Member Spotlight: Meet Veronica and Timothy Tarver

members-tim-veronica-1 How long have you been a member at Castle Hill Fitness, Veronica (V) and Timothy (T)?

V&T: We have been members for 1 1/2 years.  

What does your regular routine at Castle Hill look like?

V: My regular routine at Castle Hill usually consists of 2 classes a day! You can find me there almost everyday from 9:45-1:00. T: 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, combination of classes and weights.

Have you made changes in your health and fitness lifestyle since you joined? What changes stand out the most?

V: Since I have joined Castle Hill, I have become a pescatarian. It was something I had been wanting to do for a few years. I find that as I get older, I want to stay physically fit and eat healthy. This is what feels right for my body. My husband and chihuahuas still eat meat! lol T: For sure. By getting to know the trainers and staff I feel more dedicated to my overall health and fitness. The change that stands out the most is the ability to look in the mirror and feel good about myself.  



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You both takes classes, so who are your favorite instructors?

V: I take a lot of the classes at Castle Hill. My new year’s resolution was to add yoga into my life; this has become a part of my fitness two days a week. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY I can pick a favorite instructor. All of them give me something different, and I mean mentally as well as physically; it’s all about balance! T: I started taking classes with Amid and Hilary and I thought to myself, “What in the hell did my wife get me into?” LOL … after I had a few weeks of getting my butt kicked by Amid & Hilary I thought I would “try” Robert’s classes (at the time I started, some of the other members I met said that “Robert’s classes were too hard for them.” So of course I had to try Robert’s classes to see how hard they could be, and they were right; Robert’s classes are not just back to basics! They are difficult, but Robert’s sense of humor clicks with me, so I try to make Robert’s class every day).  When Tiffany started her classes I had to support her also, so I take a couple of her classes per week too. Now that Chad is doing classes, I seem to be at CHF 7 days a week! I can’t pick one favorite instructor since there are several that I like –  Robert, Amid, Hilary, Tiffany and Chad.  

Do you frequent our Wellness Spa? Do you have a service provider who has helped you on your journey to whole body health?

V: I have seen Aaron for acupuncture twice, once for tummy tenderness and once for lower back pain. It works. I have never had a massage or facial, but I have heard that the facials are really good.  

Do you currently work with a personal trainer? Who are they and what goals are you working on together?

V: I am not currently working with a PT, but I have had sessions with Amid & Robert in the past and I’m still alive! Hahahaha! T: No, not at this time. I did some personal training with Amid and he is an excellent trainer.  

What motivates you to stay on track?

V: What motivates me to stay on track, is my group of friends that I choose to surround myself with. We text and communicate on workout schedules; it’s like a family with the same goals in mind. T: My wife’s motivation to workout inspires me to get up and work out.

What have been your obstacles with fitness?

V: My obstacles in fitness are always mental, for instance running. I’m not good at it, I don’t like it. But I have to say Hilary makes it fun by breaking up our running trips with activities. The aspect that I am most proud of right now in my fitness is my willingness to conquer classes that I never thought I could do. Before Castle Hill I thought kickboxing was something I could never do, but now it’s a part of my routine! T: Eating a proper diet, it’s still difficult to not overindulge but I don’t let it control my life. If I eat too much one day, I will work harder in the gym to burn it off the next day.  


What is your greatest health and fitness achievement?

V: My greatest health and fitness achievement is losing more than 20 pounds. My husband and I had put on a lot of weight. We love fine dining and indulging in dessert! We still do that but make sure to eat healthy at home and get a great workout in daily. T: Since joining CHF I can say that I’m in the best shape of my life and the credit goes to the quality of the staff that are at CHF. From the time I come in the front door, working with the Trainers, and talking with other staff members – all of this makes me feel like I’m part of the CHF community / family.

Are there areas you are still working on? What goal keeps you motivated to show up at the gym regularly?

V: I will always be a work in progress, I don’t think you ever reach a point where you think, “okay I’m perfect”. My motivations for showing up at the gym regularly are mental more than physical. I go to the gym to add life to my days :-). T: I’m working on my overall health and strength training.  My wife keeps me motivated and on track.

When you aren’t working out at Castle Hill, what do you do?

V: When Tim and I are not working out at Castle Hill, we have a very social calendar. One of the charities we love and support is Blackfret. They support local Austin Musicians and are a great organization. T: Sleep… lol, My wife and I are involved in several charities, we also love to travel so we do that as much as possible. My wife’s a real foodie so we try all the new and trendy places popping up around town – that’s why we are at CHF almost every day.
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