Kind. Inspirational. Motivational. Honest. Optimistic. Energetic. Respected. These are all words that come to mind for our August Client of the Month, Kim Horner.
Kim is the kind of person we all wonder how she does it all, selflessly too!
Many of us ask her, “how to…” questions all the time.
She just seems to have it all figured out.
She has consistently worked out two to three times a week with us for almost 5 years now! No, literally Kim is here almost every week.
She works full-time in pharmaceuticals for years. Is a devoted wife. Is a mother of 4. Travels for work. Travels across the country for family reunions and even her daughter’s volleyball tournaments, which are across the country too!
Besides working out with us during the week, she runs two to three times a week competing in numerous races and even the occasional half marathon.
Kim has been connected with all our new and past clients here, always extending her hand and kinds words to them.
Did we mention, EVERYONE loves her?
Here are some more words from her friends and exercise friends.
Diana Yi, friend and fellow WWFit exerciser,
“Kim is an excellent choice for client of the month!! She’s really a neat lady outside of Wright Way. She started a FUN running program at our elementary school and devoted countless hours to bringing awareness to disabilities at our schools. Kim Horner is one of the kindest, hard-working individuals at Wright Way. She’s always cheerful, positive and devoted to fitness and family. She is very down-to-earth and always has a smile on her face, even at 5:30 am! She’s constant and been with Wright Way for many years!”
Jennifer Ballogg, friend and fellow WWFit exerciser,
“Only a few???? Kim is an amazing mom…the type of friend you can rely on, confide in, and gain great advice. She is hardworking and dedicated to her fitness goals. She has an incredible personality and is hysterically funny…she can make me laugh even through the toughest of workouts. She is my idol, my crystal ball to parenting and someone I am blessed to know.”
Barb Arthur, long time friend and running mate,
“Oh wow! What can I say?! Kim is the most giving, selfless person I know. If I need advise, a favor, an ear…Kim is my girl. Not just me, many people I know (she does the same for). Some things people do not know about her are how much she can can get done in a day! Run 10 miles, make kids’ lunches, drop kids at school, a few conference calls for work, deliver food to elderly, give blood, all by 3pm. She never talks about all the things she does in the community. I could name many. She is an amazing mom, wife, daughter, friend.
So happy I have her in my life; love her.”
She is known by and as simply Yi.
Diana Yi does more for all Wright Way Fitness clients than almost everyone.
However, you would never know.
She texts people when they are down.
She attends, sometimes, a second WWFit class just because another friend wants to go to class and has not gone.
Diana drives people home from class if they need a ride.
She has even thrown parties at the gym for a few clients who battled cancer.
Not to mention put together a party for us prior to our second child, Emery being born.
Then there is her own fitness journey. Here is what Lisa Cookston said about it, “Diana is consistent, has worked through frustrations and found what works best for her and is a great accountability partner.”
Diana has been doing the best she has ever done right now. She attends 3-4 group classes a week along with 3-4 days of running with the Run Wright group.
Please watch this video below of what some of our WWFit family have to say about her-
It was the fourth of July, 2014. I can still remember meeting Dan and Kristin Bailey at Dr. Joe’s family bbq. We began chatting about where they were from, where I was from, and how we all know each other’s friends.
The night went on, we continue chatting about life, fitness and wellness ( my favorite topic). It happened to be Kristin and their two sons, Brandon and Justin, were actually looking for a place to train. I mentioned we would love to help them and to show up on Monday if they were serious!
Can you guess what happened next?
Kristin showed up! Eventually the rest of the family did as well. The Bailey family has attended countless open boot camps, hiked Catalina, stand up paddle boarded, bought virtually every piece of WWFit swag, referred many friends/family, and consistently attend classes every week; they are THE type of family we want at WWFit.
Besides their impact with the WWFit team they have touched and welcomed almost everyone in every class they attend (a kind quality all COM’s share).
Here are a few of their fit friends’ comments:
Hillary Biehl, co worker/friend/exercise pal-
“Supportive, friendly, committed, amazing peeps.”
George Garica, Dan’s GL GM GW partner/group class partner-
“I’m so lucky to be part of the fitness fam with Dan and Kris. They make fitness fun and I can always count on having a good laugh with them and our 6pm crew.”
Bailli Linton, fellow 6pm-er/fellow Bailey-
“Such supportive, fun, energy to be around. They constantly are cheering others on and encouraging everyone to do their best! They’ve made 6pm feel like a little family.”
