Kristina Willison has been a member since day one of opening our doors! I really respect Kristina’s comment to pursuing goals. When she walked through our doors she was already a very active person, swimming and running on a consistent basis but was starting to lose general fitness motivation. Believe it or not, this is common, when you don’t have a lot of weight to lose or you are already in great shape, you start to question if you need to continue working out consistently. After a short discussions about motivation, I asked Kristina if she could do a pull-up? I can’t remember if she did one or not, but if she did one, it definitely wasn’t pretty 😉 . I said, “Ok that’s your new goal 5 dead hang pull-ups”. This challenge immediately brought her competitive spirit back. Since then Kristina has become a master at setting and completing many different “smaller” fitness challenges for herself.
Besides being a CKO Super Hero, what is your day job? I am a full time mom and work part-time in health care.
Do you have any hobbies? In my spare time, which I diligently make time for, I sew and make jewelry and do many other crafty things. I also run and swim.
How did you first learn about CKO? At the beginning of July in 2012 I was driving up Aurora and saw a kickboxing sign go up. I pulled off the road, drove up to the front door and went in to ask about joining. The nice bald man at the front said they wouldn’t open for another week or so. I came back as soon as they opened, took a class, and joined. I had kickboxed before and really enjoyed it so I was elated to see a gym opening in my neighborhood.
What are some of your fitness goals? My current fitness goal in to complete the 40/40 challenge. After that I will make an assessment with my fabulous trainer, Robert, and set some new goals.
What is your favorite aspect of our gym? My favorite aspect of CKO are the members and the supportive atmosphere. I have worked out at many other gyms including other kickboxing gyms, and nowhere else have so many people said “hi” and “how are you” when you see them day after day. I always thought the lack of camaraderie at other gyms was strange when everyone is always there doing the same thing together.
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? My mental health is what motivates me to come back every day. My monthly membership is significantly less expensive than paying a counselor. I learned, soon after having my first child, that what was going to keep me from staying in bed all day long was an expectation that moving my body will keep my body moving. When I am keeping myself healthy I am a much better mom, wife, friend and co-worker. Exercising is a part of my daily living, not just something I squeeze into my week if I can find the time.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? Physically what I struggle with are doing more than a couple of complete push-ups before moving to my knees. I would like to be able to do 10 solid full push-ups. I think keeping the doors of CKO open is what will help me actualize my full potential.