Athlete of the Month

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Sarah

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – I started in the fall of 2015

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – I’ve definitely gotten stronger since joining Synergee. The crossfit classes have ramped up my fitness level. There is also the added bonus of being in a really great mood after every class

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – There are so many! I love working with the barbell, cleans being my favourite. I also like all things kettlebell and enjoy swinging on the rings.

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Just show up and try some classes. There is a lot of variety to choose from. It’s such a great facility with awesome staff you can’t go wrong.

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – Toes to bar!! (It’s written on the goal board and I have until April 11th) I have to learn to string them together. I also have to be more consistent with my double unders and would like to improve my flexibility and mobility for higher snatch weights.

Saleem and Kim

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – We started in November 2012

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – Kim – I am probably as fit as I have ever been. I have always been very active, participating in sports and fitness, however, since starting at Synergee, I have been more consistent and dedicated to fitness. Working out at Synergee has definitely helped me stay healthy!
Saleem- I feel fitter than I was 20 years ago.

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – Kim – I’m not sure I could chose one over another. I really enjoy the cardio – especially on rowing machine. I love lifting, and find the mobility work essential as I get older. Strength and mobility training are really important to me as I age.
Saleem – the combination of weights, aerobic training and stretching.

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Kim – Persevere! At -35 degrees C. out, it was hard to pull myself out of bed early in the morning, however, I felt so much better after my workout. I love feeling fit, being strong and knowing that this fitness will increasingly help me as I get older.
Saleem – Stick with it to maintain muscle mass and prevent heart disease.

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – Kim – Continue to work on my strength and mobility, gradually increase my weight and return to where I was prior to my back surgery. Since my surgery, I have worked on strengthening my back muscles to decrease the discomfort. This year I want to continue to build strength and mobility so that I am pain free – and can lift as much as Jenni and Jess! 🙂
Saleem – Lose a bit of winter weight and get fitter.

Lindsay

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – 2017

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – From being an athlete in high school I have had to adapt to learning new techniques and exercises that I normally wouldn’t of done before. I’m aware of always doing proper technique so I don’t hurt myself in the process. I’m always excited to try something new.

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – Overhead Squats!

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Try every class that they offer don’t be afraid to try something new or a class that may look intimidating!

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – Always working on improving my cardio!

Shelly

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – August 2017

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – I have had a couple of injuries the last few years and working with Gina,Jason,Jess and Joe to increase my mobility has had a positive effect with me meeting and continuing my personal goals

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – My favourite movements is doing strength training using weights and Kettlebells

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – My advice would be not to limit yourself to one class try them all to have a balance of cardio and weight training

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – My goal is to continue to workout on a daily basis and building muscle without harming my existing injuries

Dane

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – March 2015

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – I would say my cardio abd functional fitness has increased thanks to the lunch time workout classes

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – Rowing and pull ups

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Try one of the classes. There are people of all ages and fitness levels

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – My goal since joining Synergee has been to become Athlete of the Month, I am really going to have to put some thought into another goal. Has anyone ever been Athlete of the Month twice?

Sian

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – I started at Synergee March of 2015. It started with a trial month membership that had me hooked right away.

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – My strength and endurance has improved and I feel stronger and more balanced. I am also listening to my body more. I have always pushed through the pain and refused to take time off. I now modify when I need to and stretch everyday.

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – Burpee’s!!! Gotta love em’ Any sort of Box jumps Actually I don’t think there are many movements that I don’t like. I enjoy Anything that keeps me moving.

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Sign up in advance! Schedule your workout like it’s a daily/ weekly appointment. It’s hard at first… which it should be. It gets easier over time. And… never miss a Monday

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – I am doing the Rock and Roll Race in Las Vegas this November so some speed work is essential. I am also going to give up the summer diet (wine and junk food) and get back to eating to fuel my body. Most importantly I am going to try to participate in more of the wonderful events that Synergee puts on ( bike races, hiking etc)

Tony

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – October 2014.

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – Increased energy, strength and endurance

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – Anything that doesn’t rhyme with slurpees!! Any exercise using the TRX

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Don’t get discouraged – the more classes you attend the easier they get!

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – Continue to attend on a regular basis – make time for the gym even when life gets busy. Work on flexibility. I really need to work on flexibility!

Ryan

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – October 2014.

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – Turning 40 next year I’ve really started to pay attention to how my body feels and the importance of mobility. Younger me would never have stepped into a yoga class or spent an hour stretching on an off day. I work out not only for physical health but more so for my mental health.

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – Whatever movement Gina teaches that day! But honestly who doesn’t love cleans

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – life is about getting out of your comfort zone. If your nervous or scared about coming to a class….thats fine, be nervous or scared but do it anyways because I gaurantee you will feel better about yourself after. All the staff and trainers are amazing, members are great, it’s like a family!

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – I’m taking it one day at a time because I don’t know when the next time I can get a workout in. I’d love to hit a 200lbs snatch, or a 300lbs clean but I know my weaknesses are my engine and running so I’ve been trying to include something once about those once a week. And also beat Jenni and any WOD!

Tim

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – I started at Synergee Last May (2017).

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – Unfortunately my fitness hasn’t changed much over the past year because you can’t out train a bad diet!

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – My favourite movement is the squat clean.

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – My advice for someone new at Synergee would be to get out of your comfort zone and try all the different class that Synergee has to offer.

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – My goals for the next few months are to make some big changes to my diet, stay injury free and to continue working hard in the gym.

P.S. – Thanks. I’m surprised at how answering these questions have really made me take an honest look at what I have been doing to meet my fitness goals. I’m really feeling motivated to make some changes.

Marla

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Q – When did you start at Synergee?
A – Fall 2014 – when I first moved back to Thunder Bay

Q – How has your fitness changed over the past few years?
A – On top of attending the classes weekly, I have started personal training and we work on muscle groups and overall strength that will translate over to my athletics outside the gym. Alpine Ski Racing in the winter months and Running and Golf in the Summer months.

Q – What is your favorite movement?
A – (1) Box jumps (2) Plyometrics (3) Agility Ladder, I like variety in my workouts – something to keep my body and mind moving at all times

Q – Any advice for new folks starting at Synergee?
A – Try everything from classes, training and nutritional programs they have to offer and find out what works best for you.

Q – What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
A – Continue training for the 10 Mile Road race at the end of May and complete the race with a PR (personal record) and Stay on top of my workouts and training sessions throughout the Summer months