This month we have our very first “virtual” Member of the Month- Christina Leafgreen! Christina is a 29 year old English teacher who joined us in April for our very first 4 Week Habit Challenge, and continued with Jenna’s 12 Week Limitless Lifestyle online group coaching program after that. She’s been consistently improving every week since then, and has the progress to show for it! Learn more about Christina’s journey below.
Q: What got you started working out?
A: My friend shared the April challenge with me and I wanted to find a way to get in shape during quarantine/the pandemic.
Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: I usually do 3 workouts a week. I was a part of the Spring into Action group, the 12 week coaching program, and now the Harvest Healthy Habits group.
Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: I absolutely love kneeling windmills with a dumbbell. I love feeling how I can instantly feel an effect from it. And it’s always challenging.
Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: I love to have any meat high in protein off of the grill after my workouts.
Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: The first 2 minutes. I always have a ton of anxiety waiting for the workout to begin. Once I’m done with my spiderman elbow lunges, I’m in the zone and love it!
Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: My mental health and my energy levels — both have improved tremendously since I started the first challenge and I love giving back to myself in this way.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Don’t let the fear of what your trainer may have you do tomorrow, next week, or next month. Live in the present and take it one day at a time. Trust the process!!!
Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: I used to have pretty awful breakdowns at work or at home where I would lose my cool and throw tantrums. I now can take something in and put it on the back burner and not stress about it immediately but think it through. This is the best therapy I’ve ever had!
Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: I have upper body strength!!! I can help carry things for people now instead of being the one needing help. It’s so empowering.
Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: My next goal is to cut 15 more pounds, but continue to build and tone my muscle. With school in full swing now, I will prove to myself I can do this while working a stressful job. In the past, I’ve been able to somewhat get in shape over the summer, but I would always lose the motivation once school started. No more excuses here.
Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: When I do recorded workouts, I turn my speakers up as loud as they will go to I Prevail Pandora station and it is my favorite time of the day. Best feeling ever!
Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: I am a part of a team that cares about my progress and well-being. I have so much support from this group and I don’t have to worry about judgement. Beyond grateful for Jenna, Katrina, and everyone who has joined me in this journey along the way ♥️
We are so grateful for and proud of you Christina! Keep up the great work!