What achievements are you most proud of?

Keeping to my workout schedule. I have a job that involves long hours and an unpredictable schedule. But I don’t miss deadlines and always keep appointments. When I started at Wild in September, I figured my best bet was to treat the workouts like an appointment. If my work schedule makes me miss one, I schedule it for another time that day or for the next day. I have been able to get my planned number of workouts in each week, even when I have had to work around job-related travel.

What do you like most about Wild Workouts and Wellness?

I like the variety of the exercises, which keeps them from becoming a grind. Lots of friendly faces among the clients. The coaches have all been great. I also like the outdoor classes and the various special events. My daughter is waiting for the next family workout. (She can easily out-burpee me … )

What advice would you give to other Wild peeps?

Scale up. I started with two days a week, then added a third, then a fourth (in the form of a specialty class). More recently, I have added some on-my-own workouts on non-boot camp days. Similarly, I didn’t start with all diet-related changes at once – I have been working them in step by step. Adding one thing at a time seems doable and continuing that approach over time can make a big difference.

Do you have a favorite song or type of music for working out?

Honestly, most of the time I don’t much notice the music. One can’t really work out to much of anything pre-1980s, and since those were my high school years, those are a good bet. I prefer things with a harder edge, even the occasional Eminem.

Do you have a favorite exercise? What do you like about it? Least favorite? What don’t you like about it?

I don’t really have a favorite. What I like most are the boot camps where we switch frequently between exercises. That way, if there is one I don’t much like, at least I know it won’t last long. On the not-so-liked side, I haven’t quite figured out Turkish Get Ups and windmills. Not flexible enough to really do them well.

What are some challenges or goals you are currently working on?

I have never been much of a runner – something my high school track coach would certainly attest to (mile and 800 meters). But I feel like I need to improve my cardio. So, I have started doing some running on the days I don’t do a boot camp, and have signed up for Run Wild on Thursday nights. I am aiming for a 5K early in the summer and hopefully a 10K (or at least Al’s Run) by fall.