November Member Spotlight, Corissa.

November Member Spotlight, Corissa.

Corissa has been a member of KFIT for over six years, pretty much since the beginning! She is one of our strongest members and does it all at 5:15 AM to boot! Corissa has had some insane progress since the beginning and has shown that consistency truly is key. We are incredibly honored that she has chosen to stick with us for all these years and we know the early morning crew would certainly not be the same without her!  If you see her in the gym give her a big high five for taking this month’s much-deserved spotlight! 

Circa 2012

 

I played all the sports in high school.. soccer, lacrosse, hockey, track, anything competitive I was all for it. After high school, I could never find the motivation to work out. I would go to a gym maybe twice a year and do 20 minutes on the treadmill and call it a day. My friend Sam and I were trying to get into a routine and she mentioned a sign she saw at her Zumba studio for a boot camp class. I was hesitant, I wasn’t sure if it was worth the money if I would like it, or even be able to do it. I finally agreed to join, and I am so glad I did. Before starting KFIT I had never really used weights. My first class, we used gallon jugs of water and held them over our head and I was pretty sure my arms were going to fall off. Looking back at it now it blows my mind how far I have progressed. I remember the first time Kerrie brought out a barbell I was like oh no way I can’t do that, but she was always so patient and encouraging (even though it was 5:30AM) and showed me I could do it. Now I look forward to new strength cycles and hope to see barbells in the workout. I always feel confident in pushing myself to go heavier knowing no one’s going to judge me for failing, and there’s nothing more encouraging than Mel being more excited about my PR than I am.
For me, cardio and running have not progressed quite as easily. Normally I would use that as an excuse to not do it or stop coming to class but KFIT has shown me that it’s totally fine to not be good at everything. Sometimes I give 110% and can barely drive home, some days I give 50% because my body just won’t cooperate, and to be honest some days I give 5% and just go for the social hour because mental health is important too : )
The family atmosphere of the gym is really the most important to me. I have made some great friends here that go beyond the walls of KFIT. Having friends to push you through that last 400m run, make sure you show up to class, and text about macros because you just unbuttoned your jeans in a meeting makes a huge difference in accountability and motivation for me. These crazy ladies have somehow convinced me to run multiple 5Ks, a 5 MILE, the ruckus, and compete in the throwdowns (and win one!).
These are all things I would never do without this support group. Also, having a coach that cares enough to check on you when you’re out or can tell you’re having an off day and let you know she’s there for you if you need it (I’m looking at you Stormy Weathers!) is a game changer. How many gyms can say they have everything from nutrition counseling, physical therapy, massage therapy, an amazing hair stylist, AND a whole group of bad-ass coaches? Thank you Kerrie for building this epic community. KFIT truly is my happy place and I can’t picture my life without it.