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ABsolute AllStar, September 2017: Kim Machan

Each month at ABsolute Fitness, we highlight one of our members who has put extraordinary effort into his or her fitness to such a level that their energy is contagious and spreads to others throughout the gym.

Meet Kim Machan, our member of the month.

How long have you been training at ABsolute Fitness?
I have been a member for approximately 3 months now. 

What got you interested in fitness?
I have always had an interest in fitness but didn't have the confidence to approach a trainer to help set me on the right path. This year I found I was not feeling the way I should for my age. I would joke I felt like a 60 year old woman despite being early 40s. I was uncomfortable, tired all the time, my self confidence was low and I didn't feel I was setting a very good example for my children. The combination of all of those things, pushed me to take the necessary steps, despite being out of my comfort zone, to regain control of my health and wellness. 

How do you find/make time to get your workouts in?
Planning ahead helps. Knowing which times of the day are best for me to get that hour in to get my workouts done. I have come to learn that my health will always trump housework too! My housework can wait. If I have to leave things a bit messy, so be it. I use the time I have to ensure I have time to keep my focus on my health. My loved ones won't care if my "chores" aren't done but they will care that I am healthy, happy and going to be around for many years to come! I also continually remind myself that just like I will make time for the people I love, I need to do the same for myself. No excuses. 

What tip(s) would you offer someone who is just starting out?
Stick with it. You won't regret it. Love yourself enough to know you are worth the effort. The beginning is difficult. You'll be sore and may even question if you can do it. Trust me, you can. Have faith in the process. That's what it is. A process. As each week goes by you will get stronger and stronger. You will see more and more progress. You won't feel as fatigued, your energy will increase, you will see yourself doing things you didn't think you would ever be able to do. lol. The more you stick with it, the more your confidence in yourself builds. That in and of itself is amazing motivation. You will start to see small changes in your body, how your clothes fit etc. I promise you, if you stick with it, you will be SO glad you did! 

What is your current workout routine?
I train with my personal trainer Liliana. We get together 3 times a week for strength and resistance training. I also do 20-30 minutes of the treadmill as a warm up, prior to these sessions. On the days I am not training with Liliana, I do moderate cardio. I aim for 30 minutes on the treadmill. Some days I get more. I have recently also started adding some of the techniques Liliana has taught me, at home on the weekend. Once a week I also meet with Liliana for 30 minutes as she guides me through the treatment plan prescribed by ABsolute Fitness's Physiotherapist. 

In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of exercising?
There is no possible way I could list solely one benefit. It is the accumulation of multiple benefits that make it the biggest one. I feel more energetic, I don't feel insecure in my own skin, I feel a sense of pride in myself that has been missing for a long time now, my clothes feel so much better, I am no longer lethargic and achy, my family notices how happy I am which in turn affects them too in such positive ways. The physical and mental changes that have taken place in only 3 months, are definitely the biggest benefit. 

How has being a member at ABsolute Fitness helped you on your fitness journey?
I was incredibly nervous joining a gym. I had wanted to for some time but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I finally made up my mind to step out of my comfort zone and just do it. Liliana, through the grapevine, heard I wanted to join a gym. She reached out to me and it was a life changing message! Her encouragement got me there. The environment at ABsolute Fitness is so friendly. The members always offering a smile and some encouragement. The staff are courteous and helpful. Their knowledge and expertise has helped make my journey so far, a fairly easy transition.

Liliana instantly felt like a friend I have known for years. Any and all anxiety I had, was quickly eliminated. Their friendly environment and family feel, the continued encouragement, has helped me to stay focused and positive about the entire process. I will forever be thankful I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined.

I can't say enough positives about it.