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.
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