Loredie: I started in Sep 2007.
Ross: I started in Dec 2007. I was reluctant at first. All I remember in Oct and Nov of 2007 was that Loredie was excited about going to the Ice Chamber, and she would go there consistently each week.
Loredie: I started 10 months after giving birth to my twin sons. I was partially bed ridden during the last trimester of my pregnancy and essentially lost a lot of strength and muscle mass. I couldn’t do a single sit up. I was also recently diagnosed with osteoporosis which really prompted me to get serious about my health and physical well being.
Ross: I started going there after reflecting about what kind of dad I wanted to be. Specifically, I thought about my own dad when I was 16 years old. My dad was able to play 1×1 basketball with me, and he was still pretty darn athletic. I thought to myself, “I want to be able to do stuff like that with my boys when they’re 16. I want to be an active dad – not just in sports but in all things they’re interested in.” After I quickly did the math, I realized that my dad was 43 when I was 16, and that I would be 51 when my boys are 16. I had an 8 year deficit to overcome.
Loredie: The best part of the IC is the community. The people are generous, supportive, and incredibly talented. I enjoy working out in a group setting. I love watching people exercise because it’s a form of healing. It releases stress, builds strength and endurance, and ultimately clears our heads.
Ross: Agree with Loredie completely. It’s the community. I love the group setting, and I love the variety. In any one week, I can do Boot Camp / Core, Industrial Strength, and sometimes Kettlebell or Spin. I also enjoy Stretch and Restore. After I work out at the IC, my mind, body, and soul feel more clear, healthier, lighter. It’s a great feeling.
Loredie: I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the US with my family when I was 8 years old. I grew up in San Francisco and graduated from SFSU with a degree in Nursing. I quickly realized that clinical practice was not my path and ended up working for a medical device company where I eventually discovered how devices and drugs are brought to the general population through clinical trials. I found this career path to be very exciting (still do) and I’ve been in it for more than 10 years. I’m currently working at Genentech’s research and early development group where I get to contribute and witness incredible possibilities that can positively impact so many people.
Ross: I also was born in the Philippines and immigrated with my family when I was 4 years. Grew up in San Pablo, went to Salesian High School, then graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from Cal Berkeley. Never worked 1 year in Civil Engineering. Instead, I fell into software and have played a variety of roles for the past 20 years from sales to customer success to services to data operations. I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to exercise and to bond with such a wonderful community at the IC.