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Member Spotlight: Shannon C.

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Member Spotlight: Shannon C.

Shannon

When did you start coming to AX Fitness and how did you hear about it? I started going to AX Fitness on January 7, 2014. I heard about it through Groupon. (Best Groupon purchase ever!!!)

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? My fitness goals were mainly to lose weight. Easier said than done. Since starting AX Fitness, those goals have changed. I have started to learn that it's not always about the pounds you see on the scale but the results you feel and see in the way your body changes. My goals are now to be both physically and mentally strong which AX has definitely helped me do. "Mind over matter." Christine encourages and pushes us clients to always go beyond what we think our limits are and after a while it is rewarding knowing that yes, I am capable of more than I ever would allow myself to think I am, if it wasn't for Christine's encouragement and ability to make me want to work much harder than I think I can. It's not always easy but it's worth it.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? I would start out by saying that AX Fitness is not your traditional gym. When I think about the classes at AX Fitness, I think variety, which is one of the main reasons I enjoy the classes so much. No day and no workout is ever the exact same. When I think about the classes in particular, Cardio Kickboxing is not exactly self-explanatory because of all the extra exercises added in, which are hard but are great because Christine changes things up. I think the best way for me to sum AX Fitness up is cardio kickboxing + boot camp.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? It's all or nothing. I have heard many many times during the classes that you get out what you put in and that couldn't be more true. If you are looking for a leisurely workout where you want to watch tv and just hang out, AX Fitness is not for you. If you are looking for the best 45-55 minutes of your day and you're willing to jump on board, with your best effort and more, it's worth every ounce of time, money, sweat, and maybe even tears you may cry. You will however be crying tears of joy after a while when you start seeing the awesome results!

What is your favorite part about AX Fitness? The motivation and also the variety of the different exercises as stated above. My absolute favorite part is that Christine is an amazing motivator. If it wasn't for her encouragement and often pointing out where I am slacking or giving up too soon, I don't know that I would push myself harder. I have tried to get away with hiding in the corner just in case I was tired and wanted to give up. Trust me, it doesn't work and I can't do anything but thank and appreciate Christine for always holding me accountable and motivating me to do more.

How do you stay motivated? Well as I said, Christine is an amazing motivator which of course helps keep me motivated in class. But unfortunately, she doesn't spend every waking minute with me. I stay motivated outside of class by realizing where I would be if I didn't start AX Fitness. I would probably still be leisurely jogging/walking on that same treadmill at the gym watching Food Network (because watching food is the best choice while working out right?) on TV. Essentially, I would be miserable, not achieving any results because I didn't have the right person to push me in the right direction as to what actually does work for working out and seeing results. I just said the other day, I can't wait to see how I will look and feel in another 3 months or even a year at AX Fitness. The results I have seen thus far and the results I know I can and will achieve will keep me motivated and cause me to return to AX Fitness as long as I possibly can.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? If you put in the work, you will see results. I lost nearly 8 inches in 3 months so far, which is pretty good, but I think I could have done more. When I look back at that number and reflect on all the work I have done thus far, I realize that in the end, it's all up to me to not cheat myself by cheating. Like I said earlier, it's all or nothing. Put all of your best effort in, or you may see nothing.

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Fitness is a personal lifestyle choice.

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Fitness is a personal lifestyle choice.

Funtimes in AX Fitness Class
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ~World Health Organization, 1948

So, we figured this out a while ago, but why is it taking such a long time to catch on to this idea? My clients frequently hear me say that fitness is personal. Our reasons for beginning a fitness regimen and for making healthy choices are varied. Almost all of those are personal. I say almost because there are those who do things simply because it is the latest fad or craze and they just want to say that they are a part of it. I am not writing for them, I am writing for those of you who have personal reasons for making healthy lifestyle choices.

Since we are talking about choices, why do people want to find a bargain for the two most important aspects of health? They buy cheap, processed food or they say they are too busy to cook and eat out every day of the week. Then come all the New Years resolutions and they buy a membership to the big box gym for $20 a month. They never use the membership OR they lack knowledge and motivation to get the results they need. I am sorry folks, but 20 minutes of leisurely pedaling that spin bike then hitting the sauna is just not going to do it. BUT you do get to say that you went to the gym that day!  You can choose to spend your money on new shoes that you don't need, the latest iPhone, cable TV, concerts, alcohol, toys that your kids don't need or maybe don't deserve, vacations where you have to look at the pictures and wonder how you got so out of shape. Go ahead buy the newest P90X video and convince yourself that you will do it every day right after you watch The Biggest Loser and eat a bag of Cheetos. Get a bigger car instead of investing in your health, that will REALLY make you feel better!

Research has revealed that the combination of exercise, healthy eating, emotional and mental balance delivers even more positive, powerful results than just one of those areas alone. Can you achieve this on your own? It is not impossible but more than likely not probable. You are definitely not a community all by yourself and, as driven and motivated as some people are, you still need outside opinions and motivations. This is not an easy task. This is a lifestyle choice which changes every aspect of every single thing that you do or happens in your life. Simply changing our diet is a daunting task and let's not lie about this, it can be expensive and time consuming!

Now you may be thinking: "Okay smarty pants Trainer, this is where you try to sell me on your fitness program." Not necessarily. This is where I tell you to invest in your health, because there is only one you. Invest in a program that can get you the results you need, without injuring you on a regular basis. Invest in a trainer that tells you the truth and can motivate you. Invest in a community of like minded individuals that can identify with you and support you. Make lifestyle choices that lead to positive outcomes. Don't just go to the big box gym because you can get an insurance break or because it has a sushi or juice bar. You will be setting yourself up for failure. A very small percentage of the population actually has enough knowledge and drive to get anything out of that type of gym membership. More than likely it is not you.

According to Time Magazine, the Twin Cities are the most fit cities in America. We tend to have higher levels of physical fitness and lower rates of heart disease and diabetes. That is remarkable since we spend about half the year hibernating! In the Twin Cities we have many healthy options available to us. When I decided to put AX Fitness in Minneapolis, I did it specifically for this reason. To give you a healthy option. You get to choose to invest in yourself, a small business, and our community. You get to choose to make an hour of fitness the most productive hour of your day instead of a task to cross off your list. You get to choose an organic, no pressure atmosphere over corporate america and every stereotype that comes with those establishments. Fitness is a lifestyle choice, make the right choice for you!

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