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Honest Community Standout: Roma Peyser!

“There is an eloquence in true enthusiasm” – Edgar Allan Poe

As we round third base of this splendid month of June we want to take the time to thank all of our delightful fitness friends that make up the community at Honest Small Group Training. You enchanting people really are the best and you need to know it. Every month we select a client who has that extra little something, who brings wonderful energy to the classes and who always leaves a nice puddle of sweat after each workout. It’s always so hard to choose just one because you all make us so darn proud, but we managed to narrow it down.

*Drumroll please*

Congratulations to the fabulous Roma Peyser for being selected as our Honest Community Standout! 

Roma was nominated by Coach Keith who had this to say:

“I chose Roma because she is my “wooper and “hollerer”.  She works really hard in class, she is positive and enthusiastic and always has a smile on her face…plus she laughs at my jokes.”

I had a chat with miss Roma herself and was able to find out a little more about what it was that made her such a pleasure to train. Here’s a look at our girl talk.

What brought you to Honest?

I had been looking for a new studio after my boot camp closed. My two criteria were that it had to be near my house in NE Portland and it had to offer a boot camp. I’d heard about Honest and then a friend who had recently started going to Honest raved about the studio. I live literally 3 minutes away and love being able to get to the studio quickly after I get home from work.

What were your initial fitness and health goals?

I had foot surgery at the end of December 2015 and my hope was that I could get back to doing a boot camp style workout 3-4 times per week. It hurt my foot too much when I tried, so I decided to take a spinn class – which I had not done for 17 years. I found out that not only do I LOVE it, my foot no longer hurts!

How long have you been training at Honest?

I started in early March.

How often do you train?

3x/week – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday.

What changes have you noticed since you started working out out at Honest? (Both physically and mentally)

I look forward to working out and I love the way I feel after I work out.  My legs are getting stronger.

What motivates you during a particularly tough workout?

I try to “chunk out” (highly technical term) the class and look forward to the recovery songs – so about every 20 minutes I know it’s coming and I can push just a bit more to then get the reward of recovery.

What is your favorite thing about working out at Honest?

My first class – 90 minutes – with Paisley was incredible and I have enjoyed every class she teaches. She is motivating and upbeat and her classes go by fast. I like Keith’s spirit and his style of teaching. He is funny (although I did tell him I’m easily entertained), has great music and is very approachable and understanding of all levels of skill. Plus his spin parties are the best!

What are your long term fitness and health goals?

I would like to lose the inches and lbs I put on due to my foot surgery and continue to work out at Honest a minimum of three days a week. I need a high energy workout to motivate me and it needs to be a part of my daily and weekly routine.

What advice do you have for other Honest clients to help them get the most out of the experience?

I think the instructors make the studio and Honest has great instructors. It is important to advocate for yourself and adjust, modify and elevate what is being asked of you physically to continue to improve and meet your personal goals. Goals are key! Setting personal benchmarks, having an idea of what an accomplishment/achievement looks and feels like, and trying new things to stretch your comfort level. Then resetting your goals so you’re not bored or feeling less motivated. <—Heck yeah!

What is your favorite fitness move or exercise?

Well, I use to really like everything a boot camp circuit had to offer – but since I have transitioned to spinning that is now my favorite. I do hope to get back to circuit workouts in the fall as well.

What is a fitness move or exercise that really challenges you?

Lunges, due to my foot surgery, were the most challenging.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

à chacun son goût: my mother (a French major in college) always said this.  Translation: “To each his own taste”. 

Congratulations again Roma! Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and dedication!

Ready to see what’s so great about Honest’s circuits and spinn classes? Come on down! Here’s a free week on us.

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