Client Spotlight: Lindsay
What first brought you to AST? How is AST different from other gyms you have been to?
I came to AST (or I should say, needed AST) for a couple of different reasons:
#1- I needed to drop the weight. My sister’s wedding was coming up and my family was all dropping weight like crazy for it. I’m too competitive to not jump in and try to lose weight as well. I had to make sure I looked good in photos too!
#2- I needed something close. I’m the farthest thing from a snow bunny. So I needed a neighborhood gym that was close enough where I didn’t have to freeze (as much!) on my walk home.
#3- I needed the camaraderie. One of my favorites things about AST is just that! I work out with the same people each week. They know me and, for lack of a better phrase, give me shit if I don’t show up. That’s something I couldn’t find anywhere else.
#4- I needed Zach and Christine. Not many people are aware, but when I first started at AST, I had just been discharged from the hospital less than a week before. I had such a severe reaction to gluten that I became incredibly sick and had to be hospitalized (the second time in 9 months!). The build up of unknown food allergies overtime caused my body to be angry and caused me to be chronically ill. It’s because of their guidance and patience that I’m pleased to say I now have documented at least 8 food allergies, haven’t been sick from food in months, and haven’t been to the hospital in over a year. All of these were things that I never thought I would see the end of.
Having struggled with consistency in training in the past, how does AST keep you accountable?
As I said, the camaraderie is the best tool AST has to offer. The trainers and fellow AST-ers are what keep me accountable. If I haven’t been to the gym in the week, they are the first to call me out on it. Also, the In-Body scale never lies- Zach can even tell if I’ve snuck some gluten!
What are 3 things on your bucket list?
#1- Go to Finland to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. You sleep in igloos with glass ceilings. At night you can see the northern lights through the ceilings as you lay in bed.
#2- Half Marathon. Now that I’ve removed most of my allergens, my joints aren’t as stiff and running isn’t as painful. I’m many years off from it, but it would still be a great goal.
#3- Fully document all of my allergies… for obvious reasons. Oh! And find the perfect gluten free pasta.
If you could leave one exercise stranded on a desert island, never to be done again, what would it be?
Anything that has to do with me hanging from the barbell rack while standing on a bunch of rubber bands. The first time I had to do pull-ups, Scott stood behind me because we were both scared I was going to fall off. I was shaking like a leaf so badly. So let’s put it like this… I’d rather do 1000 romanian deadlifts or bulgarian split squats.
Anything else that you would like to add?
It’s because of this team (fellow AST-ers included- I feel like they have just as big of a role in my success as the trainers do!) that my relationship with food has changed, that I’ve become stronger, that I’ve dropped almost 35lbs since January, and that I’ve hit right around the 10% down in body fat. So, thank you!
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