January 2022 - Member of the Month

Andrew Linkenhoker

Member of the Month

Congratulations Andy!!

As one of our newest members, we are proud of Andy for trying out a variety of classes and jumping right in! He always pushes himself to the limit, and has a positive attitude.

Nominate a member for our "Member of the Month" program & their fitness story will be featured in our Tinkle Times and on our website so that their story may inspire others, just like they inspired you! 

Monthly winners will be chosen by Roots Aquatics and Fitness Center Staff and announced at the beginning of the month. Winners will also receive an exclusive MOTM long sleeve shirt to represent their status of well-being! To be featured, member would have to agree to accept the award! The next winner might even be YOU!

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Nickname: Andy

Hometown:  Easthampton

What brought you to Roots Aquatics & Fitness Center? A fresh start

What are your fitness goals? Do you have any New Year resolutions? My biggest goal is to remain healthy as I get older. I want to focus on ME and become the best ME possible. My New Year's Resolution is to redefine who I am as a person. I want to improve physically, mentally, and spiritually. 

Your #1 guilty pleasure? Peanut butter cups!

A fun fact about you that not many people know. I’ve completed three marathons including the Disney Dopey Challenge and the 2018 Boston Marathon. I missed my goal by 5 seconds; but I did stop and help a woman that fell ½ mile from the finish line so I guess it’s OK!

What is your favorite winter activity? Walking out of Roots all sweaty and hitting the cold wall of air. It provides the best sense of accomplishment!


What is your advice to new or prospective members looking to join? Don’t be afraid. The staff are all professional and extremely friendly. I have felt welcomed in each of the classes I’ve participated in. It’s become the highlight of my day and week! I find the classes provide the perfect balance of a strong workout, entertainment, accountability, and motivation. I have begun to see results, my energy level is higher and I’m always encouraged to return!


Anything you would like to add? We’re only given one body in this lifetime. We might as well respect it and take care of it along with our minds and soul. Roots has definitely provided me the foundation to accomplish my fitness goals and redefine me as I enter the next phase of my life. Thank you Roots!