When it was time to pick our next Athlete of the Month and the first of 2015 it was a pretty clear decision. We looked at attendance, intensity and consistency along with having a great attitude and showing up no mater the weather. Our pick for your January, 2015 A.O.M is Gelie Akhenblit. Below you will find out her story and why she takes her FITness to the next level at SICFIT Scottsdale.
How did you get started at SICFIT Scottsdale?
I kept seeing Jesse at networking events and finally told him I’d come in and check it out. So I did …
What made you come back after your first class?
I never considered NOT coming back. Everything about this format was new and exciting; I was hooked from day one.
What inspiration have you achieved through our coaching?
Whenever you can achieve new levels physically, you’re automatically propelled to do better with everything else in your life. It’s always inspiring to know you can do something you’ve never done before and the coaching program at SICFIT allows you to hit new strides constantly.
What has been your biggest reason for staying in FIT shape?
Besides looking good naked?? Working out has been a consistent part of my life for a while now … but knowing that I can learn something new and take it to that next level is what keeps me engaged, interested and motivated.
What are your next Goals?
I feel like I’m just getting started , so there should be many. But to narrow it down … I’d like to work on my double-unders.
What is your most challenging movement?
For whatever reason, I really dislike doing handstands … being upside down is just not my thing I feel out of control!
What are you best at?
I love a good run …
What do you love seeing on the program?
This one is tough to answer because I really truly enjoy the variety of everything. I’m right at that point where I’m familiar with most all of the movements, so now when they are programmed, I can actually do them. Before it was all about learning the form, understanding what I’m supposed to be doing, etc. But now I can get into the moment and see how far I can take it. I love it all … bring it!
If someone reading this is concerned about getting hurt or getting big what would you say to them?
I’m always concerned about getting hurt too … so I just took it really slow and that’s what I would suggest to others. When I first joined, the only thing I was concerned about was understanding the movements, how everything is supposed to feel, etc. That’s what I would suggest to others … take it slow until you feel like your’e at a good point to ramp up and then GO! As far as getting big, that hasn’t really been a concern because I know unless that’s a goal of mine, it’s not going to happen. But I have gotten some awesome definition!
“The transformation is real”
Gelie on the left below in 2000 and on the right below in 2014.