March’s Athlete Spotlight

Welcome to our Athlete Spotlight! Each month we highlight a dedicated member of the gym so you can get to know them a little better!

March’s Athlete Spotlight is Amanda Tovey!

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When did you first begin working out in the Bootcamp with us?

The first time I worked out at the gym was when I came as a guest with my husband, Jason.  I was nervous about returning to a gym after being absent from working out for so long.  I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to complete what was asked of me.  Shortly after my first visit I decided to join the gym, via the Bootcamp, and start working out regularly again. I have now been a member of the Bootcamp for 2 years and counting.

Do you remember what your first workout was? And do you remember how you felt about it?

I don’t remember exactly what my first workout was, but I do remember that all of the movements and exercises were explained to me and I could do them.  I felt capable, encouraged and supported.  I felt like I was part of a team and together we were working towards the same goal; being better and stronger.   I remember feeling like Jonathan was crazy for encouraging me to do things that I knew I couldn’t do, only to quickly learn that he knew better than me and I was stronger than I thought.

What is a typical day like for you outside of the gym?

I work out first thing on some days.  I pack 5 lunch boxes for my little people and get them fed and dressed for school.  I drop them off and run errands, visit with friends, do house chores, and/or volunteer at the school.  I also work part time as an adoption social worker for Amazing Grace Adoptions in Raleigh and do seasonal work at Homewood Nursery in Raleigh.  After school, we do school work, play outside, do extracurricular activities, and then have dinner as a family and finally bedtime.  My husband and I typically have a couple hours of alone time at night to talk, watch tv, or just sit in the quiet. 🙂   

If you could be anyone famous for just 1 day – like body swap type of thing – who would you be and why?

This is a tough one for me.  I can think of talents I would love to have…to fly 🙂 , to sing like Adele, to play soccer like Mia Hamm, but to switch places with someone.  Yikes.  Maybe Kate Middleton.  I mean being a “princess” (or duchess) for a day seems like a pretty unique and lovely day to me.

What is your favorite book or book series?

My favorite book series is Anne of Green Gables.  I loved these books as a child and it was really the first time while reading that I enjoyed, and engaged and felt emotion from the story and characters.  One of my favorites.

Thank you Amanda for being such a valuable member of NRCF! You’re always a pleasure to be around! We truly appreciate you!