Member Stories: Mike Sendelbach, from Road Warrior to Group Ex Class Enthusiast

We’re extremely proud of our members. Over the years their work out agendas and sporting endeavors serve as healthy examples of how it feels to be “Elite,” and how exercise not only adds years to your life, but life to your years! Today we’d like to highlight another member’s experience:

My family has been active at Brookfield Elite since we moved to Wisconsin in the mid-1990s. Those of you that know me have witnessed the ebbs and flows of my exercise routine. In my business life, I am a road warrior. I average about 150 flights and 180 hotel nights yearly. The work is exhilarating, exhausting and all consuming.

Last October, my position was eliminated. I went from being in a different city every week, to having 10-12 hours a day available to do whatever I wanted. I was a little lost and found myself planted in my chair. I woke up one morning and decided that’s enough. This is where the story turns positive.

I started by tagging along with my wife, riding a bike while she played tennis. Soon I added my strength training routine. The momentum started building. I know that I get stale if I do the same thing day after day. I’m not typically a group exercise person, but I saw two classes that interested me. I have been attending Cycle Surge with Beth Clark and Intro Boxing with Paul Boyajian. I am having a blast!

Both classes are 30 minutes long, yet I really get my heart rate up. These classes appeal to me for several reasons; it’s new, it’s intense, 30 minutes is less intimidating than 60 minutes and Beth and Paul make it fun. I enjoy these classes so much that they are on my weekly calendar and I do my best to schedule things around them.

While I enjoy my new teachers very much, I want to make sure that the rest of the Elite team knows how much I appreciate all of them. I want to call out and thank a few folks specifically for their recent kind words and support: Tom K (front office), Tony B (fitness), Sue P (fitness), Christine (front office), Karen (front desk) and Danielle (concierge). It may be a smile, sharing your stories, flashing the “hang loose” sign or taking a playful shot at me that keeps me coming back for more. If I forgot someone, please know it’s not with malice.

I will be back in the workforce soon, traveling the country. My goal will be to head to the hotel gym more often than skipping the workout to have a sugary treat. I want you all to know that I’m happy with my progress, but never satisfied. Ever forward!!!

-“Bandana” Mike

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