#FDFit Member of the Month
June 2017: Our WHOLE FD Family!
Where were you 10 years ago today? I was opening the doors of Fitness Directions for the very first time at it’s original location, 200 Worcester CT. Looking back, I never thought FD would turn into what it has today, filled with such accomplished, strong and loyal members who have become a family.
Throughout my years of experience in the fitness industry, I observed a large population of people who wanted to exercise, improve themselves and be healthy but did not feel comfortable in a gym setting. Even in my own experience when I began practicing Pilates, it was challenging starting something new and trying to be successful. I felt overwhelmed at first and even a little out of place, however I had the will and desire to persevere because I knew Pilates was the missing piece in my health and fitness puzzle. I envisioned Fitness Directions as a place where people would feel comfortable and confident; a place where exercise would not be a source of angst and guilt in their life, but instead a positive release. My peers, mentors and supporters all told me that “If you build it, they will come”, so that is what I did! I was both excited and nervous to share my vision with the world, but the decision I made 10 years ago has brought so many positive experiences, relationships, and successes into my life. I have built a community of supportive, healthy people that truly care about one another’s successes. I have acquired the the most educated and experienced staff, who are also compassionate, caring and committed to our members. My mission statement from 10 years ago, “to provide a warm, welcoming environment with the best trainers in the area” still holds true. The trainers and I benefit so much from the kindness and support that you have given to us personally and professionally. I’ve been told many times that “Your vibe attracts your tribe” and you’ve all proven that at FD.
Taking a leap of faith and opening my own business, starting my Pilates journey and eventually becoming certified by PeakPilates, and building a family at FD is what I believe makes me #fdFIT. We celebrate the fact that being #fdfit means something different to all our members. We love that March Madness (you love to hate it) has given you the push to try new things. That you’re always willing to challenge yourself. We love running road races with you, laughing and crying with you, celebrating victories with you, and watching lasting friendships develop inside our doors. These are all things I feel so fortunate to be a part of.
So tell us, What are you #fdFit for?
Are you the next #FDFit Member of the Month? Who will it be?
The #FDFit member of the month is someone who exemplifies the mission and values of Fitness Directions. This person inspires, encourages, and supports their Fitness Directions peers. They may have reached a personal goal, challenged themselves in some way, and/or remained committed to their health and wellness.
Fitness Directions staff members will deliberate each month to decide the most deserving candidate.
The #FDFit Member of the Month will receive a personal BIO on our website, Instagram and Facebook page. They will also receive a credit of $50 on their FD account to use toward any service or item.
May 2017: Wendy Murphy
As a small, year round business in a seasonal community; we rely on word of mouth to keep our doors open. Referrals are our greatest compliment because it means you trust us enough to share your experience with friends, family and neighbors. For the month of May, we’d like to recognize a FD member who has referred more wonderful, loyal people than anyone else: Wendy Murphy! She is an encouraging, positive light around the studio and we are so grateful that she chose us as her health and fitness haven. Although she comes to FD to break a sweat in classes like Spin/sculpt, barre, and circuit training; she doesn’t stop moving when she leaves the studio as she typically bikes here or walks into town for errands after class: what an inspiration!
Wendy loves a good challenge. This year, Wendy was a participant of Planksgiving, and March Madness. Planksgiving was perfect for her as she is so creative- not to mention a picture-perfect planker! Her team for March Madness received friendship bracelets at the championship potluck because they were so supportive and close with one another. Wendy couldn’t make it to the party- but made sure to send thank you gifts and face time her team mates which is a great example of the kind of friend she is. Around the studio, you can find her offering to laminate anything in sight, eating an orange, or sipping from her water bottle rigged with a wine cork stopper.
It’s fitting that we chose Wendy Murphy for the month of May as it is the month of Mother’s Day. She is a beautiful, strong mother and grandmother! She has been a great role model to her daughters, teaching them that staying active and healthy is the key to a happy, vibrant life. The girls have certainly followed in her footsteps as they come to classes smiling when visiting on the weekends.
Happy Mother’s Day Wendy- We Love you!
April 2017: Luke Vose
It takes many of us a few days, sometimes weeks, to recover from the craziness that is March Madness. (Hence why we are so late in honoring our April member of the month J) So for April- we’d like to shine the light on someone who didn’t let March Madness affect him whatsoever, Luke Vose. We actually don’t think he knew he was in the competition for the first week or so. After receiving texts from his teammates Lopesy and Meg McArdle, he knew he was in over his head but just kept swimming.
