Member of the Month

We love our members at Element Gym!

We're so fortunate to have such dedicated people in our community. Take a look at some of the amazing people that show continuous hard work and dedication! 

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Katie

Katie Grove

April 2018

You've most likely seen Katie around the gym working hard in those boxing classes!  Here is more about Katie and her experience here at Element!

How long have you been coming to Element?
Since September 2017.

What initially drew you to joining the Element community?
I was volunteering at a fitness facility in Monticello as a volunteer coach for Rock Steady Boxing, which is a class for Parkinson's patients, but didn't know enough about boxing.  Element is close to where I live, so I ended up here in the boxing classes at noon.  Haven't quit yet!  Love it!

What is your favorite workout to participate in at Element?
Boxing class but just added the circuit classes.  Great to have someone push you.

What is one of your go-to workout songs?
"War" by Edwin Starr

What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in your life since coming to Element?
I am stronger, happier, and my coordination has improved.  I also play tennis and boxing has definitely helped my game.

Tell us why you love Element.
The facility is clean, open, with everything you need to workout.  The coaches will adapt any exercise for you if you are struggling.  The social component is also great!  As a new resident to the Twin Cities, it is fun to get to know the coaches and members.  Also, love the community aspect.

What advice would you share with someone starting out at Element?
If you have a preconceived notion that boxing is not for you, give it up!  I am 66-years-old and feel great and everyone here accepts everyone else no matter age, gender, race or religion!  

We couldn't agree with you more on those points, Katie!  Great job putting in all that hard work and dedication towards sharpening your boxing skills!  Also, thanks for providing another valued voice to support the diverse community we have here at Element.  #getinit


Jelani

Jelani

February 2018

👏Go get 'em, Little J!

When he jumps into class, he's always ready to work!  See what inspires and motivates Jelani to do his best in boxing class at Element Gym below. 

HEY JELANI! TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR EXPERIENCE AT ELEMENT GYM.

How long have you been coming to Element?
Since December 2017

What initially drew you to joining the Element community?
My Uncle Douglas Demmings (who was in the Minnesota Hall of Fame!) was a boxer and I like boxing.

What is your favorite workout to participate in at Element?
Jump roping

What is one of your go-to workout songs?
Panda

What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in your life since coming to Element?
Meeting new friends and learning new things like wrapping your hands and new exercises.

Tell us why you love Element.
Because I learn to fight.

What advice would you share with someone starting out at Element?
Try to stay consistent in class.

We like those wise words from such a young man!  We also love seeing all the progress you've made since you started, Jelani.  Thanks for putting in all that #hardwork and #dedication! 👊


Meg Kane

Meg Kane

January 2018

How long have you been coming to Element?
Since it opened seven years ago.

What initially drew you to joining the Element community?
I met Dalton and Lacee my first day.

What is your favorite workout to participate in at Element?
Kickboxing

What is one of your go-to workout songs?
Mozart’s Requiem

What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in your life since coming to Element?
I am much healthier and have lost weight.

Tell us why you love Element.
Because it is like a large, rowdy, loving family.

What advice would you share with someone starting out at Element?
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

We all love the fun and dedicated spirit you bring to the gym. Thank you for being a part of our rowdy family!


Kylie Pel

Kylie Pel

December 2017

Hi Kylie, tell us about yourself!

How long have you been coming to Element?
One month.

What initially drew you to joining the Element community?
I was interested in boxing so I joined Element.

What is your favorite workout to participate in at Element?
Combination punches.

What is one of your go-to workout songs?
All Star by Smashmouth or Slide by Calvin Harris.

What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in your life since coming to Element?
I’ve gotten better at punching, I punch more harder and faster.

Tell us why you love Element.
Great teachers.

What advice would you share with someone starting out at Element?
Take your time.

That's some great advice! Thank you, Kylie, for sharing your Element experience. We're so happy and proud to have you as a part of our team! 👊


Rachel Vikla

Rachel Vikla

November 2017

HI RACHAEL, TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!

How long have you been coming to Element?
I’ve been coming to Element for about a year now. I started coming last October but stopped for a few months and returned this spring with a vengeance!

What initially drew you to joining the Element community?
The first time I came to the gym I came with a friend and was surprised how welcoming everybody was! People were friendly and helped me get the hang of things. Everybody is focused on having a good time and getting in a good workout!

What is your favorite workout to participate in at Element?
I love the cardio boxing classes!

What is one of your go-to workout songs?
Oh man! I love anything that has a good beat that keeps you moving and energized. Can I bring in my own playlist for class?!

What is the biggest change you’ve noticed in your life since coming to Element?
Since coming to Element I feel more energized and ready to take things on in life! I’ve struggled with anxiety and going to the boxing classes has definitely helped me keep that in check more. I feel more centered after classes and all my stress from the day just melts away. Punching bags really gets your stress and frustrations out!

Tell us why you love Element.
The environment is so supportive and non-judgmental. Everybody is at different stages and nobody is there to judge you or make you feel like you can’t do it and instead try to encourage you to keep going. The coaches understand that everybody’s at different fitness levels and they meet you where you’re at while still pushing you to improve.

What advice would you share with someone starting out at Element?
Come out and enjoy yourself! It looks scary at first but it really isn’t, and you’ll be so proud of yourself afterwards (at least I always am!). Just take that first step and I promise you won’t regret it. If you have any questions, just ask! Oh, and make sure to bring a water bottle!

Thank you, Rachael, for sharing your experience. We're so happy to have members like you as a part of our community.  Your smiling face is a part of what makes Element a unique and welcoming place to sweat!  We'll see you around the gym. 

P.S. Ask Pam to turn up your playlist next time. 😉