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Athlete Spotlight Steven Murray

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What was your fitness like before you came to MECKA Fitness?
Ugh, pretty limited. An occasional run or trip to the gym but nothing consistent.


How long have you been working out with us and how did you get into it?
I’ve been working out at Mecka for about a year and like all of my fitness adventures my wife signed me up.
What were your thoughts after your first workout here?
I thought I was in over my head but the staff was so encouraging that it made it easy to come back and try again.
What were your goals when joining us?
To get moving again and drop a few pounds.
Since joining what physical and mental transformations have you made? Tell us about that.
Physically I’ve lost 30 plus pounds and feel great. Mentally its be to redefine what’s important and to prioritize healthier living.
What inspired you to make such a drastic change to get healthier? What or who was the biggest motivator?
I just started feeling really tired and old. My wife and kids are very active and I wanted to be able to keep up with them.
What has been the most challenging part of your journey? Biggest obstacles?
The biggest challenge has been getting my diet under control. I was a big stress (and over) eater so finding better ways to manage my stress.
14724457_1855893867963934_6612039728833725037_nWhat changes have you made to your daily life, diet & workout routine that have been the most successful for you?
I started with my diet and making much healthier food choices. Eating healthier made me feel so much better and gave me a boost of energy and confidence, which lead to better workouts. I found that starting with small changes helped build momentum to make bigger changes and carry me through the days I didn’t feel my best.
What advice would you give someone looking to start a similar journey?
Just show up. The workouts will take care of themselves. From the staff to everyone working out, Mecka has such great energy and an encouraging atmosphere.
Knowing how far you’ve come, if you could give your past self-advice, what would it be?
Start with small changes and build on the little wins.
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Honey crisp apples
How do you feel about the coaching staff here? Who has inspired you the most?
The staff at MECKA been amazing and one of the biggest reasons I’ve accomplished as much as I have. Early on it was April in Body Lab, who was always supportive and got me to push a little bit more. Now it’s Corinne and the post spin high-fives.
Calories don’t count. Describe your most epic cheat meal.
Pizza with a side of pizza. That’s the one thing I haven’t been able to find a substitute for.

ROW FIT FOUNDATIONS FREE

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A community FREE class for everyone! We encourage CrossFitters, Mecka members and the community to come and join this monthly class. It’s open to everyone! Learn the basics of rowing on our Concept 2 erg’s from our top notch national coach Richard Butler. Join us for this class and then become more proficient and a more effective rower.

