July Member of the Month – Zelinda Zingaro

Castro Valley Fitness Member of the Month Zelinda Zingaro

It is our pleasure to recognize Zelinda Zingaro (better known as “Zee”) as the CV Fitness Member of the month for July 2019.

Zee is a retired University Educator who joined CVF five years ago after moving to Castro Valley the year before.  She joined as an opportunity to make friends and improve her strength.  You’ll find Zee usually during a morning session with her partner Jim Gomes.  She suggests that everyone have a work out buddy to share the experience with.

Her goal is to continue building her strength and balance. She feels that setting a schedule and keeping to it helps her and others to be consistent.

Her advice is not to expect a physical transformation immediately – to look for other things to determine progress.  It’s okay to take longer breaks in your program and recommends doing more stretching.

Zee is a world traveler and always has great stories about her travels.

She finds the diversity of ages at CVF really fun. The three words that describe her experience are “enriching, fun, and satisfying”.  CVF is her happy place.

May Member of the Month – Kathy Viera

Castro Valley Fitness May Member of the Month Kathy Viera

It is our pleasure to recognize Kathy Vieira as the CV Fitness Member of the month for May 2019.  Kathy was one of the “dance Moms” and saw CVF as she was waiting for her daughter’s dance class to end (FYI: she’s no longer a “dance mom”).  She decided to join about 2 ½ years ago with a goal to get stronger.  She wanted to fight the genetics and be stronger than her parents.

Kathy is not only a mother, spouse, and teacher; but also helps manage estate sales.  This requires her to lift furniture and boxes.  Achieving a 150lb deadlift assures she can handle that job just fine. She has found her added strength to be very empowering. On a recent plane trip she surprised a fellow passenger by being able to put her suitcase in the overhead compartment without help. You Go Girl!

Kathy has been dealing with some pretty tough family health issues.  This has caused significant stress in her life.  Throughout it all, she rarely misses a workout.  She is always positive with a smile on her face.  She finds CVF as a place where she can concentrate on herself and de-stress.  The very positive and family oriented environment is where she knows she’ll find support.

The three words she uses to describe her experience at CVF are “positive”, “inspirational” and “fun”.  Kathy, you are an inspiration to all of us at CVF!

April Member of the Month – Eric Nelson

It is our pleasure to recognize Eric Nelson as the CV Fitness Member of the month for April 2019.

Eric joined CVF a little over a year ago after listening to one of Mitch’s presentations.  He had back pain and a hurt ankle that were restricting him from doing the things he loved – playing baseball, golf, and hiking.  He thought he would have to give these things up because they had become too painful, but his performance has actually improved.

CVF has helped him gain confidence to do physical things without being afraid of immediate pain.  He is no longer tentative and he doesn’t think about his back every time he moves.  He has experienced gradual and steady improvement and is confident there is more to come.  His improvement is so much more than he expected.

He is consistent with his workouts as he wants to stay healthy and feel better — and there is no disputing the results.

He enjoys the CVF community.  His three words that describe his experience are “steady, positive and satisfying.”

March 2019 Member of the Month – Jen Petroelje

It is our pleasure, and with the enthusiasm of her workout peeps, to recognize Jen Petroelje as the CV Fitness Member of the month for March 2019.

She joined CVF four years ago because she wanted to start exercising before menopause.  Her personal training sessions three times a week allow her time to pay attention and focus on herself which is an unexpected benefit.

She has lifted far more weight than she ever thought she could and she credits that to her gym cheerleaders who give her lots of encouragement.

She set a goal last year to hike to the bottom to the Grand Canyon and then back up – a 27 mile trek.  She trained for six months and after a lot of hard work and many, many lunges and step ups, she made that goal!

Exercise has become a habit.  She finds it nice to feel strong and building strength came as a surprise. It’s not unusual to see her and April 2018 Member of the Month Nick Chavez ending their workouts with a rope and medicine ball slam relay that makes you feel tired just watching them.

She says the people make CVF fun and her advice is to follow the 5 Keys to Success.

February Member Of The Month – Helen DeLisser

It is our pleasure to recognize Helen deLisser as the CV Fitness Member of the Month for February 2019.  She has been a member for three years.

Helen is a Chiropractor with her own practice in San Leandro.  She was referred to CVF by neighbors.  She joined with the goal of improving her core strength and also needed the commitment of a workout schedule that had some flexibility. She was experiencing some knee issues at the start and wanted to stabilize her knee to improve her ability to walk and run.  She regularly walks her dog in areas with uneven sidewalks and wanted to protect her knee and reduce the chance of falling.  She also doesn’t want to lose the ability to run with her dog.

