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Testimonial: Tribe Life

Today I finished my 6 week, twice a week season of Tribe Life. In our final 35 minute workout, I completed 134 push-ups all on my toes! I have always done weight lifting and cardio, but I have gained so much more strength and stamina doing Tribe Life. We are all challenged and encouraged by Brooke to push ourselves that little bit more. The class always fills me with energy, gives me a positive attitude for the day. I have awoken muscles I didn’t know I had. Plus I have never seen my husband below 200 lbs, 192 lbs and looking so good! I actually only started Tribe Life to encourage my husband, Dan, but I ended up seeing myself grow immensely. I love that I get strength training, Cardio and stretching all in 35 minutes. I love the weighted viper and body weight exercises, and it’s fun to be a part of a team that encourages each other to do our best! For anyone who wants to reshape their body and meet great friends, I highly recommend Tribe Life. Looking forward to trying Tribe Fit and Tribe Punch too!

Thanks Brooke!

Laurie Ryan

Testimonial: Tribe Punch

I am finishing up my first session of Tribe Punch with David Schauer. I have been a client of David’s for a year now and was in his WOD class before joining Tribe. I was initially unsure about Tribe Punch because I have a somewhat passive personality and did not think that boxing or kickboxing would be my thing. Because I wanted to stay with my amazing trainer and was fearful of losing the strength I have gained with David, I reluctantly signed up for Tribe Punch. What an amazing experience! I actually had fun, gained even more strength, improved my endurance and met new friends! David took the time to show us all the techniques of Punch and even worked out with us, running up and down that gym, encouraging us along the way. After two weeks, I was hooked! Every workout was different with stations that included core work, cardio and strength building. I found after I gained confidence that I loved the one on one session with the coach and comradery with my team. It is competitive in that scores are kept and the team member with the highest amount of repetitions for all the exercises is deemed the winner of that night. I personally would just compete with myself for my personal best, but the scoring gave me a benchmark of where I felt I could, or should be. I found that this training program challenged me physically and mentally, and provided a fun change to the workouts I had become comfortable with. The program is well worth the investment! I plan on trying another Tribe class and then probably returning again to Tribe Punch for more! Thank you for bringing Tribe Fitness to Sun Oaks!

Lynn Holmquist

Celebration Story: Wynne Rozner

“I was somewhat heavy most of my life.  In high school and in my twenties it was only about 10 to 15 pounds and never bothered me much.  In my 30’s I got up to 332 and at 6’ 2” I was obese, so, I joined Weight Watchers and got down to 175.  Shortly after reaching goal, I moved and meant to attend Weight Watchers at my new location but never did.

By the time I was in my 40’s I was over 240 with intermittent weight loss that never stuck.  Throughout this time, I would swim laps to help me lose weight.  Swimming is the only exercise I enjoy.

About 3 and a half years ago I retired at age 61.  The first 2 years of retirement were an extended celebration with much eating out and over eating.  By the end of 2013, I weighed 266 pounds.  As the year came to a close I was frustrated with my weight and made a commitment to lose 80 pound in 2014.  I joined Weight Watchers again on Jan 1, 2014 and took it very seriously by combining lap swimming 5 days a week at Sun Oaks.  I never weighed myself in between weekly weigh-ins at Weight Watchers.  Each week I would anxiously get on their scale, taking account of the week before.  On 2 occasions, I gained a very small amount, but other than those two weeks, I lost weight each week.  I never missed a swim: It was 5 days a week for the entire year.  I began adding other exercises like stomach crunches and pushups along the way.

On December 31, 2014 I did my final weigh in for 2014 and was 176.  I had lost 90 pounds and the other exercises were starting to show.  I began 2015 with a firm commitment to keep my weight between 170 and 173.  I am now 64 years old and have never felt better.  Thank you Weight Watchers and Sun Oaks.”

Wynne Rozner


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Membership Team Challenge: Group Ride

January: Membership Team Challenge.

With the New Year, our membership team is taking on a new challenge: to try each Group Fitness class, TOGETHER. While we have all tried a majority of the class, there are still a few each of us have not experienced. The 8 Group Fitness classes we will be taking during the next 6 weeks are: Core, Blast, Kick, Ride, Centergy, R30, Active, and Power. Be on the lookout for your favorite membership trio to appear in your Group Fitness classes these next 6 weeks!

Group Ride

We decided to start with one of Dan’s all-time favorite activities: Cycling. Even though Jo was running a leg of The Redding Marathon the next day, 8am Group Ride on a Saturday morning sounded like the perfect kick-off to our challenge.

7:57am – Dan has already been spinning away getting ready for Group Ride for the last 15 minutes. Jo and I quickly snag bikes next to Dan in the back. Dan and Jo are Group Ride veterans, but I am what you would call a Group Ride virgin. I have done thirty minute cycling class here and there, but a near hour long cycling class would be a stretch.

Trying new things can be scary. Putting yourself out there feels risky. Series of questions race through your mind: What if I can’t complete the class? What if I can’t figure out what to do? What if I look silly?

But the feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled! Putting yourself out there and taking a risk is WORTH IT. Perhaps you learn: Well, that class wasn’t for me. Or you might just absolutely fall in love with something new! One of my favorite Celebration Stories is from a member who is now one of our cycling instructors. She decided to try something new and just GO FOR IT. You can read her story here. As for me, I found I actually enjoying being on a bike for longer than 30 minutes. It felt great to start my Saturday with sweat!

Take the risk. Go for it. Try something new! You might just surprise yourself.

Heather Haddleton | Assistant Manager 

Celebration Story: Charee Tibulski

Tibulski Success

In January 2014 my husband and I joined Sun Oaks and I dove right in. I have had 2 boys and was feeling the weight.   At first I was strictly going into the cardio room for an hour a day. Then about 3 months into my membership I tried out Group Centergy.  In about May,  I started attending Group Cycling once or twice a week and going to Group Active.  By summer, I was going to Sun Oaks 5 times a week!  Once I could tell I was losing some weight and starting to feel better I started going to Yoga Fire, eating super healthy and making better life choices. So here we are in December of 2014 and I’ve lost 40lbs!  Thank you Sun Oaks and staff for showing me “It’s better together!”

Charee Tibulski