Kyle House Fitness Chattanooga HIIPfit Heroes - Arnold
This is a special HIIPfit instructor edition of our HIIPfit Hero saga. Our very own instructor Arnold has completed over 400 HIIPfit classes.
Arnold started his Kyle House Fitness journey with us in November of 2016 as just a member and avid fan of the KHF HIIPfit experience. After falling in love with the group fitness experience, he quickly put in the work to become a KHF HIIPFit instructor. His passion for fitness and community is very apparent when you take his classes and are just around him in general. If you haven’t tried one of his classes yet you are missing out!
We were able to sit down with Arnold for a quick chat and we got to learn a little more about this HIIPfit Hero. Here are some of the questions we asked him. Let’s see what he had to say:
HIIPfit Hero - Arnold
Arnold Completes Over 400 HIIPfit Classes
What is your favorite thing about working out at KHF?
“I could write a novel about all my favorite things about KHF but if I had to narrow it down to one thing it would be the culture and community. The workouts yes are amazing, but what keeps bringing me back is the community. From the moment you walk through the door until the moment you leave you feel like you are a part of the fit family. I remember thinking to myself when I first started attending classes at KHF, "I have found my fitness home". I felt welcomed and accepted, and still do after 400 classes. This feeling is also what led me to become an instructor!”
What is your favorite part of the HIIPfit high intensity interval class?
“When I first started attending it was the floor work and weights, but here recently it has become the treadmill intervals. I was never a runner growing up; I got awful shin splints and was hyperventilating after a couple minutes. Going to KHF and listening to the other instructors cues on the treadmills not only helped me become a better instructor but a better runner as well. I am now able to run a mile on average under 7:30!! THAT IS A BIG DEAL FOR LIL OL' ME!”
What has been your biggest fitness success?
“Seeing the changes in my body, not just physically but also the endurance I have built up! My form has improved so much and I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone with the treads. Recently I hit a new personal record... 11.5 speed on a 9% incline! IT WAS WILD!!”
What is your favorite exercise or movement in HIIPfit?
“I love me a good full body day. So anything that is a combo move; for example a lunge and curl combo is one of my favorites! But also anything that grows the booty (#bootygainz2019)”
What would you tell someone thinking of diving into the KHF fitness experience?
“We all know that starting a fitness journey is some scary stuff, wherever you decide to go. But the difference between KHF and other studios is not only the actual workout but the community that comes with it. Could I do some of the moves at home? I mean yeah, but I won't have my fit family around me cheering me on, or the instructor reminding me that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. KHF is also the most welcoming fitness studio I have come across. You become part of the fit fam the moment you walk through the door.”
What are your future fitness goals at KHF?
“My first goal I want to cross off is a half-marathon and then work my way to a full marathon. Also a few years back I was able to get my body fat percentage down to under 10% and if we being real honest that's where I'm trying to be again! But overall I just want to be in good health, no matter if I can hit my physical goals. Knowing that I'm taking the time to better my health with each class is what matters.”
How are you going to continue your new and improved lifestyle?
“By coming to 4-5 KHF classes a week DUH. LOL.”
Arnold, thank you so much for sharing your journey with everyone. We can’t wait to hear about you conquering and crushing your goals mentioned above. It has been a true pleasure watching your evolution on your fitness journey. Now you are a leader in the fitness community! You should be so proud of yourself. We definitely are :)
Cheers to looking good and feeling good!