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Judy Saunders, Upper East Side

How/when did you get involved at EVF? What has motivated you to stick with it? 
Three years ago I decided that 15 years with the same wonderful personal trainer was probably enough. I live right around the corner so that I knew that if I liked EVF I’d have no excuses not to continue.

What do you enjoy most about being a member at EVF?
The community of acceptance and support. I love the fact that we are all accepted and appreciated for what we do.

Do you remember your first workout? Looking back how did it go?  
I remember very well that I thought I was going to throw up but knew that I needed to work through it. Although I thought I was in pretty good condition when I started, I had somewhat of an awakening to the fact that I could actually do better — much better.

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What were your goals when you first started? How have they changed?  
I just wanted to maintain my level of fitness, but that quickly became a challenge to become more fit. I feel like a work in progress.

How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?  
I have been very fortunate in my life with respect to health and have become even more appreciative of that good luck. I have also become more accepting of myself and my body. It is hard to accept limitations, although I’m aware that they might increase with time (and age).

Favorite movement and workout?  
Knees to bar — working toward toes to bar. Anything that presents a challenge that I think I can meet.

Least favorite movement and workout?  
Burpees, especially toward the end of the workout.

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What drives you through the door each day?  
The complete acceptance of everyone at EVF and the knowledge that just keeping at it is an accomplishment in itself. It feels so good at the end of a workout just to have done it.

Do you have any advice for new members?  
Don’t be intimidated. We’re a very accepting group.

What do you hope to achieve in the coming year? 
I’d be happy to just stay at the same level but I think there’s still upside potential for my strength and stamina.

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