What type of change did you make in your life? Or what goal did you set out to achieve? I had a couple goals when I joined the DAHLC. One of them being to meet people, as I had just moved here and was hoping to meet a group of people that I could see regularly and look forward to seeing each week at class. Additionally, I wanted to get back to working out. I had taken a long break from exercise and just wanted to make it a goal to go to a class at least three times a week. Going to a class made it more of a goal vs. going to the gym in general. There is more of an accountability piece to it when a class starts at a certain time. As three times a week became the norm for me, I then pushed it to five times a week. Overall, my goal was to just move my body each day. As I have become regular at attending the Barbell Club class, it has been fun pushing myself and feeling motivated by the coaches to lift heavier while maintaining my form.
What are some challenges you faced that elicited that change or that made you want to go for that goal? What barriers did you run into while pursuing your goal? I was feeling sluggish and from past experiences with CrossFit as a regular mode of exercise, I knew if I got back into a regular routine, I would have more energy and a more positive body image outlook. The first couple weeks of doing anything new, even if you have done it before, can be the most challenging. After about the first month, working out and attending classes no longer felt like a chore but something I looked forward to at the end of my day.
What are some factors that helped you make that change or that helped you achieve your goal? List any specific services you used at the DAHLC. The thing that helped me keep coming back was the peers in the class and the coaches. I know how to work out but for me it is much easier to do it when someone is telling me what to do. It is also so much more fun to do it with people. You feel them motivating you just by working out alongside you. Additionally, I appreciate the knowledge and education provided by the coaches about the difference movements. Its comforting to know they actually know what they’re doing and how it effects the body. I feel safe lifting and exercising with them around.
What would you tell or encourage someone with who is in your old shoes and doesn’t know where to start? Anything in particular that inspired you throughout your journey? My biggest advice is to just move. I know it can feel really intimidating to try something new and different but start slow and set a realistic goal for yourself. Set yourself up for mental and physical success. Find a friend or colleague to attend a class with or have them join you at the gym. It is always more fun to workout with someone, plus it is nice to be held accountable.
How does the future look different than it did before? It looks healthier, both mentally and physically.