If someone came up to me and asked why he or she should join Dedicated Fitness, I would respond by saying that joining will change their life because it forever has changed mine.
I am a recent Palmerton graduate and while at Palmerton I was involved in soccer and basketball. I started going to Dedicated Fitness as a part of the boys basketball team my freshman and sophomore years.
After my sophomore year my good friend Austin Shupp asked me to take CrossTrain classes at the gym with him. When I walked in I felt intimidated. I was the smallest guy there, and I certainly asked myself what I'd gotten myself into. Little did I know that what I joined wasn't just a class or a gym, but I joined a new family.
Everyone at the gym is respectful. Dedicated Fitness has the friendliest environment I've ever been around. You don't dread working out when you know you're comfortable and going to have fun. It doesn't matter if you're the best because every one motivates each other to do their best. If there is a challenge presented in a class, those that finish first are always the loudest cheerleaders to those still working their butt off. No one lets you quit. You get told that you WILL and CAN finish the challenge.
The gym didn't change my life just because I'm physically in the best shape of my life; however, it changed my life because it changed my perspective on life. The motto Positive is Powerful is short and simple, but it holds a lot of meaning. Positivity comes in all shapes and sizes. Being positive is simply complementing someone. You never know how much of an impact a few kind words can have. Positive is where you push others to become their very best. Positive looks like going out of your way to help someone even if you don't even know his or her name. Every choice or predicament you encounter can be made positive if you change your perspective.
I would say that I was relatively a happy person, but after joining Dedicated Fitness and after being around the most inspirational person I know, Kerri Jahelka, I know what it's truly like to be happy. I'm the happiest when I'm working at the gym because I love seeing people improve. You should try to improve every single day of your life. There is always room to improve, but you should be proud of every ounce of progress you make. If you aren't where you want to be, you are closer than you were yesterday and that is all that should matter. It is okay to fail because failure means you tried, but quitting is unacceptable.
Dedicated Fitness makes you physically AND mentally stronger. When you think you can't do anymore, someone is right there to tell you that you can. You break barriers and go further than you ever could've imagined. I have witnessed all different ages benefit from the classes provided at Dedicated Fitness, and it's truly remarkable. Leaving for college will be tough because of DF, but I will take everything it has taught me into the next part of my life.
Letter written by Dakota Strohl.
"Who wants to wake up at 7 o’clock in the morning and come to the gym? Who wants to go and lift weights after just having a 2 hour practice? Not many athletes know what it takes to be on top. This was me in high school. I trained in the summer, but when field hockey practices started, I would stop going to Dedicated Fitness. Once field hockey season was over, I would be back at Dedicated Fitness to train ALL winter long! I thought that was good enough. When track & field season started, I was in top shape! And once again, I stopped going to Dedicated Fitness in the spring. I did very well in my high school track career, but I knew I had more in me.
Kerri would always say “Wynnie, to get better you need to do more! You need to lift and work on more form.” But as a teenager, I thought just going to practice was good enough for me.
It wasn’t until college when I learned that your training doesn’t just stop once you leave practice. How you eat, how you train, and what you are thinking mentally has EVERYTHING to do with your training. Dedicated Fitness taught me all of this! As a track athlete, I ran, I lifted, and I ate healthy during the season. Kerri taught me about having a positive attitude.
With all of these attributes put together, I placed 4th at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships during my indoor and outdoor seasons, taking more than 4 seconds off of my high school time in the 400m dash! I also hold the record for the 2nd fastest time in Lock Haven University history for the women’s 400 meter dash. My training at Dedicated Fitness included cross training, running form, Olympic lifts, and how to keep a positive attitude! My goal as a college alumnus is to advocate to young athletes that training is important even AFTER your practice is over and to always have fun!!"
Letter written by Wynnie Green.
Other News on Wynnie:
05/03/14 | LHU wraps up competition at PSAC Championships
05/02/14 | Lock Haven strong on Day 2 of PSAC Championships
04/29/14 | Track & Field set for 2014 PSAC Outdoor Championships
04/25/14 | Bald Eagles roll in 5K, Haven turns in strong showing at Penn Relays
04/23/14 | Lock Haven heads to Penn Relays
04/19/14 | Bald Eagles 3rd, Lady Eagles 7th at Bucknell Team Challenge
04/13/14 | Track & Field turns in another strong day at Bucknell
04/05/14 | Track & Field strong at 32nd annual Metrics Meet
03/29/14 | Track & Field puts in solid two days in Virginia
03/27/14 | Haven Track & Field set for Outdoor Season
Letter written by Kelsey Hay to show that hard work, along with Dedicated Fitness, pays off!