He met his goal number of classes per week consistently, sometimes cutting it close by squeezing in that last spin class on Saturday. Luke is a busy guy; juggling about 5 jobs from landscaper to real estate agent to rock star (new job title of father this August!). Although he always has something on his to-do list; he makes his health and coming to class a priority. One weekend he even took the early boat back from the Vineyard after playing a show with his band Crooked Coast the night before just so Lopesy wouldn’t have his head. Although TRX and P90X are his favorite classes, he has learned to love spinning- especially Inga’s Monday night Spin/Core class. He even took a Pilates mat class with Dee for an extra 15 points and loved it!
Due to his already busy schedule, Luke didn’t have much time to dedicate to our March Madness competition. He knew he had to earn points somehow so he took advantage of his network of friends and family in the community and racked up the referral points. Luke also flies the FD flag around town in his Planks a lot Tee, and his new March Madness long sleeve. We appreciate Luke’s support, positive attitude, and hard work! Congratulations Lukie- we love you!
March 2017: All our March Madness Competitors!
Fitness Directions’ members of the month are all the competitors in this year’s MARCH MADNESS! A special congratulations to our champs The Cinncinnati Bearcats: Rose Moran, Amy Thrasher, and Cynthia Beaudoin! Second places goes to The Nuns; Kathy Scala, Peggy Ekholm, and Karen Philipino. Gonzaga (Lori Lopes, Meg McArdle, and Luke Vose) came in third place! Congratulations to everyone who achieved their personal goals and had fun while doing it!
February 2017: Ellen Venditti
A theme we are focusing on for Fitness Directions this January is Goal Setting. We are encouraging all FD members to reflect on 2016, and set specific, measurable, realistic goals for 2017. With that being said, we chose Kathie Nutting as our first 2017 member of the month because she is a great example of someone who sets goals in order to stay focused and accountable. Kathie has been working out and crushing goals at FD for over 6 years. She practices Pilates with Jana and also does a lot of biking. Her Pilates sessions make her biking experience even better, because they focus on stretching out her hips and back as well as strengthening her core so she doesn’t “hang” into her handlebars. One her goals was to be able to perform Swan on the barrel. When Jana first proposed this to Kathie, she responded with a reluctant , “okay” as she couldn’t imagine being able to do it because she was so tight. We progressed slowly and now this is an exercise that she does every session and does it well! We continue to set goals and progress because Kathie always trusts herself and the Pilates system to get her to the next level.
There are days when Kathie isn’t feeling her best, however she always puts her full effort in, knowing that as in the words of Joseph Pilates, “Change happens through movement, and movement heals”. She doesn’t let these days define her, rather she and Jana make adjustments to her routine on those days.
December 2016: Candy and Paul Dimond
There are many reasons why exercise is such an important element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It improves cardiovascular health, muscle and bone strength, functional abilities, as well as many other physical qualities. However, we sometimes dismiss the effect exercise has on our mind. Exercise has proven to better many other facets of life through improving mood, productivity, sleep, nutrition and self esteem. It can also be used as an activity to build or improve positive relationships with your family and friends. This month, Fitness Directions would like to acknowledge a couple who greatly demonstrates how to use exercise to better yourself both physically and mentally; making it a priority in their lives and relationship.
Candy and Paul Dimond have been working out privately at FD for many years. They value the time they are able to set aside each week to focus on themselves. Candy started at the studio taking a variety of classes such as Barre, TRX and Intervals. As her work and personal life made it harder to commit to a schedule, she found it more convenient to begin personal training because she was able to optimize her time and work on her specific goals at times that fit into her schedule. Eventually, Paul joined in and they have made it something special that the two of them can do together. It is a blast to train the two of them because they are always having fun, and they love to challenge each other. Even when they come in feeling tired or overwhelmed, they are always so positive and open for a great workout. If you see them around the studio, be sure to ask Paul about his signature TRX exercises: the PD push ups and the Flying Squirrel.
Congrats, Candy & Paul! It is such a pleasure working with you both. Happy wedding anniversary & thank you for being our “Fit Couple of the Year“ 🙂
November 2016: Pat Nagy
As we’ve discussed who the next member of the month should be over this past year, Pat Nagy’s name has come up a few times. We all believed she deserved it for being the loyal client that she is. She comes to class consistently, shows her support on social media,refers clients and participates in all our challenges and events with enthusiasm. She’s strong, supportive of other members, and certainly exemplifies the mission and values at Fitness Directions. However one of our mottos at FD is “Don’t Hold Back!” and we felt there were some areas where she was holding back….. until now.
