Gary Brown May Member of the Month

Q: What got you started working out?

A: To get healthier and improve flexibility.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?

A: Aging Strong ( old people ) class on Monday and Fridays. I also try to get to gym 2 additional days.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?

A: Lateral Box Runs

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?

A: I don’t have one. 

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?

A: I have always involved in sports from high school so it’s not a challenge to workout.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?

A: Staying flexible and strong!

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?

A: Do not be afraid to get started. I have talked to friends about my age and they do not think they could do the workouts. All of us started slow… Just do it!

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?

A: Flexibility was a major problem for me. I could not reach down to the floor without kneeling…now I can.

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: Flexibility and I’m surprised how much stronger I am!

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:

A: I pitched fastpitch softball for 20 years throughout the Midwest. I would pitch 70 games per summer.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?

A: The people I work out with…Aging Strong is a fun group!

Kim Banks April Member of the Month

Kim has been with us since our days at Anytime Fitness!

Q: What got you started working out?
A: Had total knee replacements 4 months apart was in so much pain a yr later still couldn’t go up a small curb.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: 4 to 5 started with private sessions. Now I do semi-private and Aging Strong. And I have also done nutrition courses w/Jenna and I absolutely love what she has taught me (diets don’t work) she knows what she’s talking about!

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: High Bar Back Squat

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Handful nuts and seeds cut up watermelon.

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Lunges UGH.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: Scheduled workouts! And for my Health! I have Chronic Inflammation which has held me back for several months at a time. I decided it was time to call a reset and take my health more seriously. Thanks to this wonderful team of trainers and coaches my hands are pain free and I’m lowering my inflammation when I am able to lift a barbell and do a dead hang. My incredible FitFam sharing milestones and goals with each other is priceless❤️.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: “Shift your Mindset Enjoy the Journey “.

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: Stairs, lifting weight , more stamina , losing weight, eating healthier, dealing with stress more in a more healthy way!

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: I remember telling my heart dr I wanna lift a barbell overhead. She said, “You can do that”. I told her no I can’t yet! She told me to send her a message when I did it she would do the happy dance! 😊 gonna wait til the next visit to tell her!

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: Kickboxing

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: Will be celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary this Oct planning a vacation on a sandy beach!

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: WALTER and all the dogs that pop in from time to time!

Yvonne Anderson March Member of the Month

Yvonne is a 38-year-old retired Firefighter and a Direct Support Provider with DD Homes.

Q: What got you started working out?
A: I started to workout because I needed an outlet to deal with my PTSD, and how I felt about myself.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: 4 days a week. I’m in semi-private training and kickboxing.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Kickboxing but I’m also enjoying the strength training!

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Fruit smoothie with whey protein.

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: It would be keeping myself motivated.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: Perseverance, I have gone from not being able to walk to being able to not only walk again but improve as well.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: In order to become what you want to be. You have to start somewhere, never give up.

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: Deadlift
Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: With the help from Jenna and Kat. Being able to walk. I was in bad shape with my back. They helped me get in a better state.

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: To improve mobility and strength!

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I am a retired firefighter..

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: My Strength Collective family!

Jackie Herbert February Member of the Month

Newlyweds 2023

Jackie is a 35-year-old Physician Assistant.

Q: What got you started working out?
A: I wanted to get in better shape leading up to our destination wedding.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: 3, two days of semi-private training and kickboxing on Saturdays.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Battle ropes!

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Coffee 😂, usually with eggs.

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Sticking with the diet.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: How good I feel after a workout!

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Do it! Everyone is so nice and welcoming. Work closely with the coaches. They truly care about your well-being and want to see you reach your goals!

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: Chin up hangs

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Sticking with it for an entire year!

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: Healthy eating habits- still trying to reach those protein goals!

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I was a National tumbling champion when I was 13.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: The people! The coaches are great and fellow members are supportive and encouraging!

Leslie Aplin January Member of the Month

Q: What got you started working out?
A: Back pain

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: 4-5

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Deadlift!

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Water 😂

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Staying consistent when I’m not in the mood for it.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: How much better I feel when I do work out!

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Quit thinking. Start doing. Trust the process and enjoy the results.

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: A chin up!!

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: My chin up 😊.

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: To keep moving consistently during the winter and with a shoulder injury. I’ve had to tailor my workouts around my shoulder. So my main goal is to get back to 100% as I am able.

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I have 2 grown children I am so proud of!!!

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: That there are people of all different ages and fitness abilities in the gym.

Tina White December Member of the Month

Tina is a 59-year-old retiree from Dick Blick.

Q: What got you started working out?
A: After complications with a knee replacement surgery in 2007, and walking with a cane since 2013, I was unable to walk more than 100 feet without becoming very winded and lower back pain. I wanted to feel better & lose weight, now that I’m retired from my desk job.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: 3X at semi private training.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Various barbell exercises!

