IT Manager, Indiana University
For the first year we worked out together 3-4 days a week, but at the time it was a tiny class and sometimes even just us (not the case anymore!). During that first year I saw some progress, but my friend and I were in similar shape so we weren’t pushing each other. Of course we still had A LOT of fun…until she was no longer able to attend classes. It was sad to see her go, but I was determined to stay and now I had more class flexibility. I wanted to go to the 6 a.m. class, but those people were SO good. How on earth would I fit in? Working out with (or competing against – turns out I’m kinda competitive) people who are significantly better than you is scary. But…it turns out it also makes you MUCH better!!
3+ years later I’m so much stronger, physically and mentally. When I started it was about my physical self, but it’s been a crazy emotional journey as well. Leave your ego at the door! Fat loss isn’t everyone’s goal (nor should it be), but it was one of mine and I’m pleased to say that after a significant shift in my way of thinking I’m down 45 pounds. For years I wanted to weigh less for the sake of weighing less. But now. Now I want to be strong enough to move heavy things. And light enough to move my body efficiently.
BTW I’m forty-seven. That business about being too old to do new stuff is BS. I will keep showing up at 6 a.m. and I will keep getting better!