Katie Althoff’s workout classes give her nearly an hour of uninterrupted “me time.”
The La Vista woman — a wife and mother of one — gets her workouts in at Pure Barre. The classes combine yoga, Pilates and ballet movements performed on a dance barre.
While she’s stretching, lifting small weights and holding poses at the ballet barre, the 37-year-old is also getting a chance to clear her mind.
“It’s my meditation,” Althoff said.
Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I’ve been at Pure Barre for 1½ years. I just celebrated my 100th class. I got back into the gym after having a kiddo and needing to lose my mom weight. I wanted to get back to being physically active. I grew up seeing my parents work out together and lead a healthier lifestyle. I want to be a good example for my son.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: I try to get to class five days a week. We start with getting our heart rates up and then move on to weights and the barre. You’re doing strength and aerobics.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: I don’t know that I have a goal, but when I get to class, I feel better physically and I feel less stressed mentally. It’s my 55 minutes of “me time.” The only person you’re really focused on or see is you.
Q: What is your biggest accomplishment?
A: I think just showing up is half the battle. I get motivation from my husband and son who are always asking if I went to class. It’s that constant reminder.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: Wintertime. The weather was all dreary and there was no sunshine. That made it tough to motivate myself to go. You feel it when you’re not physically active. It’s easy to talk yourself out of something.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: All the positive energy and positive people here keeps me on track. They hold you accountable, whether they know it or not. And also my family. My husband, Adam, and my 6-year-old son, Aiden, are encouraging.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: When people show up late to class. Then they stay in the corner of the studio by the door, and it gets really crowded.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: It’s just the three of us — me, my husband and our son — and we pretty much do everything together. We’re really outdoorsy people. We like golfing, hiking, camping and kayaking.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
A: Sticky socks. It’s not easy to get down and do all those planks and things without your sticky socks.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: Just stick with it. Eventually it gets easier and becomes part of your day. In the beginning it’s difficult, but you get to know people and it becomes your second home.