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Novem BootCamp’s Athlete of the Month: Shanna

Behind the scenes with our BootCamp Athlete of the Month, Shanna!

What made you decide to join our Novem BootCamp?
I had a Living Social gym pass a few years ago and decided to try spinning, yoga, and Novem Bootcamp. I enjoyed spinning, hated yoga, and loved Bootcamp – so I just had to join!

Name a fitness goal that you have.
So many. Get back to doing box jumps instead of steps, doing pull ups without any assistance…basically just being able to do almost any workout without scaling.

Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I grew up very poor and didn’t have the opportunity to go to college until 2014. My husband fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams of being a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and he was able to win enough money to afford for me to quit my job, go to school (and graduate with honors), and become a respiratory therapist.

What is your Athletic background?
I did gymnastics from about 5 – 10 years old. I hated it. I played softball in middle school and really enjoyed that, but then I got hurt and my mom wouldn’t let me play any sports after that. Then when I was about 23 years old I decided that I wanted to run a marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. So I trained for about 4 months and ran a marathon. After a few Broad Street runs, a slew of 5ks, a bunch of dog runs for Monster Milers, and a Warrior Dash – I wanted to mix more strength training into my fitness activities.

What is your Favorite and Least Favorite Movement? Why?
My favorite is probably jumping rope or slam balls. I think they can be really fun if you get into a rhythm and don’t lose it. Booty Complex is my least favorite. They are very time consuming and they make me feel like I want to die.

How has BootCamp changed your outlook on everyday life?
I sustained an ankle injury in class about 2 years ago that put me out for over a year. I got back to running after 6 months, but I was hesitant to come back to Novem for a while because I was so nervous to get hurt again. But the outlook I gained from coming back and that I’m trying to carry through a lot of other challenges in life is that it’s alright if I get hurt. I can always take a time out, heal and recover, and then get right back out there.

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