Each month we bring you an interview with one of the inspiring athletes at Salus. We highlight this individual because they have something special. They give their best in every class, they are hungry to learn and always ready to put in the work. Not only that, but this person supports their fellow classmates and encourages them to reach their goals, too. This athlete embodies what we believe the Salus Community should be all about.
“Shani is full of surprises and an undying determination. We knew she was going to be willing to put in hard work when she mentioned she was in the Israel Defense Forces. Her commitment to achieve her goals, regardless of the challenges she faces, is inspiring.” ~Coach Gino
“I’ve been working with Shani on her goals to improve body composition and establish better eating habits. Throughout our initial 12 weeks of Nutrition Coaching, she didn’t just lose 5 pounds of body fat, but she also gained 3 pounds of muscle in the process. That kind of transformation can only be done with a high level of determination and consistency.” ~Coach Angela
“You can always find Shani front and center for every class she attends. She’s attentive and ready to try a new challenge to work towards her goals. Give her a cue, and her response is usually “I’m trying,” which perfectly describes her commitment and work ethic from day one.” ~Coach Erin
“One word that comes to mind when I think of Shani is determination. Last year during the open she wanted to get a pull up and she never gave up and now I see her at open gym doing extra work because she is determined to be her best. Making excuses is not in her vocabulary which is evident with what she’s going through but she still shows up.” ~Coach Scott
Meet Shani Harper, Athlete of the Month January 2023
1. When and why did you start at Salus?
I started back in October of 2021. I wanted to change up the workout I’ve been doing the past few years.
2. How has your performance changed since you started at Salus?
Wow! I’ve gone from 1-10. A BIG 10! Now, I am more flexible and definitely have improved my strength!!
Plus, I am more confident with myself than I have ever been.
3. Are there exercises you can do now that you couldn’t do before?
Push-ups, pull-ups, toes to bar, lifting heavy weight.
4. How has your body physically changed since you started?
I am stronger, more fit, confident.
After having 3 kids my abs\stomach never felt tight and strong. Now I have muscles for the first time in my life.
5. How has Salus changed you in other ways?
I completely changed my daily nutrition habits. Now I’m focusing on fitting in protein and vegetables first.
Salus is a big stress relief for me as well. Now, I’m sleeping straight through the night.
6. How do you describe Salus to your friends?
The best thing I did for myself, my health.
Salus is a warm and supportive community. I just love it.
7. What keeps you motivated to continue? What’s your “why”?
The results are showing off.
I love the fact that everyday is a challenge with a different workout.
8. Favorite lift?
9. What advice would you give to a newbie just joining Salus?
Keep going, don’t give up. It’s only getting better.
10. What is your next goal to accomplish?
Getting more fit, stronger.
11. If you could design your own WOD, what would it look like?
5 rounds of:
- 25 burpees
- 25 toes to bar
- 400 meter run.
12. Favorite thing to do for fun?
Hiking, beach outdoor activities. Dinner with friends.
13. Favorite healthy dish….and favorite “splurge” meal?
Favorite healthy dish: Branzino fish on the grill. Israeli salad and tahini.
And my “splurge” will be shawarma in pita with a bunch of salad inside.
14. If you could be a superhero who would you be and why?
Wonder woman:) Because she is a strong independent woman.
15. Favorite motivational quote?
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
16. Interesting fact not many people know about you.
Love my naps:)