Tessa Jones December Member of the Month

Tessa is a 29-year-old Communications Manager.

Q: What got you started working out?

A: Waaaaay back in the day, every Tuesday & Thursday, my dad would pick up my older siblings & I and take us to the YMCA to “workout” which was really just getting some shots up and walking around the track. That led into a sports career, so working out was a part of the regime. Now, being retired, I still love the endorphins working out provides and the feeling of moving my body and competing against myself. 

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

A: Typically, I’ll be in the gym 3x a week, that’s my sweet spot. I’ve do semi-private group training and private. I’ve taken a few kickboxing classes, but otherwise I get outside and walk or run when I’m not in the gym!

Q: What’s your favorite exercise?

A: HIIT workouts, specifically, battle ropes. They may not like me back, but it’s such a rush & reward!

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

A: VanDorn Nutrition Hydrate, Peach Mango flavored with an a Gala apple.

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

A: GETTING THERE! More than half the battle is setting the appointment & sticking to it when there’s so much going on, I want to sleep in, or I’m just not feeling it. Once I show up, it’s all uphill from there. 

Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?

A: The personal check-ins from Matt & Kat! The personal attention they give their clients is second to none and it truly holds me accountable. More so, they ensure the workouts work for ME whether I’m injured, traveling, or needing to switch it up. Having it tailored to what I need in that time is beyond helpful. Lastly, I have to give a shoutout to my accountability and life partner, Devon, who is just as competitive and prioritizes his health as much (if not more than) me. 

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

A: Start with just an introduction talk. Just 20 minutes. Then, set out the clothes the night before (in the towel warmer if you have one). Next, set the alarm. Find your accountability partner & send them a snap or photo when you make it to the gym (or just set it to your story). Slowly but surely you’ll start showing up each day. Make it as easy on yourself as possible by preparing beforehand. 

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

A: A Turkish Get-Up! I had never done the exercise before in my life, so it was quite the challenge!

Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: In 2015 I was in an ATV accident that changed my life. I had to switch my major from Kinesiology to Communication Studies because I couldn’t fulfill the physical requirements of some of the required classes. While in ICU for weeks, my dad would follow me in the hospital halls with a chair, just in case I fell or got too worn out. When I was released home, the goal was to walk to the end of the driveway, then to the mailbox, then around the block. Finally, just over a year later I was back in the gym and lifting once more. Since then, I haven’t looked back & have been able to become a stronger version of myself, though slowly, but surely. 

Q: What goals are you working on now?

A: Two major goals: 1) Being more consistent in getting to the gym (currently in my busy season & traveling, so it’s been more difficult.) 2) Enjoying running and eventually train for a half marathon!

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

A: I love cheering on marathon races!

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

A: At the Strength Collective, there’s constantly new faces joining the classes & you may not know one another, but you immediately are welcomed with words of encouragement & motivation – it’s a great environment to be a part of!

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