June 2019 Member of the Month – Sheryl Sundai

By: Sylvia Lokollo


Congratulations to Sheryl Sundai for being nominated as Member of the Month – May 2019!

Sheryl has been a member for over 2 years and has been training consistently 4-6 days a week in strength and boxing classes.  She has recently started participating in more Olympic weightlifting classes.  One of the nicest and coachable member in class! Congratulations Sheryl and keep smashing it!

  1. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT TRAINING AT CORE STRENGTH?

Before starting at CSFC I was taking part in different types of physical activity like running and yoga and never really felt compelled to continue long-term. My previous gym memberships involved going in and spending half an hour on some sort of cardio equipment while watching TV, and not interacting with anyone.  At CSFC I have been taught to do such a wide range of movements with different tools, and how to do compound lifts with proper technique through a structured training programme.  This keeps me engaged as no one session is exactly the same.  It also allows me to set goals for myself, and being able to quantify my progress with numbers helps keep me motivated.

Starting my day with lifting heavy weights or boxing sets me up on a positive note where I feel I can take anything on.  It is one hour of the day where I don’t think about anything else that is bothering me outside of the gym. Everyone shows up and does their best while being supportive and encouraging of each other.  The coaches are also invested in your progress and knows everyone on a personal level, you really are not just a number.  I feel stronger than I did a decade ago, my self confidence has improved and my social circle has also widened thanks to numerous post workout coffees!

  1. WHAT HAS BEEN THE PROUDEST MOMENT / ACHIEVEMENT SINCE STARTING AT CORE STRENGTH?

I had wanted to do a strict pull-up unassisted and this year (my third year of training), with encouragement from my training buddies I finally did one pull-up without a band, much to my surprise!  This has taught me to never underestimate your own abilities as with consistency anything is possible!

  1. WHAT HAS BEEN ONE CHALLENGE YOU’VE OVERCOME SINCE STARTING AT CORE STRENGTH?

Initially I used to think that I had to keep up with the fastest runner or the heaviest lifter and was constantly comparing myself to others.  Over my time at CSFC I have come to understand and accept that everyone has their own journey (cliched as it sounds).  Now I try to focus on what I am doing and on pushing myself that little bit further than the last time.  Taking time out to reflect on what I was capable of when I first started compared to now reminds me of how far I’ve come.

  1. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS NOW?

One of my goals in 2019 was to get out of my comfort zone by taking part in the Masters HQ competition which I have successfully completed.

My goals are to spend more time on pre-hab and mobility exercises as well as on getting as many Olympic lifting hours under my belt.