I remember when Erin walked into CKO she was someone that I “hated”, a bargain shopper full of excuses 😉 . She took our free week trial (we now offer just 1-class free) coming in at least 4 times, then bought a Groupon which gave her another 5-classes, but despite absolutely loving the classes she always had excuses as to why she could not sign up for a membership. She even used one of my favorite excuses, “I am going on a 10-day vacation in a month so it doesn’t really make since for me to sign up now (what are you going to do for the month till your vacation?). After Erin returned from vacation she found one more deal, our 2012 black friday special and finally became a member. But that should be expected from a professional shopper… I hear she has quite the shoe collection.
After a few months I knew Erin would make a great instructor, she was very athletic, had good kickboxing technique, and really enjoyed the workout. She has developed into a really good instructor who has created a good following in the 6am time slot. After about 6-7 months of being a CKO instructor, she decided to “step-up” her game and do the 10-week challenge.
Erin began the 10-week challenge from a different starting point compared to most of the other challengers, she was in good shape and would be considered “skinny” and “fit” by mainstream standards. But Erin knew she could do better, and she knew their was still more fitness potential to develop. Erin doesn’t want to wonder how good of shape she can get into, she wants to know. So while Erin’s before and after picture do not show a dramatic change, the real change was improved strength, improved endurance, improved confidence, and a greater appreciation for fitness, especially the commitment and goal setting aspects!
As part of the 10-week challenge we do a before and after fitness test and Erin improved in all aspects:
- Push-ups in 1-min = +7 (54 on knees)
- Squats in 1-min = +3 (54)
- Sit-ups in 1-min = +18 (56)
- Wall Sit (max time) = + 1:05 (held a wall sit for 3:15)
- Plank (max time) = + 2:00 (held for 4:15)
It has been a pleasure working with Erin over that last 10-months, I have seen her make the transformation from just working out as a hobby, to now being 100% committed to living a healthy lifestyle.
Written by Erin:
As my CKO anniversary approaches, I wanted to share how I got involved with the gym and show what a year of dedication can do. I started CKO after seeing it on Groupon – it was very close to my house and I had always wanted to try kickboxing but was intimidated by other gyms or classes I had seen in the area (or I thought it was going to be like TaeBo and that seemed lame!). So I decided to purchase the deal and check out what CKO had to offer. After the first class, I knew this was the place for me! It wasn’t your typical gym and you got to beat the crap out of a bag which was a great stress reliever. At that time they were doing your first week free so I think I went 4 times that week and then used my Groupon up – I knew I didn’t want to stop coming but I came up with excuses as to why I couldn’t join – I was in transition of jobs and was going on vacation for 10 days so didn’t see the point of signing up until I came back. I got back from vacation the week of Thanksgiving and I was already missing the work out and stress relief but I wasn’t sure if I could afford another expense but I knew I had to find a way. Then I got an email about a Black Friday special and I knew this was it! I signed up right then and there and haven’t looked back.
I started taking classes about 3 times a week and I noticed that I was getting a lot stronger and I had a lot of energy. My clothes started fitting better and even getting a little loose in places. With my work schedule being so random, I started taking a lot of the morning classes with Garett – there were a few mornings were it was just he and I so we did mitt sessions and boot camp style work outs which hooked me even more. We got to talking one of those mornings and he asked about my fitness background and if I’d ever thought about teaching? He said I was picking it up really quickly and they were looking for sub instructors. At that point I figured, why not?! I wasn’t happy in my job or in my personal life but I was always happy coming to CKO and it always made me feel better.
The first day of instructor training in February, I was soooo nervous! I had only been going to CKO for a few months and my background was in gymnastics, cheer, and volleyball so I had no idea how I was going to teach a good work out. I came in and met Kila for the first time and was thinking, what did I get myself in to – I can’t do this; no one is going to take me serious! Kila and Garett were both so supportive and behind me 100%. I think my favorite part of the training was the role playing of orientations and all the “characters or types of people” that Garett would play – so funny!
