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Meet April’s Member of the Month – Gaylin Laughlin

 


Back when you first joined ZUM, what made you decide you wanted or needed to join a gym? 

Upon arriving in Seattle in 2012, my first priority was to get healthy. I had just moved from LA and was very unhealthy, but I was in a new city and committed to making a complete lifestyle change. I saw a posting for a personal trainer in my building who ended up being ZUM independent trainer, Chris Zilliax. We worked out in my building, but he mentioned he also trained at ZUM. I thought I’d check it out, so I took a tour. After seeing the space and meeting everyone, I was hooked!


Since joining ZUM, what results have you achieved?
  
After meeting Chris, my lifestyle changed completely. Working out led to me making other healthy choices which resulted in my losing 100 pounds, feeling more confident, and living fully present in the moment. When an opportunity came up to raise money for a charity close to my heart by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I had no qualms to do it and no doubts that I could. With the support of many people, including Chris, and everyone at Zum, I did!!!
Now, I’m not afraid to tackle anything. Everything changed. As Chris says, I “move in the world in a different way” – in my mind, body, self-awareness, relationships. A new me has been exposed and I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been.


What do you like best about ZUM?

The people. Chris, obviously, since I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.
It’s not a gym to me. ZUM is where I go to be my true self. Everyone here has a story and is inspiring.
I also love the wide variety of things I can do at ZUM.


What would you say to someone who is new to ZUM or considering joining?

Every time I see someone taking a tour, I want to run over and tell them how great of a place ZUM is, and they’ll get so much more out of it than exercise. You never know how far you can go until you’re challenged and get challenges.


What’s a fun fact about you we may not know? 

I’ve traveled all over the country to see Dave Matthews Band in concert – New York, Chicago, Texas, and Florida among others. People often ask what my favorite DMB song is, and I always have the same answer. “That’s like asking me to chose my favorite molecule of air to breath; I need them all!”
Also, a couple years ago I was inspired to become a certified cycling instructor.


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Watching a movie while snacking on popcorn with real butter.


Do you have a favorite ZUM class?

I have to give a shout out to the awesome Julia and her awesome BoxFit class. There are a lot of great classes at ZUM, but Julia’s BoxFit will always be my favorite.


Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ZUM experience?

There’s never been a time when I didn’t feel better walking out than I did when I walked in. I love that ZUM is a family. People really care about each other. It’s not about treadmills and ellipticals (they’re fine, of course). ZUM is about FUN!!

Meet March’s Member of the Month – John!

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Back when you first joined ZUM, what made you decide you wanted or needed to join a gym? 

It was a dark summer night when I found myself in the back of an ambulance on Rte 2 in Leavenworth. I couldn’t feel my fingers, my blood pressure was 180/120 – it was pretty scary. I’d been a “bucket of stress” for some time. My mother had recently passed away; one of my long-time employees had just left my company heightening an already stressful work environment; I was striving to be super dad, super husband, and super boss simultaneously. I thought I was doing everything I was “supposed” to do, but by putting everyone else first, I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. And there I was with my body essentially shut down on itself.  Gratefully, I ended up being totally ok.

When I returned to Seattle, I took a mental inventory of what I needed to do to fix how I was ignoring self-care. I decided to walk downstairs from my office and check out ZUM. I’d never been much of a gym guy. I was more of weekend warrior skiing and cycling. But I needed to make an investment in my health and be pushed a little at the gym. I joined and started making appointments with myself to go to classes. If I didn’t, it was too easy to succumb to client requests for noon-time meetings. I started saying “no” to my clients, and you know what? They were able to make other times work and the sky didn’t fall. So, I made it to my classes, and they kicked my ass for about 3 months. It was worth it though, because you can’t just bear stress, you’ve got to get it out!

Since joining ZUM, what results have you achieved?  

Overall, better health and sanity! Working out is routine now. I miss it when I can’t do it. I miss feeling sore (in a good way) and the stress release. I’ve also really improved my mobility and strength which has had positive chain reaction helping improve back pain and other body ailments I’ve had to work through.

What do you like best about ZUM?

It’s really hard to say. If I had to pick one thing, it’d have to be the coaches. They’re so much more than employees at a gym; they’re my peers. They’ll email with me outside of class to make sure I’m  feeling supported, answer questions, listen to feedback, and share life. A close second are the people – the members. There’s a great camaraderie that develops from a shared experience in class. We’re all going through the same “pain” at the same time.

What would you say to someone who is new to ZUM or considering joining?

You’ll work hard, but you’ll feel good. And like ZUM’s tagline says, “it’s good to feel good.” I love that!

What’s a fun fact about you we may not know? 

Last year I successfully navigated the Pond Skim Challenge at Stevens Pass. It was awesome to cross that off my bucket list. Next up is to ring a cowbell at a European ski event.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

I really enjoy craft beers.

Do you have a favorite ZUM class?

Derek’s Xcelerate on Mondays at noon. I always have a standing appointment with myself for that one!

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ZUM experience?

ZUM has had such an impact on my life, that it played a big role in choosing to renew my office lease in the building. That’s saying something coming from a someone who was never a gym guy.

Meet February’s Member of the Month: Deepak!

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Back when you first joined ZUM, what made you decide you wanted or needed to join a gym? 

When I moved to Seattle from Atlanta (Go Falcons!!), I didn’t know anyone and stopped playing soccer regularly. Awhile later, I was asked to play in a pick up game, and I found myself feeling sluggish and fatigued. I was determined to get my speed and conditioning back, so I could run as fast as the 18 year-olds! I started looking for a gym that would be convenient and fit into the flow of my day. I tried other gyms, but I would go 3 or 4 times and then stop altogether. I expected the same thing to happen at ZUM, but it turns out, I really love it!

Since joining ZUM, what results have you achieved?  

I’ve definitely gotten stronger, but I also feel like I’ve become more confident both at work and in my personal life. It’s also taken all my work-related stress away. I work for Amazon, so that’s saying something. 🙂

What do you like best about ZUM?

It’s a fun place to be! I like the open set up of the space. Classes are awesome. The trainers are open and encouraging, with subtle expectations, but they always encourage you to work at your own level and increase weight and reps as you are able while maintaining proper form…and it works! All of a sudden, I realized I was reaching for heavier dumbbells!

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Meet January’s Member of the Month – Carly!

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Back when you first joined ZUM, what made you decide you wanted or needed to join a gym? 

I came over to ZUM from Allstar Fitness about 4 years ago after getting really fed up with my experience over there, so really I was just looking for a better gym experience. However, back when I first joined Allstar Fitness in 2007, I really wanted to get back into shape after ending a long-term relationship. Then I met my husband, who was incredibly active, so I ended up working out to keep up with him. Once I got into the habit of working out, I felt so good I couldn’t stop. The only time I’ve taken a hiatus was after the birth of my son, Travis.

Since joining ZUM, what results have you achieved?  

I think my biggest achievement has been getting to the gym for early morning classes! That’s a first. I’ve been working out for a long time now, so I don’t necessary think in terms of “results.” It’s more about how I feel. I will say that at ZUM, I developed an appreciation for yoga I didn’t have before which feels like a positive result. I think it was a combination of excellent instructors and my maturity that helped me be able to view yoga as an equally important practice for me as the more quick-paced, active, strength and cardio classes. Now I’m able to appreciate slowing down, turning off life, and connecting to my breath.

What do you like best about ZUM?

ZUM is great! I love the variety of classes, and it’s so friendly and welcoming. I’m not going to lie, I also love the locker rooms and the hair products. Not having to bring everything with me is huge! Also, the people here are awesome. Everett needs to work on his music, but I still like him.

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