Meet Luann! She’s been a member of our community for over 9 years, and we adore her!
I’m proud to say that I’ve been a client of Infinity Fitness since 2013. Infinity Fitness is AWESOME. The trainers are supportive, and encouraging and provide a variety of workouts. It’s such a positive environment to be in that you can’t help but push harder and aim higher. My overall strength and fitness have improved dramatically. I’m now able to perform exercises I would never have attempted on my own.
I couldn’t imagine life without Infinity Fitness. I look forward to my training sessions and being with my IF family—it’s the greatest community!!
Thank you, Luann, for your support over all these years! We couldn’t do this without you!
We are about to celebrate our 6th Anniversary & you’ve been here since the beginning! What keeps you coming back to us?
There are a number of reasons Infinity Fitness is my fitness mecca. I never thought group fitness classes would become my go to exercise regimen, but Infinity has created a unique atmosphere with knowledgeable trainers and supportive members that have helped me achieve my fitness goals both inside and outside of the gym. This facility is more than just a gym and I look forward to my early morning workouts and enjoy spending my “me” time with friends who have become family.
What is your career and what interests do you have outside of Infinity?
I am a CPA and enjoy working with my clients despite some long hours behind the desk! When I’m not at the office or Infinity you can find me skating at the Ice Den where I play hockey or at my “farm” getting in some time with the horses. I sometimes chuckle when doing barn chores and now know why we do “farmer carries”, sledgehammer step ups and high-pulls – I think we could do a “gym” day at my house just getting the morning routine done.
You recently underwent a body transformation in our 40 Days to Fit Program. You worked so hard & your results are a testament to that! Tell us why it worked for you & what recommendations can you share with those wanting to achieve as much success as you did.
I have done a number of fitness challenges over the years. This one by far has been my most successful – not in terms of pounds lost but body transformation. As with any challenge, commitment is very important but with this challenge I didn’t need to be perfect — I got to have my cake and eat it too! I have been a vegetarian for most of my life and adopted a vegan lifestyle several years ago. Transitioning to an animal-free diet did not mean healthy eating for me since I don’t like most vegetables and love all the unhealthy sweets and carbs!
The 40 Days to Fit Program worked for me for several reasons. This was a macros-based concept which resonated with me because it didn’t need to be precise. I never felt like there was a food I couldn’t eat – I just needed to make sure I was close to my macros goal for the day. When April informed me of my daily protein goal, I didn’t think there was a way to achieve this and hit the macro balance on a vegan diet. While I struggled in the beginning and logged my food to get a feel for what a balanced day looked like, I was able to find foods that satisfied my cravings and had more protein than my usual snacks. Once I got into a routine it made the journey easier.
There were two other components to the challenge that were helpful – the camaraderie among the participants and the “mini” workouts in addition to our normal Infinity classes kept me motivated and striving for success. This program gives you all the tools you need to set yourself up for a healthier lifestyle.
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.
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.
You know you’ve created a good goal for yourself when it scares you. I must have created a really good goal, because I’m terrified! Four weeks ago, I hired an IFBB Physique Pro to help me train for my first Figure Competition. This means on November 14th, I will be walking on stage in a teeny tiny bikini and 5 inch high heels in front of hundreds of people to be judged on the physique I bring to the stage. I have created a goal to put myself outside my comfort zone, to hold myself more accountable than ever, and do something I never thought I was physically and/or mentally capable of doing.
I knew I needed to do something dramatic. I am a big advocate of the saying “practice what you preach.” I teach everyone else how to work out, how to eat, how to create good goals for themselves, and tell everyone to overcome temptation to become a better version of “you.” To everyone else, I was in decent shape already; however I wanted more and wanted to be better. I have always been told I should compete, but always just laughed it off and insisted I was not in THAT kind of shape. But why couldn’t I create that?
Three weeks ago I started dieting hard, training even harder, implemented 3am cardio sessions before work, and started working with a posing coach. I knew it was going to be hard, but this is definitely a full time job in itself. So far, it’s totally worth it! My body is transforming into something it has never been before, I’m seeing muscle definition I never have before, and I’m actually eating more than I ever have before too! I’m excited (and terrified!) to share this journey with everyone, glad I have so many people to hold me accountable, and I am VERY thankful for the support I am getting from my Infinity Fitness AZ family.
(I will be competing in the NPC Western Regional in Mesa, AZ on November 14th, Figure division; visit http://www.npcmilesproductions.com for details, pictures, and tickets.)