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.
What would you say to someone who is new to ZUM or considering joining?
I’m always talking to my friends and co-workers about ZUM. I always tell them that the classes are amazing and the people are super friendly. It’s the best.
What’s a fun fact about you we may not know?
I love to travel. A few of my favorite places have been Tahiti and Peru. I lived in Florence for 6 months in college, and my husband and I almost moved to Vietnam. Obviously, we opted not to, but the Vietnamese coast is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
Also, my last name is Bird-Vogel, and “vogel” in German means “bird.” Funny, right?
Do you have any hidden talents?
I sing. I did musicals, sang in choir, took voice lessons – the whole works!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Wine and good food. I’m a huge foodie. How to Cook a Wolf is one of my favorites.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your ZUM experience over the years?
I remember when I joined being struck by how friendly everyone was. The teachers introduced themselves. By the 2nd or 3rd time in everyone knew my name. I’ve always felt so welcome. I feel ZUM has changed the way I approach fitness. At first, I wanted to be very disciplined and my goal was to stay in shape and work out every day. Now, I work out to stay healthy, be strong, and feel good.