Each week, we will be highlighting members of our facility and their accopmlishments. we feel it is extremely important to recognize our members and what their goals and accomplishments are here at FTF. FTF is built on the community of people that come to the gym and what better way to continue to build the community than to recognize the efforts of it's members. We would like this first one to be on not just the following couple but the recognition of their kids entering the world of fitness as well!
Our First member Spotlight at FTF- Adrienne Nelson and Mikel Giles-
Adrienne and Mikel consistently show up to not oly FTF for workouts but to FTF community events and their whole family (all 5 kids) usually show up with them . Currently Adrienne, Mikel, Kenzie and Cody all work out at FTF. Their presence at FTF definitely shines and we are excited and grateful they are members at our facility. Here is their story:
My name is Adrienne Nelson. I am 34 years old and a Scentsy consultant and currently a stay-at-home mom of 5. My boyfriend, Mikel Giles, is 36 and a Nursing student. Mikel has been running since he was 4, starting track in 5th grade and went to the National Junior Olympics twice in 8th and 9th grade. When he ran track in college at UCSB he was first introduced to Olympic lifting, the most memorable being the snatch. My exercise history is short. I’ve never been the athletic type. I hated PE in school, didn’t play sports. I was always a spectator when it came to physical activity. When I met Mikel is when fitness was brought into my life. He started me running several years ago, though I did it as rarely as I possibly could. We had a membership at a gym here in town and I HATED going there to workout. The atmosphere was not friendly and it seemed more like social hour than workout time. We started CrossFitting a little over a year ago here at FTF. Mikel plays lacrosse for Central California Lacrosse Club in Fresno and Jarod Johnson , a teammate of his, set up a workout for whoever was interested. We started looking into it and Mikel went to try it out. He was fortunate enough to start his CrossFit experience with the Fight Gone Bad WoD. A week or so later, he got me to try. I still remember my first workout with Kevin…who knew 2 minutes of squats could hurt so badly for so long haha. We did our on-ramp with Jared and I fell in love with working out. During ramp-up Barbells for Boobs took place. Mikel participated in it and scored a 4:09 at 115 lbs. Even his mom came and did the workout, but I still hadn’t convinced myself I could lift heavy weight.
We’ve never had such a great experience with exercise as we’ve had at FTF. We’ve yet to meet someone who isn’t friendly and supportive and motivating to us, not to mention helpful. It feels more like a family than just a bunch of people who get sweaty together. As an FTF member, I have been pushed to achieve things I never imagined I would even try, much less succeed at. I’ve climbed the rope a few times, I’ve lifted heavier weights than I even thought possible and I’m currently pushing myself to do kipping pull-ups. When Mikel first started, he wasn’t allowed to squat with any more than the PVC pipe. He’s finally able to do kipping pull-ups. We have had help with our diet and nutrition, which has led to weight loss, 20 lb for myself and 30 lb for Mikel, and a boost in our performance. This year we both took part in Barbells for Boobs, Mikel scored a 3:41 at 135 lbs and I scored a 3:40 at 50 lbs. Our two oldest sons, Mikel, who is 15 and Cody, who is 14, have both completed on-ramp. Our youngest daughter, Kenzie, who is 8, is going through hers now. Since their on-ramps, Mikel has gone on to win the South Dakota Class A State Soccer Championship and Cody got his first muscle up during his on-ramp. Kenzie ran the Cross City Race 2 mile in 20:06 right before she started her on-ramp.
In all, our whole family loves FTF. Everyone is great and supports and cheers us on in all that we do. We couldn’t ask for a better place to get ourselves in shape!