SATURDAY OCT 8th at NOON

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: ALISON JONES

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IMG_2470What was your fitness like before coming to MECKA FITNESS?
Prior to LEBO Boot Camp and Mecka Fitness, I had never been a person that was invested in my fitness well being. I was active but would exercise when I had the time, which was not often. I never joined a gym because I thought I would always be uncomfortable and would not embrace it like I would want to. I am a single mom and devoted to my boys, so I always made them the focus and I would just “get-by” each day. If I were able to fit in a workout, I thought of myself as very lucky but did not have a consistent routine.
How long have you been working out with us and how did you get into it?
I started in March of 2015 and I had heard such amazing things about Lebo Boot Camp and the phenomenal coach that Carrie Lehman is. A good friend that was participating in the camp called me one day and told me I should give it a try. I followed his advice and it was one of the best decisions I have made.
What were your thoughts after your first workout here?
I left my first workout feeling alive, rejuvenated and amazing! Everyone was so welcoming and engaging and I felt such ease the moment I walked through the front doors. I could not wait to come back!
What were your goals when joining us?
I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for 30 years and I want to do whatever I can to keep myself healthy. I also was looking for the mental clarity that working out could bring me.
11893911_1646676328900800_7860051817316856207_oSince joining what physical and mental transformations have you made? Tell us about that.
I am physically in the very best shape I ever have been. I am strong and powerful and my endurance is amazing. My diabetes is in the best control it ever has been and every day, I awake and know that my effort is paying off. My mental transformation is even more evident than the physical, I believe. I am a better mother, girlfriend, friend, daughter, sister and employee because of the serenity that my work outs bring to me.
What inspired you to make such a drastic change to get healthier? What or who was the biggest motivator?
I wanted to improve my physical appearance and be stronger. I wanted to be able to look in the mirror and see what I felt on the inside, which was strength and determination. My biggest motivator is my love, Steve, because he pushes me on days I do not want to be pushed and I never regret working out. He attends Mecka as well and we enjoy our workouts because we get to spend that invaluable time together. He also smiles as me when we are on the treadmills and that makes me very happy.
What has been the most challenging part of your journey? Biggest obstacles?
I was unsure about how the intense workouts would effect my diabetes but I have not had any issues. It has made my blood sugar levels the best they have ever been.
What changes have you made to your daily life, diet & workout routine that have been the most successful for you?
I start my days very early and I get excited when I know I am going to get to Mecka in the evening. My diet is now clean and greatly improved. I do not have cravings like I used to and I want to get a workout in at any time that I can.
What advice would you give someone looking to start a similar journey?
Just walk through the front door. Just walk through it. Once you enter the gym lobby, you will instantly know you have just started an amazing journey that will bring you physical strength, mental stability and you will see that the community through that door will lift you and make you a better version of yourself.
11999731_1659060454329054_2907051012817367809_oFavorite WOD/Workout Least Favorite WOD/Workout:
I love butterfly sit-ups and air squats! I love them! I am not a huge fan of burpees but I am getting better at them.
Something no one at the gym knows about you?
I have been dating my boyfriend, Steve, for almost 3 years and every single time I am getting ready to see him or he is coming to pick me up, I get butterflies in my stomach and my heart races. We live on the same street and even when I drive past his house, I feel the flutter in my stomach in anticipation that I may see him.
When you’re not here, where are we most likely to find you?
I will be spending time with the people I love most in the world.
Knowing how far you’ve come, if you could give your past self-advice, what would it be?
Don’t let you get in the way of you!
Favorite healthy snack
Cucumbers.

Do you look up to any particular athlete at the gym?
I admire Carrie. She is my definition of strength and I love her for that.
How do you feel about the coaching staff here? Who has inspired you the most?
As I said, I love Carrie Lehman! She inspires me every day and she was with me when I started at Crossfit/Mecka and she has supported me the entire time. Everyone at Mecka is amazing.

New Cycle Leaderboard info

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Why does MECKA cycle offer better results than other CYCLE STUDIOS?

REAL TIME STATISTICS

 

Dynamic Leaderboard- CLICK HERE

Spivi® collects data from your bikes and displays: Heart-Rate, Power, Cadence, Speed, Distance, Energy, Burned Calories and Rank!
Spivi® combines the data with personal information such as age, weight and performance history it has on record, and generates a unique group simulation in real-time.

and also

Live Performance Feedback

Spivi® collects data from sensors on all bikes in the studio, combines them with the customers’ personal information and privacy settings preferences, and generates live performance feedback. Attributes such as Heart-Rate, Power, Cadence, Speed, Distance, Energy, Burned calories and more are available.

Member Spotlight- Abby Geisel

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Mecka Member Abby began her journey here, in August of 2015. She took advantage of our 13 credits a month series and then quickly converted into a monthly unlimited member. Abby has been in over 100 classes and, she continues to grow strong! For her  May 1st inaugural Pittsburgh half-marathon run, she held a cycle fundraiser we sponsored here, in which she used the raised funds for Cutch’s camp. We are so happy to have her apart of our Mecka community.

Q: What motivates you to take your fitness journey be here, at Mecka?

A: Mecka is an extremely open and inclusive, fun place to workout. I’ve never been to another gym where I’ve felt so comfortable on my fitness journey. There is truly something for everyone here and I love meeting all of the new people who come here.

Q: What is your favorite song to sprint to?

A: Currently I’ve really been digging Cheap Thrills by Sia. 

Q: Do you have a fave shake or pre/post workout snack?

A: Anything green! I love mixing in some kale or spinach with fruits and veggies. I’m always up for experimenting but giving my body the right nutrition it needs to perform at a high level.

Q: Can you share a favorite motivational Quote with us?

A: Today is a good day for a good day!