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Meet the Trainer – Kat Condon

Today we would like to introduce you to Kat Condon, the Assistant Coach at Fit Republic – McHenry. Here are 6 things you might not know about her.

1. I moved here from Los Angeles and after checking out a few other gyms, Fit Republic seemed like the place for me! The staff was friendly, I loved the space and equipment in the gyms and studios and felt such a camaraderie with the members.

2. I have been coaching the 5am and 6am morning classes for over a year now and the members who have been with me from the beginning of my time working as a Coach have become my pseudo-family. Together we have built not only a place of trust and camaraderie but also hard work and success. It brings me so much joy to see how far each of them have come and encourages me to keep pushing my newer members so that they can see success as well!

3. I have a unique story as a Coach in that I was actually a gym member and student of the Fiit Nation program before joining the staff! This allowed me the unique perspective of seeing the class how outside members can possibly view it – I was also nervous, apprehensive and insecure just like a lot of them! That being said, we all come to a gym for a reason – to improve our health and well-being. The Fiit Nation program can be the cornerstone of that journey – you’ve just got to walk through those doors and believe in yourself!

4. As with everything in life, our fitness journeys have peaks and valleys. There are days when everything feels great in class and other days when making it through just one round seems impossible. My advice to my members is always this – just show up. There are so many positive things that can happen by just walking through the gym doors. You can’t be motivated 100% of the time but if you show up you can at least put in the work and be proud that you accomplished something instead of sitting at home doing nothing. It’s on those days that you really have to push and grind through each rep that the real changes occur – not just physically but mentally!

5. In the most basic sense, functional fitness prepares you for activities in your daily life versus other types of training that are more specific, such as marathon training or a lifting competition. Though some of the exercises that we perform may also be used in different types of programs and training regimens, we focus on functional exercises that work to improve your daily life. The one example that I always love to share is when we think about picking up our groceries. You might not realize this, but you are actually performing a deadlift each time you pick your grocery bags up off the floor! Working on these movements in class can better prepare you for these basic daily activities.

6. Your journey to better health and well-being is just that – YOURS. It is up to you to put in the work and make the changes. The FIIT Nation program and Coaches are there to help motivate you and challenge you but we can’t do it for you. It ultimately falls on you to choose whether or not you want to succeed on this journey. Once you realize that you are the only real roadblock in your way to success, you can do anything!

Swing by the McHenry Ave location in Modesto and say “HI!”. Click here to get a free pass and come check it out!