In order to kick off January 2019 the right way by introducing you to an amazing couple, Brian and Sabrina Thomas as our co-athletes of the month. Get to know a little more about them from their responses below.
Brian: Almost 4 years ago
Sabrina: May of 2015
Brian: Murph – When I’m done 🙂
Sabrina: I like a good chipper workout.
Least Favorite Workout?
Brian: Murph – Before it starts and during the workout.
Sabrina: Anything with thrusters. Death.
Brian: Power clean
Least favorite Movement?
Brian: Thrusters, thrusters, and thrusters.
Sabrina: Snatches. I really WANT to love them and get better at them. My goal for 2019.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).
Brian: My wife, Sabrina, and I live in Cumming and have two amazing kids – Breland (6) and Anthony (4). I am the CEO of a systems integration business, A3 Communications, and love my job and team! I was involved in sports when I was younger – boxing, wrestling, and soccer mostly. I was a tanker in the US Marine Corps and drove the M1A1. I convinced my wife to join CS&F and now she kicks my butt in the gym!
Sabrina: I am married to Brian (8 years in February) and am currently bossed around by the cutest tiny humans EVER…Breland (6) and Anthony (4). These kiddos keep me on my toes and super busy but I wouldn’t change a thing.
What were you doing before you joined CS&F?
Brian: I was a member of a typical big box gym and was not making much progress. I was not committed to a healthy lifestyle and knew I needed a change.
Sabrina: Lots of spin classes, TRX, Body Pump classes, and personal training. Heavy cardio. No strength training.
First CD you ever purchased?
Brian: Pink Floyd – The Wall
Sabrina: Probably NKOTB! Oh yeah BAY-BAY!
Favorite Cheat Meal?
Brian: Party platters are my weakness…I can graze for hours! Snacking is my jam.
Sabrina: Italian. Gimme all the pasta and bread.
What were your goals when joining CS&F and have you achieved them?
Brian: To make fitness and overall health a priority in my life, set a good example for my children and create a positive habit that my wife and I could share together. The CS&F community has pushed me in ways I didn’t expect upon joining. I have reached my initial goals of making fitness a priority in my life, but it’s a never-ending journey that has become a critical part of my entire family’s life.
Sabrina: Well, my very first thought/goal was to not die and once I realized that I wasn’t going to die, I remember longing for the day I could do a kipping pull-up. I was SO excited when I finally got my first one.
Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?
Brian: The nutrition challenge I completed about a year and a half ago is my favorite memory and was the pivotal event that I needed to focus on my health and fitness. I was making positive changes prior to the challenge, however, I am slightly competitive and needed the extra accountability that came with the competition to push me out of my comfort zone.
Sabrina: I have so many special memories and achievements that have occurred over the past 3.5 years that I couldn’t possibly list them all, however, there are a few that stand out the most. The friendships that I’ve made along the way and becoming a healthier version of myself have been life-changing. Sounds so cliche’ but it’s so very true. I’m forever grateful to my husband for forcing me to try out this gym and to CS&F for creating an environment where I have met some of the best people I know all while working towards a better and healthier version of myself.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Cumming Strength and Fitness?
Brian: The first 3 months are tough. You will be sore, you will second guess what you’re doing. Do not quit. The lifestyle that is on the other side of that perceived pain is more emotionally and physically rewarding than you can imagine. Once this becomes a part of your life, you will question how you ever did life without it. If you need the extra accountability and are competitive – join a nutrition challenge. Ask a lot of questions. The coaches and community at CS&F are very knowledgeable and love to help others succeed.
Sabrina: Always remember that this is YOUR fitness journey. Figure out what YOU want to get out of it and GO FOR IT. Put your blinders on and don’t worry about what the person next to you is doing. What you put into it is what you’ll get out of it. And last but not least, it’s hard. Very hard. There will be days where you want to quit and go do something “easier”. Don’t. You ARE capable and those hard days only make you stronger. Embrace them.