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Mar

2018 March: Jaymie Pollak

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Jaymie PollakI am…. perpetually sore. I love it!
I like… funny t-shirts, British humor, traveling, books, music, airplanes, workouts that have ‘rests’ in them
I dislike… running, mayo, and the word ‘moist’
I eat… much better than I used to!
I will… see you at the gym tomorrow?

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom who likes to volunteer on a regular basis with charitable organizations. I am a singer in a band and currently take classical voice lessons. I love traveling, adventure, and I’m never afraid to try new things.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
After moving back to Dayton from London, England with my family, my diet and exercise routine had gone by the wayside. I was tired, depressed, and unhealthy. In September 2016, I saw an ad on Facebook one night for the New You Challenge, and signed up. I even kept it a secret from my husband for awhile because I was worried that he would think CrossFit was too extreme for me. (Obviously he didn’t, because he’s a member of CCF now, too.) After the rude awakening of my first New You class (I almost threw up), I wondered if I made the right decision. I finished two New You sessions and never looked back. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
When I first started, one of my first goals was to be able to run around the building one time! I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve hit numerous weightlifting PRs; hitting a 200 pound back squat was a recent achievement. Surviving a mock weightlifting competition was another. My new goals are getting that first pull-up and climbing that darn rope.

What is your favorite movement?
Clean and jerk. I feel like I learn something with every new attempt.

What is your least favorite movement?
Overhead squats.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
“Have a good time, all the time.” — Viv Savage, Spinal Tap

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
DO IT. Just get yourself to the gym, three times a week. Make good food choices. The rest will fall into place.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
I love that I can go to a class any time of day and I will have a coach that can scale a WOD so I can complete a great workout. I love the positive atmosphere and camaraderie amongst athletes and coaches. Life can be hard, but having a great ‘box’ sure does help. 🙂

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Feb

2018 February: Olivia McDaniel

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I am…. very passionate and maybe a little too competitive 😉
I like… dancing, horror movies and being in the woods or on the open ocean.
I dislike… the word “silly”, meatloaf, and when I completely botch a workout.
I eat… very clean and strict mostly, but I would eat cupcakes everyday if I could!
I will… absolutely never give up on my goals.

Tell us a little bit about yourself…
I own Performance Gymnastics Academy in Kettering, so that keeps me very very busy! My competitive team girls have my whole heart. Whenever I do have time off, I pack up my two little dachshunds and we head back down South to the Carolinas to see family and friends!

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and Crossfit in general?
I was recommended to try Crossfit by a coach friend of mine because of my gymnastics background. I tried a few gyms in the area, but I fell in love with the atmosphere and people of CCF from the first class I took.

What goals have you achieved and what are your new ones?
I was insanely excited to get a ring muscle-up and to clean #135! My new goals are to just get a lot better at lifting, try a competition and work my way into the Advanced Group 🙂

 

What is your favorite movement?
Anything that is strictly body weight and/or involves gymnastic movements! haha!

What is your least favorite movement?
Snatches… good gracious they may be the death of me!

What is your favorite quote or words to live by:
“Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work”

Do you have any advice to any new members or someone thinking about joining?
This is the greatest type of workout I’ve done since I was a college gymnast. I love that we are always learning and getting better every week. Not only is it great for physical fitness, but it is my stress reliever and one of my absolute favorite things to do. No matter your background, just get in and try it! I promise you will love it! Plus, at CCF we are a family and a support system.

What do you love about Centerville Crossfit?
The passion and knowledge of the coaches. Everyday they motivate me to push harder than I thought I could. I look forward to going to workout every single day. I am so grateful for CCF and all the people in it. Y’all are the best!!!

 

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Jan

2018 January: Olivia Andries

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I am…probably overthinking this because I am so surprised to be chosen for this.

I like…learning new things, watching Netflix and reading a good book.

I dislike… well…I am not going to tell you because in my experience it usually results in my dislikes being used against me.

I eat…what I want as long as Mitch approves.

I will…be going back to school within the next couple of months, which I am absolutely terrified and excited for.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…
I recently graduated from UD and while I have been trying to figure out the next step in my life, I have been working in a lab doing chemical testing.

