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It takes a lot of Gall…

Meet Cheryl Gall – this edition’s Punch Peep Profile

  1. How long have you been at Punch?
I have been a member of Punch since August of 2015 and have enjoyed every minute of it.  It is very crazy that I have lived in Norwalk for a very long time but really had not heard about Punch until I became a volunteer at PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society of Norwalk).  In July 2015 I heard that Punch was going to do a fundraiser for our organization, so I said to myself, “Why not try a new workout to benefit me as well as benefiting PAWS?,” so I signed up.  The class was so different than anything I had taken at those other gyms.  Everyone was so friendly and toned -- I couldn’t wait to sign up.
  1. There are so many gyms around; why Punch?
I have belonged to other gyms over the years but have gotten burned out trying to keep myself motivated -- and if you want to have a trainer, it is super expensive. What I really like about Punch is that it is not just a gym but a community of like-minded and hard-working people, with trainers who keep you motivated.  Stefanie makes you feel so welcome no matter what level you are at.
  1. What has lifting weights done for you, physically and mentally?
My first foray into Punch’s world of weights (Punch Power Room), I could not even squat the bar. If you had told me when I first started that I would be deadlifting over 200 lbs. 6-9 months in, I would have thought you were crazy.  But here we are, a year in, and I feel strong mentally and physically.  I have more energy and confidence and my clothes fit better.  I have been able to help more at PAWS by lifting and carrying heavy boxes and bags of litter. Not having to depend on others to lift or move something heavy is a great feeling.
Another bonus was getting my bone density results this past September. A year before I started at the gym I took a bone density test and the results showed that I was in the Osteopenia range.  My doctor prescribed Calcium and Vitamin D. I really do not like taking pills of any kind so after a week I stopped.  A year later I started my workouts at Punch, four days upstairs and three days downstairs. This past fall I went back for another bone density test and there was a 2.6% increase in my bone density -- all from lifting weights. What an improvement! I can’t wait to see the next test results. 
  1. What do you like about the kettlebell classes and the different instructors?
What I like about the kettlebell classes is that they are never boring but fresh and exciting. Every day is a different workout.  You use your whole body and the different movements work my muscles in ways I never thought possible.  All the instructors at Punch are very knowledgeable and really care about the members.  They make the classes hard but fun, and throughout the workouts, they guide and motivate you to do your best.
  1. What would you say to someone who might be intimidated by the type of training we do at Punch?
Please do not be intimidated. You are never alone to figure out your workout, plus everyone is super friendly. You will be guided step by step through all the kettlebell movements and the free weights, so you do not have to worry about getting hurt or doing exercises wrong. You get real results no matter what age or stage of life you are in.  Even my 10-year-old granddaughter can swing a mean kettlebell.
  1. Anything else you’d like to add
Giving back!  Stephanie is all about giving back, she is very passionate about animals and has helped many different organizations since I have joined.  
This year I volunteered at the Battle of the Belles 9 with my 10-year-old granddaughter, who was mesmerized at watching all the strong women competing. This event was also a fundraiser for breast cancer, so it is yet another way Stephanie and the Punch community gives back.  I enjoy taking my granddaughter to events that showcase strong women.  This got her all excited, so of course she had to work out too!!