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Fiber one protein bar

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: It took me time to build up stamina, and I struggled with some of the exercises, especially on the floor.

Crushing KB Deadlifts

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: Feeling and moving better, I don’t get as “winded” as I did before, and actually walked through Aldi’s last week. Working up to shop HyVee without a motorized cart.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Start small, break your goals down, and don’t freak out when looking at the scale.

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: There are several things that stick out: I can finish most sessions with the others and not fall behind or not finish at all; I have more stamina whether walking or just standing in place; and overall flexibility is so different.

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: I started July 5th and I’m still coming! I’ve also lost more weight so far than I ever have before (I normally just added 5lbs every 2-3 years and never really lost before).

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: Just this week I started 30 minutes of activity at home on at least 2 non training days, and working on floor exercises (or getting up & down which has been very difficult since knee surgery).

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: My Mom was born & raised in London, England and moved to the US at age 22. I still have aunts & cousins in London, Hong Kong & New Zealand.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: The people, both the staff and other clients. The encouragement I’ve received has been very motivating.

Dr. Josephine Swanson November Member of the Month

Dr. Josephine Swanson is a 32-year-old Veterinarian at Knox Pet Clinic!

Q: What got you started working out?
A: I just wanted to be healthier and be more active.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: I am part of the Warrior Strong Kickboxing class, and I go to class three times a week.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: When we get to do different circuits in kickboxing class!

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Honey Stinger Energy Waffles

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Having the motivation to keep up with it and working it into my schedule.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: I have lost some weight but I feel better about how I move and have more energy.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: I would say try it once because no matter where you are starting from you will get something out of it.

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: The fact that I have been able to keep up with kickboxing classes three times a week for a few months.

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: I’m just trying to stay consistent with my workouts.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: My favorite thing is that it doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are at, there is no judgment..

Scott Delawder October Member of the Month

Q: What got you started working out?
A: Needing to lose weight, tone up and increase cardio to excel in my flight tests.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: 3-4 days a week, Kickboxing and Semiprivate.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Leg exercises

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: BODYARMOR LYTE

Scott’s motivation for workout out, his planes!

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Staying consistent

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: The results I see and the way I feel!

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Don’t expect overnight results, they will come in time.

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: Last the whole hour in kickboxing without wanting to stop early.

Ground and Pound

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Losing 50 pounds!

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: Getting on track with my nutrition.

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I have an Identical Twin.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: The owners/instructors and the great folks I meet there.

Hannah Lester August Member of the Month

Hannah is a 25-year-old elementary school teacher.

Q: What got you started working out?
A: My boyfriend Cam.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: Between 3-4 days. No groups just train by myself or with Cam.

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Tricep pull downs or sumo deadlifts

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Salted Carmel Protein Powder mixed with Mocha Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk.

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: My mentality of thinking I can’t do it.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: Cam and my desire to be stronger.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Even when you think you can’t do it, do it anyway because you will feel 110 times better!

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: Bench more than the bar.

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Feeling confident enough to go to the gym by myself.

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: Training for a Powerlifting Competition in November!

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I was a collegiate softball player and a competitive dancer.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: It is very non-judgmental gym for all kinds of lifters.

Mary Warnsing July Member of the Month

Mary is a 47-year-old, self-proclaimed, full-time nerd that loves teaching.

Q: What got you started working out?
A: I wanted to feel strong and in control of my health.

Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: I usually attend cardio kickboxing on Monday and Wednesday nights. I also try to walk for 30 minutes twice a week. I also do nutrition check-ins with Jenna every two weeks. I exercise 3 to 4 times each week and am part of the Warrior Strong group!

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: I LOVE a good wall sit!

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: I love a cheese omelette with fresh pico after workouts.

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: In the beginning, I had this idea that I was not very strong. I specifically said “I can’t do that.” more times than I can count. It wasn’t long and I was flipping tires and throwing Ricky around! I was/am like a five year old, I am so surprised when I can do something new. I often say “Hey guys. I am doing it!”

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: I have had the results I have been working for and I love that I work out with a great bunch of women. Everyone is supportive and working hard. The ambition to succeed is contagious and I can’t get enough.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Don’t wait! Getting stronger feels so good. Start right now! We are hilarious and we will be your biggest cheerleaders. Two hours a week can change your life! It will be hard at first but it will get easier. You deserve to live your best life!
Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: I could not get my punching bag out and put it away by myself in the beginning I used to have to modify everything. I still modify a few things but I can work the whole time.

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: I am most proud of how good I feel. I used to take pain meds every day. I have lost a significant amount of weight and lowered my resting heart rate.

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: I am going to get muscles. Real muscles, that I can flex and see.

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I was born in Germany. I have traveled to and lived in many places.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: My favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective is getting to make people laugh. I love how everyone cheers everyone on and encourages each other. I feel like everyone is invested in each other’s success!