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Our Crew Spotlight – Power Couple Lori Kiel and David Brown

I had the opportunity to recently get to know one of Our Crew Fitness’ Power Couple – Lori Kiel and David Brown. I am a big believer that a relationship where both parties are committed to not only each other but each others health and fitness is a huge plus to its success and longevity. The shared experiences are something that are difficult to deny their potency.

I asked Lori if training together had changed their relationship at all and in her usual humor she replied:

“I’m not sure it has impacted our relationship. We always liked working out together anyway. We might spend more time discussing our various aches and pains, and laughing as we hobble out of bed in the morning. We like sticking our thumbs and elbows into each others sore spots.”

I also asked what advice they would give someone that is over 40 and just beginning his/her fitness journey. She replied, “Find something you think you would really enjoy. Start slow. Stay slow. Don’t expect the gains to come as fast as they did when you were 20. Try, but don’t expect, to keep up with those whippersnappers! Try not to get discouraged.”

That is sage advice that can be applied to any person starting out regardless of age, “Start slow. Stay slow.”

After completing a few of these interviews, I have come to the conclusion that the members of Our Crew Fitness, have a serious caffeine problem. (I take a sip of my coffee immediately after typing that sentence). Yes, yes we do! ūüėČ

I love this photo because you can see true happiness between them.

I love this photo because you can see true happiness between them.

Lori Kiel

OCF: When did your fitness journey begin? How long have you been training at Our Crew Fitness?

LK: Well, I played team sports starting in elementary school, through high school – basketball (I’m from Indiana. Everybody plays basketball starting in 4th grade), softball, volleyball, swimming. I swam through high school and played field hockey in college. After college, I went through a somewhat dormant period, occasionally running or swimming, then did spinning and yoga regularly. David got me into lifting weights and then got me the membership to Our Crew Fitness last year for Christmas. I love it!

OCF: What is your background?

LK: I think I answered the athletics thing on the previous question. I work at a public health management and consulting company. We do projects around the globe (family planning, immunization, HIV) and in the U.S. I have two boys, 17 and 12. I spend a great deal of time at the ice rink in all things hockey related.

OCF: Why do you train? Why is that important to you?

LK: I don’t want to be a little, old lady that can’t take care of herself. I like being strong.

OCF: What benefits have you gained from your training?

LK: I’m definitely stronger. I think I’ve learned to pace myself through the workouts. I really like the community aspect of the training.

OCF: What has been your greatest accomplishment in the gym? Outside the gym?

LK: I am not afraid of box jumps anymore. Those were intimidating. I can do one double under. Outside the gym, in the last 3 years, I started playing ice hockey and I learned to downhill ski and cross country ski, things I never imagined doing, much less after age 50, and I love all of them!

OCF: What has been the greatest lesson learned?

LK: Just to keep at something. Making very small, maybe unnoticed gains. Working around weak spots and injuries.

OCF: What’s your favorite lift?

LK: I really like doing cleans, when my crappy elbows allow me to, so I’d have to say deadlift.

OCF: What movement brings tears to your eyes?

LK: Really, heavy squats, repeated. Because I feel like I’m being crushed and even though it doesn’t hurt, some primal panic surfaces.

OCF: What do you enjoy when you are not in the gym training? What’s your passion?

LK: Being with family and friends. Feeding them.

OCF: Favorite Food?

LK: Food ed note: I am assuming that Lori is really a closeted chef and maybe missed her trued calling.

OCF: Must have daily ritual?

LK: COFFEE Р Ritual or addiction?

OCF: What keeps you awake at night?

LK: Besides menopause and hot flashes and late teenagers?

And here is the other half of the dynamic couple! David Brown

OCF: When did your fitness journey begin? How long have you been training at Our Crew Fitness?

DB: I was a book worm as a kid and never participated in sports — basically that kid who misses the ball completely in kick ball. ¬†I started lifting weights after college body-building style and eventually gravitated towards the old-fashioned compound movements like back squats and deadlifts, together with high-intensity aerobic interval training like wind sprints. ¬†So I have been a gym rat for almost 40 years now! I joined Our Crew Fitness in January of 2016, I just had my one year anniversary.

OCF: Why do you train? Why is that important to you?

DB: Mostly I am trying to stave off the effects of aging, or at least be in as good shape as I can be for my age.  I think some of the generally accepted bad parts of getting old are in fact the results of inactivity, so I want to keep as much muscle mass and bone density as I can, be flexible, work on my balance, and try to develop some new athletic skills.

OCF: What benefits have you gained from your training?

DB: In the gym, I notice I am much, much better at metabolic workouts than when I started. ¬†Outside the gym this translates to me feeling generally lighter on my feet. ¬†My balance is better too — for example, I notice I stand on one leg to put on a shoe without wobbling or even really thinking about it. ¬†I also feel more relaxed about fitness now, since I believe if I just make it to Our Crew three times a week and do what I am told, along with some walking on days off, I have fitness covered. ¬†I used to spend a lot of time thinking about whether I was getting enough exercise/the right type of exercise. ¬†Now I don’t worry about it.

OCF: What has been your greatest accomplishment in the gym? Outside the gym?

DB: Just before I joined Our Crew I did a 405 lb. deadlift, a record I worked toward for literally 20 years.  Since joining, I am really psyched that I have learned some athletic movements, like kipping or doing a clean.  These are totally new skills for me, a not-very-coordinated guy, so I am just delighted to pick them up at this phase in life.

Outside the gym my greatest accomplishment ever was making some big cases against Wall Street when I was a securities regulator.  Ed note: This is definitely going to be a follow up interview for later. That sounds fascinating.

OCF: What has been the greatest lesson learned?

DB: I appreciate now how adaptable my body is — even though there are many things at Our Crew that are really tough for me, if I just show up and keep doing them I get better. ¬†That may seem obvious, but it was a revelation to me, given my age and years of just doing the same stuff in the gym before I joined.

For anyone who is over 40 and thinking about fitness, I heartily recommend getting involved in Our Crew Fitness.  It is really a carefully thought-out and well-coached program that you can go into at any level of fitness.  I also think it is an easy program in terms of motivation:  the work is varied and interesting, and takes place in this intensely supportive atmosphere that makes it easy to come in.

OCF: What’s your favorite lift?

DB: The deadlift! ¬†It’s binary — either you do it or you don’t. ¬†You can’t cheat. ¬†And it is always an existential crisis.

OCF: What movement brings tears to your eyes?

DB: I really hate warmups.  Just the transition to activity bugs me. Ed Note: probably one of my least liked things too! But necessary. :-(

OCF: What do you enjoy when you are not in the gym training? What’s your passion?

DB: I have four kids and I try to touch base with them every day. ¬†I also read a lot, and do crossword puzzles with Lori — we just tear up the NYT Saturday puzzle together.

OCF: Favorite Food

DB: Lasgna.

OCF: Must have daily ritual?

DB: Coffee.

OCF: What keeps you awake at night?

DB: My kids — though they are doing well right now, you never know . . .

 

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