I joined the Training Room 4 years ago and I have to say, hands down, it was one of the best decision I’ve Made. At the time, I was in a real “gym rut”. Being a former Division I field hockey player, I loved fitness but for some reason was dreading going to the gym everyday after work. I started going less and less and my fitness level was on the decline. I knew I needed to make a change but just wasn’t sure what to do. My best friend, Leah VanBuskirk and her boyfriend Louis Doctor finally convinced me to give the Training Room a try. I have to admit, it was a little nerve racking to start something new, but I was hooked from the start. Everyone at the Training Room was so welcoming and encouraged me from the start. Many gyms are cliquey and not welcoming to newcomers. Our gym is the complete opposite, one of the many reasons why the Training Room rocks! I love Jim and Mike and their philosophy on fitness. The workouts they create are challenging and fun. I don’t think you can ever get bored because there’s always something different being thrown into the workout mix.
I still remember when I first started; I felt like the workouts were so hard and I was going to die. But then I would look around the room, at everyone pushing themselves, and I knew I Couldn’t be the one to quit. I love that feeling when you have people around you pushing themselves and it inspires you to give more. That’s very hard to replicate in a gym in an authentic way. I feel like each person is respected and valued for what they can do athletically and it’s not a bunch of muscle heads walking around making you feel inadequate.
I’ve made so many amazing friends along the way at the Training Room. I have made friends from all different walks of life.I think that was the missing piece that the Training Room was able to fill in my life. I look forward to working out every day with people who inspire me to push myself past my comfort zone. I’m surrounded by people that make me question myself,do I have a little bit more left to give? It’s almost like I have teammates again and I feel that camaraderie. As a result, my fitness level has increased. I’m doing things I have never thought I’d be able to do. It’s the best feeling being able to have your competitive spirit come alive again! Looking back, I’m not so sure why it took me so long to make the switch. I feel grateful that I found the Training Room and all the good it has brought into my life!