Debbie Williams, friend/running partner-
“Great couple! Dedicated, motivating, determined, very reliable!”
Joe Harrigan aka Joe Bait, running partner/fellow 6pm-er-
“Definitely two very motivational people…always a blast to work out with them… things that define the Baileys are: discipline, drive, determination, positive energy, and caring.”
The Baileys are people who are POSITIVELY making our community better.
Thoughtful. Caring. Driven. Tough. Consistent. Loyal.
These are the words we describe our friend, client, and one of our longest clients Kim “Hiiiiiiiiiga.”
We first met almost eight years ago when she was looking for a group fitness class at 1pm (who works out at that time, wright?!). She had been a runner for a long time but had not found the perfect fitness center for her. After that first class, we knew it was a match! Kim worked hard, did not complain, and wanted more (must be because she is a Marine), which is the ideal client for us!
Eight years later, she has battled shoulder surgery, achilles repair, and probably some fitness boot camp battle wounds here and there; she keeps going.
THIS IS HIGA.
She does not stop her fitness life. She keeps pushing herself to maintain it. She keeps participating in our WWFit community. She is what we always want from any client now and in the future; however, it is difficult to want more when we have our very own special one!
Besides being an exemplary WWFit member, some others had some things to say about her below:
“She’s a Cleveland fan…can’t ignore that. She read my book! Lol. She was injured and kept improving. She has a ton of determination. She’s a person who is balanced.” -Tommy Rucktenwald
“Kim…a dedicated mother, wife and friend. Also has a warm smile for you and genuine interest in her friends lives; a kind of friend everybody would be fortunate to have.” -Paiger
“Higa, we had a long run on one of the boot camps several years ago. I did a combo run/walk. She could have easily ran the whole thing but she walked with me so I wouldn’t be alone. Classy. Must be a Marine thing!” -Michael Friedman
“We know Kim likes to workout because there is always hard work and sweat behind her in class. Whenever she is not in class or not running she is with Matt and Sara (her kids) or she is baking Adam cookies.” -Mary Fitzpatrick
“Kim is so consistent with her workouts. She attends almost all of our monthly events, open gym, and open boot camps. Did we mention she is a fabulous baker too? It is one of our most beloved yearly Christmas gifts.” -Becky Wright
Please take some time to get to know Kim aka Hiiiiiiiga all month long.
We will never forget being introduced to Brian; he took our first class, with his wife Aubrie, thinking it was going to be easy. He returned not believing how sore he was or how truly difficult it was.
Since October 2014 Brian has brought his sense of humor (although terribly deliberate) to our 5:30 am class and the WWFit family. He is one of the strongest guys, literally doing 11 or more pull ups at a time, bench pressing over 200 lbs., and even running the fastest mile in our class. Besides bringing his jokes and strength he brings his own 80’s/early 90’s playlists (the 90’s are our favorite FYI).
He makes a point to welcome each and every person, even apologizing if he does not remember someone but asking about them, which seems to be a theme with these kind clients of the month. They care about the client, aka FitFam, next to them. He workouts multiple times a week with Aubrie, aka Foothill aka ADubs. Also he has brought both of his sons Nick and Tim to workout on our weekend classes and even to our weekly Youth Training afternoon classes.
Brian’s biggest passion besides his family and the WWFit family is his work, read more about him and FELT BICYCLES herehttp://www.feltbicycles.com/blog/?p=4671.
He has even gotten our Coach Keoni and a few other clients Felt bicycles. Then he was able to get Coach Adam to ride a mountain bike a year ago for the first time in 15 years!
If you ever notice on the whiteboard for, Finale Friday, a dog, it was Brian Wilson.
He has left his mark on us as a great dad, as a great guy, as a great friend. He is a great person who truly makes our community unique.
Strong. Sweet. Kind. Caring. Courageous.
These are all words that come to mind when we think of Joanna Koch, our January 2017 client of the month.
She came to us a year and a half ago but actually seems like a friend of 10 years now! She has made herself one of the strongest gals we have doing marathons, obstacle course races, and even pull ups after every class! However, it is not her strength that we all notice and remember, it is her willingness to help again and again that makes her so special.
When a new client arrives, or it is someone’s birthday, a client needs a card if they are going through something, a meal needs to be made for a party, friends need to be held accountable, or WWFit needs new shirts, Joanna does it. She does it and does it; without recognition.
