Give a big air high five to our August Member of the month, Chrissie K.! If you’re a regular 7 am’er like her, you’ll know that she’s a member that shows up consistently, full of determination and always gives it her best shot. Read below to learn more about this awesome member of the FitWit Fam!
Hometown: Born in Port Angeles, WA, and with a dad in the Coast Guard, we moved every 2-5 years – I went to 6 different elementary schools through the 6th grade. I’ve lived in Washington, Alaska, Michigan, California, Alabama, and Virginia. Then ventured out on my own, and settled in Atlanta in 2000 – at this point, Atlanta is my hometown as I have never lived anywhere as long as I have here – breaking the 10-year barrier was big, but 20 is huge! Roots…
When did you first start FitWiting? January 2017 – I had two kids between 2013 & 2015, broke my wrist in Summer 2016, and moved to Oakhurst in Fall 2016. With friends and clients raving about FitWit, I joined not long after to see if I could regain some of my pre-kiddo/injury fitness.
Tell us about your sports & fitness background: I grew up playing soccer and running – sports have always been a big part of my life. I ran cross country/track through high school and played soccer through college, and then in a women’s league here in Atlanta for 15 years afterward.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting FitWit? As a youngster, I worked out to work out, training for sports, without thinking big picture as much. FitWit has given me a much broader definition of fitness with regards to how I move, what I eat, and the long term effects. So I would honestly say FitWit has had more of an impact on my mind and how I approach and see my goals when it comes to health more than anything else.
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that was totally unexpected? The nutrition component was definitely surprising for me – I had not come close to focusing yet on what/how/when I ate when I started at FitWit. Early on, I did one of the nutrition challenges, and it was eye-opening. I have probably done Whole30 through a nutrition challenge at FitWit 6 or 7 times over the years – it helps me reset and check myself. I finally convinced my husband to do the last one with me, and doing it together and supporting each other helped me achieve my best results to date (and his too :-). Of course, we have pandemic yo-yo’d, but now that he has been through it with me, we have a better-aligned approach on how to re-approach. I have finally realized it is all about what I put in my body at my age, which is definitely depressing, but FitWit has also given me the tools to understand what works to help me feel good and stay healthy.
Why do you FitWit? I was at the beach two weeks ago and my five year old “couldn’t” get from the house to the beach because of his shoes! His shoes! I carried him on my back and two beach bags like a farmer carry and said the words out loud to him: this is why Mommy goes to the gym in the mornings. That being said, there are so many reasons – the community, the consistency, the camaraderie – all factor why this gym works for so many people. Everybody is there for different reasons personally, but the combined effort is inspiring.
I have worked out in many different gyms over the years, and as good as the workout is at FitWit, the community is better. This is a gym full of people who want to grow, no matter what their starting point is or their end goal – it’s a living growth-mindset, and that is pretty special to be around.
Favorite workouts? Most of them honestly – tempo strength, anything with kettlebells, and I love those interval workouts where you have to transition quickly. It’s the ones that you can barely catch your breath before you have to head into the next round – pushing yourself through slam balls and wall sits where you don’t think you will make it. Still, at that point, it’s just mental, and so how strong is your mind?!??!!
Least favorite workouts? Two Words: FAN BIKE (COVID silver lining realized)
Three words to describe you: Competitive, Creative, Alliterative
Any favorite FitWit moments? Team Games (why am I always on Team Good??? Good always loses to Evil!!!). Snarky comments in the middle of a long hold that make you laugh and break it. There are a lot of sharp wits at FitWit.
Fitness Goals? My last big goal was to complete a marathon – it was always on my bucket list, but I ended up having kids first. I finally got to cross that off – I ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2018 and the Reykjavik Marathon in 2019. Now when people ask me what I’m training for, I always answer “life”. Because at this point, I want to feel good about myself, clear my head through my exercise “me time”, and keep up with my young kids!
Anything else you’d care to share? I ruptured my plantar on mile 22 of the Reykjavik Marathon – I felt it the second it happened. I also finished, which was admittedly pretty dumb, but I didn’t train for a marathon in an Atlanta summer to go to Iceland and not finish it (see, competitive, above, plus it could have just been a cramp?). When I came back, after a bout in a boot, I returned to the gym. I have been almost entirely non-impact since (it will be a year at the end of August). I am probably at my strongest and possibly more fit now than I have been in my adult life – all non-impact. The FitWit program works for everyone, no matter whether you can run, jump, electric-slide, or not. The coaches genuinely care and will get you to your place of success – so I will finish with a big thank you to them and my fellow FitWitters.