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
I had been interested in starting crossfit for a few years but was never brave enough to start. So my mom found an advertisement for the New You Challenge – which I had no desire to join – but my mom wanted to give it a chance and I joined it with her so she would not have to do it alone. Needless to say, I am hooked and have not looked back.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
I didn’t know I had a goal of doing a handstand, until Spencer made me try it one class – now all I want to do is do handstands.
My current goals are to be able to do a strict pull-up and gain more confidence in overhead movements.

What is your favorite movement?
The clean – for sure, but I also like a lot of the weightlifting movements.

What is your least favorite movement?
Anything I am not good at, but particularly BURPEES. I am not graceful enough to fling myself onto the ground and get back up again quickly – though I am getting better.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
I don’t really have a favorite quote or words to live by, but I hear this very frequently — Consistency is key.

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
Just do it, you will not regret it.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?
I love the community and the support system that is found at Centerville Crossfit. Everyone wants each other to succeed and they push you to reach your fullest potential and go further.

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Dec

2017 December: Jaimee Moore

By: Richie 1 Comment

I am…. always late to the gym
I like… coffee, SQUATS, mimosas
I dislike… the triple jump
I eat… all the donut cake
I will… work hard

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?
I used to work right by the gym and I would drive past CCF about 4 times/day and I was curious. I started with boot camp classes because I didn’t even understand what CrossFit was but a couple months later I started CF and have never looked back.

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?
I have achieved so much physically and mentally in the last 6 years at CCF. I found confidence and strength and I realized that with hard work and consistency I could accomplish any goals I set for myself. I started from the bottom with all movements and I have accomplished most of them that I have put in the time to work on. After having a baby a year and a half ago I had to kind of start over again from the ground up in many ways, which has been humbling for me but mostly I battle with time and consistency and often I don’t feel like an “athlete.” But it has been incredible to see what my body can do in the gym before, during and after a pregnancy! My current goal is to stay consistent in the kitchen and the gym.

What is your favorite movement?
Thrusters. Duh.

What is your least favorite movement?
Running. It always reminds me just how much I hate running.

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?
My favorite quote:“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.” George S. Patton

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?
DO IT.

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?  
Everything. Walking in the door to CCF was honestly the best thing I have ever done.

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Nov

2017 November: AJ Wallerstein

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I am….a meat head, who is good at picking things up and putting them back down.

I like…working out, eating, and sleeping. Everything else is just waiting to do those things.

I dislike…driving in the snow and having to do yardwork, luckily I only have to deal with one at time…and shirts!

I eat…pretty much everything. You don’t get to be this big by skipping meals. I try to eat healthy but occasionally my diet gets away from me.

I will…happily give assistance to anyone who asks for it.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

Originally from Los Angeles CA, I moved here when I was a young child. For the record, I am still a young child and I moved here like 5 years ago.   I played offensive line at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and now am a Captain in the Air Force and a Physicist by trade. Currently, I am working to get my PhD in applied physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (like right now! I am filling this out at work.) I also coach high school football at Fairborn High School. Outside of my two jobs and the gym, there is not a whole lot of time but I usually spend it watching TV or playing games.

 

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?

I was told there would be cake. But seriously, I miss the intensity and competition that I used to have every day while playing football. This does a decent job filling that void, like no other workout regime.

Centerville Crossfit is the best gym in the area, especially for those who want to play the sport of crossfit.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

I never thought I would be able to do muscle ups or handstand pushups and I am amazed every time I flip upside down and find that I can do them.

My current goal is to help the CCF team make regionals this season, that’s all I am focusing on!

 

What is your favorite movement?

Rowing, it’s one of the few movements where it helps to be tall

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Chest to bar pull-ups

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Perfection is the enemy of greatness.” No one is perfect, everyone is gonna make mistakes, that doesn’t stop you from being great.

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

I think everyone will like Crossfit once they try it, so don’t be intimidated by the people you see on TV or Instagram, we think they are freaks too.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

Mitch Lyons’ famous hugs

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Oct

2017 October – Miranda Conner

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Complete the sentence:

I am… ME, confident, strong, a wife, and a mother

I like… coffee, challenges, dark chocolate, all things pumpkin

I dislike… loud noises, crowded places, clutter and disorganization, being idle, and talking about myself

I eat… pretty healthy.

