Janakaye Brammer has never been a gym-goer.

But since January, she’s been a regular at the Charles E. Lakin YMCA in Council Bluffs. The 24-year-old hits the gym six to seven days a week.

Brammer wants to be able to keep up with her children — all six of them. It helps that the kiddos look forward to the YMCA’s child care rooms.

Brammer draws more motivation from her gym buddy and mom. The mother-daughter duo works out together most evenings.

“I love it because it’s a bonding experience, and it’s helping her get into shape,” Brammer said. “We have the same goals.”

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Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: I started in January. I need to get in shape for my kids.

Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?

A: I’m here six to seven days a week. I normally work different body parts each day I’m here. I follow a routine in an app.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: I have no goal in mind. I just want to be healthy for my kids and be a good role model.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: Seeing myself get better at lifting. I started the program in January and just restarted it three days ago. I used to be able to bench 20 pounds. Now I can do almost 70.

Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?

A: Cardio. I hate cardio, and I need to do more of it.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: My kids and my mom. My mom’s been really motivated.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: People leaving their weights out.

Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?

A: I chase around children. We like to go on vacation to Texas every year.

Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?

A: Pre JYM supplement.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

A: Don’t be scared of coming. Go for it.

Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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