Super Client Saturday! Have you met Merri? She is super dedicated to her fitness, it isn’t rare to see her in 4-5 classes per week! Here are some things Merri wanted you to know about her:
Tell me what influence fitness has had in your life. What makes you want a regular fitness regimen?
I started at Kinetics this past January on the Monday following the blizzard. I had to walk very slowly along the snow-piled sidewalks because it was too treacherous to drive. But I’d signed up for a transformation cycle that began that day and I was determined not to let anything stop me. It set the tone for everything that has followed. I wanted to change my life — to be stronger, both inside and out. Yes, I wanted to be thinner, too, but I never had a specific weight-loss goal in mind. I simply determined it was time to prioritize my health and well-being. Getting fit, committing to exercise, and eating well have made me realize that I have value. Wanting to sustain that is what keeps me coming to the gym. I have also found here a cadre of other women struggling with issues similar to those I face in terms of self-care. Because of them, and the instructors who notice when I’m not in class, I feel a sense of accountability to show up — and I feel their support and friendship when I do. If I miss a few days because life gets in the way or I’m sick, my body aches to exercise. It needs it.
How did your fitness journey cross paths with Kinetics?
I have long been a walker. One day, I was pounding down the avenue and I saw the sign for a six-week transformation. I had been feeling icky about myself and knew I needed some kind of dramatic change. I decided I had nothing to lose. I could do the six weeks and then run for the hills if I hated it. But I didn’t. And I’m now a regular.
What affect does having a regular fitness regimen have on your daily life? How about your daily energy?
Daily exercise has, first and foremost, helped me manage stress. I am much more capable of pushing back negative energy. Though I’m still a mom and my kids come first, they have learned not to mess with my gym schedule. Unless I can’t help it, I make work and other appointments around the times I like to come to classes. As for my energy level, I’ve always been high energy, even before I started exercising regularly. The difference lies in how I have carved a gym slot into my day. I didn’t think I could do it, but now it’s non-negotiable.
If you had one tip you could share with someone who does not have a regular fitness practice, what would you share with them?
Like any kind of change, you have to want it and then you have to own it. Understanding that has helped me accept that this is a marathon, not a sprint. There are ups and downs, fulfilling days and disappointing ones. It means having patience with the process and with myself. I have a long way to go until I’m where I envision myself. But mostly, I want to be strong and healthy for the rest of my life, for as long as I’m blessed to be on this earth.