RISE Athlete Spotlight: Alexandra P
Photo by @loribaskinphotography
Alexandra wears a lot of hats and she manages them all like a pro: with a realistic approach, a sense of humor and a true love for those around her. She knows what is important in life and her health is at the top of the list. In the last 6 months we have watched her take it to the next level. She is lifting heavier weights, fitting in more reps, running faster with ease and doing it all with that smile (see photo). Alexandra, thank you for the good juju that you bring with you into the studio every day, for bringing your kids in for babysitting [MWF 9:45a] and for your support of RISE over the years. We know you are going to run that sub 7 minute mile soon.
Q: What inspired your path towards better health in 2019?
I've always tried to be active and go to the gym, but with babies and toddlers, I was just squeezing in workouts when I could make it work with their schedules. Since my kids are older now, I wanted to prioritize myself and my wellbeing. I spent a lot of 2018 strengthening a chronic ankle injury, and I wanted to step it up in 2019. Q: Why RISE? I started coming to RISE because I knew I wouldn't be able to accomplish what I wanted if I continued to work out on my own. I keep coming for so many reasons. I love the variety of classes - both the format from day to day, as well as the option to choose between a front studio HIIT class and a RRC class. RISE holds you accountable in a positive way and I love that. I know that the trainers will always push me to run a little bit faster or lift a little bit heavier than I think I am capable of. At the same time, they recognize we are all human and have bad days and they teach you to listen to and honor what your body needs on any given day. I appreciate knowing that even if I am not feeling 100%, I can still come and do what I need that day. Q: What have you learned about yourself?
That I am competitive with myself, and I loved to be pushed. I have also learned that I actually love to exercise. I used to think of working out as a chore - something I had to do to check the box. Now I find myself actually enjoying the process, even if I don't necessarily enjoy it in the moment. Also, I have learned that not only can I get myself out of bed at 4:45 am, I actually like it. Q: What were your initial goals? How have your goals transformed over time?
Initially my goal was to get back in shape and regain the energy I need to keep up with my family's busy schedule. Now, I want to continue to get stronger and model a healthy lifestyle for my children. The trainers at RISE have made me realize that it's a privilege to be able to move my body every day and that not everyone has that ability, so I don't want to waste that. I also like to set smaller, but specific goals for myself - for example, I'd like to run a mile under 7 minutes again. Q: What's your favorite class? Favorite exercise? Least favorite exercise?
This is a tough question. I love them all for different reasons and they all challenge me in different ways. I love coming to BASE on Mondays to start my week - I schedule my weeks around being able to come on Monday. My favorite exercise right now is running. As a former cross country runner, I always loved to run, but I got away from it for a number of years. My least favorite exercise is burpees, without a doubt. Q: What do you want others to know?
Even if you're nervous, just walk in the door. Before coming to RISE I had never even heard of a Turkish Getup, let alone was I able to do one. I've been a member at a number of gyms and studios over the years but never one like this. The trainers here know you as a person and genuinely care about your progress and want to see you succeed. Beyond that, they are certified and extremely knowledgeable. Give RISE a try. You won't regret it!