Pat recently made a HUGE life changing decision to leave her full time job in order to make room in her life for a more happy & peaceful way of living. You can see that a weight has been lifted off her shoulders, and her smile is so genuine. She has already taken on a new job that makes her face light up when she talks about it, which is something we have not seen of her in a while. We love seeing her excited about this new adventure and it has really made a positive impact in her life.
As a part of Pat’s quest in finding happiness in her life, she agreed to run a leg of the Cape Cod Marathon with Fitness Directions this year. Running used to be such a large part of her life and she used to find such joy in the sport. More recently, she has lost touch with this part of her and it has been very difficult for her to enjoy running again. Pat completely stepped out of her comfort zone by joining one of our 2016 relay teams, and she wasn’t holding back!
As she prepared for her first official race in many many years, Pat’s legs were shaking with nerves, her belly full of butterflies. The fear of race day had almost gotten the best of her. She embraced the fear, took a deep breath, had faith in her supporters, and did it anyway. Pat absolutely crushed the 5.7 mile run for her team, The Tortoise and Her Hares.
This same approach is how Pat has taken on all the changes in her life. She has made huge strides outside of her comfort zone and is creating a more positive approach as she moves in the direction of living the new life she is meant to have.
One of the most rewarding things we see as trainers, is people becoming stronger in all aspects of their lives. We’ve all been waiting and encouraging Pat to make these changes in her life and to consider participating in a race again. We knew competing in a race would mean more to her than just the miles and hitting the pavement. We knew that this would open a host of more doors for her. We are excited to see where these doors lead her and look forward to cheering her on every step of the way.
September 2016: John Saari
The staff at FD nominated John Saari as the September fdfit member of the month for so many different reasons. He is the perfect client: showing up early, paying on time, and coming consistently to class. He is also so welcoming to new comers- you often see him helping others with their bike set-up, and encouraging them to continue. John knows where to find the toolbox in the studio, and is always quietly maintenancing our spin bikes without even being asked. He is known around here as the smiling spinning sensation but we’d like to give him the spotlight he deserves as he has accomplished so much – from being in the Army for nearly a decade, to being a Grandpy to 5 lucky little ones.
At 75 years young, John Saari has lived a full and varied life. He served in the United States Army for 9 years reaching the rank of Sargent First Class E-7. After leaving the army, he went on to work as a union carpenter in Florida. After moving back up North, he went to school at Worcester State College majoring in urban studies with a concentration in Federal Housing programs. He then worked for Winn Development, and after became the V.P of construction for a Custom Home Builder. In the early nineties, he received his master’s degree in Project Management from WPI. In 1997, he accepted a position with New Orleans Housing Authority, where he lived for 3 years. He moved to Falmouth in 2000 and currently owns a consulting business that provides housing rehabilitation services to many cities and towns in southern Massachusetts.
John found Fitness Directions in his quest to stay healthy as he has always been advocate of exercise and fitness, even during his dark days abusing alcohol. He has come a long way since then, logging many miles of running and even competing in triathlons with a team called the TRI pigs. With a history of arthritis in his family, and seeing it as well as a sedentary lifestyle affect his family first hand; he is dedicated to respecting his body through exercise. John’s favorite class at FD is Thursday night spin. The participants have become his close friends. As instructors, it is our greatest pleasure to see clients connecting and supporting each other each week. It is exactly the environment we hope for at FD and we have members like John to thank for that, always lending a helping hand or a listening ear.
Although he is no longer racing, he plans to try racing again next year! We are looking forward to seeing John accomplish more goals and make more friends at FD in the years to come! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU JOHN!
August 2016: Emily Kelldnorfer
Emily has been a member of Fitness Directions since May of 2014. She joined the early morning Fit Camp program with her friend Sarah not knowing what she was getting herself into! It’s been exciting to watch her grow and challenge herself as a participant. Emily is now an active FD member, comfortable attending classes on her own (without a friend), tries exercises and workouts that seem challenging and new (making modifications as needed), and is always one of the first people to sign up for the next series. She is a joy to have in class, always smiling and supporting others.
