Saandybeforeandafter2015 300x300 Spotlight Series…Lutz Boot Camp Member, Sandy Knight!

Another Lutz Body Transformation success! Sandy came to Get a Grip and she was hungry! I mean, she was determined to make some changes and boy did she. She worked on one thing and made it a habit and then move to the next. You can tell she was going to fit right in and have success like you see above. She just kept at it. Even when she was injured as you’ll read in her story. I’ll still never forget the first day she attended, when her and Debbie where next to each other and they both had the same water bottle. You probably know where this is going, yep Sandy drank out of Debbie’s. Deb was so cool about it; and we still laugh about it today and they have become great friends! We love her determination and are looking forward to her next challenge, which you read about below.

Here is her story…

My journey with GAG begins in 2013, the year I turned 50. Working in the medical field, I see so many patients come in. Some of them healthy and strong & some not so much. I didn’t want to be one of those people who can hardly even get up out of a chair. Seeing this was my wake up call that I needed to do something, or I was going to end up just like that.
Looking in the mirror one morning, and not liking what I saw, I knew I needed to do something.  I, of course like so many times before, signed up for a gym membership. I was dedicated at first.  And then, just like always, my workouts became less and less.  I started doing the barre classes, & really liked that. However, I felt like I was missing something.
In May 2013, I came upon a groupon for three boot camp classes and three cardio cave classes at Get A Grip. I was reluctant at first to buy the groupon, because I was afraid it would be just like any other “gym”. So, I said “what the heck, I’ll give it a try”. I figured I couldn’t lose being that the price was right & it was right near my house. So, I called Carrie and scheduled my first session.  As soon as I walked in, I could feel this was going to be something I really liked. I could feel the “family” closeness among already signed members. After my first workout, I was hooked. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. I didn’t feel like I was being judged like I felt in the gym setting. So, after my third workout, I signed a yearly contract.
I had been a runner in the past, but was sidelined with knee injuries and hip injuries. I knew it was because I was overweight and out of shape. After attending boot camp for awhile & taking Carrie’s advice on eating & proper supplements, I was able to run again.  I was up to running two miles, and then……a foot injury which required surgery. I was reluctant on the surgery because I was afraid I would have to stop exercising!  I did what I knew was right and scheduled my surgery for July 2014. However, I didn’t let the surgery stop me……..
I asked Carrie for some exercises I could do at home while I was recovering (yes, I’m an addict). Two days after my surgery, I was using my weights & doing upper body & ab exercises. I did this two weeks from home while I was in my boot and on crutches. As soon I was off the crutches, I was at boot camp in my boot doing what I could to keep working out.  Carrie is amazing on giving you alternative exercises that you can do. I know this sounds weird, but I missed doing burpees & couldn’t wait until I could do them again!  So, if your ever injured, don’t let that stop you from coming to camp. There’s always something you can do!
Also, by listening to Carrie’s advice on nutrition & supplements, I’ve increased my metabolic rate. Last year when I had the metabolic testing done, my metabolic rate was below normal. This year my metabolic rate was in the normal range!!
The support from Carrie and her crew is amazing. Not to mention the support of GAG members. I’m running again & will be participating in my first tri in May!  Am I scared?  Heck, yeah!  But I know with the awesome support from everybody, and my dedication & determination, I can do this!!
I can honestly say I’m in better shape in my 50′s than I was in my 20′s & 30′s. Thank you Carrie & Crew for all you do. Your support & enthusiasm for all of us keeps me going! I look forward to conquering many fears & challenges this year & years to come!
#EPIC2015

 

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