“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” – William Shakespeare
It’s time to announce our Honest Community Standout for the month of July! We hold every single Honest client dear to our hearts, so once a month we like to choose one of them who really stands out. They stand out by consistently showing up and pushing even when it’s hard. They encourage those around them with their determination and spirit. They help make Honest the wonderful studio it is.
With no further ado, here is our standout for July!
Congratulations Jennifer Inaldo!
Jennifer might be petite but she is strong and powerful and brings genuine joy to the studio. She works hard every single time, usually while wearing a sweet smile on her face. She was nominated by Trainer Michelle. Here’s what Michelle had to say:
“I chose Jen because she holds the key ingredient to success in health and fitness, and that is CONSISTENCY. Jen consistently shows up for class rain or shine, with a smile on her face and pigtails in her hair. She always puts 100% effort into her training, laughs at my jokes, and appreciates my playlists! She is a true joy to have in class and as a part of our Honest Community.”
I had a nice little chat with Jen about what helps her stay motivated. Here’s what she had to say.
What brought you to Honest?
My Physical Therapist. I’ve been recovering from knee surgery and was looking for a way to integrate exercise back into my routine that would help build back some lost muscle. My PT Shawn at PDX Bodyworks recommended starting with spin classes at Honest and I eventually graduated to circuit classes.
What were your initial fitness and health goals?
I had a pretty robust workout routine before surgery for torn cartilage in my left knee. It may have been TOO robust (overtraining with shoddy form was probably the cause of my injury). My goal when I started at Honest was to get back to my workouts without aggravating my knees or re-injuring myself.
How long have you been training at Honest?
How often do you train?
3x a week.
What changes have you noticed since you started working out at Honest? (Both physically and mentally)
My knee is so much better! My range of motion has improved and I can see marked progress in how much lower I can go in squats and lunges. I’m also more level headed and less agitated during the work week. Endorphins are real!
What motivates you during a particularly tough workout?
Music. Michelle has the best playlists!
What is your favorite thing about working out at Honest?
The people. I moved to Portland last year and had to say goodbye to a great fitness community. I didn’t think I’d find a place that would live up to my previous fitfam but I’m glad I was wrong. Everyone I’ve encountered at Honest has been great and the instructors are genuine and invested in helping you reach your goals.
What are your long term fitness and health goals?
My goals have drastically changed over the years. My goal used to be a Size 8 but now I want to increase the # of push ups I can do from my toes. I want to increase my plank time. I want keep my blood sugar below that pre-diabetic number. I want to be able to do a burpee when I’m 80. You know, all the important stuff.
What advice do you have for other Honest clients to help them get the most out of the experience?
Do you. Always do you. What everyone else in the room is doing doesn’t matter. Feed off of people’s good energy and always do what feels right for your body.
What is your favorite fitness move or exercise?
Push Ups! It’s because it’s something I’ve actively worked on. I remember an old gym teacher in school telling me it was ok to do ‘girl pushups’ during a fitness test and I never got over it. (I hope the term ‘girl pushup’ has been banished forever!) When I started really focusing on strength training (instead of hours of mindless cardio on an elliptical machine) the push up was the first thing I wanted to conquer.
What is a fitness move or exercise that really challenges you?
ROPES! The battle ropes really kill me. Whenever I see them out for a circuit class I die inside a little but I know it’s for my own good to just do it!
What is something interesting about you that most people don’t know?
I obsessively collect water bottles. Like hydroflasks, camelbaks, nalgenes, kleen kanteens, that kind of water bottle. It may be more weird than interesting. There is a water bottle/foam roller hybrid out there called a Mobot and I’m trying to convince myself it’s ridiculous but I still want it.
Congratulations again Jennifer! You deserve it! Thank you for being an inspiration and a bright light in the Honest community! I’d also like to add that Jennifer got her water bottle/foam roller hybrid Mobot for her birthday recently and it’s just as awesome as she is 🙂
Want to join Jennifer and the rest of the Honest fit family in kickass spinn classes, circuits and bootcamps? Why not start today? Your first week is free! Sign up here! You won’t regret it.