What does it mean to love someone? Does it mean caring for them? Does it means wanting to help them become a better person? Does it means wanting to share many of your life experiences with that person? I sure think it does. In fact I believe that true love is so special and so powerful that it makes me wonder, is it really possible to love someone, without loving yourself? If caring means taking care of someone, if it means being there for them with you are most needed, it makes me wonder if it is possible to care for someone if you are not able to care for yourself. Maybe that’s why the stewardess tells you to put your mask on first before helping others because if you can’t breath, you won’t live long, and if you don’t live long you will be of help to no one, you will not be around to provide care. With that being said it is no surprise that being healthy is a big part of a happy relationship. In fact, it has even been said that couple’s that sweat together, stay together.
Proving this point is the very happy “CKO couple” of Colin and Kelly Edmonds. Colin and Kelly have been members at CKO Seattle for over 1-year. They both have been consistent members of the Got to Get Hot, To Be Hot Club, which means, health is a big priority in their lives. They both want to be healthy to not only take care of each other they want to be healthy to take care of their kids, they want to be around as long as possible to share those special moments.
Here is Get to Know a Member – -Colin and Kelly
Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job?
Colin: I am a Design Engineer who designs Airplane Tooling for Boeing and other plane and helicopter manufacturers. Although my brain is in constant motion at work, the rest of me mainly sits at a computer. I do break up my sedentary day with a 10:00 and 2:00 walk.
Kelly: I am mom to a 5 and 3 year old! And I work part time at UW medical center as a Recreation Therapist.
Do you have any hobbies?
Both of us are avid skiers who have taught and raced competitively. Kelly still competes at an amateur level and has a big snowboarding race on the horizon at Mount Baker (which she won). She last competed in the Banked Slalom two years ago and placed 4th in her division. She hopes that her recent devotion to CKO will improve her rankings in this event this year.
In addition to Skiing and snowboarding, we love Playing with our kids, golf, softball, being outside, the beach, the mountains, and playing games.
How did you first learn of CKO?
Kelly tried CKO on a whim as the facility is in close proximity to our house. After she told me how great CKO is, I had to try. We have been members ever since. It doesn’t take much to fall in love with CKO. The positivity and the speed at which the class goes by make it the best fitness option we have found.
What are some of your fitness goals?
Our main fitness goal is to stay fit in order to keep up with our 3 and 5 year old. Although we live a healthy lifestyle, the incredible energy of children can wear out even the most active adult. Beyond that, to be strong, competitive athletes, avoid injury, build more muscle, feel good and happy.
What is your favorite aspect of CKO?
CKO exudes positivity. You see this positivity in the staff; in the students; on the walls of the club; even in the bathroom (well, on the bathroom wall). Just showing up makes us feel great only surpassed by how good we feel when we complete a class.
What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
What we have found is that when you commit to something in your schedule and just treat it as something that will happen, not something that should happen; it happens. You don’t wake up every morning saying “I wonder if I should go to work today?” No, you get out of bed and go to work. We think that exercise should be no different. Kelly has the harder task though because she has to get out of bed at 5:30 A.M.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?
Colin: I have a nagging left shoulder injury that aches occasionally. If I really push myself in a class my rotator cuff on my left shoulder will start to ache.
Kelly: Knowing if I’m pushing myself as hard as I could be