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.
Today we’d like to honor our November Client of the Month, Hillary Biehl, with the infamous “look away” pic!
We joke around here but with all seriousness she has done incredible things with us the last two years.
Coach Keoni and her have worked together this entire time. He describes Hillary as “hard working through every class. She has been dedicated to achieving her goals and aspirations inside and outside of the gym. Her attitude is optimistic with a constant smile. She is a great representation of a person committed to a healthy lifestyle.”
Congratulations Hillary Biehl! This Clint of the Month award is well deserved!
STOP GETTING OFFENDED! Think about it.. If somebody gives you their two cents or if someone has a disagreement with you, do you get offended?
Or in our case of fitness, someone tells you,
“You’ve got to lose weight..”
“You’ve got to get a little bit stronger..”
“You have to do something else..”
…do you get offended?
If yes, WHY? Why do you get offended? All someone is trying to do is tell you their opinion, or tell you if they agree or disagree… and why is that a problem? How do you plan to keep moving forward if you only continue doing what you think is right all of the time?
That’s not how it works.
You have to be open to learning new techniques because not every technique works for everyone… Unless, again, as we’ve mentioned in previous posts, you’re living on your own on the top of a mountain, completely self-sustaining, you’ve got to deal with other people, which means you have to consider everybody else’s opinion. And if you keep getting offended when people say things that you don’t like or people say things to you that you have a hard time listening to… GET OVER IT. STOP BEING OFFENDED.
It’s okay! If you’re having a hard time taking that… wow, good luck trying to be a human being all the time. #thinkaboutit
Please give our very own George Garcia aka DA MAN some love when you see him.
He is our October Client of the Month.
We have had the privilege of knowing George for almost 8 years outside the gym.
Then February came and we got the call from him. He said he would be there on a Tuesday afternoon and he has not left since.
He is the fittest he has ever been.
He is the leanest he has ever been.
He is also such a large part of the 6pm class. George is the one who makes EVERYONE laugh, encourages (aka yells) when people are slacking, and ALWAYS welcomes the friendly competition between other peeps.
He is ALWAYS at class as well even attending our open boot camps and open gyms. Whenever George may not be at class he let’s one of us know!
The gym is not the same without him and was not the same without him.
Thank you, George, for being a part of our Wright Way Fitness family!
How often are you pushing your strength? Think about it..
In our classes, in your own weight lifting, on your own… how often are you pushing this – your strength? This comes up a lot in our group classes when someone (male or female, doesn’t matter) will say to me, “Should we be doing this much weight? …I’m going to get hurt… This weight is going to smash and fall on my head.” And in all this time, over ten years of training, I’ve never had a client do that. Does it mean that it is impossible from happening? No, it doesn’t. But I just wonder why do we always go to that space? Why do we always say, “Oh, if this happens… or oh I’m going to get hurt.”
That’s how you get STRONGER!
You get stronger by pushing increasingly more weight each week or every couple of weeks. And again, like we’ve said in other blogs, you can push it more and you can pull it back too on some weeks… but if you don’t push those strength limits then you’re going to get older, more frail, and your body is never going to change its composition. It will always be the same.
So, think about it, why would you not push yourself to be stronger all the time? That makes no sense! And I don’t want to hear more about, especially from women pushing weight, “I’m going to have these big strong muscles and arms.” You’re not going to be that way!
If you lift progressively more weight every single week, you are probably going to be lean, mean, and looking fit. It is medically and physically impossible for women to look this way. We show our female clients between ages 12 to 62 how when they lift more weight, their body composition actually becomes lower, they feel better, have less injuries and are better off with that… so you’re NOT going to be bulky women.
And then guys, “Oh well, you know, I can’t do this. I hurt my shoulder.” That’s what we hear a lot… GO TO A DOCTOR. GO see somebody to help.
The key here is to continually push yourself each week to grow stronger and make progress. Because if you’re not pushing to better yourself week by week, then what are you striving for?
What good are obstacles? Think about it..
Obstacles are always looked at as being something we have to overcome; we all have to deal with it and we have to figure something out to get around, over, under… however, OVER them.
But are obstacles good?
Yeah, I think so. I think obstacles are great! Honestly, I think most of what we consider to be an “obstacle” isn’t really an obstacle at all. I think what we refrain to as an obstacle at times, is really something that is just going to take some getting used to; or you have to get over or you have to accomplish it, right?
It’s interesting to me… we keep using that word “obstacles” as if it’s a bad thing. But I think an obstacle is something you have to get around or get over… it can even be considered as a learning curve or an experience in which you will grow stronger, more resilient through. When did “obstacle” become such a negative word? So is it really an obstacle or something that just happens? Something that goes wrong or something else you have to get through, get over, or get under. I think it’s all in the mindset and in how you look at it.
But why do we call them obstacles?
Obstacles are something you’re dodging on a mud runners course. It’s impossible to not have things come up or something happen in life, but is what you’re facing really an obstacle that you’re overcoming or is it just living life a lot of the time?
What’s your perspective… think about it.
Like you grew up a certain way, you lived a certain way and you believe certain things. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself, “Maybe my perspective is wrong?” or “Maybe my perspective is different.”
That’s one of those challenges we face as a fitness coach, trying to figure out where people are coming from. Why are they doing what we’re prescribing them to do? And why are they staying on this program? Or why aren’t they staying on this program?
It’s so important too because let’s say you have a client, let’s take a weight loss person, for instance, who their whole life has always been heavy and their family has always struggled with obesity… been a family that has always eaten a high carb, soda & sugar diet, etc.; is it reasonable for us to assume that they will be able to change their lifestyle instantaneously? Probably no, not likely.
But if you don’t have that consciousness to think about their perspectives, how are you going to help them? And I think this applies to anyone. Your next door neighbor, spouse, best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, family member, whoever… You might not have to understand where people are coming from, but you do have to understand why they think what they think. You don’t’ have to agree or disagree with them, but you do need to understand why they think certain things and the way that they think.
But I will say, you really don’t want to keep pushing people to do what you want them to do or to think what you want them to think. You want people to have their own authentic experience and authentic ideas. You want people to authentically and organically get to where they want to get to.
As a fitness coach, yes, keep giving them options and talking about stuff but allow their perspectives lead them, their goals, and their own lifestyle.