I will… eventually have that corner office!

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I have two awesome kids. You probably have met my son at one of the evening classes. My daughter plays soccer.   I have also been married for 15 years to Mike Conner.

 

I spent some time in the USAF as a B-52 crew chief and a maintenance coordinator, followed that with a brief stint in advertising and then as an emergency dispatcher. I am now a Program Manager and the Business Team Lead at the University of Dayton Research Institute.

 

I don’t really have a whole lot of hobbies outside of Crossfit. I enjoy reading and am getting ready to go back to school to get my MBA. I enjoy learning and challenging myself.

 

What brought you to Centerville Crossfit and CrossFit in general?

Before Crossfit, I had run multiple half marathons and one marathon, always looking to change it up, I did a Warrior Dash then decided to do a Tough Mudder. It was during training for the Tough Mudder in 2011 that I discovered Crossfit and found Centerville Crossfit was right around the corner.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Double unders were my nemesis. It took me 2 painful years to string them together and now I can do 150ub.

A 200lb jerk would be pretty cool and being able to do muscle ups on ALL the rings, not just the ones off the rig.

 

What is your favorite movement?

Power Cleans, Jerks, double unders

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Burpees, thrusters, wall balls…..I can’t pick just one

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

My favorite words to live by are from the guy who used to stand at the corner of 48 and Alex-Bell on Mondays holding a motivational sign, they are“Those Who Risk – Win”. Another one of my favorites is “What is the worst that could happen?”

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Just give it a chance. The beauty about Crossfit is that anyone can do it, no matter the age or capability.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

The coaches and the community are the best. I have met some awesome people and made some great friends at Centerville Crossfit.

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Sep

2017 September: Tracy Robbins

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I am… so glad I started doing CrossFit!

I like… wine and chocolate and traveling to places that have wine & chocolate (I see Italian wine and chocolate gelato in the near future). I like it when the coaches play music I’ve heard of.

I dislike… shopping. Losing weight this year has forced me to go shopping a lot and that’s not fun at all, but it’s fun wearing smaller sizes. I also dislike it when my kids don’t want to hear about what I did at my workout…but I tell them anyway.

I eat… anything I want on Friday and Saturday nights; having that to look forward to keeps me on track the rest of the week.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

My husband, Dave (just joined CCF), and I have 3 kids in their 20’s who all live in Columbus; the youngest attends OSU. I work at WPAFB.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I was looking for something to do during the week that would also improve my health. Then last September a friend asked me to do the “New You Challenge”. I was very skeptical after I saw online what people do at CrossFit. I thought you had to be in good shape before starting CrossFit and I was too old, too out of shape, too overweight and thought I may get injured trying to do those things. I had an LA Fitness membership but I just couldn’t ever get motivated to go so I decided to try CrossFit.

 

What goals have you achieved?

I wanted to be able to do a sit-up, get up off the floor easier, and go up and down stairs easier…very basic things. I can easily do all those now. I got a lot stronger, lost 5.5% body fat and 24 pounds in the past 5 months (after “doing the food” part). My blood work #’s also improved a lot due to a good diet and exercise…without any medication.

 

What are your new ones?

I want to lose more body fat, deadlift my body weight and do a Double Under…just one…no need to overdo it!

 

What is your favorite movement?

Anything I’m doing now that I couldn’t do a year ago. I couldn’t jump rope, do a sit-up, box jump or a burpee. In recent workouts I did 120 sit-ups, jump roped 450 times, did lots of burpees and did my 1st box jump. So those are my favorite movements (except for the box jump).

 

What is your least favorite movement?

The bike & anything with the bar that you have to get your elbows up (mine won’t go up).

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

I don’t really have a favorite quote but here’s one I hear a lot: “Go home, eat a meal (not just a protein shake), drink plenty of water (not bourbon), and get plenty of sleep”.

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

It doesn’t matter what your starting condition is or how old you are, you just start from wherever you are and get better. Yes, it’s hard. But if working hard just 3 hours a week makes every other hour in the week easier, then it’s definitely worth it. If you keep at it, you’ll see positive changes in all aspects of your life.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

I love the people, the coaches and learning new skills. I like how my coach encourages me to try new skills but also makes sure I’m not going to do anything to hurt myself. I like being around the positive, energetic people here and love how everyone is so supportive of each other no matter what your level is.

