WFOB Lady of the Month
We are ever grateful for the adoring, fit, and healthy community that makes up WFOB. We want to share your successes with other members and have come up with the WFOB Lady of the Month. We will feature members – young, mature, new, and many years-in. You all have grand stories to share!
Tell us your tale. We want to know it! Email email@example.com.
The latest? Jen Vlasuk, another amazing member of our community. She is our Lady for February 2017.
What do you do for work? Relationship Manager – Vice President at a bank
What made you join WFOB? And how long have you been a member? I’ve had a membership for over 10 years. I joined to workout with a coworker who was a member. She was injured and quit so I came sporadically, then not at all…. we’ll use the term “member” loosely for those 8 years. I started coming again in 2014 because I wanted to feel good about myself. I signed up for personal training because that is not always enough to make me go.
What are your fitness goals? To be fit by fifty. Haven’t quite figured the rest out yet.
What is the pose or move in any class or workout that makes you feel strong? Why? I feel strong when I have finished a training session, and I think. “I JUST DID THAT!!! I didn’t think I could, it wasn’t pretty, but I did it. And next time it will be harder and I will do that too…”
What do you think everyone should know about WFOB? It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is. The staff is there for you, they want you to succeed at whatever made you walk through their door.
Chanda Ruff, pictured here.
What do you do for work? Senior Credit Analyst at Wells Fargo – I work with Borrowers in the Retail Finance department.
What made you join WFOB? And how long have you been a member? I had considered joining a gym for quite some time and while I was walking to work one day, I saw the Women’s Fitness of Boston sign hanging on School Street. I didn’t go into the gym right that minute but realized that I was still thinking about the gym a few days later, so I chose to sign up the following week during the fall of 2015. I hadn’t even considered an all-women gym but I loved the idea once I realized that one existed literally 5 minutes from my job.
What are your fitness goals? At first, I just wanted to lose weight but now I’ve accomplished that goal and I’m all about building muscle. I’m also trying to develop a better relationship with food that will enable me to feel like it’s OK to eat a slice of pizza (or 2, or maybe 3…) without feeling like I have to run to the gym afterwards.
What is the pose or move in any class or workout that makes you feel strong? Why? BODYSHRED in general! Talk about a class that kicks your butt each time! Getting through a BODYSHRED class makes me feel like I can conquer the world afterwards because it’s so tough and physically demanding.
What do you think everyone should know about WFOB? The personal training is wonderful! I work with Quincy specifically and she’s great! She’s always pushing me to give it my all and always showing me some crazy new exercise!
Who was first up? Yolande Haydon, pictured below.
What do you do for work? I’m the Business Manager for a drug development company focusing on Alzheimer’s disease. As it’s a virtual company, I work at home, which means my work outfit some days is a bathrobe.
What made you join WFOB? And how long have you been a member? By Thanksgiving of 2011 I had put on a LOT of weight and knew that I had to move more and eat less or turn into a giant, inactive blob. I managed to improve my eating habits a bit and started walking, but eventually realized I needed help to step up the exercise and add strength training. Lo and behold! In 2013 Women’s Fitness of Boston was offering a personal training special that I decided to try. Three years later, I’m still training.
What are your fitness goals? I’m trying to keep the weight off (I do NOT want to buy clothes in a bigger size), keep strong and keep moving. I can tell that the personal training has made a difference when I’m out sailing and my husband tells me to grind winches; my back, arms, legs and core are all more able to keep up.
What is the pose or move in any class or workout that makes you feel strong? Why? My favorite part of a workout changes from week to week as I like variety, but I’m pretty keen on a boxing workout as it makes me feel like a beast. A short, white-haired beast.
What do you think everyone should know about WFOB? The support at WFOB is outstanding, not just as a client but as part of an extended family. I had a health problem in the last year and both staff and other members of WFOB encouraged me as I went through treatment.