Member Spotlight: Melissa!

This month, Melissa Gallagher earns the spotlight for her commitment to herself.  Del started training Melissa four years ago, at which point she had not been exercising regularly.  Since then, she has made herself and her fitness a huge priority in her complicated and busy life.  She is a regular evening class attendee and recently completed her first triathlon this year after training with Delirium.

There’s more to her story; read on to meet Melissa—and Thank you Melissa for representing the Delirium spirit!

Tell us about your life outside of Delirium:

My life outside of Delirium is very busy!  My number one focus is my 14-year old son, Carson.  He was born with a rare genetic condition called Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome and as a result he is physically and developmentally disabled.  He is the light of my life and my reason for getting up every morning.  He loves to get out in the community and be social, so we are always on the go! While Carson is in school, I work part-to-full time as an investment analyst/researcher at Foresight Capital Management Advisors, Inc. in Saline.  When I have time, I love to cook, read, and sneak in the occasional episode of mindless TV.

How long have you been with Delirium?

I met Del 4 years ago when I had signed up for an obstacle course training through the Saline Rec Center.  I was by no means athletic and had never competed in that kind of event so I thought proper training would be in order. I arrived at day one of the training with Del at Mill Pond Park and discovered that I was the only one in class!  I tried to politely bow out and go back to the car and she said “no, we are doing this!” (you know how persistent Del can be!).  Del worked me out for an hour by myself flipping tires, running around the park, and doing rope waves.  I left wondering who I had just met and what the heck I had gotten myself into!  I returned for further training sessions (and a few others eventually joined me) and successfully competed in the race.  Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the challenges of Del’s workouts.  A couple of months later, she called me to ask if I’d consider working out with her and a small group of women in her basement.  I reluctantly said yes (again, I wasn’t in shape or athletic) and the rest is history!  I’ve seen Delirium Fitness grow from a small basement studio to what it is now and I’m so proud to be a part of this group.

What differences have you seen in your physical abilities since you started?

My upper body strength has improved tremendously.  Caring for a 70-lb child who cannot walk independently requires physical stamina.  When he was younger, I could still carry him at times and lift him with ease.  Now that he’s bigger and heavier, I still assist him, but I do make him do a lot of the work with my help.  Before I started working out with Del I was content with my body image.  I’ve never been overweight, but until I started working out regularly, I realized that I really was not in shape.  Now that I’m in my mid-40s it’s important to me to stay healthy and strong both on the inside and out.  I love being able to lift things without struggling and my running game has greatly improved with the combined cardio and strength training.  In the past four years I’ve run numerous races, both 5k and 10k distances.

What gains have you seen in your mental well-being?

Working out at Delirium has done wonders for my mental health.  I’ve been through a lot of personal changes in my life the past couple of years, and I can’t emphasize enough what a positive impact the Delirium classes have had on mw.  Even when I’ve been tired or grumpy, I make myself go and always leave feeling better that I went.  Plus, I sleep better (and deeper) after a good workout!  Being able to go to Delirium and be around fun people, listen to great music, and push my body to its limits always makes me feel better.  They are like a second family to me!

What do you love most about Delirium?

What’s not to love?  The trainers are fantastic (and fun), and I have made so many friendships along the way!  What probably impresses me the most is that in four years I have never done the exact same workout twice.  The fact that the Delirium team is always thinking outside the box and making the workouts challenging and varied makes for fun, exciting, energy-filled sessions.  Everyone is relaxed and supportive and always encouraging their workout partner.  There is no competition amongst the members…my only competition is with myself.  I love the changes I’ve seen in my body and the sense of family.   I can’t imagine not having Delirium fitness as part of my lifestyle!

Member Spotlight: Dena!

If you have ever met Dena, you know she is the life of the party!  Always encouraging those around her and giving her all, she has earned the Delirium Member Spotlight for her great attitude and tremendous strides in the circuit studio!  Meet Dena Crawford!

