Meet Shelley Dinges! Shelley has been an Infinity Fitness Member for 6 years and is in our March 2019 Member Spotlight

Infinity Fitness Member Shelly Dinges | March 2019 Member Spotlight

You’ve been a member of Infinity since 2013! What keeps you coming back?

It may sound cheesy but to be completely honest about what keeps me coming back to Infinity is that I truly do consider it my FitFam. I do not have family here in Arizona and I do not know what I would do if I didn’t have the people in my life from Infinity that I do truly consider my family. They are always there through the good and bad times for me.

What do you enjoy most about Infinity & how do you stay motivated?

The thing I love the most about Infinity is the people… from the staff, to the trainers, to all of the many friendships that I have acquired. If it weren’t for these people I would not be near as healthy and I would skip the gym a lot more. My friends and the staff and trainers keep me accountable. When I am not there I get lots of loving messages to find out where I am and motivating me to get back in. I love when I walk in people are genuinely happy to see me and that makes me feel so good. I also love that the workouts are different every day. I love that there are a variety of options like strength and cardio classes, boxing, spin, and even stretch (which I need the most but it is the hardest for me to do). There are so many things that I love about Infinity and to be honest not really anything that I don’t.

What is your career & what are some of your interests outside of Infinity?

I work at Notre Dame Preparatory as the Director of Alumni Relations, and as a coach of golf and tennis. I just transitioned into my new role, prior to that I was a teacher. As a coach, I think one of the smartest decisions I made was to bring my teams in to workout at Infinity. They have the opportunity to be pushed and trained by multiple people with different styles. There is definitely a huge difference in our endurance from the beginning of the season to the end and it is one of the things that helps us to continuously be among the top teams in the state in both golf and tennis.

My main interests outside of Infinity primarily have to do with coaching my teams and occasionally getting to play a little myself. I like doing anything active golf, tennis, hiking but what I enjoy the most is hanging out with friends for happy hour or getting brunch with friends after a morning workout.

As a long-standing member of our FitFam, what wisdom can you give to newer members or those just embarking on their fitness journey?

The best advice I could give would be the same advice I got when I first joined. I was told to keep coming back, especially when you are sore, it will get easier and you will start loving the way you feel once you begin working out consistently. Regardless of your level or ability, there is a place at Infinity for everyone and I think that is why we are such a FitFam.

Tell us something that not many people may know about you.

This is a tough one because I feel like I am an open book. One thing about me is that I am motivated the most when someone counts me out or tells me I can’t do something. Then I will do everything to prove them wrong. Which in turn links with my greatest fear, which is letting people down, whether they be family, friends, co-workers, my students, my athletes, or even people I just met. I hate letting people down and sometimes the fear of doing that holds me back from things.



My relationship with Infinity Fitness AZ was initiated by Scottsdale Soccer ‘Blackhawks’. The Blackhawks is the largest soccer Club in Arizona and we wanted to find a speed, agility and strength organization to align our training for the children in our Club. I was immediately impressed with Chase, Heather and Mike – their knowledge and their care.

BEFORE
AFTER

I started working out at the facility this summer and committed to the Fitness Challenge this past September. My goal for the Fitness Challenge was to lose over 20 lbs and the commitment was simple from Chase and Heather – commit to the facility three times a week and follow the eating and supplement plan. Three things really helped motivate me – My Fitness Pal is a great tool to hold you accountable and to give you a sense of your intake, the wall of either achievement or shame – depending on your outlook in life – was both humbling and motivating, and the 6am class is always a fun group to remind you if you start off course! Members who have completed previous challenges are also a great resource to help you particularly with nutritional ideas.

Through the experience I reached out to Chase and Heather a couple of times and they gave me great feedback and aside from being disciplined and accountable to myself, I simply followed the plan outlined. I ended up losing 22 lbs through the challenge and 4.3% in body fat.

If you are thinking of doing it in January, don’t hesitate – it is great fun, very motivating and for myself life changing.



My husband and I have always been active people. We’ve been members at a variety of different gyms throughout our entire adult life and thought of ourselves as healthy and in good shape. Three (+) years ago, a dear friend of ours introduced us to Chase Noll & Heather Weber. Our lives have been forever changed! Beginning our new health journey, we started with the Fit Challenge. The Challenge taught us how to make healthier choices, beginning with our diet and extending to our daily work out regimens. Chase, Heather, and the Infinity Fitness team are clearly educated and expert on implementing diet and fitness excellence.

