For almost a year now, Elevate member Suzanne Terry has been hard at work on a fitness goal: to earn her Spartan Trifecta. She realized her goal this summer, with the help of Elevate trainer Jeff Cushman and regular classes at the studio. It was a lot of work, but Terry says the accomplishment feels great.
Q: First off, congrats on earning your Spartan Trifecta—quite an accomplishment! What did this challenge entail?
A: The Spartan race series is an obstacle course series. I race in the open series, which means that I’m competing against myself. The Trifecta consists of a three-part challenge:
- The Sprint: 3+ miles and 20+ obstacles
- The Super: 8+ miles and 25+ obstacles
- The Beast: 12+ miles and 30+ obstacles
Q: How long have you been working towards this goal?
A: I work out regularly, but when I decided to shoot for the Trifecta, I knew I would need help training for ‘The Beast.’ I started working with Jeff in November of 2017 and have been focused on running the race this summer ever since.
Q: What advice would you give to others who might be working towards this or a similar goal?
A: Just do it! Don’t be afraid to sign up for the challenge, and never say never. It can be done
Q: Have you always exercised or is this a newer activity for you?
A: I started working out regularly about six years ago. When I began competing, I started out slowly with 5k races and easy obstacle courses. I gradually increased my intensity, moving to Tough Mudders and then the Spartan races.
Q: Why do you exercise? What benefits do you see?
A: I benefit physically, emotionally and mentally. Exercise clears my mind, decreases stress and gives me more energy. I try to mix-up my workouts. I do cardio, strength training, and personal training. My goal is to work out at the gym 4-5 times a week, and then on the weekends I jog or kayak.
Q: What makes Elevate your gym of choice?
A: It’s a personalized experience. All the instructors know you by name and they’re very supportive. The classes are small, which enables them to give everyone personal attention. It’s a great place.