Meet our Superhero of the Month for November: Kerry Hernandez!
Kerry has been a member with us for a couple of years now. We chose Kerry as our superhero for November for several reasons and it was a unanimous, easy decision. She is a bright light at Mo-Mentum. She always walks into class with a big, bright smile and she’s still sharing her smile with us at the end of class.
Kerry is driven, friendly and always looking to learn more to live better and share what she learns with her family and beyond. She’s an incredible Mo-Tribe member, who gives as much love and energy as she receives from Team Mo and Mo-Tribe. She is very consistent and driven toward reaching her goals. I love her reasons for being here in that her parents, both in their own ways, taught her the importance of taking care of her body, mind and spirit now and every day! Not only is Kerry increasing her HEALTHSPAN (the amount of time she lives vibrantly and free of chronic disease) but she’s living vibrantly today and sharing her vibrance with her family and friends.
Another one of Kerry’s focuses is sharing health building life skills with her beautiful daughter Brooke! Kerry understands that our kids tend to adopt lifestyle habits they see us participating in and NOT so much what we tell them is good for them.
If you haven’t met Kerry yet, it’s because you’re probably missing out on our 5:30am classes! Kerry’s part of our fun and vibrant “Mean Girls” crew. This crew of FABULOUS women is filled with inspirational, driven and crazy (in a good way), people….who aren’t actually “mean!” Hehehe! Kerry’s also here some days in the evening with Brooke for our 6pm classes! You’ll recognize these beautiful girls together because of their beautiful matching smiles and driven looks on their faces.
Kerry, thank you for inspiring Team Mo and Mo-Tribe. We are so grateful for your inspiration and positive influence and for being such a valuable member of Mo-Tribe.
A few words from our Superhero herself…
Specifics: age, job title, children, partner?
I’m 59 years young and I have been a hairdresser for 41 years. In 2020 I married Al who is definitely my soulmate. I have a 13-year-old daughter named Brooke who is beautiful, smart and shy.
Describe what your life (and your health) was like before fitness.
I’m lucky my health is always good. I had Brooke at 45 and was a single mom for most of her life putting myself always last including my fitness.
Was there ever a low point or an experience that made your priorities change?
I have a job where I have to look in a mirror all day, I know every bump and bulge I could not stand looking at anymore. I know being in shape changes your destiny.
How did fitness come into your life (or back into your life)?
I knew I wanted to find a place that had early morning workouts, a smaller place where I was held accountable, a place that would look for me if I wondered. I walked past Mo-Mentum on my walks for 2 years. Finally, one day I opened the door.
What kind of results have you seen since starting a regular fitness program?
I feel like I’m making progress. My muscle tone is coming back. I’m way less flabby and I can keep up with the young moms.
Let’s focus on blood work. What kind of changes have you seen there? What do these changes mean for your lifestyle, longevity, finances, etc.?
I have longevity in my family. My Dad died at 91 and my mom just died at 98. But it went completely different for them. My dad was a lifelong athlete who worked out everyday, walked 60 miles a week, did 125 leg lifts, 125 full sit ups, and 75 push-ups every morning until the week he died. My Dad never had a colonoscopy, he was full of cancer we had no idea.
The doctor said his physical condition hid all his symptoms and he died fast and painless. They gave him a walker to go to the bathroom. He held it in front of himself about 6” off the ground. LOL! My mom on the other hand never exercised. She would say I’m a talker not a walker. She spent the last 2 1/2 years not being able to walk or do anything for herself. Her mind was perfect until her final days, but she was having no fun for years. Care for her was about $10,000 a month.
Why do you make fitness a priority in your life?
I’m making it a priority so that I can take care of myself in my old age. I plan on living a very active retirement.
These days, what makes truly happy and feel at peace?
For sure my family.
How do you feel compared to 1 year ago?
I feel great. I feel like I have a goal and that it is achievable.
Team Mo and I choose our SUPERHERO OF THE MONTH based on several important factors that we believe reflect the values on which the Mo-Mentum Fitness world-class culture has been built upon.
Mo-Mentum’s Core Values Include:
· Mindset for growth, constant never-ending learning – if you’re not growing, you’re shrinking.
· Over-deliver on all we do.
· Tribe – we all need a supportive and inspiring tribe, people we can be ourselves around and who nudge us to be one percent better every day.
· Transparency – We believe in honesty with ourselves and with others of course.
· Vitality – We believe in living vibrantly and living all out with courage and passion.
Amanda and Team Mo