We always mention that Top Level Fitness is a family, but this member spotlight (and the next) will take a more literal approach to that word. Both Tom and Amy Rossi are members at TLF and are doing awesome! Amy is consistently coming to each workout to WORK! Her strength and commitment are both good examples to everyone around her. Read on to learn more about Amy, and catch Tom’s member spotlight coming soon!
I have been a member at Top Level Fitness since last January. I started with the 3 month challenge in Jan of 2014 and converted into a full member last spring. You’ll see me mostly at the 5:30am workouts, occasionally at 9:30am and rarely at the evening workouts.
I have always been into health and fitness. I competed gymnastics in high school and played softball from 2nd grade through high school. I have always played adult co-ed recreational softball leagues in college and most recently with my youngest brother, (until I took a line drive to the head and sent me to the ER with stitches 3 months after the birth of my youngest-sidelined my adult softball career)! I started running 5K’s late in high school and haven’t stopped. I progressed from the 5K race to 10K, 10 miles and the 1/2 marathon. I love running and find it peaceful, yet challenging, but I was also looking for a change from my usual workout at my local gym. I frequented the “Total Conditioning” classes at Lifetime, lifting weights on my own was boring and I could easily come up with an excuse not to stay and finish and I always talked myself out of ab work (which is where I need it the most). I stumbled on TLF and went to an orientation with Zack, the rest is history.
Outside of the gym, I’ve been married my handsome stud, Tom Rossi for almost 13 years! (He’s a member at TLF too!) Together we have 4 kids, Laine (11), Elizabeth (8), Sara (7) and Charlie (almost 5). For the past 13 years, I have worked as a full/part-time as an Occupational Therapist at Marianjoy Rehab Hospital in Wheaton serving patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedic injuries as well as many others. I also help run 3 Girl Scout Troops, teach my daughter’s Religious Education class at Sts. Peter and Paul, I took on Home and School co-President and will continue on as Worker Coordinator for our summer swim team the Cress Creek Country Club, the Rebels. Not to mention, cook, laundrywoman, lawn maintenance/gardner, sports coordinator and carpool driver to all our kids sports teams and events. Thank goodness for my cleaning lady! Somewhere in there, I have free time, where I love to read, try new recipes and still hit up the forest preserve trails either with my bike, my running shoes or with everyone in my family.
Joining TLF was easy. It was great to already have the workouts planned and scheduled, all I had to do was show up and give it my all. Not going to lie, I thought I was either going to get sick or pass out while doing burpees for my first challenge! And I haven’t skipped the ab workout yet!
Since joining, I have gained amazing strength! I can chest press 50 lbs, in each arm! I have seen improvements with the tone and definition in my muscles! I lost 8 lbs with the 12 week challenge last spring. My biggest accomplishment has been running my first 1/2 marathon in 2 hours, just 2 summers ago. This fall, I’ll be running my 3rd Naperville 1/2 Marathon on behalf of the NEF- Naperville Education Foundation.
Even though our family was eating pretty healthy, we are eating even healthier meals together! The biggest change we’ve made as a family was eliminating the starches, we rarely serve rice, pasta or potatoes, instead we (I), always replace the starch with a salad.
My favorite healthy meals include any salads and any “healthy” protein bar recipes. I absolutely love either a good burger/steak, fries, the occasional diet pepsi, (yes, I know they are terrible for you, but I only have about 1x/month and I indulge in a Cosmopolitan from my favorite bartender every once in a while too.
Having Tom joining me in this even better and healthier lifestyle change has been the biggest help! Also having periodic “counseling” and “mental health” checkups with Zack have been helpful too. 😉
I’ll leave with my 2 favorite quotes:
“I can do anything for 30 seconds”
“I have the smallest amount of time to make the biggest impact in my child’s life”