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RF Featured Member: Stacia Reeves

Stacia has been an RF member for about a year and in that time has made a big impact on our community. She is dedicated, hardworking, and always spreading positivity. Whether she is being friendly and welcoming towards our new members or cracking jokes with our OGs, Stacia has an infectious energy that we love! No matter how tough the workouts, she always gives it her all and pushes herself. She also just recently participated in our 2023 Summer Lift-Off as one of the FIRST non-barbell athletes, completing a brutal amount of squats and deadlifts and a super challenging pull up hang for time. We're so proud of her progress and accomplishments while at RF, but we're even more grateful to have Stacia as part of the RF crew. Way to go, Stacia! Can't wait to see what you can accomplish next!

If there was one thing you could say to your Coach, what would it be?

Luckily, I have 3 coaches ( Jesus, Karina, and Alex). I would say the same one thing (ok, 2 ) to each of them: Thank you for being so knowledgeable about strength conditioning, and being so helpful in teaching and re-teaching me correct techniques at each workout.

Tell us a little about you. Where are you from? Are you a parent? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I was born and raised in Tucson. After graduating from the U of A, I married my husband Jay, who was an avid rock climber. We would travel in the summers to music festivals and go rock climbing between shows We have slowed down quite a bit from all of that, but we still love going to live music. Last January, I retired from teaching after 25 years. Now I am spending my time doing projects at home, working out, and being a part time care taker for my parents. I also love to read and take naps!

What was the moment that made you decide to join Resilient Fitness?

I was swimming with Emily, an RF member, and she was talking about how much her swimming was improving as a result of working out at RF. It really got me thinking how much I needed strength training as part of my life. So, I made the call to Jesus.

What is your fitness/nutrition experience prior to RF?

I was inconsistent with exercise, because work took up most of my energy. I would find myself going all out in exercising on weekends, and doing nothing during the week. The on/off again pattern was my norm for years.

What were your fitness habits like before joining RF? Were you already active? Were you new to fitness?

I would play water polo on weekends and try to swim laps 2-3 times a week. Cardio workouts were all I knew, so that is all I did. I’d never lifted weights.

Why do you think RF worked so well for you compared to other programs and instruction.

First, RF is a community, not just a place to work out. I felt welcomed right away from the coaches and the members. Second, I love how the classes are designed. They keep my attention, and I see progress from class to class. Lastly the coaches are so knowledgeable and effective in their instruction, that I look forward to learning more from them.

What was the biggest challenge or change when you first started with RF?

My biggest challenge was learning and facing my limitations. I could not do push-ups, and struggled accepting that reality. With various modifications and practice, I am getting stronger and can do some pushups now. That is just one example of many that I faced early on.

What has been your biggest success while attending RF?

I joined the nutrition group. I am learning how to eat to increase my endurance. My love/hate relationship with food is becoming more rational and less emotionally charged! So my biggest success has been learning from the nutrition group and adopting a new attitude about nutrition

What were 3 major non-scale victories you experienced with RF?

1) I feel more comfortable in my skin!

2) I eat healthier for my lifestyle.

3) Strength conditioning is a regular part of my lifestyle now.

How has your life improved thanks to your time with RF?

I feel healthier and stronger. My sense of self has improved with that.

What are 3 tips, based on your experience, that you’d give to new members of RF to help them see success early on?

Try classes at different times if you can. That way you get to meet more of the RF members. Start up again, even after missing days or weeks. Go to the workshops that specialize on specific moves. They are fun and really help!

If someone is thinking about joining RF, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey?

It is a lifestyle, not a race or competition.

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