CoreFit Member Highlight: Cindi John
Occupation: Neuroscience Nurse Educator (RN)
From: Born in Dallas; My dad was an Air Force pilot so we’ve lived in Alabama, New York, Germany, Texas, Oregon, and finally Washington State.
When did you start coming to CoreFit? I started with Kurt when he was a Personal Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness/Oz Fitness in January 2008.
Why did you start coming to CoreFit? In December 2007, I stepped on the scales weighing almost 200# on a 5′ frame. Enough was enough, and I wanted to make a change! So I signed up at OZ Fitness in January 2008 for a “12-week Challenge.” They assigned Kurt to me…
Who is your greatest fitspiration and why? It has to be Kurt. He has such a positive attitude. He walks the talk and practices what he preaches. He does all the workouts that he creates and is committed to taking himself to the next level (and dragging everyone else along with him!).
What is your next fitness goal? I always have goals! Short term: Focus on better nutrition to improve my performance. More spear throws. The Z-wall on my own. Flipping the tire on my own. Long term (next summer): Spartan Trifecta and a couple Half-Ironmans…and throw in a few half-marathons and all the other little runs!!
Favorite workout song? Oh geez…I love whatever Darren Salquist puts on for workouts, but my most motivating music is the Rocky songs, especially Eye of the Tiger. It has alot of connotations for me when I was achieving my goals back in 2008-2009. I was never an athlete in my 20s and 30s, and to become one in my late 50s was a HUGE mindset change! Seriously? A first-time Ironman at age 58?
When you are in the heat of the workout and feel like quitting, you think… “You can’t quit now…you can do anything for a minute!” I do alot of self-talk and cussing in my head. I glare at whichever trainer is leading the workout. But I am not a quitter…the clock may run out and you will often find me finishing the whole thing.
What has been your biggest accomplishment at CoreFit so far? I have 3 things that I give CoreFit credit for: My first Ironman which was Ironman Canada, in 2013 at age 58. Ryan Hite wrote my plan, but Kurt was my mental coach. It was a huge accomplishment for someone who was adamant about “never going to do an Ironman!!”
And climbing the rope! I mastered it in the gym, but it took me 3 Spartan races to nail!
What is your biggest dietary weakness? Sweet and salty! Potato chips, M&Ms and maple bars.
Favorite part about CoreFit? Crossing that threshold every single day! I never miss a workout if I can help it. The trainers, the camaraderie of all the CoreFit people. We are like family!
If you could sit down to lunch with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you choose to have lunch with and why? Mother Theresa. She was such an inspiration for her compassion, generosity, and selflessness.
How has coming to CoreFit influenced the rest of your life? I laugh, because sometimes I envision a 90-year old me, and a 60-year old Kurt still making me do Turkish Get-ups, perfect planks, push-ups, or pull-ups…I am committed for as long as I can walk into the gym!
What is a motto or saying that you live your life by? I have so many, but I would say my favorite is: “You can do this! It is never too late to try…because sweat, trying, failing, and achieving all make life meaningful.” And of course, “Enjoy and Live Life.”
What are your main hobbies outside of CoreFit? Reading! I absolutely love to read! Baking. Being with my family. Our cabin at Priest Lake. Downhill and X-Country skiing.
Favorite workout/exercise? Oh my gosh…tough question…my favorite workout is “12 Days of Christmas.” Isolated workouts are Bench Press and Deadlifts.
Least favorite? TURKISH GET- UPs. You do not want to be in the gym when I have to do them!!
If you could have all the money in the world, how would you spend your days? Traveling! I love to go new places! I would bike with Raland all through Europe. I’d also use the money to fund schools for children; for books and technology to take them places they’ve never been before. I’d try to find the cure for brain tumors.
Favorite Restaurant? In Spokane, Kendall Yards for breakfast. In Texas, Lockhart BBQ for beef brisket and Cowboy margaritas!
What has been your top memory at CoreFit to date? That’s a loaded question!! I have been with CoreFit since before it existed. It was a dream of Kurt’s to open his own gym. He even purchased a trailer outfitted with gym equipment (hence, the Mobile Fitness concept). Since then it evolved into “Strength, Speed, and Endurance” and finally morphed into CoreFIT (Crosstraining with Obstacles, Resistance, and Endurance).
When we were in the Paulsen Building, we would run up and down the stairs and through the halls with sandbags. I always wondered what the tenants really thought of us!
Another top one is when we all did our first Spartan Race in Big Fork, Montana and jumping over the fire.