CoreFit Member Highlight: Chelsea Tallman
Occupation: Senior Compliance Officer
From: Washington Trust Bank
When did you start coming to CoreFit? January 6, 2014
Why did you start coming to CoreFit? I had recently lost close to 100 lbs and wanted to transition from just losing to losing and gaining strength. I also had two other goals that year, be in the best shape of my life before I turned 40 and run my first Spartan.
Who is your greatest fitspiration and why? I don’t really have one. I am inspired by so many for all different reasons. People that don’t let life’s challenges get in their way, people that give it everything they have got and a little more, people that have been broken and come back fighting, every boxer my grandfather made me watch growing up, every person who makes a workout look easy, and Wonder Woman.
What is your next fitness goal? I will be doing a pilgrimage across the northern coast of Spain in the fall. I will walk the first leg of the Camino del Norte, roughly 100 miles in 7 days, with just me and my backpack. This will be a big challenge for me, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well.
When you are in the heat of the workout and feel like quitting, you think… It may sound odd, but I don’t ever think of quitting. The bigger challenge is making myself get started, once I start I will just keep going. If I don’t feel like starting then I just tell myself to suck it up and do it and then remind myself how much better off I will be once it is one.
What has been your biggest accomplishment at CoreFit so far? There have been a few, my first Spartan, my first back to back Spartan races, my first trifecta, but the biggest is just wanting to be there and wanting to get to that next level. I have never been an athletic person and every workout is an extreme physical and mental challenge for me so the fact I choose to get up and be at the gym each time is an accomplishment in itself.
What is your biggest dietary weakness? Being a born and bred foodie, I want to taste everything and want to experience food how the chef imagined rather than how it was changed based on my dietary restrictions. I want to pair that food with fantastic beverages that will enhance the flavors and experience. There isn’t one food that takes me down because it can all be so amazing!
Favorite part about CoreFit? That each day is different and when I leave I feel like I accomplished something that I wasn’t sure I could do in the beginning. I also enjoy the other members, even though the social part is harder for me than the workouts. CoreFit is part of my home and part of my 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? Alton Brown – his knowledge of food and science inspires me in the kitchen daily.
How has coming to CoreFit influenced the rest of your life? I have more courage and look for new adventure in things that scare me the most. I no longer pass by an opportunity because I think I am not strong enough, brave enough, or because it is outside of my comfort zone, instead I look forward to those opportunities and enjoy the moment, no matter how it ends.
What is a motto or saying that you live your life by? Again, I don’t really have one, it is more the idea that if something scares me then it is more reason for me to try it, maybe only once, but at least try. I don’t want fear to cause me to miss out on living! But if I had to choose one, it would be “Smile, the air is good for your teeth!”
What are your main hobbies outside of CoreFit? Hobbies? That changes with the seasons, but mostly anything where I can get outside and just be in the quiet of nature, hikes, beaches, walks through the trees, listening to the birds. I also enjoy almost anything food related, cooking, menu planning, modifying recipes, creating new recipes, feeding others, and eating.
Favorite workout/exercise? Least favorite? Favorite – Boxing, boxing, and boxing!!!! (Did somebody say get your gloves?) Least favorite – Ha! That list is long but it starts with Airdyne, ends with running, and has some box jumps thrown in.
If you could have all the money in the world, how would you spend your days?Training, traveling, and food. There is also a good chance I would finally open that little restaurant or food truck, because why not!
Favorite Restaurant? Fleur de Sel in Post Falls
What has been your top memory at CoreFit to date? Finishing the Montana Beast and Sprint, back-to-back days, to get my trifecta. When I started this journey I doubted my ability to complete one Spartan Race, nevertheless back-to-back races. Even though I was injured at the time I was still happy to be out there on the course pushing myself physically and mentally. When I am out there it is for me and me alone, to prove that I can do all the things I never thought were possible, I don’t care where I finish, just that I finish. Those two days were tough but I loved every second and was very proud of my accomplishment.