Interview with Traci
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Traci Kenmuir, 28. I usually workout at the gym, I have a membership to LA Fitness. I recently started to take interest in hiking and flag football. I work full-time, working with individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs. I love spending time with my family and friends. I love going to Disneyland, the beach, to brunch and exploring new places.
When and why did you start working out?
Since about 2012 I had been trying to stick to working out consistently but it was always such a struggle. In 2016 I went through a lot of personal struggles, and come 2017, I was at my highest weight. I decided that I NEEDED to make a change and live a healthier lifestyle. I used to go to 24 hour fitness, however, a brand new LA Fitness opened up even closer to me. I switched gyms and along with my new membership I had a free intro to personal training. I know a lot of gyms try to really sell this service to their members, but at this point I was all for signing up for this as I knew this was the big push I needed to really make my life style change. Fast forward, to now, I have lost 50 pounds and I am a million times more confident in myself.
How did you first hear about Victorem?
My trainer actually purchased bands from Victorem and started incorporating them into our workouts. After using the cloth hip bands on our leg day, I purchased my own set. They’re so comfortable!
Did you use resistance bands previously in your workouts? If yes, how was it?
Here and there I used some of my own. I found some other brand at Target that I was excited to use, but when I actually opened the pack they were cheap and barely had any resistance or challenge. I immediately returned these. I definitely would say Victorem bands are my favorite brand I’ve ever used. The bands are so durable and there’s such a variety.
What was your first workout with Victorem bands?
LEG DAY! My trainer incorporated the cloth hip bands. We did goblet squats to warm up and then incorporated the hip bands in a lot of other squat variations.
What’s your favorite exercise using the bands?
I love using the hip bands while doing squats on the smith machine; it adds another layer of challenge and resistance. I also love using them on the cable machines, to do a squat pull through. My trainer and I use the cloth hip bands as well as the other resistance bands a lot during leg day! It definitely adds a lot more resistance and I can really feel the difference than if we weren’t using the bands. We even incorporate them in abs and upper body workouts.
What changes did you notice when you started using resistance bands?
I noticed that I started enjoying actually working out with the Victorem resistance bands. I always enjoy finding new ways to use them. Physically, I can definitely tell that it’s helping to isolate specific muscles in my legs, and I can feel myself becoming stronger.
What motivates you?
The fact that I’ve lost 50 pounds still amazes me that I’ve come that far! I can’t wait to see how much more progress I can make. I can feel my muscles growing throughout my body and I feel stronger. If I feel this good now, I know it’s only going to get better!
What would you say to someone just starting out using resistance bands?
Make sure your form is good, but also have fun and try out different ways you can incorporate them!
Are there any fun facts about yourself that you haven’t told anyone?
I used to do ballet when I was really young!
I would love to create some kind of business or support group to coach others through their fitness journeys.
I want to try boxing/kickboxing!