In May of 2016, Emily joined FD’s couch to 5K running group, completely pushing herself out of her comfort zone. During one of the runs, Emily hurt her ankle. Her injury left her with a decision: she could quit the group, concluding that she wasn’t cut out for running, or take care of the injury and figure out a way to listen and work with her body. We were so proud of her decision to take care and listen to her body, but continue with the group and work towards her goal of completing a 5K. She took a few days off and cautiously but optimistically resumed her running series. Her walks progressed to jogs and her jogs progressed to runs and she moved forward and completed her 5K with her group!
It’s not about whether you are the fastest, or the fittest, it’s about taking small steps to a better you. Emily is the FDfit member of the month because she exemplifies this sentiment. She wakes up early to workout with her fellow fitcampers, runs when she can and inspires us all to take small steps to our own personal goal.
July 2016: Lori Lopes
Lori Lopes, A.K.A. Lopesey, is by far one of the funniest and most entertaining personalities in our FD family. Her quick wit and assortment of costumes bring laughter and joy to the studio every single day. She welcomes and encourages every person that walks through our doors at FD and leaves a lasting impression on her peers. In fact, whenever she does not make it to a class, it does not go unnoticed and everyone wonders where she is. We can always count on her to recognize and commend others for their achievements, no matter how big or small and for that, we are so thankful.
Even though Lori juggles a busy life of family, grandkids, several jobs, etc. she is always so eager to step in and help out if needed. She began working for FD a couple years ago and has been an irreplaceable asset ever since. Her ability to “do it all” is another reason why she is such an inspiration. Rather than make her busy schedule an excuse, she always finds a way to make it to classes each week, run a 5K every month, try new things outside of her comfort zone (come take a spin class with her and you’ll see what I mean) and staying committed to herself and her personal health and wellness.
Recently she achieved a long term goal of hers when she celebrated her 50th birthday by participating in the Susan G. Koman 3-day Breast Cancer Walk, in honor of her mother. Most people create groups and walk together, but Lori arrived alone, shared her positivity with many groups and made friends along the way!
Lori is a reminder to all of us that in this crazy thing called life, we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. We appreciate her ability to inspire the rest of us to live in the moment. Thank you Lopesey for your unconditional love and support of the studio and of your peers and for reminding us that laughter is the best medicine! If we ever need an Easter Bunny, Slinky the Dog, a human Christmas Tree or an Oregon Duck we know where to find one!!
June 2016: Kathy Scala
Kathy has been a loyal member of the FD family since before we opened our doors in 2007. You’re probably thinking “How is that even possible?!”. Well, Kathy began taking classes with Jana at a local gym in falmouth when Fitness Directions was still just a vision. When Jana moved into her first FD location, just one reformer in the corner of a gym, Kathy became one of her first Pilates clients! Now, years later and a couple new studios later, Kathy remains one of the most loyal members of our FD family.
It has been such a pleasure getting to know and working with Kathy over the years. She is strong, courageous, inspiring, tenacious and very kind. When she began her Pilates journey it was part of her rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles Tendon. As she healed, she cautiously added more activities into her routine. When Jana opened FD in 2007, she became an active participant in all classes, but especially loved FitCamp and her private Pilates lessons. In 2010, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Through this tough time, she had to step back from her workout routine for brief period. As soon as she was physically able to get back into the studio, she was here and right back on track. There were many times when Kathy could have, justifiably so, given up, but she came to class with a smile on her face and worked through it all. Her perseverance, strength and courage kept her going and she continued to make strides towards her health goals.
In June 2015, Kathy celebrated 5 years cancer free with her family and friends at a private barre party here at Fitness Directions. The celebration was a testament to how loved Kathy is by so many and how much she has positively impacted the people in her life, including everyone here at FD. Her intuitiveness and kindness are some of the things that we love most about her. She is constantly encouraging her peers to not give up with a wink, a smile and a hug when you need it the most. Outside of class you’ll often see her quietly picking up after everyone at one of our FD events, organizing a FD “field trip” for one of her workout buddies birthdays or special events, or working her butt off for the top spot during march madness competitions. It’s no wonder why she has become such an irreplaceable asset to our FD Family.
Kathy, thank you for everything that you do for Fitness Directions. We are so inspired by you everyday. You truly are #FDFIT.
