I grew up playing sports my whole life. I was always active, but once I got to college I had to learn the self-discipline to exercise on my own. My first two years of college were spotty with no real commitment - I would go to the rec once or twice a week and mess around on the elliptical or other machines I didn’t know how to use. My junior year, I began to join different boot camps or group exercise classes. I liked them, but after no more than four weeks I would be back to figuring it out on my own. One day in my senior year of college, I decided I was going to run a half marathon. I trained for three months, and my only goal was to simply finish it without walking. I met that goal and rode the wave of that success for a little too long. I turned around and it had been three months since I had worked out. I went right back into another two years post-college doing a random yoga class here and there, a 30-day challenge from Pinterest, dabbling in the gym, running 10 minutes on the treadmill, but nothing ever stuck and exercise was not a consistent part of my life.
Until one day, when Whitney invited me to Social Mechanics. I arrived early enough to watch the 5:30 class finish up, and I remember thinking, “Kill me now, there is NO WAY I can get through this,” as I watched the AMRAP: over the bar burpees, power cleans and box jumps. But it started, and I made it through, dying, but I made it. After that first class, I was super skeptical only because it was so killer. When you are out of shape, it is so easy to run for the hills because you are driven by fear that you won’t be able to keep up, fear that people will laugh, or just fear of the pain of getting through it. But I tried to push all of that back and kept showing up for classes that week. On my third trial class, when I met Cristen to talk about joining, she said, “Just give me six weeks, and you’ll be amazed.” She was right, I was completely amazed. It was the first time I had been in a workout that consistently incorporated strength and total body movements while allowing you to track your progress daily. The program is set up to compete against yourself, and I love that.
As I have continued to keep coming, seeing the same familiar faces and watching myself improve - gold stars for PRs, transitioning from the modification to the actual movement, seeing my body change - I have felt such a feeling of accomplishment. I’ve never found a workout that I love this much, and the community of people is amazing. The encouragement and positivity that I have found at Social Mechanics is addicting, and I am so grateful to be a part of this community and for the people that are invested in my journey. I am still a beginner at only three months in, but now that I can do those over the bar burpees, power cleans and box jumps that once looked impossible, now that I have lost 35 pounds, now that I know I can do more than I ever thought possible, the sky’s the limit. #bebetter
FAVORITE MOVEMENT IN A WORKOUT
Squats of any kind - front squat/back squat/air squat/sumo squat.