MOVEr Spotlight – Mike Hondorp & Joe Holm – MOVErs since Aug 2015
M: After growing up in Michigan, I moved to New York for ~9 years before settling down in Austin for my job at Instagram 6 years ago. After meeting my (now) husband Joe shortly after arriving, it didn’t take long for Austin to feel like home, although we spent a year in London a few years back, which was amazing! Outside of fitness, I’m a big fan of rescue dogs (especially our two: Baxter and Blanche), international travel, and great food and wine. I’m also a big Michigan football fan.
J: I’m from Wisconsin, have 2 furry children named Blanche and Baxter, and met Mike in Austin. Interests include: hikes, travel, design, and all things Texas and country. I’m the Director of Interiors for an Architecture firm in town and design restaurants. It’s fun.
What inspired you to become a MOVEr?
M: I tend to thrive in group fitness environments, and I was looking for a change that came with a solid community. MOVE is just that! Intelligent, results-based programming is the real deal. While everyone can move at their own pace, I always know I’ll get a good workout and individual attention. And strength cycle forces me to lift weights…something I’m begrudgingly learning to like.
J: Our sports medicine doctor told us that we needed to join in order to prevent future injuries. Working out regularly can really mess you up if you’re not doing it right.
What are your fitness &/or wellness goals?
M: It’s really all about staying healthy and feeling well. It’s less about weight loss, and more about solid progress cycle after cycle (be that strength, pace, etc.).
J: I’m hoping that age doesn’t catch up with me. In other words, I’m trying to maintain a regular workout schedule that helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle while improving strength and flexibility so I can live a future that’s pain and injury free. Also, exercise is way cheaper than a therapist. It keeps me mentally well.
How has MOVE helped you reach these goals?
M: I am stronger than I’ve ever been, and yet I still get to push it with stamina and work capacity (my two faves).
J: In every way. We’ve really built relationships with the coaches that go beyond the classroom. They help us keep fit when we’re on the road and help keep us moving in the right direction when one of the parts on our body is broken or sore.
M: Luckily for me, motivation to workout isn’t tough to come by. That said, I travel extensively for work, and MOVE makes it so easy to stay on top of my weekly workouts while I’m on the road. If you’re not following the Facebook page for the daily workouts, you’re missing out!
J: Mike, mostly. But we keep a regular and realistic schedule that we can stick to; if we’re out of town, we always try to do the workouts on the road. They’re surprisingly portable.
What advice do you have for others to stay active and healthy, or who are not currently active?
M: It’s all about habits and lifestyle. For beginners, stick to a plan. Make that plan a lifestyle, and the results will follow. And don’t do the same thing every day! Seven days of spinning is not the answer. Keep things fresh.
J: Start small. Do once a week and see how you feel on workout days – it’ll probably be much better mentally and physically! Going in too hard is a mistake that a lot of beginners make, and it usually results in quick burnout or injuries.
What are you looking forward to next?
M: Mostly just becoming better and healthier. Oh, and lots of travel and wine and food. Next up: Italy this summer and Norway sometime soon!
J: I haven’t belonged to a physical gym for a while (we also go to a trainer and spin classes), and I kind of want to go back to self-guided workouts. I want to take the lessons I’ve learned from move and integrate a complementary gym routine. Also, travel always.