The Spark Chronicles Episode 12: Athlete of the Month Amie GripentrogJun 01, 2022
Congrats to Amie G. as the Spark of the Month for June! Amie is one of our long-time Spark clients who paused for a while and then came back. She is married with a 4 year old son and is a full-time EMT. We’re SO proud of all her progress and look forward to seeing more big wins!
JS: So Amie, welcome and congrats to being our SOTM for June! It’s nice meeting you outside of the gym here at Grounds today for some coffee talk.
AG: Thank you!
JS: So tell us why you came to Spark and what sets working with Coach Sarah apart from past experiences?
AG: So I started with Sarah because I wanted to go to the fire academy and I needed to get through it so she coached me through all of that and I made it through and then I dropped out for awhile but I decided to come back because I love it.
JS: So what do you think sets Spark apart from other places?
AG: Well I’m not exactly sure because I’ve never worked (out) at any other places but I know that Sarah is a great Coach. She’s very full of energy; Always has a big smile on her face and a lot of good energy. It makes you happy even if you’re having a really bad day and don’t want to be at the gym, she’ll help get you into it.
JS: What are you approaching differently 'this time' around compared to your prior fitness endeavors?
AG: Well Sarah has gotten me to do a lot of reworking of how I approach fitness because before Sarah I was a 900 calorie cardio person which never worked for me and I always gained the weight back. So, Sarah really showed me that there’s other ways to do it, easier ways that are more effective honestly and weight lifting has been a huge part of it. I never thought that I would lift weights and that is the one thing I love most now, cardio… no thanks…
JS: Yeah , I don’t like cardio either, haha…
JS: What has been your biggest win since joining Spark?
AG: I think it’s self confidence, she’s pushed me to do things that I didn’t know that I could do. I never thought that I would be doing deadlifts. I think that that is a huge win and I have much more confidence especially with my job because I’m dealing with moving people around in emergency situations and I walk into a room and I know I can do it.
JS: How do you balance your schedule/training/work life?
AG: Well my job kind of makes that fairly easy because I work 12 hour shifts so I have 4 days off during the week which gives me more that enough time to go to the gym and I have also gotten really good at packing my lunches and I’ve become very meticulous about that so that helps a lot. But having the 4 days off is great because I have time to go to the gym, or meet with Sarah and balance home life.
JS: Do you normally train an hour or 30 minutes? Rather, what’s your routine?
AG: I meet with Sarah Mondays and Wednesdays for a half hour and then Tuesdays and Sundays I go in for an hour and do the routines myself.
JS: How do you like using the app?
AG: I LOVE it! I’ve actually told people I would kind of be lost without it. Although I know most of the workouts, It makes it so easy to just walk into the gym and get started, I don't have to look around or guess what I am doing because it’s all in there in the app and it tracks all of my progress which is great. It also records your last weight so I can see and keep track of all my progress so I love it.
JS: Yes I love that too and I love the community aspect. I know you said you haven’t done a lot of the community outings yet.
AG: Yes, It’s really nice to see all the shout outs from everyone in the app, and I see all of the outings but I just haven’t made it out yet to any of the hikes. I’m working towards that!
JS: Well, I hope you can get out and join us for a hike soon and connect with more of us and also try Monday meditation. Congrats again for being our SOTM and we look forward to continuing to see your progress!
AG: Thanks so much!