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October 2020 Member of the Month

October 2020 Member of the Month Kaitlyn RaymondOur Member of the Month for October is Kaitlyn Raymond!

When she started at SIN, Kaitlyn was shy and reserved, and took Kick-Fit classes. Once she became comfortable with the moves and with the people around her, she stepped out of her comfort zone and began Bootcamp. Kaitlyn’s now doing Yoga and Barre classes too, and last week, did her first HIIT class! She takes instruction well from her coaches and focuses hard to improve even more. Kaitlyn’s confidence has grown so much since becoming a member. We love watching her transformation and are so happy to see her thriving!

Congratulations Kaitlyn! We can’t wait to see where your next achievement will take you! 💪🏻❤️🔥🧘🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♂️ 🏃🏻‍♀️💪🏻💪🏻❤️

How long have you been coming to Strength in Numbers?
I bought a Groupon in May of 2019. So almost a year and a half I’ve been a member. Although the gym is awesome I didn’t always utilize my membership consistently. As of 2020 I’ve gotten into a groove and figured out what works for me and now I go almost everyday!

Do you remember your first workout?
My first workout was kickboxing with Kaylee by my side making sure I understood everything and felt comfortable. I’m 99% sure it was a class where Pat was coaching. This is an awesome community but I was embarrassed with myself and shy in the beginning and if it wasn’t for Kaylee introducing me to people and being there for everything the first class I could have possibly gotten discouraged and not continued after the Groupon. I had tried a group fitness in the past called m.e.l.t. and that’s exactly what happened and I stopped going. Between the support from Kaylee and Pat I remember leaving feeling excited and like I got a confidence booster!

How would you describe you lifestyle before Strength in Numbers? How would you describe it now?
My lifestyle was draining before SIN. I’m able to make my own schedule at work and that played a major factor. I was stuck in a pattern where I would sleep in, go to work later, stay at work late, too late and too tired to cook so I ordered in, and then sat on the couch until it was time to go to bed and do it all again. Adding a workout to that mix seemed like a chore. Now I wake up earlier and go to work by a decent time so I can make classes and I wake up early even on the weekends! Now that I feel healthier, I’m in a routine and SIN is part of my lifestyle it doesn’t feel like a chore to go, it feels like I’m missing a part of my day if I don’t go. The energy is contagious at SIN and sometimes I look forward to the class I signed up for all day because I’m having a bad day and can’t wait to be around such great energy/positive attitudes. I also went to a nutrition class that Ryan hosted when we had a competition and learned some basics that I have carried over into my daily choices. I’m not always focused on my macros hardcore (although right now I’m logging them) but a lot of decisions I make when eating are more educated and come back to what I learned that one class. Since November of last year I have lost 20 pounds!

If you could design your perfect workout what would it be?
Anything that involves and combines a team, a chipper, and some sort of variation of the 10,000 pounds (I think that was the total) your own way workout I did one time way back in the beginning.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting at Strength in Numbers?
It’s worth giving a try. There’s no one staring at you from across the gym judging you like a normal gym. Chances are there’s gonna be someone staring at you from across the gym yelling out how amazing you are doing and cheering you on. Try every class at least a couple times because you might end up loving a class you thought you never would even attend. And one last thing ... it may feel awkward at first but let yourself be part of this amazing community. Talk to other members and engage with them. I was so nervous to do that at first and once I opened up I made some of the most amazing connections.

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