McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - February 2015

Tuesday, February 10 2015 2:26 PM
By Erin Kovacic

Hello McPherson!  Hoping you are experiencing a great start to your new year and continuing to pursue all of your fitness goals!

We want to give a huge shout out to Carmen!  Carmen has been a Genesis member in McPherson since we opened in November of 2013.  We asked Carmen to share her story and her 102-pound weight loss journey!  Congratulations Carmen!! 

Carmen’s Journey

Heading into my 40’s STRONG & HEALTHY

One of my first memories is getting ready for Kindergarten. My mom is helping me get dressed and she is buttoning up my pants and is so excited that they fit. “Go tell dad!.” I don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t struggled with my weight. My parents did everything they could to help me…promised me shopping trips, even a trip to Space Camp when I thought I wanted to be an astronaut, they took me to doctors, registered me for Weight Watchers and the list goes on and on. I have tried on my own several times to lose weight, but something would always stop the process (ME!) and I would fall back into some pretty bad habits.

July 2013 was a pretty amazing month for me! I got to spend 5-½ weeks in China! I was working with a group of 13 teachers and we got to travel and teach our way through China. It was an amazing experience, but I was SO OUT OF SHAPE. The weather was so hot and humid and my excess weight just made it worse for me. If I look back on pictures from that time, I usually have a fan in front of my face because I thought a fan would HIDE all of the weight.

Coming back from China, I transitioned into a new position at a new workplace and life was crazy! I struggled finding my place in my new job and was pretty lonely. I have struggled with anxiety for several years at this point, but things had been pretty much under control…but then in October 2013 things went OUT OF CONTROL. I was having daily panic attacks, doing the very best I could to keep things under control at work, but would then just fall apart at home.

For me, walking into Genesis on November 24, 2013 was all about walking away from so many fears I had. Fear of failure, fear of “I can’ts” and even the fear of succeeding.

Stepping on the scale for that first RBT (Results Based Training) with my Genesis Personal Trainer was the scariest moment ever. To see the numbers 345 on the scale was so heart wrenching. I thought I had prepared myself for that, but honestly, you just can’t.

When I saw those numbers, I knew I had a choice to make: to give 100% to this effort of healthy living or to continue life as is. I knew deep down inside of me there was a stronger Carmen, but I also knew it was going to take  A LOT of work to get her to come out. All of my fears were so strong in that moment.

I love the show THE BIGGEST LOOSER. Normally I watched it while eating a cheeseburger and drinking Dr. Pepper. I would watch in amazement at what the contestants could accomplish. I would always say, “I could never do that!”  BUT the past two seasons I had the opportunity to watch it WHILE I was deep in figuring out this healthy living. Jillian Michaels was working with a contestant who was struggling with many FEARS…

“It’s your story and your sticking to it. You gotta tell a new story.”  “Let’s try to create some experiences here and tell a new story.

This quote has made such a big impact on my life these past several months. I WANT TO TELL A NEW STORY!

Here are some things I was pretty sure about during those first few months:
1)    I needed HELP in lots of areas  (for this independent girl it is SO hard to admit that!).
2)    This needed to be an all or nothing for me. This had to be about FOOD and EXERCISE.
3)    I needed to be OPEN to meeting people and sharing my journey and learning from other people’s journeys.

After that first RBT (Results Based Training session), I signed up for three personal training sessions with my Genesis Personal Trainer. I was scared to death that first session. I had no idea how to use any of the strength training machines, no idea how many reps to do, correct form, etc. My personal trainer really just took me by the hand and showed me what to do and how to do it and also WHY I was doing certain things. As an educator, that was really important to me. The first month of personal training he pretty much did everything right along with me! That was huge for me!

The three personal training sessions quickly turned into a weekly personal training session. I honestly can’t imagine not having a personal training session each week.  During that time, I have been able to learn how to use the equipment correctly. I have learned to PUSH through the burn and I have worked so hard on the MENTAL…my Personal Trainer asks me to do something and my first response was usually YOU ARE.CRAZY…I can’t do that. Today I look at new things as an adventure!

After a couple of weeks at Genesis, I visited with Heather and she helped me to create a plan for what Group Fitness classes to take.  I love my group fitness classes! There is something special about working with others towards the goal of being healthy. This journey for me has been so much about the wonderful people I have met and the encouragement that we can give each other as well as just living life together.

