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meet joan.

her goal

drop 8% body fat. improve strength & nutrition. join TEAM Alpha.

her story

Starting the Spring 60day was exciting and came at a great time! I could not believe I gained 12 pounds from August to January. In February, I felt adjusted to my new career and thought it was perfect timing to incorporate a more focused workout and nutrition program with the support of my Life Time community.

I have been working with a trainer in TEAM Cut for a few months, three times weekly. TEAM Cut is a supportive small group that I look forward to attending! The group members are positive, and we push each other when the workout gets tough. Sometimes we even dress in the same color schemes! In addition to TEAM Cut, I joined in with Try It Tuesday events and signed up for the Ironman 140.60 challenge that incorporated swimming, biking, and running.

When I met with my trainer for the initial weigh-in consultation, she recommended continuing with TEAM Cut and including two new components: a personalized metabolic conditioning program based on zone training, and Alpha Accountability Group each Sunday. I said yes and yes!

That first week I updated my AMA test and started my individualized cardio plan sent to my email and Life Time app.  The metabolic conditioning motivated me to push myself even when no one was around. Some mornings when I looked at the plan, I shook my head wondering how I would get through it all, especially Zone 4 days. By the afternoon, my brain got over the shock of the program and decided “I can do this!” and I did! What a great feeling that I can be my own cheerleader!

I appreciated the opportunity to start Alpha training from the beginning, starting with the basics to ensure proper form. Learning Olympic lifts with a small group was a highlight of my week; something I looked forward to and didn’t want to give up.

TEAM Alpha was a wonderful experience to start something new! I appreciated the opportunity to start Alpha training from the beginning, learning the basics to ensure proper form. Learning Olympic lifts with a small group was a highlight of my week; something I looked forward to and didn’t want to give up. Even when my husband encouraged me to stay at home and sleep, I refused! Now, I can lift the bar comfortably from my shins to my shoulders to overhead. Not to mention, I overcame my intense fear of doing box jumps!

The Ironman challenge and the cardio conditioning helped prepare me for my second Half Marathon on St. Patrick’s Day. My goal was to be faster than my first Half last October. I finished 15 minutes faster and I had a shorter recovery time. I am a teacher, and my middle school students knew about my race. When I came back on Monday, they asked if I finished first! We talked about goal setting and I shared that achieving goals does not always mean being the first person to do something. It means going beyond what you have been doing to reach new heights. That is exactly what I did!

Nutrition also played an important part in my transformation these last 60 days. One trainer led a Saturday informational session about nutrition with suggestions to combat plateaus. In a one-on-one follow-up session, he outlined specifics of what I was doing well and areas I could improve. Taking the women’s multivitamin and fish oil daily, while drinking adequate water, has built a strong foundation for a long-lasting habit.

During these 60 days, I have never felt more supported in my weight-loss journey. My Life Time welcomed me in to a Facebook group to share tips, tricks, quotes, recipes, and more. Participants and trainers are a part of this group and it was wonderful to interact with them all on this platform. The Try It Tuesday events combined workouts with networking to meet new people, sharing and supporting weekly goals.

Throughout these 60 days, I also achieved two non-scale victories: (1) changing my M/L Apple watch band to the S/M band and (2) 100 bicycle crunches ALL with elbows touching knees during a single workout session. These accomplishments must be from all of the practice doing Russian Twists with 16-pound medicine balls in TEAM Cut!

This program has provided a launching pad to continue pushing myself to be the best me yet.

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