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October 2021 Member of the Month Megan Johnson

October 2021 Member of the Month - Meg JohnsonMember of the Month for September is Meg Johnson.

SIN Fitness October Member of the Month is Meg Johnson.

Megan has had quite a year and while many would have made excuses not to workout, she prioritizes self care, always works hard and pushes herself.

Not only is she a terrific runner but she works hard to excel in all of the variety of classes she takes at SIN. She doesn’t stay where it’s comfortable whether it’s work with weights, rowing, Bootcamp, Kick-Fit or yoga – Meg will always try to improve her form & set focus on the next level or heavier weights or a better row score or a deeper stretch.

As hard as she works, Meg’s careful to plan out SIN workouts to enhance her running program. She keeps an eye on long-range goals, like the marathon, and works incrementally to get there, running locally on weekly schedules mixed with SIN classes to build strength & mobility. She’ll run 5k & 10k races & 20+ mile runs, until she’s ready.

Next up for Meg is the Hartford Marathon. We know she will crush it. ❤️💪🏼🏋🏻‍♂️🔥🏃🏻‍♀️🥊 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♂️❤️🥊🔥💪🏼❤️

How long have you been coming to Strength in Numbers?
I joined SIN in January 2020, and have been coming since then, through the shut down, in the old gym, and now in the new gym. I guess I have been a member for a little over a year and a half now.

Do you remember your first workout?
Yes. It was a bootcamp with Emily. I remember Kaylee attended class with me to show me the ropes. At the time, you would always have a coach with you in your first class. Everyone in the class was really nice and Kaylee was really helpful. At first I didn’t think I would need the assistance but then I realized that even though I had been working out for years, I really did not have a lot of experience with weights and barbells and I really didn’t know what I was doing for most of those exercises. Her instruction as well as the ongoing instruction and feedback from coaches has proven to be very helpful. They have a nice way of giving feedback that is encouraging but not embarrassing if you are doing something incorrectly.

How would you describe you lifestyle before Strength in Numbers? How would you describe it now?
Life Before SIN Fitness?

Part of my identity has always been in sports and physical fitness. I was a softball player and swimmer throughout high school and I swam in college. When I graduated, I played in adult softball leagues for a while and eventually started to realize I was getting too old for that and maybe just needed to work out to stay fit. So I joined a gym, used machines and started doing Zumba and bootcamp type workouts. Then about 7 years ago, I added running to the mix and started doing races. The running and gym exercise was a great outlet for me, but I ended up needing physical therapy due to injury. I needed to learn how to balance strength training, rest, and running.

My life since joining SIN Fitness?

I asked my husband what he thinks, and he said I am more fit, happier, and less stressed! I feel mentally and physically stronger and have been able to run longer and faster than before and even ran a marathon after I thought I would never be able to run more than 3 miles without pain.

I have also learned to appreciate the benefits of kickboxing and yoga, which I never would have tried if I wasn’t a member at SIN. I have made it a point to exercise almost every day, doing a variety of workout styles, and I now recognize the positive impact of that routine on my mind and body. At SIN, the coaches offer early and late class times, so there is always a class that can work with my schedule, and because you have to sign up ahead of time, it holds me accountable to show up. Also, there are so many choices that the variety keeps me coming back for more!

Another thing I have gained by joining SIN is the feeling of being part of a community – Team SIN Fit! Because of the friendly environment and group Facebook page, people all get to know and support each other in and out of classes. I just choose a class I want, and I always run into friendly, familiar faces of encouraging coaches and members! It is nice to get a workout in and some social time as well! Theme days, fun events, and holiday classes add to the fun.

If you could design your perfect workout what would it be?
I really love the Rock and Row class because it combines weight stations and endurance on the rower. I think this is a great design. I also like bootcamp classes that include any kind of class with station work and cardio.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting at Strength in Numbers?
I would tell them to definitely give it a try because there are people of all fitness levels at this gym and your workout is based on what you can handle, but you are surrounded by supportive people who encourage you along the way. You will make lots of personal progress and your fellow gym members will keep you company on your fitness journey and help you have fun along the way. There is a class for everyone and great coaches to show you the ropes and cheer you on. By joining this gym, you will have fun, learn new skills, improve your fitness level and self-confidence, feel stronger, and make a lot of new friends!

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