She really can or could be thanked almost every month but now this month is her time to give HER more love.
She’s the nicest and strongest.
Michael Paige aka Paige aka Paiger has been with us for almost 8 years now!
Can you believe that? We almost can’t believe it sometimes.
He has become such a part of the Wright Way Fit Family.
He has changed his body from a somewhat active IT engineer to a ripped out of his mind, active fitness man! He has accompanied us on hikes, walks, charity events, weddings, movies, and even the occasional nachos at a local restaurant (mostly with Adam). If you have ever had someone or something you could not imagine being without, it would be him. He literally has all eyes on him in class, knows everyone, and even follows EVERYONE on social media.
He is the connecting guy for new people as well. We know if we have him in a class he can chat with them and encourage them to return back to our classes.
Besides his transition to a healthy lifestyle over the past 8 years, being a Wright Way ambassador, this past year in particular he made his biggest contribution. On numerous occasions Paiger has painted walls, patched up holes, hung white boards, and even renovated our entire bathroom!
Again, can you believe this? A client who spends 4-5 hours a week working out then spends another 4-5 hours a week on their own time to help their gym is an outstanding person who deserves recognition. He is also the guy who will do something for you without being asked. There was a time another client had mentioned wanting a tee shirt but did not think to buy it for himself and within the next few days Paige had already gone out to the store and bought it for him.
Can you believe this?
Each month when we chat about a client changing their life or others’ lives we want to showcase not only them but the word or phrase that describes them. He is SELFLESS.
Thank you Paiger for reminding us each day, week, month, and year how to be a healthy human inside and out. Our place is not the same without some people, our place IS NOT the same without you.
Are you always right? Probably not. Think about it…
A topic we had in a blog a few weeks ago was to “stop being offended,” because if you’re always right, that would be boring, and then nothing would ever be different, would it? Nothing would be unique. It all would be what you thought was right and what you thought you should do… that’s really, really, boring isn’t it?
There’s no adventure in that.
There’s no fun in that.
There’s no new experiences to learn about…
There’s no expectations that you thought somebody else could meet, and that you wanted to meet those expectations as well… or you’re watching someone else’s journey and now you, yourself, can do what they’re doing now.
Think about that…
You don’t always have to be right. It’s okay. It’s okay to listen to somebody else and follow their advice on what to do. Your way isn’t the only way and you don’t have to be right all the time.
When have you done something nice for somebody, just because, with no reward… Think about it…
In our previous post we talked about positivity and how it can cleanse and make things better. What if you were to do something positive with no reward? Have you ever been to Starbucks when the person ahead of you buys everybody’s coffee, how great of a feeling is that? Or when you go to the grocery store and somebody bags your groceries… or if you see your next door neighbor, do you ever stop and say, “Hey, how are you doing?” …Honestly when was the last time you stopped and talked to someone for a couple of minutes and showed interest because you were listening to hear instead of only listening to respond. Simple things like that. What does that do? Because there is no reward involved. It’s a positive action!
So when was the last time you did that? When was the last time you bought the persons’ behind you coffee? Or the last time you sent flowers to a good friend, your spouse or coworker just because you know they’re having a rough week… Or how about the last time you brought your parents or sibling(s) out to eat just because or maybe bought them a card to show gratitude and how much you care about them?
Sometimes, we get caught up in our own lives and we forget to engage with people around us… when it cost nothing to do so! Spread positive action by the way you treat others, reward or not.
Are you actually being positive? Think about it..
How often do you find yourself talking bad about something in your life? How often do you find yourself talking bad about someone in your life? How often do you watch the news and this presidential election? And all you see are these negative things. Negative… negative… negative… negative!
Have you ever thought about being positive? How it can cleanse you? How it can make you feel great… and how it has the incredible affect on everybody around you when you say good things and do good things?!
And hey, listen…how you react to things – that’s how you’re made up, and we can always change that…but why not try to change it in a way to always being positive? Do you feel better when things are good? I’m pretty sure most people do. I don’t think anyone feels great being negative all the time. So why not try to always be positive and surround yourself with positive things? Like, positive music, TV, books. Do something nice for yourself that makes you feel good or maybe even do something for someone else that makes them feel good.
DO – POSITIVE – THINGS.
Positivity can make things better; it can cleanse things. #ThinkAboutIt