Tell us about yourself and your daily life

I’ve been happily married for 23 years. I have a 20yr old daughter that attends MSU. I’m celebrating 30 yrs as a Client Service Specialist at Warde Medical Laboratory. My hobbies are bowling, golfing, scrapbooking, and card making. 

How long have you been cycling?

I’ve been cycling for 3 yrs. I started in March of 2016 at Ryde On. I’ve tried every exercise there was from Step Aerobics, Turbo Jam, Yoga and Zumba. I would get bored and quit. But with cycling, there is no getting bored. I love it and I look forward to going. 

What do you love about cycling?

First and foremost, I love the people that I cycle with. My fellow riders have such a positive attitude and I never hear anybody complaining about their day. I look forward to every ride. Oh, and the instructors are amazing! Their energy level is through the roof. Each instructor has their own style of riding which makes each ride unique. I love how they are very knowledgeable about cycling and the effects that it has on the body. It shows that they really care about my physical safety. I like how each instructor reminds me about my posture and my breathing. They always remind me that this is my ride and I need to listen to my body. My degree is in Physiology and I have a pretty good understanding about the mechanics of the body and how all of the parts work together. 

Recently, Dena added strength training to her routine.  After an hour of cycling, she does 30 minutes of core, arms and some lateral leg or hip dominant leg movements to round out the muscular work she puts in on the bike.

We asked her what differences she has seen in her strength….

When I first started strength training it was intimidating. I had never lifted weights before and I had no idea what a TRX was. I remember the first time I tried to do a plank, I held it for about 10 seconds. It was hard. But after 3 months, I’m able to hold a plank for 1 minute and I welcome any exercise that I’m asked to do on the TRX. 

That one minute plank was so fantastic to witness!  Thank you, Dena for being Delirious with us!  You can catch Dena on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!

Instructor Spotlight: Kara!

Kara works for Delirium Fitness teaching Yoga and Small Group Women’s Training. Growing up, Kara found her home in competitive sports- excelling in travel soccer and balancing a very active life.  Then the working world hit her… After years of dead-end jobs and unfulfilled dreams, she really wanted to make a complete lifestyle change, so she took a leap of faith and pursued her goal to not only better herself, but to help others better theirs.  Kara’s received her Personal Training Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine; and her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. An organic and natural living enthusiast, Kara truly believes that a healthy body makes a healthy mind, equaling a healthy soul.  Kara loves connecting with the Delirium members and seeing them make changes to better lives each time they show up in the studio. 

When Kara isn’t training or teaching yoga, she can be found in the kitchen creating healthy meals for her family, exploring the great outdoors, or cuddled up with her husband watching a good thriller.  Kara and Del, co-Owner of Delirium, met in a “past life” and are so happy to work together to provide well-rounded fitness opportunities at Delirium Fitness.

Member Spotlight: Braiden!

Our member spotlight is Braiden Reyes.  Braiden has amazing positive energy and works hard in class alongside his wife, Shannon.  His devotion to his new lifestyle is what earned him the member spotlight!

I own a plumbing company and have a house, 4 kids (ages 16-20) and 2 dogs. I am stretched so thin for time as it is and me and Shannon enjoying going to class together. It’s something that she and I can do together and I don’t want to take away from that or commit to something that I may not be able to give my all. 

My fitness journey began when I weighed 330lbs and my doctor and life insurance rep had a heart to heart conversation and said I need to make some changes. It all started around Thanksgiving of 2018. I first started with just trying to eat 100% better and smaller portions. It was a real struggle at first and I did a lot of reading about the food that is good and bad and how what foods we eat determines so many factors inside our bodies. I decided to try 16 hour fasts. It has worked well for me and now that I’m used to it, it’s everyday life for me. I wanted to make sure this decision wasn’t a “diet” but more of a lifestyle change. 

