Faces of FAT: Sam and Kelsey

Tell us a bit about yourselves :)

We’re both Auckland locals, albeit having come and gone a few times! We met over 10 years ago and got married last year! We both love getting outdoors and exercising, as well as socialising with our friends and family.

How did you guys hear about FAT, do you remember your first session?

I actually did a few sessions when FAT first started, back in 2018 I think it was. It was pretty small back then. I had a hiatus for a few years while overseas and got back into it last year. I convinced Sam to come along with me, and then he was hooked!

We have shared a few workouts together, what makes you keep coming back?

S: It’s a great way to get moving! Good crew of people wanting to work out and have fun and the instructors are great.

K: The feeling after finishing a session. I love doing a workout outside as the sun rises too!

What would you say to someone hesitating to come to FAT?

S: It’s a great environment to get active, you absolutely won’t regret coming along.

K: Just turn up to your first session and you’ll feel fine after that! It always feels intimidating for the first class with any group exercise, but it’s super welcoming and no one else cares how fit or not you are.

Do you have a most memorable moment with us?

S: Epic sunrises at Silo park, the best during cool downs!

K: Watching Sam try to do fast feet over the ladder haha.

Outside of our weekly session, what is your relationship with exercise/movement?

S: I really enjoy activity based exercise (biking, social sports) but also try to get to the gym and out walking a few times a week.

K: Regular exercise is the best for my mental health, can’t beat that endorphin release! So I try to move my body in some way (even just for a stroll) every day. I enjoy running and pilates alongside FAT.

What are your health/movement and life goals in 2023?

S: Everything in moderation (including moderation!). Eat well, sleep well and get along to FAT every week!

K:  Nothing too extravagant, just to stay consistent with regular exercise. I’d like to keep up my running too.