Congratulations to our Athlete of the Month for April, Stacey Allwein!  Stacey’s consistency and dedication is truly inspiring.  She has made significant progress in her health and encourages everyone around her.

What is your sports/fitness background?
Exercise has always been a part of my life. However, I was not consistent. My activity level ranged from aerobics to light weights & cardio, to Zumba, to triathlon training, to tennis, to spin class, and running. Not one activity was consistent for more than 4-6 months at a time. Running was my main form of exercise for several years until a very bad case of plantar fasciitis kicked in and grounded me. It took me over 1 year to heal and even then I had to be careful of flare up’s. I was able to perform very limited physical activity and gained a lot of unwanted weight.

What are your fitness goals?
My goals are to be healthy so that I can be active with my adult children and hopefully grandchildren someday.

What do you see as your greatest improvement?
I never imagined that I would be performing barbell workouts, so that in and of itself is a huge accomplishment for me. My goal for 2018 was for all my lifts to be in triple digits (over 100)……I hit most of them.

What is your favorite and least favorite workout?
My favorite workouts are those that include a heavy strength portion with a variation of moves.
My least favorite is heavy cardio……specifically the bike!

How has your experience at EC Health and Fitness affected your life?
I joined ECHF shortly after turning 50. I had been plagued with several injuries and had not had a regular exercise routine for quite a long time, and on top of that, hormones kicked in. I did not feel good about myself physically which affected me emotionally. I needed a change. I started Boot Camp in June of 2017. The classes were only offered at that time in the evenings on Mon/Wed/Fri for 8 weeks. I was committed to myself and did not miss one class! And for those that know me and my social life, this was a big deal and for me to miss social gatherings so I could work out!! I would come home on a Friday after class to a Happy Hour being hosted in my backyard! I gradually started to feel better, and started to see physical changes. The 8 weeks ended and my options were to continue boot camp in the evening or to start CrossFit. I chose to start CrossFit and I’m so happy that I did!! I started to block out time on my calendar to ensure that I made it to a workout at least 3 times a week.
Fast forward to today. I feel so much better mentally and physically. This has had a positive impact not only on me personally but on my family and my career. I make better eating choices and my family reaps the benefits of my good choices. They, too, are very focused on their health and wellness so it’s a win-win. This was/is not a “quick fix” for me but rather a commitment to myself and my family to improve on my overall well being. I’m in it for the long haul!

What’s your favorite ECHF memory so far?
This has to be during the CrossFit Games Open 19.2 and getting deeper into the work out. I was attempting to squat clean more than I had ever done in any single workout after doing several rounds of other movements The energy and support from the rest of the crew, along with a quick tip from a coach, I was able to do not only 1 but 2 squat cleans at what is now my new PR!!

In 1 word, summarize your ECHF experience.
Addictive (in a good way)