“Hear Their Story” – The main idea behind this series is to inspire and to impact. As unique individuals, we have more in common than we often think. We hope their stories will influence you in some aspect of your life. Sometimes it’s heartening to know that there’s a community out there, that you’re a part of – whether you expect it or not, we’re here for you! Let this community we build together at boOm be the confluence of all of our personal stories and journeys, and let’s resolve to get stronger together #boompowthisisyournow
First up on our list is Crissy Azurin. Warning, she’s a cutie! She’s always wearing a bright smile and walking through the door with an unmistakable positivity. Her optimistic attitude towards fitness was so infectious that we wanted to hear about how it all began. This is Crissy. Hear her story:
1. Have you always been a fitness enthusiast?
I wouldn’t say I’m a fitness enthusiast but I’ve always been the type who wants to take care of my body. Whenever I feel like I’m going a little off the whole fitness train, I try to get back to it. I’ve never been obsessed with fitness, its very seasonal.
2. How did you get started with fitness and everything (working out, taking care of your health)? How did fitness become such a huge part of your life?
It was actually this year and boOm was an instrument that got me into having that consistency. It’s just now that I have been able to develop that interest in wanting to make it a part of my life and wanting to make it a part of my day to day routine.
3. Do you feel fitness is a big part of your life now?
Now it is.. I have to workout. As I get older, I just want to be able to look at myself in the mirror and feel good about myself instead of saying mean stuff that I wouldn’t want to say to other people.
4. What sort of other workouts do you do apart from boOm?
Yes, I like to switch it up. I like to do Zumba and dancing. I’m trying to get myself into doing Yoga, and any other workouts that I do are circuit training or HIIT training. I do Muay Thai as well. I would go to Thailand to train for a week!
5. What do you like about boOm and what do you enjoy about the class/workout?
I like that feeling of community. You go to boOm and you don’t feel intimidated, you feel encouraged. When I did my first week at boOm, I had very little boxing background but the trainers were very supportive. It was just a fun environment and especially at the end of the workout, there’s always a reminder for you to be grateful for the body you have and for the effort you have put into and it’s a good ending to a workout.
6. How do you keep a good balance between your social life, work and keeping fit? How do you manage your time?
I leave the house at 7:30am in the morning. My schedule is already very packed everyday and sometimes I have to bring work home. To me balance until now is something I’m still trying to figure out and it’s always been kind of the same even then but at least now, I’m able to find something that I enjoy doing. Even though I feel like I get home at 9pm because boOm is 40 minutes away from my house – If I enjoy something, especially being at boOm, I enjoy it so much that I’m willing to travel for an hour over an hour to do a 50 minute workout. It’s definitely worth it. Focusing on the balance, finding something I love to do as it’s definitely better than having idle time. You feel more productive!
7. How do you unwind and relax from your daily hustle and bustle?
You know what’s funny, the workout became my relaxation. I’m able to use it as my outlet for the stress that I have at work. I also like to have breaks, go on holidays and head to the beach but the goal now is to always to get moving because I have seen the benefits of how it affects your body and health, not just physically but mentally as well.
8. If there was one thing you could tell our community, what would you tell them?
I would say try to focus on being good to yourself and taking care of yourself instead of having that goal of “Oh I just want to workout to lose weight”. Having a motivation that is more positive will get you to do it more consistently than having a short term goal of wanting to lose a certain amount of weight quickly and when you’ve reached your goal, you get off that train. Focus on loving your body, getting healthy mentally and physically.
Gratitude. It’s always important to be thankful. It’s so cliche but again, focus on the good!!
Crissy: It’s great at boOm cos you have all these cute characters!!
(If you don’t know what the cute characters are, come to boOm and find out!)