Brains and brawn. It’s an unstoppable combination. In fact, most of us would be lucky just to claim one of these attributes. But this month’s athlete has both. She’s Emily Twichell, Ph.D. Though a self-professed “nerd,” she’s really a professor of badassery.
We recently caught up with Emily, and she was kind enough to grant us an interview. Now, it’s your turn to get to know her better.
First off, where did you grow up?
Just outside of Rochester, New York.
What do you do for a living? Could you walk us through a typical day?
I’m a Change Management consultant, which means I spend most of my time helping business leaders implement changes more effectively, all without driving employees crazy.
When do you typically work out?
[I attend] 6:15 pm night classes as well as a Saturday or Sunday workout here and there.
What’s your favorite Logan Square eatery?
It’s cliché, but I have to say Parson’s on a nice day…when you don’t have to wait hours.
What’s your favorite place to grab an adult beverage?
I’m a sucker for the ‘70’s vibe at Heavy Feather.
What are some of your favorite things to do (besides working out obviously)?
I like to travel. I spend a lot of my weekends visiting friends and family. Recently, I went to Costa Rica, and I’m now planning trips to Hong Kong, Thailand, and Cambodia in the fall.
What’s something about you that your fellow gym buddies might not know?
I’m a fairly big nerd. I have a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which is a fancy name for what I explained above.
Why did you first start coming to Paramount?
I was doing a lot of yoga at the time, but it wasn’t helping me reach my fitness goals. I knew these [Paramount] classes would be higher intensity, and they would create accountability to work out on a more regular basis. I was right!
What can you do now in workouts that you couldn’t do before?
I had never done rowing before starting at Paramount. Unfortunately, as soon as I started liking it, I sprained my ankle and can’t row for a while.
So hard to pick just one! I like doing any type of circuit training with different exercises at each station – it’s fun and goes by super quickly.
Okay, it’s time for our famed “Desert Island Q&A.” If you were stuck on one, what would you bring of the following?
Movies and/or TV Shows:
I love thrillers and crime drama TV, so Law & Order SVU, the Killing, the Fall, and Sherlock Holmes to name a few.
I can’t re-read books, but probably some kind of historical fiction.
If it’s not likely I’m getting off the island, and I somehow have an endless supply of grilled cheese, I’m going to eat it.
Mix of classic rock and alternative/indie tunes.