One of our personal trainers Adriana recently interviewed another employee, Sabina Lovett, about her weight loss journey this last year and a half. Sabina started out working as a front desk employee and is now our weekend manager on duty. She started using one of her employment benefits here at the SAC, access to the facility and fitness staff, transforming her body and life. To hear about how Sabina lost over 40 lbs read her interview below.
When did you start working at the SAC?
- I started working at the SAC in November 2014.
How did you feel about your general health when you started here?
- I didn’t really start working out/losing weight until this last September. When I started here I felt horrible about myself, to be honest. I was going back and forth between 175 and 165 pounds. I didn’t have a lot of energy and was constantly eating out. My skin looked terrible because it was extremely red and blotchy and I had fairly bad acne.
What have you done exercise/nutritionally/stress wise to better your health?
- I started off just working out and not really changing my diet. I lost about 15 pounds pretty quickly. I was mostly running and doing light weights with a lot of reps. Once I hit about 155 pounds I hit kind of a plateau, which I knew then that I needed to change my diet. I stopped eating out so much (which has saved me a bunch of money too). Portion control was really a big thing for me. I started using smaller plates which really helped. I started upping the weights I was using and slowly added more time into my workouts. I started doing half hour workouts and now try to work out for 1 ½ hours if I have time.
How much weight have you lost?
- When I started losing weight my goal was to just get back to my high school weight of about 135-125. I’ve reached that goal, as I am now 135. Now my goal is to get down to 125 and I’m working hard to have arms like yours 😉
How has your improved health impacted your life?
- Losing the weight and becoming healthier, in general, has helped me a lot. My skin has completely cleared up and I don’t need to wear makeup now 🙂 My energy level is so much better! I’m able to walk to work a lot faster and I don’t sweat as much now when I’m just walking. I have to admit I’ve always suffered from insomnia so even if I do workout a lot, it doesn’t make a difference with my sleeping patterns. I feel so much more confident in myself now as well and it’s definitely helped with my stress level as I can workout my frustrations. I now look forward to working out and it’s become one of my favorite things to do.
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Summer break is here and your kids want to come to the Seattle Athletic Club Downtown (SAC) with you while you workout. It’s great that they want to come in and be healthy with you but you may be wishing you could have your workout time all to yourself. No worries, all of the SAC training staff are certified and experienced training children. Get your child some training sessions so that they know what they can and can’t do, what is safe to do, and what will help them excel in their sport. If your kids want to learn from you, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- The more basic the better. Stick to machines that are almost totally fool proof, do body weight exercises, and basic cardio machines (make sure your child “fits” the machine).
- Keep the weights light. Make sure your child is comfortable with the weight, is not being overly stressed by the weight, and can keep the technique and form throughout the movement.
- Respecting rules. Make sure your kids know that this is a place for more serious fun. Walking through common spaces, cleaning machines after use, and keeping voices to a reasonable level.
- Staying within your own abilities. If your child has never run on a treadmill they should probably stay away from doing so until they have walked on it and gotten comfortable with the machine. This applies to any equipment or exercise they have never done. Supervise your child until you feel that they have a good level of knowledge for exercise.
- Respecting the Age rules in the weight room. If your child is under 13 years old they MUST be Okayed by a trainer to be in the free weight room. Please be respectful of this rule, it is easy and cost free for you to sign your child up for a 30-40 minute weight room evaluation with a trainer. The goal of the SAC staff is to provide you and your family with a safe and fun workout atmosphere.
- Questions… just ask! If you or your child needs assistance or has a question please feel free to ask any of the SAC Trainers. We are more than happy to assist you with anything you may need.
Have fun! Encourage your kids to come in and implant the healthy lifestyle early. If they are part of a sports team this could be the way they move up the ladder. Edging out competition with strength, endurance, speed, and power is one of the best and easiest ways to improve your game! Bring them in, let them find and achieve some new goals this summer!
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