Evan Hansen

“I can’t think of a more supportive environmentfor developing healthy habits, getting fit, and meeting new people other than CFM.”

How long have you been a member at CFM?

I’ve been a member since December 2017.

Why did you join?

I learned about CFM from Peter Wentzel and Matt Kelly, who convinced me to give it a try. I wasn’t doing anything special to stay in shape and thought I should try something healthy. I had turned 50 and I think this was part of my midlife crisis.

What do you love most about CFM? / What keeps you coming back each month?

I like how healthy I feel, but it is the people, members, and staff, who keep me coming back to CFM. I had never worked out or gone to a gym before, and I appreciate that people like me are welcome and can make significant progress. I like how there are workouts for people of all skill levels and how we can progress at our own pace.

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I like how healthy I feel, but it is the people, members, and staff, who keep me coming back to CFM. I had never worked out or gone to a gym before, and I appreciate that people like me are welcome and can make significant progress.

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What is your current occupation? And/or what are some hobbies, clubs, groups, or activities you participate in?

I’m an owner of Downstream Strategies, an environmental and economic development consulting company just down the road from the gym. Also, since 2018 I’ve been elected to represent Monongalia County in the West Virginia House of Delegates. So I’m in Charleston for two months every winter, plus a few days most other months. I don’t have much time for many other activities these days, but I used to hike and bike a lot and play backgammon in tournaments.

How has improved fitness impacted your life? Please provide an example of a result outside of the gym.

About 15 years ago I broke my femur pretty badly. For years, it hurt to walk and I didn’t think I’d ever been able to run. With all the work at CFM over the last few years, I don’t have much pain anymore and I can run again. This means that it’s fun to hike again.

What’s one thing – either fitness-related or not – you learned in the last month?

How much it hurts when you come up short on a box jump.

What would you say to someone you love to encourage them to try out CFM?

I can’t think of a more supportive environment for developing healthy habits, getting fit, and meeting new people other than CFM.