Member Spotlight | Never Give Up

Member Spotlight | Never Give Up

“Always find time to take care of yourself no matter what, because you can’t take care of someone else if you’re running on empty and not healthy yourself.”

Kelly G.

LAF Member

Struggles are a part of life, and for Kelly G. of Hennepin County, Minnesota, she has learned to fight through them for herself and her sons. Having struggled with weight since puberty, Kelly decided to join LA Fitness in 2014, after years of wanting to become healthier. In middle school and high school, Kelly was teased for being a bit larger than her classmates. She stood at 5’4” and weighed in at 180 lbs. From there, her weight slowly increased through adulthood, especially after having her children. The most she remembered weighing was 215 lbs., and she knew then that something had to be done.

The problem was that Kelly would get on a fitness kick and begin to lose some weight, but then something would happen that would set her back, or she’d feel lazy, stop working out and then feel miserable. She noticed that she tended to binge eat whenever she was stressed. She recognized this as a problem, and began to change her ways. She got on a positive health kick in May 2014, which inspired her to join LA Fitness. She was working out, eating healthier, feeling good and even began losing some weight – until she received some of the worst news possible. Her oldest son had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma cancer.

The cancer had already spread to his lymph nodes, sending Kelly into a tail spin of emotions, stress and depression. She stopped working out. She stopped taking care of herself. And she fell back into stress eating. Her son went through 42 weeks of chemotherapy and had 28 sessions of radiation. His last chemo appointment fell on Kelly’s birthday. It was on that day, in September of 2015, that Kelly decided if her son could fight through cancer like a champ, then she could fight to get healthy too.

During her son’s cancer treatments, Kelly had gained 30 lbs. She was miserable and in pain. Her feet hurt, her back ached all the time, and she weighed the most she ever had. Kelly shared the physical pains she was experiencing with her doctor, who told her very bluntly to lose 20 lbs. and then see if her feet were still hurting. She was a bit shocked at how up front he was, but with no sugar coating, it helped Kelly get on a mission. She wanted to get healthy not just for herself, but for her sons.

Kelly started taking advantage of her LA Fitness membership again and got really strict with her nutritional choices. Her determination to succeed superseded the obstacles she found herself facing in the past. Each day she strived to get healthier than the day before. In the past year and a half, Kelly has lost 80 lbs. by eating a low-carb diet and working out five to six days a week. At almost 40 years old, Kelly now weighs less than she did in middle school and high school, and she’s feeling much better. Kelly strives to do better each day and has since gained a new appreciation for life. Her advice to others is to “always find the time to take care of yourself no matter what, because you can’t take care of someone else if you’re running on empty and not healthy yourself.” Kelly hopes to lose another 5 to 10 pounds and add some additional muscle definition. Judging from how far she’s come, there’s no doubt she’ll reach her goals and then some!

This article is not meant to be construed as medical advice. Results will vary. Consult with your physician before starting a new fitness or nutritional routine.


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Do you have a fitness question? Ask one of our certified Pro Results® trainers here! Your question may be featured in an upcoming Ask Our Trainer video.**

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Vertical training can be viewed as anything that involves ascension (i.e. rising/climbing), whether actual or simulated. Examples of vertical training could be climbing on the Stairmaster, an inclined walk or run on the treadmill, or mountain climbing.

Horizontal training, on the other hand, refers to exercises that would keep your form parallel to the ground. Some typical exercises include using the rowing machine, running (without incline), or working out on a stationary bike.

Now that you know the differences– which form of training is best?

If you guessed both, you are correct. Neither is necessarily “better” for you than the other. It’s up to personal preference and which part of the body you are looking to train. Some machines may better benefit those recovering from an injury, while others training  specific skills or for a competition may want to use others. The best thing to do before questioning what type of training is right for you or getting overwhelmed by all of your options is this: come up with a clear and defined list of goals.

Knowing your goals may seem pretty obvious, but it’s a lot more than simply knowing you want to lose weight, or you want to get stronger. Break down your overall goal into smaller ones. If you want to lose weight, ask yourself where you want to lose the weight. Is it from the stomach area? Maybe you want to tone your arms? Knowing the muscles you would like to strengthen will help you narrow down which machines to use and what type of exercise you should be engaging in.

If you have your “baby goals” written down, but you’re still unsure where to begin, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for help. More often than not, people enjoy helping others who are looking to better themselves. Making your health a priority is an admirable goal, and many share that goal. Everyone starts somewhere, so ask a friend or fellow gym-goer how to use a machine you’re unsure of. Better yet, ask an employee to help you out. If extra assistance is needed, consider signing up for personal training to get a deeper, more personalized plan for you.

Once the “scariness” of the gym goes away, you will be surprised how much easier going seems to be. Don’t be afraid to try new machines, attempt a new class or make a new friend. As author Jack Canfield once put it, “everything you want is on the other side of fear.” So, where will you begin? Is vertical training better than horizontal? In the battle between the two, both win. Train the way that best fits you, and watch all you can accomplish!


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Do you have a fitness goal? Let us know here! To learn more about Commit to fit, click here.

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Commit to Fit is designed to help members stick to their fitness goals. In fact, studies show, those who write down their goals accomplish significantly more than those who do not write their goals.* Share yours with us today in the Commit to Fit form below!** You may even be featured in a future Commit to Fit post. Shown below, are some of our most recent members who have committed to their fitness goals.

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Kellie S. hopes to eventually compete. Keep your goal in mind Kellie, you can do it!


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Do you have a fitness question? Ask one of our certified Pro Results® trainers here! Your question may be featured in an upcoming Ask Our Trainer video.**

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