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Sarra Scherb

What are you training for?
To challenge myself and see what’s possible! I’ve never played sports or considered myself athletic or fit. Through S&U I’ve discovered that I enjoy competing with myself and seeing how much stronger and more able I can become. It’s also allowed me to rock climb, hike, backpack, and even carry around artwork (my day job) with more confidence and power.

What do you do with Strive & Uplift?
Weightlifting and Pilates are my jam. I have never done any of these activities elsewhere, but color me obsessed.

What’s your favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift?
I’ve never taken gym classes before training with S&U, so it’s a total eye-opener to suddenly want to work hard and become a bad-ass. Fitness has always been synonymous with competition, punishment and aggressiveness in my mind, and what a revelation that it can be approached from a different angle. Every coach at S&U presents these activities with a playful, friendly, joyful, and caring demeanor, and that is a wonderful spirit in which to try new things.

What’s one thing you want to share with the gym community?
In 2019 I challenged myself to do 5,000 push-ups. In 2020 I’ve doubled the goal to 10,000. This week, I decided to push it to 15,000–because why the heck not?

Daniel “Peaches” Walton

What are you training for?
Right now, I’m training to get back in shape for ultimate after multiple injuries (Achilles tendonitis, turf toe). But I’m also working out just to stay sane during these challenging times.

What do you do with Strive & Uplift?
Right now I’m doing the Midday Movement class every weekday and the Training for Ultimate class Thursday/Saturday. I have the unlimited pass and I love being able to do as many of these virtual classes as I can. It’s so easy to just turn on my computer and get a quick 30 min weekday workout in.

What’s your favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift?
I love the community. Since I can’t go out and visit with people in person, it’s great to be able to check in with friends virtually. Seeing everyone’s smiling face–even over Zoom–reminds me we are all in this together right now.
Also, I gotta give a shoutout to the programming. The workouts are thoughtfully structured to keep me balanced and injury-free, which is a big priority for me. Having ultimate-specific programming is a huge. I can feel the improvement in my ability to sprint, pivot, and change direction when I’m playing.

What’s one thing you want to share with the gym community?
My wife and I just welcomed twin girls Alice and Laura to our family a month ago! We are so excited to have them, and so is our eldest, Julia (3 years old). Having less free time reminds me to prioritize the things that matter in life. For me those are family, health, and happiness.

Kass Escalera

What are you training for… I’ve been living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for two years. After my diagnosis, I realized I can’t predict the future or the state my body might be in a week, a month or a year from now. With that mindset, I shifted my focus on getting as strong as I can, for as long as I can.

What do you do with Strive & Uplift is… Primarily lifting heavy things and then putting them down. But I’ve also attended some of Strive & Uplift’s special classes (e.g. Powerlifting Meets 101) and interested in learning more about how y’all move that kettlebell around like that.

What’s your favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift is… It’s an incredibly positive space. The coaches will always greet + chat with you—which is especially awesome if you’re new to the gym. As a QPOC, having that inclusive community is super important for me.

What’s one thing you want to share with the gym community… You are strong + you got this! 

Julie Smith

What are you training for… I am training for myself. I’ve never been athletic and I struggled to find workouts I felt good about and could commit to.

What do you do with Strive & Uplift is… I take as many classes as I can! Lifting, barbell, Move and Groove, Pilates. I needed to learn how to safely move my body and these classes have helped build my strength and my motivation! Now I find myself using the equipment with confidence.  Each of the classes let me explore a different way of incorporating weights and strength training into my workouts. Having the coaches there ensures I’m giving it my all and doing a workout that has been thoughtfully created for us to get the most out of our bodies.

What’s your favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift is… The coaches and community have kept me coming back. It was amazing to walk into a gym and feel seen and respected.  The puppies aren’t a bad touch either.

Lindsey Dvorak

What are you training for… I am training to help keep my body strong and healthy so that I can keep up with my hobbies and job. I enjoy training martial arts with Seattle Mixed Martial Arts Collective and have a somewhat physical job doing longshore work. I had a lower back injury before training at Strive & Uplift, and believe the holistically focused classes have helped to strengthen my core and body to prevent this injury from cropping back up.

What do you do with Strive & Uplift is… Lift for Life and Move & Groove are my most frequented classes, and I have also enjoyed each of the other classes I have tried so far. I appreciate the mobility component of the L4L class because it has never been a frequent aspect of my trainings at other places. When training on my own, I have never added these types of exercises due to my own lack of knowledge, but I am so thankful for Liz’s knowledge of it all!

What’s your favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift is… I love the coaching at Strive & Uplift. The care each coach puts into the members, space, and all aspects of the gym is so noticeable. I have also enjoyed getting to know other members of the community. It’s awesome how everyone celebrates successes and hard work.

What’s one thing you want to share with the gym community… Thanks to everyone I’ve been able to train with in classes for the high fives and sharing fun facts about yourself during the daily questions. A fun fact about me that sometimes surprises people is that I am a longshore worker down at the ports. Grateful for those of you have encouraged me to be stronger and healthier for my job and life in general. 

Susan Goldman

What I’m training for… I wandered in one day looking for a group to workout with and found a community.  In general, I’m training to remain safely engaged in the activities I love to do and to find more strength and confidence. Gardening (tree trimming, weed whacking, weeding, planting, building garden beds), my job as a school nurse, fulfilling my dreams of hiking more challenging, remote areas, traveling and dancing Hula all motivate me in my training. Each movement in each class is an opportunity to hone my focus and my mental, physical and emotional strength.