I have been plumbing for almost 20 years. I may only be 38 but my knees feel like I’m 60. My doctor told me if I lose weight my knees would feel better (he was right). I needed to find something I enjoyed that was low impact to my knees so I decided to try spinning. Shannon works with a woman that comes to Delirium and she suggested it. I figured anything is worth a shot at least once. That was at the beginning of December 2018. 

As of today, I have lost a total of 57 pounds by mostly proper eating and spinning 2-3 times per week.

I have witnessed noticeable changes from exercise and weight loss. I have battled with sleep apnea for years. I haven’t had another sleep study since the weight loss but I definitely sleep much better. My knees rarely hurt anymore. I seem to have a lot more energy. I’m In a overall better mood. I feel more productive and I’m literally swimming in my clothes from the weight loss. 

The main thing I love about cycling is that is low impact on my joints. I also enjoy cycling in a group with an instructor and music. I love the accomplishment you feel after a hour of riding!

Delirium Fitness is a great comfortable place to work out. Everyone always is friendly and supportive and the atmosphere is very family like. The facility is small and clean and inviting. The bikes are well maintained and nice to ride. All the instructors are great and have different strengths in their instructing. We have definitely found our favorites!

Member Spotlight: Jennie!

Jennie as been with Delirium since the early days in Del’s basement. We call her our “Cardio Queen”. It is her dedication and hard work that earn her a place in the spotlight. She always comes with a “can do” attitude and great energy. Although she doesn’t like man-makers, she has gained a ton of ground on the strength floor! Read Jennie’s answers to get an idea of how amazing she is and why Delirium is the right fit for her!
Where are you in your fitness journey and have has Delirium Fitness helped you along the way?
Exercise has always been an important part of my life since it is my stress relief. For the past 20 years, most of my workouts have been focused around running (still my favorite). However, as I’ve aged, I recognize that I need to increase my strength, improve my balance to avoid future falls, and get a cardio workout in more than one avenue since running involves a lot of pounding on my joints. Delirium Fitness has been perfect for me! I have arm muscles for the first time in my life (Del even complimented my push-ups!), my balance has improved, and I’ve learned that I pretty much enjoy all types of cardio! I guess that’s why they call me Cardio Queen!
When asked what her favorite thing about Delirium is, this was her answer:
I have too many “favorites” to list just one! One of my favorite things about Delirium Fitness is the flexibility. As a working mom with a crazy schedule, I love being able to choose between an early morning class or early evening class depending on my work calendar and commute to Dearborn. I also love the weekend drop-in classes since I often need to support my children’s sports activities and the flexibility is perfect for me. Another favorite is the people! I’ve made so many friendships in the past two years and the women I’ve met are so inspirational. The coaches push me to be my best – what more can you ask for? I love how the workouts are tailored to meet your specific needs – from training for a race or recovering from an injury. Finally, I love all the monthly challenges and the exposure to try new activities – from cycling to yoga to nutritional seminars. I cannot say enough positive things about Delirium Fitness!

Member Spotlight: Meg!

When Meg came to our Athleta event last January, she hadn’t been working out in a gym since before her children (Molly, 4 & Mayer, 2) were born.
She was nervous and slightly intimidated by what she thought was going to be “too challenging” for her. What she discovered was a supportive staff and encouraging members—and she had a very successful workout. She continues to amaze us with her strength and power abilities in the studio and has made so much improvement, we wanted to shed the spotlight on Meg.
“Delirium has played a big part in helping me get back into a fitness routine. I’ll never forget my first class at Delirium. I was full of self-doubt and not much confidence. But after each class, I started to feel better and better about myself and realized I was much stronger than I knew.”
Meg has a very busy schedule with her two children and her photography business (Meg Dula Photography) but she not only works out a couple times each week, she also assists in the childcare room.
“The fact that the members all collaborate to make sure the kids can be taken care of while the moms workout is so helpful,” Meg states. Meg claims her least favorite part of Delirium is the AirDyne bikes; and the supportive staff and members the most.