After a few short weeks, it was time to actually teach a class….so scary the first time you do it. I was extremely nervous and worried people would hate my class, they are paying for me to give them a good work out and what if I don’t deliver was constantly running through my head. The first few were rough but after a while I got the hang of it – enough for Garett to offer me a regular class 3 times a week (really it was because Danielle was leaving and if I didn’t take it, he would have to but oh well). So the 6am class sort of fell into my lap and I’ve been teaching consistently since April. I love teaching and having people tell me that they got a great work out and love taking my class. I still have a lot of learning and growing to do as an instructor but have the passion and drive to do so and I know that I have the support of not only the CKO trainers but the members as well.
If you said to me a year ago this is what my life would look like, I wouldn’t have believed it – it’s crazy what a year can do. I am happy and I am in the best shape I’ve been in since high school, maybe even better shape! In a year I’ve gone from a size 28 jeans down to a size 25-26 (brand depending) and have lost inches and body fat – I wish I would have taken my starting measurements a year ago to really see exactly how much I have lost but either way, I know CKO works and am happy I took a chance on a Groupon. I LOVE CKO!
10 Week Challenge
Taking the 10 week challenge for me was just going that extra step – a lot of people asked why I was even doing it because to them, I was already in great shape. I figured it was worth a shot to push myself that much further. Being an instructor, you are looked at to be in the best shape and to motivate others to reach their goals so I wanted to set an example and prove that even if you are in good shape, you can get into even better shape with hard work and dedication.
Starting out after measurements and body fat percentage, Garett said my goal should be to drop about 3% body fat (I was at 22% and should aim for at least 19%). We didn’t even talk if I would lose inches; I was in pretty good shape already so he said the main measurement would be body fat percentage. So here are my starting numbers:
R Arm: 10.25in
L Arm: 10.25in
R Leg: 20in
L Leg: 20in
Body Fat: 22%
After the first week, I knew the biggest struggle for me would be cutting the alcohol – the diet food wise wasn’t too hard, I was already gluten free so just cutting grains totally and adding more protein seemed easy enough and the work outs were fine, I just added boot camp on. I love wine and usually would have a glass or two a night so cutting that out was so hard! But Garett and Robert said that was what would hold me back if I didn’t at least cut it out during the week – so I reluctantly cut out alcohol during the week and tried to limit my intake on weekends. After the first week, it got a lot easier. I decided that if I was going to do this challenge, I needed to do it right and fully take advantage of it.
I had a lot of my peers and family ask why I was doing this “crazy” diet and how long I’d have to “suffer” through this or how can I live without sugar and grains? My answer would be well it’s a 10 week challenge but this is a lifestyle change so I’m not going to stop once it’s over. You do realize when you are on a diet or challenge how many people try to get you to cheat or sabotage your progress, it’s just one doughnut or piece of chocolate – it won’t hurt you, but in my head I was thinking you are trying to justify that it’s okay you are eating it and wanting me to be bad with you. I stayed strong (already being gluten free made it easy to stay away from the weekly Friday doughnuts at the office but I know it’s not easy when there is peer pressure).
The part I did struggle in the diet was adding more/enough protein. I also don’t eat red meat or pork so that limited a lot of my protein options – by week 3, I hated eggs! I found ways to jazz up my eggs and even ate some red meat towards the end because I wanted more variety. As the final week approached, I knew it was time to kick it into high gear – cut out carbs the last whole week and really lean up. I was nervous if I was going to be able to meet the goal Garett set for me; I knew I did well on the work outs – got all 50 in and I did pretty well on the diet but again didn’t think I would see much of a change because of the way I was eating before was not a huge change. But the time had come – I was shocked at my results! I think seeing yourself each day, you don’t notice the changes as much but numbers don’t lie.
R Arm: 9.5in (.75in change)
L Arm: 9.75in (.5in change)
Chest: 33.5in (1.5in change)
Waist: 27in (1.5in change)
Booty: 36.5in (1in change)
R Leg: 18in (2in change)
L Leg: 18in (2in change)
Body Fat: 17% (5% change)
Total inches lost: 9.25
Total body fat lost: 5%
I am so proud that I took the challenge and that am proof even if you are in good shape, you can get into better shape! I had one of the challenge members come up to me and say I was an inspiration to her, if I could get those results being in the shape that I was in at the beginning, that she has hope and drive that she can get there too. Awesome!