Giovanna came to us with a great work ethic and a desire to do all the things. Her strength has taken on a life of it’s own. She’s the kind of client you have to be super careful with because she will do whatever you ask with no complaints; meaning if she isn’t trained correctly she can develop strength on top of dysfunction. Her dysfunction has decreased immensely over the last several months and she’s literally doing all the things. She inspires everyone around her and is always a blast to be around. There is no ceiling to what this young lady can accomplish and we are thrilled to facilitate the journey.
1. How long have you been training at Better?
Since October 2017.
2. Who or What made you decide to start at Better ?
I had recently given birth to my second child and wasn't sleeping much. The only feasible class time at my previous gym was 5:30 a.m., which caused me to get even less sleep and risk getting injured. I tried to make it work for several months, but ended up paying a lot of money for a gym membership I couldn't use. My husband had recently joined Better and convinced me to make the break and give it a try. Within just a few classes, I was sold!
3. What are your long term goals?
Prior to my recent pregnancy, I was doing a 62-pound Turkish Get-Up (which I attribute to Blake!). I would definitely like to work back up to that weight. I would also eventually love to be able to do a chin-up/pull-up strapped to a kettlebell. It just seems so bad ass!
4. What surprised you the most about yourself since you’ve started at Better?
What surprised you the most about yourself since you’ve started at Better? I didn't realize how bad my posture had become after being slouched over a baby (and a keyboard for my job) day after day. Susan and Toby were constantly pulling my shoulders back to straighten me up, and now I make a conscious effort to correct my posture at home. A few people have commented that they have noticed a vast improvement in how I carry myself, which is a benefit that goes beyond just losing baby weight or getting stronger. (It doesn't matter how skinny/strong you are if you walk around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame!) Another thing that surprised me was that I had been compromising my form while doing certain exercises/movements. For example, for the longest time I had been doing kettlebell swings using my arms to lead the movement rather than the hinge. I also had to learn that just because you can carry/throw up heavier weights doesn't mean that you should!
5. How do you stay so motivated?
I lost 50 pounds when I was in junior high school (too much Italian food!) and have always feared I would gain it back. I had the same fear after both of my pregnancies. Now that I'm within just a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight, I use my kids as daily motivation -- staying fit/strong for them as well as for myself is important to me.
Attorney. I was a prosecutor in Kitsap County for 9 years and now work from home writing employment discrimination decisions for the Postal Service.
7. What is your favorite music to train to?
Old school rap...I grew up in Jersey!
8. What is your favorite lift or movement ?
9. What is your least favorite lift or movement?
Deadlift with a barbell. Barbell exercises in general are relatively new to me, and I find the deadlift to be especially intimidating. I know it's mostly a mental game, and the barbell is currently winning!
10. How would you describe your experience at Better?
To quote from OutKast, "so fresh and so clean"! It was very difficult for me to break away from my old gym after 3 years of the same routine. I loved the people I was working out with and the trainers, but the routine itself was no longer convenient/motivating and I was ready for a change. With Better's class offerings, I'm able to go at least 5 days a week and I love that the class format changes each day. I have seen immediate and continuing results, both in terms of strength and body composition. Plus the people are five star, from the owners to the trainers to the members. I appreciate that Susan and Toby are actively involved in teaching the classes, and that they (and Michelle and Blake) infuse the environment with humor and lightheartedness while at the same time making sure we bring our A game. It is all very inspiring and motivating! I also have to give a shout out to the daily flu shots in the café that I swear by for fighting colds, and to the awesome new friends I take them with. Bottom line, working out at this gym makes me happy, and that is just as important as getting stronger and more fit!