A busy Dad of 15-year-old twin daughters and a 17-year-old son, Del still makes time to exercise almost daily with 5:30 AM Group Training, boxing and cycling. He's consistently attended early morning Group Trainings for nearly a year, finding the trainings to help him develop strength and conditioning. And he once did a back-to-back cycling class and Group Training on a Saturday morning! Del is always encouraging others in his small group training sessions to keep working and, according to RHF trainers, definitely adds to the early morning group. He's brought his teenage children in a few times to the gym, in addition to encouraging them in their sporting endeavors. He's been reforming his diet and eating habits for holistic health as well. Congratulations, Del, on being our Dad Member of the Month!
RHF: How did you find out about Rainier Health & Fitness?
Del: My son actually came here first and was working out with a friend and told me about it. So I’d driven by several times and wanted to stop in just to see what was here because I’d seen it but didn’t know really what was inside, so one day I stopped in, took a look and it just seemed like it would be a good fit and I joined.
RHF: Cool. So what does your exercise routine look like in a given week?
Del: I’m probably a four-to-five-day-a-week routine. I come in, I do the morning group workouts, which are great, I enjoy those. There’s no excuses for me to get here at 5:45. I’ve tried to work out before in the evenings and with work and having three kids and a family, it’s tough to maintain that, but in the mornings it’s just about me—about me getting up and getting here. So I’ve been able to maintain that and I really love the group and I love the trainers. They’re all great and it’s given me motivation to continue and the members here just help me be better. At the end of a workout, I always feel great so I enjoy coming. To get up at 5:45 you have to enjoy the people and the place that you work out at.
RHF: Absolutely. And what kind of things do you like to do to stay active with your kids?
Del: My kids play sports. My son’s kind of a bookworm so he doesn’t do a whole lot of active. He’s a walker so he likes to walk the dog. My girls are pretty active; they play volleyball, they run track, soccer and basketball so I’m very involved with them, rooting them on, motivating them to continue to get better through sports they enjoy—lots of practices, lots of games. They play year-round; they play not only at school but also they play rec and select ball. So for the family we’re all in; we’re kinda an active family and the kids are active as well.
RHF: Awesome. Anything else you wanted to add?
Del: I’d just like to say I love the gym! I really love the gym. I think it’s well-run; I think the trainers really care; I feel like they take an interest in my health and so that’s why I come here and I really love the members. I think the members here—we’re more than just Group Training partners; I think we’re more like a family. Everybody has a positive attitude and I think that it motivates me. When I first started here, I was not in Group Training. I would look over into the classes and they would say, “You need to come over and work with us.” I just kinda shook my head and then one day I jumped in. And once I did I was glad I did because I thought it was harder than it was and I was a little intimidated at first, but once I started, I’m pretty much addicted now. I come here, I enjoy coming here, routinely I do about four days a week along with boxing and cycling and so I’m mixing in the cardio as well. I have energy, I feel great, and I plan to continue.