Steeven Smith April Member of the Month at The Strength Collective

Steeven is a 48-year-old Grocery Stock Clerk who is retired from the Army.

Q: What got you started working out?
A: One of my friends got me started working out when I was deployed in the military, It was a great way to keep in shape and to make time go by.

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

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: Bench Press

Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Tru-Mass Chocolate/Peanut Butter shake

Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: The most challenging thing about working out to me is just getting to the gym. After work if I don’t get right to the gym, I will lose all drive and motivation to go. So I have my stuff ready, get home, grab and go. If I sit down, game over.

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: My Wife, definitely. We have been married for a year now and together for five. She is my rock and my best friend. We are both pushing 50 and I want to stay healthy and be around a long time to spend with her.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: Develop and follow a plan. Know your limitations and strengths. And don’t overdo it to the point of injury.

Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: I like being able to make and follow a workout plan. I couldn’t do that when I started due to the ever-changing schedule of the military. I normally just squeezed in whatever I could, whenever I could.

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Staying the course and staying at it all these years.

Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: I’m working on implementing more cardio into my workout program. I am not a fan of it, but I know it needs to be done.

Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: Most may not know that I served in the US Army Infantry on active duty for nearly 25 years with 5 combat deployments.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?
A: I love the small gym feeling: where you recognize everyone in there and it never really gets busy to the point where you have to wait on a machine or equipment. The 24hr access is a great perk and of course the dogs.

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