I have also found tons of support through blogs and amazing people on Instagram! Rachelle Smith’s blog “For Blogness Sakes” is one of my favorites as well as the many Instagram accounts of the “Whole 30” approach to eating and life.  For a gal that was SO very lonely, I look at my life today and tear up when I think of the amazing community I have right by me, supporting me through the highs and lows of this healthy Carmen journey!  I have to give a huge thank you to the staff at RES, to my family, to the Lorenz, Sommervilles, and Pyle families for all of their support and encouragement!

The past 14 months have been filled with tears, laughter, strength, confidence, I can’ts, and even more I can’s, 102 pounds lost, 52 inches lost overall and most importantly I feel like the NEW Carmen has started to emerge. I am much happier, more confident, and I am so much healthier! I still have a lot of fears I am working through, but the key to that statement is that “I am working on them!”

My hope for anyone who is on a new healthy journey is that you find your inner strength, that you find a confidence that you didn’t know you had, that you make some new friends, and that you are pushed by the trainers and fitness instructors. My hope is that you will look back on those first few classes and see HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME. My hope is that you have FUN during this journey.

I hope that you will be able to tell a new story with your life! One that is filled with determination, strength, kindness towards yourself, and community!

I turn 40 in just a few months and I can’t wait for the new adventures out there!

Instructor of the Month

Name: Heather Koehn

Genesis Club Location: McPherson

Genesis Instructor since: November 2013

Hometown: Parsons, Kansas

Fitness Certifications:MOSSA - Group Power, Group Blast, Group Kick, Group Ride, R30
                                    LES MILLS – BodyPump, CXWorx
                                    OTHER - R.I.P.P.E.D., Zumba, Schwinn

Hobbies: Exercise, Reading, Church, Family, Friends & Fur Babies

Personal Fitness Goal: I believe in realistic goals with realistic results!  I want to stay active and healthy for my heart, my body and my mental well being!  I achieve this by working within my fitness limitations while also pushing myself to work harder and do better where I know I can excel!  My goal is to always find and stick with fitness programs that I enjoy, that is why I take and teach Group Fitness classes!!

What do you love most about teaching Group Fitness classes at Genesis: It’s always about the members!  The friendships that are formed in group fitness classes are what makes it so fun!  I love not only how the members motivate me, but how much they motivate and care for each other!!

What classes do you teach, days and times:
                        Monday:         8:10 a.m. Group Kick and 9:00 a.m. Group Power
                        Tuesday:         8:15 a.m. Buttz & Gutz and 9:00 a.m. HIIT for 12 [Cardio Intense]
                                                5:30 p.m. Group Kick and 6:30 p.m. G30 Boot Camp
                        Wednesday:   8:10 a.m. Power Step and 9:00 a.m. Ironworks
                        Thursday:       5:30 p.m. Group Blast
                        Friday:             9:00 a.m. Group Power
                        Saturday:        8:00 a.m. Group Kick   

Favorite Quote: “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” in my classes! 

Featured February Class

Our Featured Class for February is Group Kick!

GROUP KICK® - KICK SOME…..This gripping hour burns a ton of calories and builds total body strength.  Tap into the hottest mixed martial arts movements done at a rapid-fire pace to smash your cardio fitness.  From the boxing ring to the fighting cage, Group Kick combines cutting-edge moves with thrilling music.  This electric experience is addictive!  BRING IT ON with Group Kick!  

We offer Group Kick on our schedule as follows:
                Monday @ 8:10 a.m. in Studio A with Heather
                Tuesday @ 5:30 p.m. in Studio A with Heather
                Saturday @ 8:00 a.m. in Studio A with Heather

Below are a few pictures of our members and instructors that participated in our January 2015 Group Kick Launch Party!  Thanks everyone for coming out and KICKING SOME…..with us!!  And another big thanks to our Kick instructors that helped me team teach from our Salina location – Mark, Will, Andrew and Kate!  What an awesome work out we all had together!!

Please make sure you check our February Group Fitness schedule for class changes!  You can print one off our website or pick one up at the front desk!  For more information on our Group Fitness program, please contact Heather Koehn at 620-245-0900.

Hoping everyone has a Happy and Healthy February!!  

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