The easiest way to sum up Warrior Fitness Boot Camp is that it will change your life. Growing up I had always been active – I played various sports in high school and was a regular runner after college. However, after a number of years of not exercising, I was vastly out of shape. I had tried to get back into running, but after being away for so long it was tough to build up the mileage and get back to any sort of respectable fitness level. Finally I just stopped working out altogether. That’s when I discovered Warrior. And so, on a dark morning in 2011 my wife Ashley and I went to our first class at 5:30am. Not the best time for someone who is out of shape and not a morning person.
I will never forget that first hour. Already nervous to begin with, we rode up the elevator with a silent Ruben and had no idea what to expect, but it was intimidating. Class started and I felt ok after the warm up laps and the stretching, but then things really started. I had never worked out so hard and made it about half way through class before I had to sit down and take a break. It was so bad that during a set of sit ups I sat up and said to my wife, “I’m never coming back here.” But all along, there was a great sense of camaraderie, and the encouragement from Ruben and the other warriors helped me make it to the end of class. I went home and fell asleep on the living room floor, thinking that was surely the last time I would ever see the inside of WFBC. But then a funny thing happened — after a day or two of being extraordinarily sore, I realized I couldn’t wait to go back. That was the start of eight months of getting up exactly at 4:42am to attend the 5:30am class, getting into the best shape of my life, and losing a ton of weight that I had gained over the previous couple of years. I even had to buy a new wardrobe. . .twice. But most of all, I can’t say enough about the two people who helped me get to that point — Alex and Ruben. Always great motivators, they know exactly when to chime in with a well-timed “dig deep!” or a “you got it!” They won’t let you get away with giving anything less than a complete and total effort every single class. If you are slacking, watch out, they will know it and you will hear about it. Besides being two of the most dedicated and friendly people you’ll ever meet, they truly care about bringing out the best in every person who walks through the door of WFBC, and they are always willing to take extra time to answer a question or help with proper technique. They have created a community around WFBC and their enthusiasm is infectious — all the people who come to workout are just as encouraging to others in the class.
After that first stint at Warrior, we moved farther away and stopped going to class for a while. I tried staying in shape, and even trained for the New York City marathon but could never get over how much I missed going to WFBC. Finally, I started back about three months ago - going to the much more awake 5:30pm class – and it was as if I had never been gone. Ruben and Alex picked up right where they left off and I was back in great shape in no time at all. As hard as every class can be, I can’t wait to get there and see what challenges await. Warrior has truly become an important part of my day and my life. No matter how intimidating it may seem at first, if you do what Ruben, Alex, and Colter tell you to do, keep consistent with your workouts, and focus on a healthy lifestyle, you can transform yourself and have a great time in the process.