Kirkwood Member of the Month: Norman P.

Our member of the month, Norman P.,  is someone who if you don’t know yet you probably have heard hollerin’ across the room, “let’s go!” during a tough set of tempo push-ups or giving a loud clap after a completed round. Not only is he the evening encourager, but he’s also been getting stronger and stronger in each class he’s comes to. He’s made it a mission to keep his consistency in attendance, even if that means coming fresh out of work and changing into his workout clothes in the gym bathroom. He’s here to show us that even with a busy schedule, it can be done ya’ll! So if you see Norman in class, give him a sweaty high five for making Member of the Month and maybe a nice loud “Way to go Norman!” during a workout. Read below to learn more about this cool Panther fan!

Hometown: Dalton GA

Age: 53

Occupation: Human Resources, Wells Fargo

When did you first start FitWiting? In October I will be TWO years. I was laid off at the bank and needed to get my head and body in a better place for the job search.

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:

I grew up playing organized baseball with some football and soccer mixed in. I also worked at the Dalton Parks & Rec Department for four years as a coach and coordinator of youth sports. But, from the standpoint of working out, I fell in love with weightlifting during my freshman year in high school and did that regularly for years. I’ve also participated in many Peachtree Road Races and a few half marathons.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting FitWit?

The first few months after joining FitWit, I could tell the difference. Muscle tone improved, stamina improved,  and I lost 25 pounds! My blood pressure also went down, which was a huge plus. I was in-between jobs at the time and was able to put my mental and physical health as my top priority.

Now here’s my sob story. I did get a new job which although really good, was sedentary and at times required a lot of hours making it hard to get all my workouts during the week. I also wasn’t making the best nutrition choices at breakfast or lunch, and I started to put the weight back on.

A quick fast forward to the present, I started to get back on my FitWit workout routine. Because of it, I’m maintaining my weight, getting stronger, and going up and down the stairs without getting winded. Trust me, that’s an accomplishment. I owe FitWit a lot as my working out helped substantially. Even in the social realm, I’m able to keep up with my wife Ginger and our active group of friends when we go hiking! 🙂

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that were totally unexpected?

It’s probably me being committed and taking the time to take care of myself and getting those workouts in when I can as well as the community aspect.

My history of working out has been primarily by myself. Outside of getting a spot on the bench press, where you didn’t need anyone else there. With FitWit, it’s cool to work-out as a group or finding that partner to do a partner workouts together. I always appreciate Connie or John pushing me to do more, and my wife pushing me to do more when I’m attending her classes. Heck for that matter, I appreciate the group pushing me to do better.

Why do you FitWit?

My wife forces me to,  just kidding! But she does encourage me to go as often as possible.  🙂 FitWit has kept me grounded, health and fitness are both important to me.

I also have a five-year-old granddaughter, and that takes a lot of energy. Without FitWit, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with her. I’d like to be around for another 50 years so that I can see her grow up and that means taking better care of myself.

Favorite workouts?

Any upper bodywork with the kettlebell(s) gives me nostalgia from back in my weightlifting days. I’ve always focused mostly on the upper body and very little on legs aside from running. BUT as much as I don’t like squats, split squats, lunges of any kind, etc. those exercises have probably been the most important in getting my base and core stronger. We have to keep doing those so forgive me in advance if you hear something come out of my mouth that’s not so nice when we are in the middle of it. I’m working on that…

Least favorite workouts?

Burpees. Need I say more?

Three words to describe you:

loud, boisterous, friendly.

Any favorite FitWit moments?

Nothing specific, or I should say not any one event. But I would call out the hooting and hollering that sometimes takes place in the evening classes or on Saturdays between several of us.

Ashton, John, Vijay, and others really join in with me, and I appreciate that. On Saturday mornings, it’s Connie, Karen, or Murky. It’s a lot of fun vs. working out in silence. My thing is, if you’re working out, feeling good and feeling motivated, sometimes you just have to yell or encourage others. That helps me because most of the time, I’m the one struggling with the workout. I would rather have fun and encourage others while also going through the same thing they are.

Fitness Goals?

My fitness goals are the fundamentals. It’s making sure that I make time to work-out, at least 3-4 times per week.

Words to live by?

Every minute of every day gives you one more opportunity to turn your life around.

Something cool we don’t know about you? 

I’m married to Ginger, Trainer at FitWit. That’s cool, right? J We have one daughter Sarah Ann and one granddaughter, Macey. I’m a member of the DeKalb County Animal Advisory Board for District 4, and I’m also a member of Georgia State University’s Panther Athletic Club Advisory Board. As a public service announcement, make sure you are getting those pets spayed and neutered. And instead of getting one of those high priced dog breeds, try giving the DeKalb Animal Shelter a try. There are hundreds, yes hundreds, of animals to choose from, and they would all love a forever home. 

Lastly, if you went to Georgia State, come out and tailgate with me sometime, bring the family and catch a game. I may have some free tickets waiting for you.  A lot is going on at GSU, and I would love to show you! Oh, and children ten and under get in free to both football games and basketball games, I’m sure they would enjoy Pounce Town. So come on!!

Anything else you’d care to share?

Each and every trainer here is awesome. I love you all. 🙂 A special shout out to the evening trainers Renell, Sean, and Sandybell. Thank you for putting up with the whining and pushing me to do more day in and day out.  You all are the best!