Many years ago, my husband suffered a significant knee injury causing limited mobility with an enormous amount of degeneration. Our concern about joining a gym with such an intense program, was quickly eliminated by both Chase and Heather. Both have been wonderful with providing safe modifications that keep him active and involved with group training. Our exercise and overall health have significantly improved because of Chase and Heather. We have maintained weight reduction goals and improved our exercise technique.

The staff at Infinity Fitness is simply amazing. They treat us like family and greet us with a warm smile every day. The friendships we have developed with other members are as special as Chase and Heather. Exercising in an environment where all participants encourage each other makes Infinity Fitness exceptional and unique. We are grateful to be a part of this fitness family!

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Aister



or the almost 20 years we’ve been married, Matt (you know him as “Waterbreak”) and I have always been physically active. But, for too many boring and tedious years, we were part of the big-box, gym population. You could find us walking around aimlessly, among the rusty, dirty metal machines. Picking up some weights, taking some group classes, but with no concrete fitness goals or intentions. Frankly, we just wanted to look good and feel good, but didn’t have one iota of how to get there!!

About 4 years ago, I discovered Chase & Heather through a close friend. Right away, I completed a Fitness Challenge, lost 14 pounds and was hooked! In the meantime, Waterbreak was still wandering the dreary, health club hallways. After convincing him that this wasn’t “Jazzercise,” he took the plunge and signed up! Shortly after, he said goodbye to a whopping 30 pounds!

 

 

Fast forward to the opening of Infinity Fitness, with the addition of Mike’s Youth Programs, our three daughters (ages 8, 11 & 13) are developing their strength, agility and coordination. This fall, our oldest and a Blackhawks soccer player, has started training with the uniquely designed Scottsdale Soccer programming. Even my Dad and Mom (aka ‘The Mayor and First Lady’) are now Infinity enthusiasts.

The value of Infinity doesn’t stop with the torture, the intensity or the drive to improve – we show up everyday because of the commitment to our Infinity family. It’s not simply a “place” – it’s where we have created enduring, lifelong friendships.

Are we addicted? Yeah. Obsessed? Absolutely. More than anything, we are BLESSED to have Infinity Fitness in our lives!

With Encouragement & Love from Team Wallace,

(April, Waterbreak, Ashlynn, Sophie & Hope)



At Infinity Fitness AZ we strive to provide a welcoming atmosphere and help our clients meet their personal fitness goals. Here is an inspiring story from our clients Memo and Lisa….

Memo and I started our journey at Infinity Fitness AZ on January 2nd, 2014. No, it wasn’t a New Year’s resolution… it just seemed like a good day to start! We decided to purchase the Groupon in December 2013 and promised each other we would give it a shot for the month of January. We both figured we would do the month and then move on to something else. Starting the first day of this year, we ended up going 6 days/week every week for the entire month- by the end of week 2, we were completely addicted and there was no questions we were going to join permanently!

We were instantly hooked on Infinity for a number of reasons- first and foremost for me is that the intensity of the trainers and workouts is very motivating. As a former college athlete, I thrive in an environment where I have coaches and “teammates” holding me accountable and pushing me to work harder. What also keeps us going back is the variety of workouts from day to day and the comradery we have with both the staff and other gym members. It truly feels like we’ve joined a gym with a bunch of our friends. The classes are also a fun thing for Memo and I to do together. We both spend a lot of our free time playing golf (Memo) and tennis (Lisa) separately, so it’s nice to once again have an activity to do together, and help motivate each other when one of us might not feel like going to class one day.

In March of this year, we found out that I was pregnant with our first child. While excited, I wasn’t quite sure how this would affect my workouts. I was determined to keep working out and soon discovered that the one hour/ day that I was at the gym was truly the only hour of each day that I felt good. So that motivated me to keep going. As I’ve neared the end of my pregnancy, Chase, Heather and Mike have all been great about helping to alter my exercises to keep both me and the baby safe and healthy, while still getting in a good workout. We’re now five weeks away from the due date, and I feel great. I’ve gained 17 pounds so far, and it seems to be all belly. I 100% attribute this to the classes at Infinity!

Memo decided to participate in Challenge #2 this year, and did an amazing job. He lost just over 20 pounds during the challenge and has lost 39 pounds altogether this year. The way the staff sets fitness goals, puts together meal plans and runs the classes during these challenges is a great thing. I was extremely proud of how hard he worked and the results he got were very inspiring. After seeing him work out and eat healthy off and on for years, to witness how this program has made him stick with his fitness is a true testament that this whole Infinity system really works!

-Lisa and Memo Buelna