A huge clap up for one of our FitWit OG’s, Sarah Satola! We are recognizing Sarah as our Member of the Month for April for her dedication, passion, and drive. She has played a huge role in our evening classes by always bringing her best self to the workouts. Sarah exudes positive energy and extends her compassion to long term members and coaches, as well as to newbies and fresh staff. During strength rounds she stays focused and strives to push herself. She lights up when there is jump rope on the board, can banter back and forth with members and trainers, and all in all creates a fun and friendly dynamic in her classes. It has been awesome to watch Sarah become so much stronger and continue to challenge herself and grow. Way to go, Sarah!
Occupation: Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory (aka a research scientist)
When did you first start FitWit-ing? Before most of you were born. Honestly I can’t remember the year but we used the fields at Renfroe Middle School, you signed up for a 4 week session and when you completed it everyone made a tunnel and you ran through it and they gave you a ‘ FitWit ’ key chain (Now that was swag!)
Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
I tried out for cheerleading in the 8th grade, and was told I was too skinny and not coordinated. That about sums it up. But I did ice-skate competitively as a kid, played one year of basketball in high-school and one year of field hockey in college. Got into Yoga in my 40s and started doing triathlons at 55.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting FitWit?
I received a diagnosis of advanced osteoporosis recently and wanted to hold off on taking medicine and see if I could increase my bone density through weight bearing exercise. So I started coming in regularly to FitWit. The benefits of showing up regularly have changed so many things. In addition to helping with my bones, coming back to FW on a regular basis has reduced the stress in my work life, I feel so much stronger and have more energy. Oh and I found out I had glutes. No more dead butt syndrome (yes that’s a real thing).
What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that was totally unexpected?
Making FW fit into my schedule during the busiest of times at work has made me more efficient at my job and life in general.
Why do you FitWit?
The coaches and the evening crew are great: kind, fun, helpful, encouraging. But mostly for Renell’s music selections!
Strength and mobility and anything with a jump rope.
Least favorite workouts?
The ropes you don’t jump.
Three words to describe you:
Compassionate, friendly, generous
Any favorite FitWit moments?
Coming home with black rubber pellets down your pants from the artificial turf at Decatur HS. The year at the boys and girls club fields where I convinced my entire street to join and we’d ride our bikes there every evening. Laughing with the evening crew as the “band” across the streets plays REM’s “It’s the End of the World” for the 100th time. Hanging out after FW on Fridays evenings with everyone for beer at Sceptre.
Staying upright for another 25 years!
Words to live by?
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain” – Emily Dickinson
Something cool we don’t know about you?
I have lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium. I was an extra in the Hunger Games – they were looking for pale, thin people who looked like they could have lived underground in district 13 (I wasn’t going to FW much at the time- ha)
Anything else you’d care to share?
I am so grateful that the FW staff was able to keep things going safely during this past year when I needed to feel strong and sane more than ever. Thanks for coming out night after night Renell, Sandybell, LeeAnne.