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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: Ben Honda

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Member Spotlight: Ben Honda

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

I started coming to AX as a New Year's Resolution for 2014. So January of this year. My friend and I heard about it through Groupon and gave it a try. It was so good, I stayed.

What were your fitness goals when you started and how is AX Fitness helping you reach those? My fitness goals are to be healthy and look good. I am chained to a desk for most of the day and my body wasn't being worked in the ways that it used to. Because of regularly attending AX, I feel great and like how I look. I have even heard from a dance instructor who hadn't seen me in a year, that I look different and move differently because of the results I am getting at AX.

How would you describe AX Fitness to a newbie? I would describe AX Fitness as the perfect combination of group fitness class and an individualized workouts. The trainer leads class in a way that is challenging for everyone but customizable for those who either need a break and have to take it easy, or can be made more challenging for those who have high goals. It's unique and challenging every time.

What advice would you give to anyone trying AX Fitness for the first time? EAT AND DRINK PROPERLY BEFORE COMING TO CLASS. You have to be hydrated and fueled to expect to make it through a challenging workout like AX Fitness. I made this mistake my first time and had to take a couple of little breaks from the intensity ;)

What is your favorite part about AX Fitness? My favorite part of AX is that is challenging. Coming from years of formal dance, I need to have an instructor that can push me in ways that I can't even identify by myself. Christine has gotten to know and understand how I workout and pushes me and my body harder each day. Paired with a group setting where everyone is going hard, you make progress quickly and feel the results.

How do you stay motivated? To get to the workout: Knowing that my efforts are showing results and craving more. During the workout: Lots of high energy, sassy beats. Luckily, AX plays my mix a lot.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know? You have to know that AX is a community of people all with fitness goals. That community is friendly and welcoming and refuses to let you make yourself invisible. With that said, you understand that not only is the trainer watching you but the class is too - but only to help challenge and encourage you. For me, having a community that welcomes me and pushes me is the perfect combination for success.

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