Continuing with our weekly column, “That Girl”, we are celebrating the accomplishments of real women who make health and fitness a priority because we know that true athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and athletic abilities from around the world. So this week we’re celebrating boot camp instructor, Susan Kwasny, who gets inspired by her clients each week and says the mind is definitely the most powerful muscle in the body. It’s all about attitude and effort, she says. Hooah!
Boot Camp Instructor & Owner of InTENsity Fitness
Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:
I am very proud to have lost the 50 pounds of baby weight after each child. I am also proud to say that I can deadlift 250 lbs.
What inspires you to get fit every day?
I get inspired by the participants at my Boot Camp. We have women and men who have a lot more obstacles than I do. We have participants that are over the age of 65, women who are 9 months pregnant and people who get up at 4:30 a.m. to drive 30 miles to attend Boot Camp. If these people can do it, so can I!
What do you do when you don’t feel like working out?
When I don’t feel like working out, I go anyway. I have yet to regret a session in the gym or with my trainer. Every time I leave the gym, I think, “I am so glad I did that.”
Favorite energizing meal:
My favorite energizing meal is wild venison, whipped cauliflower and carrots. And of course, dark chocolate!
What’s your favorite way to chill post-workout?
After my workout, I love to sit around and talk with other people in the gym. I am always inspired by the most common people and the most common stories. I get my energy from others so when I am exhausted from a workout, I gain more energy by talking to other athletes in the gym.
What is your top kick-ass workout?
Right now, I am powerlifting, so I keep my cardio to a few hours a week. But the top kick-ass workout that I give my Boot Camp participants is called “The Four Corners of Hell.” It consists of 20 burpee tuck jumps, 20 box jumps, 20 wall balls and 20 ball slams for 4 rounds. It is a killer!
Where is your favorite/most unique place you’ve ever exercised?
Even though I conduct Boot Camp in the park, I am a gym rat. I love gyms. I love hearing other people grunt and moan. I like to hear the clangs and thumps of the weights. I’ve exercised in every type of gym you can imagine and I wouldn’t trade a gym for any other location, not even the beach!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned through sports?
Through sports, I have learned that the mind is more powerful than any muscle. I have seen people do some incredible things. I have also seen people fail at something that they were completely capable of doing because of a bad attitude. As the old saying goes, you can control two things every day, your attitude and your effort. Everything else will take care of itself.
Photo: Susan Kwasny