1) Tell us a little bit about yourself – including something we may not know about you, where you grew up and what brought you to Cayman.
- Hi! I’m Erica. I grew up in a small town on the coast in Eastern Canada, followed by a move to Ottawa, Canada where I lived for 12 years before finding myself here. Just about 3 years ago, a job opportunity came up in Cayman. I’d always thought about island living. It was the right time in my life, and I welcomed the opportunity to slow things down a bit. I currently work as a recruiter for a firm here on island, I like long walks, funny people, and rap concerts.
2) What was the hardest part when you started out with us?
- Navigating the gym/workouts with confidence (particularly after being away from a gym).
- Learning how my body moves (strengths, weaknesses, etc.) after a series of injuries and mobility challenges.
- Not comparing my fitness journey to others. The coaches at 7 mile have made this easy from the start.
3) You have been incredibly consistent over the last few months. What would you say is your biggest motivation for staying so consistent?
- You need consistency to see change and to see results. It’s as simple as that for me 🙂 Plus, feeling good after. I leave the gym everyday feeling happy and energized.
4) What’s your favorite thing to do on island?
- Spending quality time with friends, and catching the sunset as often as possible. I’ve also recently gotten into a few sports, and that’s been a lot of fun (welcoming new golf buddies).
5) We are one month into the new year – 11 more to go! Any big plans or goals this year?
- A goal would be finding balance (a healthy body and mind!), and some plans would be to travel (destination TBD) and to see my family.
6) When you see _____ in a workout, it makes you do a happy dance.
- Right now, I’m feeling excited about deadlifts.
7) When you see _____ in a workout, it makes you want to cry.
- Luckily not much! If I had to pick I’d say something like bar facing burpees?
8) What have you learned about yourself since joining our 7 Mile family?
- I’ve learned that my work day needs to start at least 25 minutes later. It seems I like to chat after as much as I like the actual work outs. And also time in front of the fan… non-negotiable.
9) What would you say is the best/favorite part of your day?
- The morning – hands down. And the gym is part of this for me. I’m early to bed, early to rise. Mornings are calm, and it feels great to get a head start on the day (plus, coffee).
10) Anything crazy on your bucket list?(bungee jumping, sky diving, hiking?)
- I’m writing it as we go! Most of my items would revolve around seeing places, people, and food (eating, not seeing). More traveling for sure, but you won’t catch me jumping out of a plane anytime soon.
11) Favorite song?
- This is a hard one. Way too many. According to Spotify, it was Heat Waves by Glass Animals.
12) If you could write your own WOD, what would it look like?
- Maybe some kettlebells. Deadlifts. Some sort of push press. Maybe even thrusters, why not? Let’s start with a rowing buy-in.
13) Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?
- I cannot say enough good things! I think the level method offers something for everyone regardless of where you are at on your fitness journey. It allows you to work towards your goals (and safely). I also enjoy the workouts coupled with a dedicated coach and PT sessions. The coaches are knowledgeable, inclusive, and make 7 Mile a great place to train. Everyone’s known my name from day 1, and that’s been really cool too.