Congrats to our December Athlete of the Month SONYA TURNER. Sonya has been with us for over 4 year now. She is a consistent member of the 5:45 AM All-Stars, and uses her fitness outside of the gym on a regular basis. She has run countless races, and gets outside with her friends and family as much as possible. We think she truly IS as “bad-ass as Gary Robbins”….
Q. How long have you been at Defiance S&C?
A. I guess it’s been about 4 years? I started the summer before we we moved out of the old gym.
Q. Where were you born and raised?
A. Born in New York City, raised in Princeton, NJ.
Q. What do you do for work?
A. I help run the Insights Group at 2020 Research. We do consumer research, which basically means we help companies figure out how to develop products and experiences that people want to buy. The company is based in Nashville so I have the luxury of working from home.
Q. What is your “Spirit Animal?”
A. I’m not sure that I have one but in my dreams one day I will be as bad-ass as Gary Robbins.
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. Pretty much anything Asian. Thai and Vietnamese are high on the list. And Pop Tarts too. Pop Tarts are awesome.
Q. What is your favorite type of workout or lift?
A. All the chippers. I like a sufferfest, preferably without too much math involved. Tell me to go do 100 each of a bunch of movements and I am happy. I also am never sad to see back squats or deadlifts for the strength portion.
Q. What is your least favorite workout or lift?
A. A couple times we’ve done this workout where you do 3 or 4 rounds of max effort bench press followed by max effort pull-ups. That never ends well for me. Nor does anything requiring coordination–I am not known for my catlike reflexes.
Q. What were you doing for exercise before you started at Defiance?
A. Running all the time, which is actually what got me in the door for a “bring a friend” Saturday class (Jess Lorah finally got tired of my whining that I was injured and unable to run and said “Shut up, you’re coming to my gym with me.”)
Q. What activities do you enjoy doing outside the gym?
A. I like to trail run and hike, preferably up above treeline or out in the desert. I’m not much of a skier, but my husband convinced me to start skinning a few years ago and that’s pretty awesome too. Besides that, I love to travel, eat good food, hear live music, and hang out with my family.
Q. How if at all, has Defiance S&C changed your life?
A. SO MANY WAYS. I had no idea that a gym could be such an important part of my life. I have tried new things, gotten stronger, and developed authentic relationships with people I might never have come in contact with otherwise.
Q. How would you describe Defiance and your experiences at Defiance with someone who is interested in trying it out?
A. I’d say that it’s a place where you are recognized as an individual, and where everyone, both staff and members, supports, encourages, and holds you accountable. D and Tara put their heart and soul into making sure that they are giving each member what they need and it shows.