I started running when I was 17. 10 minutes. And then it was 3 to 4 miles. This led to free weights and bar work. I started to love working out. Fast forward to 34 years old. I’ve done everything from 5K’s, a half-marathon, kick-boxing, Pilates, spin, road biking hundreds of miles with my husband, and until recently, a CrossFit gym for 2 years. Over the years I’ve learned more about myself and what really challenges me. I learned that I love pushing myself to the extremes and with Ripped I can do just that. 2 years ago, I was doing CrossFit based workouts and at first, I loved doing something different and new. I mastered skills such as handstand push-ups, rope climbs and strict pull-ups. Over time however, I began feeling stagnant with the WODS (workout of the day) and I often left class thinking “is that it?! I need more!” I wanted to feel like I gave my all. I wanted to be breathless and sweaty. I soon realized what I need to feel fulfilled from a workout. Ripped gives me just that. The perfect combination of running mixed with HIIT exercises. I was hooked. I love leaving class breathless and dripping in sweat.
My journey to RippedPHL started after I found myself plateauing at a different work out class. I started hearing about Ripped and seeing some posts on Instagram so I decided to give it a try. I’ve always been physically active. After gaining the freshman 15 in college, I made working out and physical fitness a part of my routine. But I found after I hit a certain age, running a few miles was no longer doing the trick. In fact, no cardio was doing the trick anymore. Because I read alot about fitness, I knew it was well past time to introduce weights into my routine but the thought scared me. I had only ever ran on a treadmill, outside or done the elliptical. I was afraid weights would bulk me up and make me look to masculine. But again, Ripped offered the perfect way for me to do something I was familiar with (running) and introduce me to weight training.
Most of you know me because I’m a trainer at RippedPHL. The photo of me on the left was taken last year in May 2017 during my senior year of college. I had just finished my soccer career at Ithaca as a center midfielder and in retrospect, I would say that I was “fit” – a VERY relative word that means something different to everyone. I could run forever and I could even do 10 pull ups in a row. During soccer season, I lifted twice a week with my team on top of two hour daily practices and once the fall season was over, I worked out 4-5 times a week (lifting and running). My lifestyle as a 21 year old college athlete was probably exactly how you can imagine: school, soccer, parties, pizza, alcohol, so. much. fun.