"I’ve been told all my life that hard work pays off. This statement has been proven especially true for me ever since I started training at Dedicated Fitness. This past summer, I worked with Kerri and her team for multiple hours a week in Speed and Agility, Strength, and Crosstrain classes in order to prepare myself for my upcoming sophomore track and field season at the University of Pennsylvania. That summer, I worked harder than I’d ever worked in my life, keeping in mind my goals of breaking Penn’s javelin school record and making it back to D-1 NCAA Regionals. Sure, it was hot out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4:00 during that summer when the pool and air conditioner was calling my name. And sure, there were those Tuesdays and Thursdays that I didn’t want to roll out of bed at 7:00 AM to lift weights to start off my morning. Kerri and her team, however, made all of these workouts worthwhile. With positive encouragement every step of the way, I started to look forward to these early mornings because it meant that I could reach my new max in the deadlift, and I started to embrace the heat while I wove through cones in the Speed and Agility class because my sweat was a sign of my hard work. I went back to UPenn after that summer, knowing that I had out-trained every single one of my teammates, and all of my Ivy League competition. My training at Dedicated Fitness paid off in the weight room that Fall at Penn, where all of my maxes from freshman year were shattered. Even more importantly, my training manifested itself in my javelin throws this Spring, where I broke not only UPenn’s school record with a throw of 164’-1”, but also the Ivy League javelin record, won 1st place in javelin at Ivy League Championships, qualified for NCAA Regionals, and qualified for D-1 NCAA Nationals with a rank of #20 in the country. I can say without a doubt in my mind that I would not be where I am today without my summer training at Dedicated Fitness. Not only did Kerri and her team provide me with the training I needed to excel in my sport, they also instilled in me a positive mindset that has helped me overcome all of the ups and downs of being a competitor at the Division 1 level. I know that hard work does pay off, especially if that hard work is done with Kerri and the Dedicated Fitness team, whose summer program impacted my athletic career in such a positive way!"
We can safely say the STATE CHAMPION trains at Dedicated Fitness! Austin Shupp brings home 1 gold and 1 silver and a relay 3rd and 6th!!! Bringing home 4 medals!!! Shout out to his hurdles coach Bethany Rowlands! His form is amazing!!! DFSTRONG train hard!!! Super congrats to all the bombers t&f achievements!! Great job to all!!!! Oh, and a super fan club we have for our small town! Great showing!!!
"Success doesn't happens by chance, it is created"
Many naturally talented athletes are comfortable with being "good" and aren't willing or ready to take themselves to another level of athleticism through the hard work and efforts it requires.
Austin Shupp, however, had a dream, a vision, a desire to be the best athlete he could be this year and years ahead. This unique student was willing to believe he could accomplish something more, courageous to attempt it, and persevered through trying times along the way!
One year ago, Austin came to me with the desire to win; to beat his current athletic standings. His ultimate goal to be a district champion. Austin has proven himself to be a determined, dedicated, committed athlete. Austin spent his 2013 summer training with a deep seeded determination to accomplish his personal goals. While many of his fellow competitors were sleeping in, starting at an early 7am, he attended running form and technique twice per week, speed and agility twice a week, strength conditioning twice a week, Olympic weightlifting two to three times per week, and yoga! When his soccer season started, he didn't give up on his goals, he modified the plan but continued training in the gym for improved speed, strength, and power. Through snow, sleet, ice, and opportunities to sleep in, this winter, Austin never backed down from his training! When the pressure of juggling school, sports, training and working got tough, Austin pushed harder.
Austin's success didn't happen by chance, it happened because he created it! He is an outstanding representation of a determined, hard working, successful student athlete!
By the way, not only has he broken multiple league and district records this year, he is now a district and a state champion!
Dedicated Fitness Inc.
Strength and Conditioning Coach