Member of The Month – Mike and Amanda Gross
Lacon Fitness and Tan: How long have you been working out and how did you get into it?
M: I really started in college as a way of keeping off the freshman 15 and I’ve been enjoying it ever since!
A: I’ve always been a person who loved exercising/working out and playing sports. Unfortunately, after getting married and attending school full time I fell off the bandwagon for a few years. About 2 years ago I realized it was hypocritical for me, as a health professional, to educate people about healthy lifestyles and not make healthy choices myself. I started getting back into shape by taking the dogs on daily walks, going to the gym 3-4 times a week, and doing DVD workouts at home. I’m always doing a variety of workouts to keep myself motivated and interested!
LFT: You are a dedicated gym member, how do you make it in so often?
M: I have a great workout partner who enjoys it as much as me so it’s something we enjoy together in the evenings.
A: After a long day all I want to do is get home and relax. I find if I exercise in the morning before I’m exhausted or go to the gym first thing when I get home, before I have time to sit down and lose motivation, I am good about going. It helps having someone to go with! If one of us doesn’t feel like going, the other person tends to convince them to go. After the workout we feel a lot better and are happy we ended up going.
LFT: When you come to the gym do you both have your own routine or do you workout together?
M: I try to do 60% cardio and weights the rest but it’s really just a mix of what feels good that day. I’m not out to get shredded, but just be healthy.
A: We both workout the same amount of time and we both do a mix of cardio and weight lifting. However, we like different exercises and machines while we are here. We do workout together if we are running outside.
LFT: Do you have any advice for couples who want to start working out together?
M: Start out walking and maybe some weights together. Having that accountability really helps make going to the gym a habit.
A: Having someone to workout with is the greatest! Even if it’s not a significant other but a friend, coworker, workout class friend, etc., it’s so nice to have someone to motivate you and hold you accountable.
LFT: Cardio vs. Strength which is your favorite?
M: I’m a cardio person typically but I like the challenge of a new weight routine!
A: I do about 75% cardio and 25% strength. Overall, I prefer to do cardio, not only do you burn more calories and see results faster if trying to lose weight, but also because of all the health benefits cardio has. Strength training is still important in a balanced workout; muscle helps burn more calories!
LFT: What is your favorite exercise?
M: Running and elliptical since they both get your endorphins going to start a workout.
A: I love interval training on the treadmill and combo weight lifting exercises, such as working out shoulders while doing squats. I’m so focused on form and trying to be coordinated that I don’t have an opportunity to be bored or get tired as quickly.
LFT: What is your least favorite exercise?
M: Sit-ups and crunches but they are great once you get them knocked out!
A: Planks. I can hold a plank position and do, say, an ab exercise at the same time and love it but trying to simply hold a plank position for an extended period of time is torture!
LFT: When you aren’t working or at the gym, what do you like to do for fun?
M: I am pretty busy around the yard, hunting, fishing and spending evening walks with Amanda and our pups.
A: I love spending time just hanging out with my husband, family and dogs. I’m also big into spending time outdoors, reading, gardening and attempting DIY crafting.
LFT: What is your favorite thing about Lacon Fitness and Tan?
M: The wonderful staff and members. It’s really a family atmosphere and it keeps you motivated.
A: How friendly everyone is, both the staff and fellow gym members. Everyone is always smiling and greeting each other. The close location and variety of machines are also wonderful perks!
LFT: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
M: I’m a bit of a nerd. My brother designs video games so it’s something we both grew up doing and enjoying when we can.
A: I love loving and have spent most of my life attending school. I have two Bachelor degrees and am currently working on my Master’s degree. Working out is the perfect way to clear my mind and keep me focused!
LFT: What is your favorite “cheat food”?
M: Pizza Peel Hawaiian deep dish pizza.
A: I’ve never been a sweet eater (chocolate, ice cream, cake, candy) but have a weak spot for carbs, especially pastas and bread. For me, I find I am healthiest when I let myself have a small amount of each day. It’s all about moderation. That way, I’m never terribly craving it and undoing my week’s worth of being healthy in one day.
LFT: What advice do you have for other gym members?
M: Don’t let a few weeks off stop you from getting back after the gym. There’s nothing better than seeing the scale go the other way.
A: Find your own routine that makes working out fun and find someone to do it with. Mostly, be patient with yourself if you’re just starting to get into working out. It takes about 3 weeks of working out to make exercising part of your routine and it typically takes a few months for you and others to notice any physical changes. However, your health is improving the moment you start and that is what’s most important!