May Mom Member of the Month: O.C. Collier-Brown

Although she's a busy woman juggling two jobs and raising a teenager, O.C.  prioritize exercise as a daily habit and hits Group Training first thing nearly every morning of the week. Not only does O.C. set an example to her friends and family, she gets them on board with her! O.C. and her son Antwan do Group Training together on Monday nights plus stay active at home and through sports throughout the week. For these reasons, we are thrilled to honor O.C. as our May Mom Member of the Month! 

What do you like best about RHF?

The community-feel. And the fact that it’s close to home. And the fact that it’s open early so I can come get my workouts first thing in the morning.

What are some of your favorite ways to get active with your children?

Well my son and I do Group Training together a couple days a week. We take walks around Seward together when time permits. And then if we haven’t moved that day, we’ll do stuff at home also. And I have him in sports all year-round, so I really don’t have a choice. I kinda have to move with him. 

What sports is your son in?

He’s in track right now, he does football and basketball. So when the seasons change, the sports change.

How do you find time and stay motivated to exercise while juggling work and being a mom?

Woo! It’s called the energizer bunny. No, I find it easier to get my workouts done first thing in the morning, before he’s up and ready for school and then I’m pretty busy between work—both jobs—and him. So I make time to; I have to make time for myself. Because in the morning it’s like my time, I mean, basically that’s what it is. I know there’s only 24 hours in a day, but I have to make time. There’s a lot of things that I don’t do just because I know, hey, I have to get my workout in. Especially if I miss it in the mornings, I’m usually here in the evenings if I miss it, unless I’m out of town. That’s my time and it’s important. And I’m trying to teach my son things I wasn’t taught just about being healthy and moving every day, trying to eat right—I still struggle with that, but I’m getting better. Diabetes runs in both sides of the family, so I have to lead by example.

What do you like best about Group Training?

The butt-kickin’s I get! I have a love-hate relationship with my trainers. When I walk in at 5:45 in the morning or 6:00 AM, I’m kinda on auto-pilot and like, “Oh god, I don’t feel like doing this.” And the whole time I’m doing it I really, really hate my trainer and then once I do my last exercise, I’m in love again. So they’re very encouraging. If I’m doing something wrong, they correct me. If they see that I’m slacking, they get on me. And I need that. So that’s what I like about Group Training. And then the variety. I don’t get bored. Because walking on a treadmill, I’ll get on there for 15 minutes and you can set it for 30 or 45 and I’m on there 15 minutes and bored out of my mind. So I like the variety too.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just keep up the good work! I love the community-feel of the place. I mean I love it. Again it’s close to home, so it’s real easy for me to get here. And I’m trying to bring other people that I know. My co-worker actually tried Group Training Saturday with me for the first time because she hears my stories or like when I’m walking in I’m tippy-toeing because they have me bar squatting and everything hurts. So she came in and she was like, “Oh this wasn’t that bad.” The workout wasn’t super strenuous like what I normally do, but she was like “That wasn’t that bad. I can do that twice a week.” So I’m trying to motivate other people to come too. And my mom comes here. So it’s a family affair—she does Group Training too. And I get on her—“I haven’t seen your name on that Group Training list lately. You’ve been slacking lately!” And she’s like “I know!” But I see her name on there so I’m like, “Ok.”

We also asked Antwan what he likes best about Rainier Health & Fitness. His reply: 

“Getting buff and working out for football.”