CVF has helped Helen find a balance between being available to her clients and time for her workouts.  She always has a smile on her face and a great sense of humor.  She finds the most improvement is in her strength – not only can she lift more, she can lift things more easily and straighter.  She feels her overall movement is better and more stable.

Her advice to the CVF community is to still watch your diet even if you are coming into the gym two to three times a week.  Also, be committed – just come in when you are scheduled regardless of how you are feeling. You will always feel better after.

January Member of the Month – Matt Lim

It is our pleasure to recognize Matt Lim as the CV Fitness Member of the month for January 2019.

Matt has been a member for a little over a year.  He found CVF through Yelp after “gym hopping” looking for the right gym close to home.  He was doing mostly HIIT workouts, but wanted to build his strength.  His goal was to gain muscle and look and feel good.  He works hard at every workout and it has paid off because you can see his progress.

He likes the quality of the programming and the variety of a new workout each month. He likes how the workouts can be adjusted to accommodate how he feels on any particular day. He feels it is well worth the investment in his health.  His workouts are also a stress reliever for him.  He likes the CVF community and felt “the love” as soon as he came through the door especially from familiar faces.

Matt is always in a good mood with a smile on his face.

His goals for this year are to continue building his strength and improve his body definition.

He finds CVF challenging, supportive and fun.

December Member of the Month – Diane Anderson

It is our pleasure to recognize Diane Anderson as our December Member of the Month! You may be saying, “Wait a minute here. Isn’t she a trainer? That’s not fair!” Well yes, she is a trainer, but she has also been a Member of Castro Valley Fitness for over 7 years.

A little over 12 months ago Diane was diagnosed with Cancer. She didn’t know what her future held. She started her chemo and still came to the gym whenever she could for own workouts and also to train our other members. All through that time she had one goal she wanted to meet: Compete in a powerlifting meet in November.

She fought through everything and competed last month. She did more than just lift, though. She matched her squat and bench press all time bests with 264 lbs and 137 lbs respectively and hit an all time best with her deadlift at 325 lbs! She did this despite having to start almost from the beginning with all of her lifts during her treatment.

Obviously, this is very impressive but what really matters is how she inspired every one of us at the gym by fighting through and always being the best she could be, both with her own training and also training our other members.

The three words Diane uses to describe her experience here are thankful, support and perseverance.

Thanks for everything, Diane!

November Member of the Month – Julie Navarro

Julie Navarro is our Member of the Month for November.  She has been a Boot Camp and Personal Training member for 4.5 years.

Julie added walking to her regular workouts about six months ahead of a trip to Bryce Canyon in Utah.  She wanted to increase her stamina, so she could really enjoy the hikes on her trip – not to mention keeping up with her two granddaughters.  You can now find her at Lake Chabot every day, rain or shine, enjoying her 5-mile walk. She likes to work out first thing in the morning as it helps her throughout the rest of the day.  She has found that walking is easier than when she first started because of her increased stamina, balance and, of course, her strength since joining our CVF family.  She likes her full body workout in a gym without machines.

She likes the personal attention she receives and having other members around her same age.  The three words Julie uses to describe CVF are “fun, healthy and stronger”.

October Member of the Month – Kim Butterfield

Kim Butterfield

It is our pleasure to recognize Kim Butterfield as our Client of the Month.

Kim used to go to a large gym, but has found she has improved her strength, stamina and is lighter on her feet since joining CVF. She feels really good and happy about her progress.

She likes the personal attention she and others receive. She enjoys the CVF community and won’t go back to that large gym. She especially likes the Facebook posts and emails on the different fitness subjects.

Her advice is to keep going – sometimes you won’t feel like going to your workout, but after the warm up, it’s all good.

Overall she’s had a positive experience since joining CVF.

September Member of the Month – Frank Robertson

Frank Robertson

It is our pleasure to recognize Frank Robertson as our Client of the Month.  He is celebrating his first year with CVF this month!  We can always count on Frank to keep the group laughing.

Frank has found that his mental attitude, strength and mobility have improved in the last year.  He has seen this in little things like the ability to walk over a beam at work easier and a stronger golf swing (which isn’t always a good thing!)

He has more self-confidence outside the gym because of what he has accomplished inside the gym.  He has found that CVF helps him overcome obstacles easier and it has “woke up the athlete within.”

He finds CVF a safe and warm place to work toward your goals.  The personal programs really help you reach your goals.  He recommends that clients have faith in the process and to stay positive.  Don’t become complacent and continue to push to improve.

The three words that best describe his experience at CVF are “challenging, safe and confident”.