Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Kerrie Thomas and I’m from Pasadena, Maryland. I am 53 years old, wife and mother of 22-year old son. I am a paralegal, working at the same law firm for 32 years.
What has changed physically and mentally since starting at PHF? How do you feel?
I have more energy than ever before, and I sleep better. A good work out helps me fall asleep faster and stay asleep. I feel happier and more relaxed. I feel better about my appearance and myself. It has been a real boost to my confidence and self-esteem. I am stronger, leaner and more physically capable.
What do you like most about PHF?
I prefer the group classes. Some days we do partner work, or rotating stations, as well as individual work. We learn proper form and technique and are offered appropriate levels of difficulty and modifications for our ability level. They have a consistent goal and progression worked out, while also mixing things up so that classes are varied. They are sticklers about form, and always around to offer pointers to make sure everything is being done safely. We are always getting positive feedback on how we are doing.
Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. I love my workout group and have made many new friends.
A good gym will fit your own unique personality and motivate you to come back and exercise on a regular basis. PHF does this!
What has been your biggest accomplishment since joining?
I wanted to get healthy, build my muscles and lose weight. I am accomplishing all three. I can run without getting winded right away and I can lift more weight than I thought I could. I can really tell a difference in my body. My legs are stronger and more muscular along with my arms. I am more active at home.
What advice would you give someone on the fence about joining PHF?
If you’re thinking about it, DO IT! Don’t waste another day! You won’t regret it! If you stick with it and learn to view exercise as an essential part of your day, like brushing your teeth or going to work, it will become easier to stick with. The program focuses on improving physical function, strength, and endurance in addition to changing physical appearance.