Holly Guss


Holly Guss

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Hometown: Grew up in Florida but have lived in Durham over 20 years
Age: 38
Occupation: College Advisor

When did you first start Strength & Conditioningting?
Summer 2012

What is your favorite movement? Favorite workout?
I enjoy rowing and jump roping. I also really loved the 12 days of Christmas workout.

What is your least favorite movement? Least favorite workout?
Burpees and running

Tell us about your sports & fitness background:
I was an active kid and loved all sports and played basketball and tennis in high school.

How did you first get exposed to Strength & Conditioning? Do you remember your first WOD? How did it go?
A coworker and I were talking about getting in shape and had heard about Strength & Conditioning. We joined the Weight Loss Bootcamp and came to the Saturday open WOD for an introduction. Let’s just say I couldn’t move for at least a week. The first few workouts were torture after living as a couch potato for years. Back then, if I didn’t cry, throw up, or die – it was a good session.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting Strength & Conditioning? (before/after)
Since joining Strength & Conditioning, I have lost about 10 pounds and lots of inches. I feel stronger, leaner, and more fit than I have since high school. When I first started, I couldn’t even do an 800m without walking. But since then, I have done several 5K and obstacle course races!

What impact has Strength & Conditioning had on your life?
Strength & Conditioning has helped hold me accountable to a healthier lifestyle and made me feel more confident overall.

What is your favorite Strength & Conditioning/CFD moment?
I was groaning and complaining as Bea gave us instructions for a jump rope workout for the day. I was so frustrated because it had been over a year, and I still couldn’t do a double under. Despite my attitude, Bea urged me on and I gave it my best effort – and I did my first double under ever that day!

What is your advice for people just getting started or thinking about starting Strength & Conditioning?
Stick with it. The beginning is the worst, and you will be sore. But if you commit to coming on a regular basis, you will get fitter and stronger and meet some great people along the way.

What are your hobbies, interests, and/or talents outside of Strength & Conditioning?
I have 3 dogs and volunteer with the Animal Protection Society of Durham. I also love to read and enjoy exploring the next new place or event that Durham has to offer.