Shel Tscherne | The Fitness Asylum

Shel Tscherne

It’s about you vs you.

It’s about the sisterhood of this team.

It’s about becoming a better, stronger version of myself than I ever knew was possible.

As they say “you always remember your first”, and while that absolutely holds true for me the first time I competed, this fall, my second prep, truly is my most favorite. I had heard going into it that the second prep was always harder. Or at least that’s what everyone told me. So, like Gail told me to do, I put my blinders on and focused on the road ahead.

This prep I leaned out in ways I hadn’t expected. It totally took me, my husband, my coaches and my friends all by surprise. I was shocked at the changes and progress I saw each week and I think that a lot of that is due to the hard work and determination that I put in during my off-season. I don’t compete during the spring season (two daughters as competitive dancers being the primary reason why). Instead I used the spring as off-season training. I ate clean and trained hard all with the goal of coming into the following fall ready to make some serious gains. Mission accomplished!

When people ask me how long I plan to do this I tell them that “part of what keeps me coming back is not only a love of this sport but also a love for this team.” The sisterhood that is bikini is a strong one. It reminds me so much of my sorority days (Delta Gamma). It wasn’t until I came to FA (two years ago for the Body Challenge) that I found my happy place. Ever since becoming a mama I have had the worst time finding my tribe. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would find it at a gym! And never in my even wilder dreams did I imagine that I would find a sisterhood there too! Getting to compete with so many of my favorite people from my beloved 5:30am bootcamps truly made this season one that I will never forget!

Thank you to Bonnie for creating this amazing gym and this incredible sisterhood of a team. Thank you for pushing us all out of our comfort zones and encouraging us to reach higher than we ever knew was possible! Thank you to Gail for the wisdom/love/support/inspiration/encouragement these past two preps. I couldn’t do this without you! Thank you to Michelle for the expert posing and humor during class. Thank you to all the amazing instructors who kick our asses daily! Mary-Beth, Gail, Helene, Lisa, Rachel, Katie, Caitlin and Ellen, none of us would be where we are without your incredible classes!

As I always say when people ask me about joining FA or the team: “just take the plunge, join us, your only regret will be that you didn’t do it sooner!”

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical. This training is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. Seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider before undertaking rigorous physical training.