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Ken Vehmeier was our first Fairbanks member to hit 1,000 visits!
Here is what he had to say about training at F & H Fitness Studio
“1000 classes… Not a number I would have thought was ever possible, or a number I was striving for, but here we are. I still vividly remember my first class in North Pole 6 years ago. I sat in the back, had no idea what to expect. Tina started and I was like “What the hell is going on right now!!” I barely made it through that class… and then we did the positive I am’s.. I couldn’t repeat them, because at that time I did not believe in myself..
When I went to that first class, I was probably in the worst shape of my life, physically, mentally and spiritually.. I was mourning the loss of my best friend also, beating up myself over it, making terrible life choices. but I know God put me in that class for a reason!!
Fast forward to today. After 1000 positive I am’s being said, I 100% believe them all about myself, and you!! Because of those 1,000 classes I dropped 30 pounds, got off all meds, lowered my high blood pressure, high cholesterol, my confidence returned and my soul opened. I gain something and work on me every class. The guy you see acting a fool in that front row? He was not the man 1000 classes ago. The growth not only from me, but all 3 Fairbanks studios and both Anchorage studios…. especially Tina.
I experienced rotator cuff surgery but was back on the bike in 2 weeks post-surgery. Most recently, last December I had blood clots (dvt) break loose in my calf (burpees with Alisha lol) and they went to my lungs and caused a pulmonary embolism. I had no idea what was going on, and I kept coming to class, wondering why I couldn’t breathe?? My heart was working overtime trying to pump blood through my clot-filled lungs.
One Sunday I left revive ride midway through cause I literally felt like I was going to die. When Tina was done with the class she immediately called me to see if I was ok, cause I had never left a class. Long story short, I ended up in the ER and had 2 doctors tell me I should be dead. After some tests and mri’s of my chest, those 2 doctors told me my heart was in incredible shape and my lungs were really healthy minus the clots!! They asked what kind of exercise program I was on and I told them.. CULTURE Ride®!! and as I told Tina.. CULTURE Ride® almost killed me, but it actually saved my life!!
During this time this gym stepped up in a way I would never expect, I had meals being delivered, people checking on me daily and more, for which I am forever grateful. I can’t say enough about how much of a family this place is!! And guess what? I was back on the bike in less than 3 weeks after being in that hospital bed!!
1000 classes, 1000 positive I ams, 1000 thank you’s, 1000 smiles, 1000 gallons of sweat, 1000 ayyees, 1000 laughs, 1000 high fives, 1000 lives changed and some tears were also part of this journey!! No matter what class you’re on, number 1 or 200.. Keep going, push yourself, let it change your life!! The investment is worth it, you will thank you, your family will thank you, your friends, your co-workers will thank you!!
For those of you in the back row, I was there for a long time!! At some point you will come up front, you will shout, you will sing, you will do it all or you just do you!! No one is judging you!! 1 class at a time, next thing you know it’s 1000.
Speaking of 1000, I am 1000% grateful for this place, for Tina, for all the instructors and trainers I’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know and become friends with!! And the many people I have met through this place and this journey!! Remember this, you are a badass!!!!”