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Aug

2017 August: Kera Braun

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20170724_153805I am… the biggest dork you’ll ever meet.

I like… building computers, tinkering with mechanical stuff.

I dislike… the idea of jumping out of perfectly good planes. I won’t do it, I tell you!

I eat… better than I had before starting here!

I will… make you laugh at some point.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I’m pretty much the shiest person you’ll ever meet. However, once you do get to know me, you really can’t shut me up! Just ask my lovely husband. I’m one of the admins for a calibration company. For hobbies, I build computer rigs on the side. I also do a lot of graphic arts, drawing and sketching, writing, and in the spare time gaming and general life stuff.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

Actually, a friend of mine recommended to look into a CrossFit group in my area. I had broken my leg a couple years prior and was still having issues with it. I also had a lot of confidence issues. So, taking up on his advice, I decided to give it a look. I found several groups, but I came across Centerville CrossFit, and read up on them and decided to give it a try.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

One of the biggest goals I had beginning the program was to try to stop walking in pain and gain confidence back. Also wanted to gain some of the strength back I had when I used to play soccer. A year later and a lot of work and recommendations from the trainers I had, I’m pain free, walking with a bit more confidence, and still fail at juggling a soccer ball. But I guess I can kick it the length of the field again. : ) New goals are to continue getting better than I was yesterday, lose more weight, and maybe take over the world. Haven’t decided yet.

 

What is your favorite movement?

I have to pick one? Darn. Well, I guess if I ever say no to the deadlifting, I’m probably sick or something. Or someone’s put a clone in my place.

 

What is your least favorite movement?
I’m pretty sure if I say it out loud, my trainer is going to make me do it every day until it is no longer my least favorite.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.”

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Just do it! Even if you’re on the branch about it, or have maybe possibly considered it, then it’s worth trying.

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

I honestly like the community. As someone who takes time to warm up around people, I feel as though I was welcomed quite a bit and encouraged to continue not just by the trainers, but by the individuals who’ve at least came up and gotten to know me better.

 

 

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Jul

2017 July: Linda Riddle

By: Stewie 2 Comments

I am… totally surprised to be selected for this… I don’t really consider myself an “athlete”!!

I like… spending time with family, laying out in the sun (I know), playing with our dogs and watching the Bengals and UD play (and hopefully WIN!!)

I dislike… people who drive too fast, a dirty house and flying in a plane.

I eat… better than I ever have before! I do my best to follow the food plan, and feel a twinge of guilt when I stray off course.

I will… someday have a therapy dog and visit retirement homes and hospitals.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I have been married for 34 years to Ken, we have two great kids, Andrew and Jenn. When our kids were growing up I worked part time at Kettering Hospital (surgery scheduling) and later in two orthopedic surgeon’s offices. I was an avid volunteer at Centerville schools during those years doing everything from Market Day to selling soccer slides out of the trunk of my car for the cheerleaders. My sister had even gotten me a tee shirt that read, “Help! Stop me before I volunteer again!!” In 2009 my husband purchased the Arby’s/Lee’s on Far Hills and Whipp Rd. Five years later, in 2014, we had the opportunity (along with a long-time friend) to purchase an additional 12 Lee’s Famous Recipe restaurants in the Dayton area, bringing our total to 13 restaurants and 260+ employees. Today I do payroll for our company, Far Hills Development LLC, which includes Far Hills Catering. This year our company was named “Franchise of the Year” by Lee’s Famous Recipe.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

In 2015 my son started doing Tough Mudders (obstacles course challenges). In November 2016, he ran in his first World’s Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas… a 24 hour obstacle course race. He completed 50 miles and ran for over 21 hours straight!! His bib had a tracking number and from home we tracked his progress thru the night. He was truly an inspiration that he kept going and going, thru pain and fatigue. It made me think… I want to experience a Tough Mudder with him. I had seen the 6 week New You Challenge on Facebook before, and in December, there it was on my news feed again. I knew if I was going to do a Tough Mudder in June, I had to do something to get in shape and lose some weight. I joined the first 6 week challenge, did a second 6 weeks and then became a member.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

Since January I have lost 25 lbs, countless inches… and I completed my first Tough Mudder Half in June. 5 miles / 13 obstacles… it was an incredible time shared with my son and daughter, my sister and her son, my nephew and his wife and many of their friends. My new goal is a full Tough Mudder in June 2018. 10 miles / 20 obstacles. I definitely need to work on my upper body strength.

