Hilary Sehring doesn’t consider herself a natural athlete, so falling into a fitness routine took some time.

She tried fad workouts and nothing stuck.

But for the last year, she’s made a habit out of her kickboxing workouts at 9Round. She hits the gym for 30-minute sessions four or five times a week.

She started to feel good and get into a routine. Now she has the goal of “becoming strong and being able to challenge myself and push myself.”

Q: When did you start working out and why?

A: Working out has always been tough for me to follow through with. I’ve been trying to get into somewhat of a routine for the past four years. I’ve tried a bunch of different fads.

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

A: They have you start out on round one. It’s just something to get your heart rate going. You do that for three minutes and then move to round two. Sometimes the rounds use the bags, but it depends on what the trainers come up with. There are nine rounds in half-an-hour classes. I go four or five times a week.

Q: What is your current fitness goal?

A: I want to be able to clap during pushups, and I want to feel strong.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?

A: They have challenges of the week, and you always try to beat everybody else on the board or your own number. To see my number on the challenges get higher and feel like I’m keeping up with some of the members who’ve been going for quite some time, that’s been really fulfilling.

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

A: I sprained my ankle at one point and thought I wouldn’t be able to exercise for at least two months. But the entire 9Round team tailored the workout specifically for me. I could still come and have a really hard workout.

Q: What helps you stay on track?

A: The trainers hold you accountable and you form a relationship with them. They’re tough on you, but they really support you and make you want to come in. Plus the fact that you can come in at any time and aren’t held to a strict class time.

Q: What is your gym pet peeve?

A: At a lot of gyms, it’s extremely intimidating and hard for people who have never exercised frequently or never exercised at all. It’s a pet peeve when others don’t make you feel included. It adds another layer of pressure when you go to the gym.

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

A: I like to eat and go out to restaurants with my fiancé and family. I go to a lot of movies, spend time with my friends and watch TV.

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

A: I now swear by jump roping. I always have to incorporate a jump rope in my workout. It gets my heart rate going.

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

A: Feel extremely proud of yourself for starting on this journey. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. You’re probably asking things a lot of other people have. Be confident in showing up to the gym and know that, specifically at 9Round, no one’s judging you. They’re there to support you.

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

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