This month’s member of the month is Leann Schaffnit! Leann is a 25 year old teacher and moved to Galesburg a little over a year ago and has loved it since. She loves working out through kickboxing and is a part of groups like Stay at Home Strong and All Ages Strong. She recently finished up her 12 week program with Jenna and it has helped her improve on her relationship with fitness and overall wellness. Learn more about Leann Below!
Q: What got you started working out?
A: I’ve been on a yo-yoing fitness journey for a long time but The Strength Collective has helped me find what works best for me. Kickboxing is so fun and there are so many classes offered that are super accessible for people at all fitness levels.
Q: How many days per week do you typically work out? What groups are you a part of?
A: Currently 5 days a week! I do kickboxing, Stay at Home Strong, And All Ages Strong! I’m just finishing up my first 12 week program with Jenna and it has been life changing for my relationship with fitness, wellness, and my body.
Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: I have to pick one? I love kickboxing but my controversial take is that I ACTUALLY LIKE wall sits!
Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Frozen mango! It feels like ice cream but it’s just mango:)
Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Being sore afterwards. Honestly, once you figure out where it fits into your schedule you just don’t let yourself cancel the appointment!
Q: What keeps you motivated to workout regularly?
A: All the little wins! Exercises get easier, I can move my body in new ways, I choose heavier weights, etc.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started at the gym?
A: Stop thinking and just do it. It’s never going to be the “perfect time”. The perfect time is now because it’s on your mind!
Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started that you can do now?
A: A PROPER PUSHUP, also I can touch my knee to my elbow while doing bird-dogs now which was more exciting than I imagined!
Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Despite all of the workout successes I mentioned earlier, probably my commitment and consistency with what I eat. Jenna taught me how to count my macros and the best way to eat to still LOVE what you eat as well as keeping up with working towards your goals!
Q: What goals are you working on right now?
A: I’m still working on losing fat (it doesn’t happen overnight) and getting stronger. A big goal of mine is to not need to modify any exercises in my workouts.
Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I’m a vegetarian and I still hit my protein goals every day!
Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: I love the community vibe and when I moved to Galesburg a little over a year ago I knew I needed a smaller gym and I could not be happier with the family I’ve built here. I know that I matter here and that there’s always a bunch of people celebrating my goals WITH me!
Thank you for being an awesome member Leann!