 

What is your favorite movement?

I really just enjoy all the different workouts…. from rowing to box jumps to attempting all the different weightlifting movements.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

That darn bike… and “superman” hold… ugh!!!

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

I have more than one:

  • “I don’t quit when I’m tired. I quit when I’m done.”
  • “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”
  • “Push yourself…because no one else is going to do it for you.”
  • “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do.” (Rikki Rogers)

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

Just do it!!! It may be totally out of your comfort zone, as it was for me. And it is hard work… but the results are so worth it. Truly… LIFE CHANGING!!!!!!

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

Working up a good sweat (seriously). The women in our group are every shape and size, yet we are all the same… sharing one goal. Be better than you were yesterday. The coaches and staff are great… super supportive and encouraging. Centerville CrossFit makes working out challenging and fun!

 

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Jun

2017 June: Katie Doyal

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I am… totally shocked to be selected for this… I feel super honored!

I like… learning new things, being outside, loving on animals, cooking, laughing, fast cars, craft beer…. and kettle chips!

I dislike… being late, slow drivers, snakes and kale.

I eat… a plant-based diet. I eat a lot, and often, and then I eat again.

I will… try to stay positive, no matter what.

 

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, hobbies, occupation, etc…

I was born and raised in the Dayton area and 95% of my family are in the area too. I’m an only child but have quite a large family – they’re great and I’m super lucky. I got married last year (Jeff), have two step-kiddos (Jess & Alex) and a Yorkie named Layla, who’s the love of my life (sorry hubs!). I love to cook and to share food with anyone and everyone. I also love to be outside for any reason – especially for bonfires! I went to UD (Go Flyers!) and graduated with a Business Admin and Communications degree. I’ve worked at Ball Aerospace supporting WPAFB for almost seven years. I am a Research Coordinator at AFRL working with a group that researches the human visual system. Animals are my true passion/love and if I could do it all over again I’d probably become a veterinarian. I’m also super into reading/learning about nutrition and would love to have a food/cooking blog.

 

What brought you to Centerville CrossFit and CrossFit in general?

I have always done some form of exercise but started to feel like I was losing motivation and was no longer seeing results. I saw the advertisement for the six week New You Challenge at Centerville CrossFit and thought I would give it a try. Needless to say, I loved it and joined after completing the six weeks. I’m looking forward to taking my fitness to the next level, and beyond, with CrossFit.

 

What goals have you achieved? What are your new ones?

I’ve only been a full-fledged member for about two months now but so far I’ve learned a lot and one of my immediate goals was to get over any apprehension about learning unknown movements. Prior to CrossFit, I had never done any Olympic lifting or gymnastics-type work and learning those movements has been both challenging and fun. I have many goals for the future; some of which are to be able to do strict pull-ups, rope climbs, and string together double-unders, to get over my fear of box jumps, and to maybe someday take part in the open.

 

What is your favorite movement?

Deadlifts and squats.

 

What is your least favorite movement?

Push-ups.

 

What is your favorite quote or words to live by?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

 

Do you have any advice to new members or someone thinking about joining?

For those thinking about joining: Seriously, just do it. It’s hard work but it’s so much stinking fun and it makes you feel like a million bucks. For new members: Don’t be intimidated or worry about what you CAN’T do. Focus on what you CAN do and work your tail off. There is no better feeling than completing a WOD, knowing you pushed yourself harder than before, and having that feeling of accomplishment! Here’s to fist bumps, sweat angels and Fran lung!

 

What do you love about Centerville CrossFit?

My favorite thing about Centerville CrossFit is the community. I honestly did not know what to expect and I have been so incredibly and pleasantly surprised. All the coaches, staff, and members go out of their way to make you feel included. The coaches are supportive, helpful and encouraging – they always make you feel good about what you can do and give you the confidence to do more and more each day. The members are welcoming and I already feel like I have many new friends. The energy within the community is infectious. It’s such a positive place to be – it absolutely makes me better.