In all honesty, my wife Allison, got me through the door. I was way too fat and needed to do something. WCSC was offering a Groupon and we came in. So, fatness and cheapness got me in.
Terror. Terror was my first impression. That first day the class was doing clean & jerks and dropping the barbell from overhead. Honest to god I thought we were going to die. We started with the Hyperfit classes which were ass-kickers to say the least. I think we were sore for the first month. Now that I’m addicted to the post-workout endorphins, I can’t imagine not working out. I will bitch and moan about it, but I’ll never stop working out.
What was your first “aha” moment?
Hmmm, there were several. I think the first was when I was learning how to do the Olympic lifts. After trying them with light weights, the movement didn’t really click until I put some weight on the bar. The increased load forced me to use as good of form as I could.
Another “aha” moment was realizing how hard the gymnastics moves are. I remember watching a demo of an L-sit and thinking “oh, my abs are pretty good, I can do that.” Wrong! I could barely extend my tree trunk legs.
What are you working on now?
Now I’m working on getting my body fat down to 20%. That and strict pull-ups. Gravity is my enemy.
That’s tough because there are many. Running my first beer mile. Completing the Evolution Challenges. The camaraderie that comes from shared suffering.