Soon, Holly Bennett will be doing two-a-days at the gym.
She’s made a routine out of starting her days with a 30-minute circuit workout at 9Round. Once her daughter turns 10, they’ll go to the gym together in the evenings.
Her daughter does gymnastics and tennis, but this will be something mom and daughter can do together.
The 36-year-old La Vista woman was drawn to the fitness studio because it offered daily instruction and was something different than solo workouts at a large gym.
Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I’ve always worked out. I was looking for something different when I went to 9Round. I like it better than just going to the gym and doing my own thing.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: It’s nine different stations. You spend three minutes at each station. It’s different every day. Your first one’s jump rope, then some weights and then the boxing part of it. You have abs at the end. I’m there seven days a week.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: Losing weight. Right now, I have about 15 to 20 (pounds) left to lose. I’ve been there since November, and I’ve lost 12 pounds.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: I feel like the whole cardio part of it has really helped me with endurance. When I went by myself, I would run here and there, but it was a lot more weightlifting. It’s all mixed here, so I don’t feel like I’m doing cardio as much as I am.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: I’ve been working out at 5:30 in the morning so I can get it done. Then, when I get off work, I can go home and do stuff with my daughter.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: My Apple Watch. I want to close my rings on it. (Rings represent time exercising, time standing and time moving. Once you meet the goals for each, the rings close.) I share my activity with six people, and it’s kind of a competition, motivation between all of us.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: When you’re sitting at a gym and someone’s just sitting at a machine looking at Facebook on their phone. That’s annoying. At (9Round), it’s really not an option because you’re going.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: I tote my daughter around. I have a road bike, so I like to go ride that, and my family does that, too. It’s something we can all do together.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: A really good sports bra.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: Just keep at it, and (you’re) going to get there. It takes a lot of work getting your body used to it. (Trainers) are going to help you and tailor it to what you can do, and you’ll get there. Just keep going.
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