with it. I didn't start to see results until the third or fourth week of coming, and when I saw my hamstrings and quad definition, I wanted to keep it. So I kept going, and now I have some awesome arms too.

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