Member Highlight: Meet Allison

A person with glasses and a patterned shirt takes a selfie outdoors with a scenic view of trees and a sunset-lit landscape in the background.

What inspired you to join KUMA?

After transitioning from a job that was very public facing and high energy to one that is work from home, I was feeling antsy to move and meet new people. I wish I could say I did some thorough research to find KUMA but it was just the first thing that popped up when I Googled “kickboxing near me”, and I am glad it was!

What keeps you coming back?

Creating a routine and gamifying it has helped me stay consistent. I also love how inviting and non-judgmental the environment is. If you would have told me 1 year ago that I would join a kickboxing gym and hit 75 classes in 100 days… I would have laughed in your face! But I would not have been able to reach these milestones if it wasn’t for how much fun I am having and how empowered I feel.

What challenges have you faced in your fitness journey and how have you overcome them?

I always want to be good at something day one, which leads to feelings of failure and disappointment. The most fun thing about classes at KUMA is feeling the progress and knowing that I still have so much to improve and that the journey is never truly over. Accepting that there will always be challenges to overcome is what has helped me overcome them 🙂

What is your favorite workout or activity at KUMA and why?

When I went to my first Lift class, I left feeling like I would never return to one again! But it has become my favorite class and the one I prioritize showing up for. I love the more intimate setting and the live feedback I get from Coach Mary. It is the class that really got me hooked, and perfectly encapsulates my above answer.

How has the community at KUMA influenced or supported you?

I joined KUMA at the end of winter, and joining definitely helped me get through those last few moments of winter that seem to drag on forever. It has also helped me find joy and levity in my day to day — something that can be difficult with everything that is going on in the world.

What advice would you give to someone just starting their fitness journey?

You will not be perfect day one!! But finding joy in the progression and having patience with yourself is key. Also, do not let lack of knowledge or perceived lack of fancy gear/equipment gatekeep you from the experience.

Is there a fellow member or a coach at KUMA who has been particularly supportive or inspirational to you? Give them a shoutout! Tell us how they’ve made a positive impact on your journey.

Where do I start!! As mentioned before, I TRULY appreciate Coach Mary and how she looks out for us in Lift. Her guidance is never belittling or judgmental, I feel like I am well looked after with her around. I also remember feeling so comfortable in my first class with Coach Abby, her energy is so warm and calming. It is hard to narrow it down and I am sure I could write a senior thesis-amount for everyone I have met who has supported me these past few months. Thank you to everyone who has!

Fun Fact: Tell us something fun or unexpected about yourself – any hobbies, talents, or surprising stories?

I used to stream myself doing the NYT Crossword Puzzle on Twitch as a way to stay connected with friends during the pandemic/my move to Maine. It was mostly for friends but I did get a few random followers!

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Coach Stacy

Stacy Kim, the founder of KUMA Fit (a women’s kickboxing & fitness studio in Saco, Maine) and Stacy Kim Coaching, has dedicated her life to teaching. She has taught over 10,000 classes and has trained in martial arts and fitness for over 15 years. Today, her mission is to redefine what fitness means for women, to stop objectifying the body, and focus on moving to feel strong.

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