How did you first hear about Wild Workouts & Wellness?
I’ve known about WILD since it was on KK next to the Avalon Theatre, and had friends
who were members way back then. I became re-acquainted with them in Fall of 2016
after I was attacked by a stranger while walking my dog in the neighborhood. My jaw
was fractured and was wired shut for 6 weeks. I experienced a huge outpouring of love
and support from the community (complimentary acupuncture from Milwaukee
Community Acupuncture, light therapy from Maedke Chiropractic, and a 3-month, three
day per week small group membership from WILD). I had been going to Snap Fitness
for several years,but was in a rut and the most I got from going there was keeping up on
old Law and Order SVU episodes! After completing my three-month membership I was
hooked, and signed on for small group and have been a 3 day per week member ever
Do you have a favorite exercise? What do you like about it?
I have several- Sumo squats, (ironically) skull crushers, and med ball throws to name a few.
Least favorite? What don’t you like about it?
That’s easy- TGU’s (sorry Carla), and wood choppers. If the activity doesn’t make sense to me (what is the value), or the name doesn’t match the activity (while I don’t routinely chop wood, I don’t think I would do it that way) then I tend to balk at them more.
What achievements are you most proud of?
Hands down doing the Ride Across WI (RAW) in one day (175 miles in 12hrs 20 min) is my biggest physical accomplishment. WILD and a demanding cycling schedule helped me achieve that for sure. I am
committed to doing a doing a new organized ride every year, though I don’t know that a
225 mile Ride Across WI is something I’m necessarily interested in.
Why Wild? What do you like most about Wild Workouts and Wellness?
I love the small group environment, the camaraderie of my peers and encouragement from the
coaches. The coaches pay attention to your performance and quietly (and sometimes
loudly) guide you to do more than you thought you were capable of. The coaches are
great at tailoring the workouts to your training needs and physical injuries/limitations.
What advice would you give to other Wild peeps?
Listen to your body, making modifications on a day you’re not feeling it is ok. There will be days where you feel
stronger than others, and that’s ok. You’re still moving, and that’s what matters most.
Do you have a favorite song or type of music for working out?
I’m spoiled by having a partner who owns a record store, so I have several custom-made playlists that I have
been listening to over the years. Regardless of the activity, a fast pace (think punk rock
to Big Freedia) helps keep me motivated and moving at a brisk pace.
What are some challenges or goals you are currently working on?
I’ve had some low back and hamstring issues this past year that had slowed me down, which was
incredibly frustrating. I’ve had some good PT and learned to work on patience when re-
building strength and muscle. I plan on getting back to winter indoor cycling this season
as well as weekly yoga.
Thank you so much for being a part of Wild, Kate!