In celebration of her wellness and to give back, Kathy and her friend Peggy will be participating in The Pan Mass Challenge on August 6, 2016. Pan Mass is an 84 mile bike ride from Wellesley to Bourne, in support of the Dana Farber Institute. If you’d like to make a donation to support them, please contact them directly or you can make a donation by way of E Gift, in cash or check. Details below:
Kathy Scala’s- E Gift # KS 0229
Peggy Ekholm – E Gift # ME0095
If you or your company has interest in donating, the tax ID for PMC is 04-2746912
The link is http:/www.pmc.org/emsclient/html/PDF/PMC501c#.PDF
May 2016: Ruth Johnson
What better person to choose as our May FD fit member of the month than the mother of FD Ruth Johnson! Ruth has always made exercise and healthy eating a priority in her life! I remember exercising with her in the living room with Jack Lalanne and drinking skim milk way before it was in vogue! Ruth contracted polio at age two which affected her foot and lower leg and resulted in several other operations on her healthy leg as well. She didn’t allow this to inhibit her and she tried all sports and activities. She did them all but found that skiing and ice skating were too difficult due to the balance required. I remember being in a baby seat on the back of her bike and tooling all around Brockton. No helmet, a rickety seat and when she stopped she would have to lean the bike to the side because of her leg length discrepancy, with me and my little waist strap on. I would have thought I would have been traumatized by that, however biking outside is one of my favorite activities. Ruth plays golf, tennis and participates in a variety of classes. She doesn’t make excuses, just modifications. Ruth has been a role model to so many of her family, her friends and peers. She was also an unstoppable force in this year’s MARCH MADNESS competition! She tried her first spin class at the age of 84!! She consistently hit her goal number of classes each week and represented Team Indiana with PRIDE!
WAY TO GO MOM! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!
-Fitness Directions Staff
APRIL 2016: Susanne Lalacheur
Susanne Lalacheur, A.K.A Suzy Marathon, has been a member of Fitness Directions for over 6 years. When she first joined FD, she regularly came to Pilates Reformer privates with her friend, who then encouraged her to try other classes and begin running before their sessions.
Believe it or not, when Susanne first started, she needed a little coaxing to get out of her comfort zone and start trying other types of formats and classes. Now, we all know Susanne as a Super Spinner, Terrific TRXer & a Race Ready Runner.
However, running wasn’t always easy for Susanne. A jog to the beach and back before her Pilates sessions used to be a real challenge for her. That is why she is such an inspiration to all of us here at FD and in the community as she prepares to run her very first marathon at the Boston Marathon later this month with her charity team through Boston Children’s Hospital.
Although Susanne may not know the impact she has on her community, being a 7th grade teacher, a High School Cross Country Coach, and a part of our family here at Fitness Directions, she has become one heck of a role model. She lives a healthy lifestyle, finds ways to incorporate fitness into her busy schedule, and challenges herself while perusing her goals.
We are so happy that Susanne found Fitness Directions and we are very lucky to have her as a part of our #FDFit Family.
WAY TO GO SUSANNE! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!
MARCH 2016: March Madness Competitors
Our #FDFit Member’s of the Month for March are all of our hardworking and dedicated members participating in our annual March Madness competition. It takes a lot of heart to participate on a team, and each and every one of you deserve recognition. Good luck to all the teams, and congrats for working towards a new fitness goal this month! YOU ALL ROCK!
And a special congrats to our March Madness CHAMPS Lori Lopes, Amy Thrasher, and Susanne Lalacheur!!
JANUARY 2016: Michelle Austin
Michelle Austin began her health and fitness journey with Fitness Directions when we first opened our doors in June 2007.
As the studio grew, so did Michelle’s interest in other activities. Michelle enjoys spin classes (especially during march madness!), barre classes, Weight Room Workout, and she also trains privately with Lori Haley working towards some new strength training goals she has made.
In addition to her success with us at Fitness Directions, Michelle challenges herself outside of our doors. Two years ago, at the age of 59, Michelle decided to run Falmouth Road Race. She trained both at the studio and on her own and with the encouragement of her friends and family and she completed her first Falmouth Road race in 2014!
Michelle’s health and wellness is very important to her. She constantly challenges herself, she challenges her trainers to help her set and achieve new fitness goals, she eats a balanced diet, she visits her doctor for routine exams and she makes time for her family and friends. In the summer you may see Micelle sailing in the bay with her husband Tom. Ask Michelle about her three children and you’ll really see her face light up 🙂