What I do with Strive & Uplift is… So far I’ve focused on attending all the classes I can.  There have been huge benefits to attending the classes versus solely working out at home.  All the coaches do an amazing job of monitoring each person for form. The benefits from each class have been maximized by the feedback and the modifications that allow us to get the benefit of the movement while reducing risk of injury.  The personal attention to each of us creates a welcome and nurturing environment that I love to enter every day that I can. Each coach seems truly happy to see me and I feel cared for as an individual. This is a big draw for someone as shy as me. The consistency and purposeful intention of the workouts across the classes is helpful.  I feel comfortable being myself and doing what I need to do to accomplish my goals. I’ve never felt intimidated by the gym itself or the people even though I had never touched a barbell previously. 

My favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift is… Here are a just few of my favorite things about Strive and Uplift.  The coaches: positive, knowledgable, kind, engaged! The wide range of equipment from Pilates to weight lifting to kettlebells and much more-even rings and a rope to dangle from.   The variety of classes and times. The COMMUNITY!

What’s one thing you want to share with the gym community? Never Thank you to everyone I’ve met and worked with since I showed up here about 6 weeks ago.  You have all become an important participant in the dance of my life. I see more clearly every day how I can only do my dance and we can all do our own dance and grow within communities of supportive loving people like I found here.     

Rory Coyne

What are you training for… When I began training at S&U, I was training to row a marathon. I completed that on May 4th (~3 hours 17 mins). Now I strength train for general health and fitness.

What do you do with Strive & Uplift is… I do open gym usage in combination with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

What’s your favorite thing about training with Strive & Uplift is… My favorite thing about training here is easy access to equipment and availability to work and home. 

What’s one thing you want to share with the gym community? Never set limits for yourself. Instead, focus on fulfilling short and long-term goals on your journey to better fitness or performance. 

Devin Gaan

I’m training for…My goal is big butt, no gut! But seriously, I come to get stronger and get into an overall better physical condition!

What I do with Strive & Uplift is…Just gym access though there are courses I’m interested in.

My favorite thing about training at Strive & Uplift is…Puppies, obviously. Really though, Strive & Uplift has everything one needs from a gym, but none of the toxic masculinity that is so prevalent in almost all gyms.

I’d like to share with everyone that…For those who don’t know me, I identify as a trans-woman. My experience transitioning leads me to feel pretty confident there is a high level of recognition and understanding that mental health is very important. However, it is much harder to find where we are with prioritizing physical fitness. It’s not spoken about as much. There are a lot of fear and anxiety. I think it has a great deal to do with the lack of safe and inclusive spaces for trans and gender non-binary folx to exercise. Further, the stigma of a woman lifting heavy weights is magnified for trans-women. Many often fear they’ll look too masculine, or that they’d get out’ed in the gym.

While I ran out of f***s to give to those who judge me a long time ago, that is very much coming from a position of privilege. It’s simply not the norm. That’s why it is so incredibly important for places like Strive & Uplift to exist. It’s a place where all are welcomed and serves as an example of how we should support all people and their goals. (it’s like Average Joe’s gym in Dodgeball… everyone is welcomed… unlike that horrible Globo Gym!!!)

Cathy Wickwire

I’m training for…

I thought I was just training to be a fit middle aged lady, but it turned out that I was training for the Seattle Half Marathon Run last November. I ran it with my niece, Ana (pictured with me), and finished it in 2:22:00, which was in line with my times from 10+ previous races. I felt great even though I didn’t really train other than my weekly class with Kira and a daily run of one mile. For the record, Ana finished it in 01:53:35 because she’s a badass collegiate rower for Gonzaga.

What I do with Strive & Uplift is…

I am religious about taking Kira’s Pilates Mat Class every Thursday. I didn’t know how weak my core was until I starting taking this class. Every week, I realize how much stronger I am thanks to the class.

My favorite thing about training at Strive & Uplift is…

Hands down it’s the people, the coaches and other members, and the overwhelmingly positive attitude and universal acceptance that I find here.

I’d like to share with everyone that…

This is the first gym I have ever belonged to as I never thought I was a “gym” person. This place has proved me wrong!

Lindsey Warren-Shriner

I’m training for…

I’m training to be active: I love hiking, skiing, biking, and competing in the occasional triathlon. After dealing with some ongoing hip issues, I knew I needed to build a stronger foundation but hadn’t been able to do it consistently on my own. I joined the gym last summer right after I moved to Seattle, and not only am I no longer dealing with the hip issues, I have loved being able to feel myself getting stronger.

What I do with Strive & Uplift is…

I did a few personal training sessions when I first joined to get started, and since then have been doing morning kettlebell circuit classes, the Sunday morning class, and the occasional evening class. I like that the classes are accessible for people with a range of strength and skill levels, and that the coaches work to create an inclusive and supportive environment where we push each other while prioritizing good form and technique.

My favorite thing about training at Strive & Uplift is…

I had never done any kind of formal strength training program when I joined the gym, but the coaches and the community have been unintimidating and encouraging from the beginning. I like that I’ve found a gym that I genuinely look forward to going to!

I’d like to share with everyone that…

I am originally from Vermont, and I have identical twin sisters.