Ellen Hall

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What is your name?

Ellen Hall

Where are you from?

St. Louis, MO originally, but most of my life has been spent in the Portland area.

What is your profession?

I work in the sales organization for Synopsys, supporting customers and sales staff.

Describe your family? (i.e. husband, wife, kids, siblings, mom dad, etc. )

I have a great, very close family. As time advances, my family gets ever larger. I have a wonderful husband. Without a doubt, the best thing that’s ever happened in my life is my relationship with him. I have two wonderful stepchildren who are grown and have families of their own, and my 2 grandsons are the cutest, smartest, most talented children on the planet. No bias here! I also have my 2 sisters close by, 3 brothers far away, nieces and nephews near and far, and a great­-niece and great­-nephew. My Mom and Dad are, sadly, long gone at this point, but I still have my mother­-in-law who is 85 going on 25. She is an exceptional, loving woman and I’m lucky to have her in my life.

What obstacle(s) have you found most challenging in your life?

I have lived a very lucky life. My only obstacles have been self­-imposed. Shyness, lack of confidence, or whatever you may want to call it, has been my only real obstacle.

How did you discover SWEAT360?

I knew for years that I needed to be MUCH more physically active (so many years at a desk!). This was always something that I would pursue “soon”. Ha! Then, a couple of years ago I had a car crash that left me with a fractured vertebra. Again, I was actually lucky because the injury could have been so much worse. With the ongoing back pain, I knew that “soon” needed to be NOW. My niece, Angie, was kind enough to introduce me to the incredible trainers at Sweat360. She has been a member for years, and knew I could get the help I needed at Sweat.

What is your favorite class at SWEAT360?

My favorite class is High Def, because it constantly challenges me, while still allowing me to experience successes. I also enjoy TRX, which gives me an intense, compact workout. The yoga classes are wonderful, too, and I wish I could fit more of them into my schedule.

What keeps you motivated and inspired?

The changes! The changes I’ve seen in my strength, endurance, and flexibility are what keep me motivated. The changes for me, have been phenomenal during the last 2 years. I am able to do things
now that I would never have believed possible prior to my time at Sweat360. The other Sweat360 athletes, along with the compassionate and skillful training I receive, keep me inspired.

Describe your perfect day?

The fact that I get to have another day makes all of them perfect. There are too many great possibilities to choose just one. A day spent playing with my grandsons, or a day on a warm beach with a book and umbrella drink, or a day when I learn some amazing new thing I never knew or heard of before, or a day spent hiking and camping; these are all perfect in my book. Any day where I’ve made someone happy, or accomplished something new in my workout, that I never expected to be able to do, or worked too many hours but got a lot done; also perfect.

What did SWEAT360 provide for you short term?

Sweat360 delivered exactly what I needed, short term. I have been able to improve my fitness level, flexibility, and weight to the point where back pain is now only occasional instead of constant. More often than not, the pain is only sore muscles from the challenge of trying to build them.

What did SWEAT360 provide for you long term?

Love of a healthier me! Sweat360 has helped me understand, in practice, what cannot be understood otherwise; and that is that the process of improving one’s health is ongoing. You build upon it, a brick at a time, and there is no finish line. Every success I experience at Sweat360 leads to more confidence and love of the process of trying to achieve fitness. Every sore muscle feels like badge of honor, no matter the discomfort. Every hour I spend working out is one more building block that helps to rebuild an inactive life style into a strong and healthy life.

What is your life mantra? (i.e. Live. Laugh. Love. Etc.)

Be Here Now (shout out to Richard Alpert). You can worry and plan for the future, you can enjoy or regret memories of the past, but the most important day of your life is this one. Right now. Make it count. (Go work out!)