Physical activity, especially being outdoors, was always a regular part of my life growing up in the southern US, both during childhood and college. However, things quickly changed when I took a job in New York City. Between working long hours, traveling and enjoying all that the City has to offer, fitness took a back seat and I started to put on some extra pounds. I knew I needed to be more active, but, as a working professional, I just couldn’t find the time. The wheels completely fell off when I was asked to move overseas for work. While I enjoyed the experience of working abroad and discovering a new country for almost two years, staying in shape wasn’t at the forefront of my agenda. Clothes stopped fitting and I felt more tired and sluggish than I ever had in my life.
Soon after my return to New York, I went to see my doctor for a routine physical and man, did I receive a wake up call! I had gained almost fifty pounds since college and was more than thirty pounds overweight. I knew I had gained a few pounds over the years, but this was an absolute shock. My doctor told me that if I didn’t start to address my weight gain soon it could lead to serious and chronic problems as I got older. This was enough motivation to get back on the fitness horse, but I didn’t know how I was going to lose the weight.
I heard about Warrior Fitness Boot Camp (WFBC) through a friend who was a fellow busy professional living in New York City. He highly recommended it, but I had never taken any kind of fitness class before and so was a bit skeptical, especially given the whole marine basic training concept. How was I, someone who hadn’t worked out in so long, supposed to survive a military workout? Cue Alex, Ruben, and Colter (the instructors)! These three guys (and my fellow Warriors) provided me with so much positive encouragement from day one that I really felt like I belonged. The first class was definitely one of the toughest things I’ve done. I was so sore the next day that I couldn’t even sit properly in my chair at work! However, I quickly felt that, if this was something I could stick with, I’d get the results I wanted. Slowly but surely, I started to feel more comfortable and kept coming back.
The best thing about WFBC is that the instructors constantly push you to test your limits. The high intensity, one-hour workout varies each time you do it and incorporates exercises for all your muscle groups. Just when you think it’s getting a little easier, Alex, Ruben and Colter switch it up on you so that you never get too comfortable and are always working your hardest! Also, they understand the demands of a working professional’s schedule and offer so many classes a day (morning, lunchtime, and evening) that you can’t possibly use work as an excuse not to go! After about six months of boot camp combined with a healthier diet I saw the results I wanted, losing over thirty pounds! I’m back to a healthy weight now and feel better than ever. Instead of feeling lethargic all the time, I’m thinking about running organized races as part of the WFBC team! Thank you Alex, Ruben, Colter and my fellow Warriors for pushing me through every class, helping me to never lose sight of my goals and reminding me that a healthy lifestyle can be fun too!