1. What were your greatest struggles or frustrations you had before working with us?
Any time I tried to get strong, I quickly plateaued at "not very strong" and grew frustrated. So then I walked away for a while, which means I lost any gains that I had achieved. I also didn't have a group of people that I felt accountable to. Just having that set of friends and a coach who are glad to see you can make a world of difference in your motivation to get to the gym.
2. What was your biggest hesitation before coming in for your first session?
I was wondering how long it would take to back in the groove. I had been out of the game for a while and I was afraid that what I was able to do would be massively behind everyone else.
3. What do you like most about the program/experience?
I love that we do multi-week programs focused on a particular goal, such as strength, speed, work-capacity, etc... It's so much more than just doing the WOD for the sake of doing a WOD. It's an 8-week strength program, with testing intervals to measure your progress. It's a 12-week program to improve your sprint speed, without losing strength. It's the focus on getting faster, stronger, and tougher - and having fun doing it!
4. What are the top 2 ways the program has impacted your life?
A. I am strong, truly strong, at age 42. I am the strongest I have ever been in my life.
B. I have functional fitness. The kind of fitness where I can work in the yard digging holes and planting shrubs for 10 hours straight and not be destroyed. I see Facebook posts from others my age who complain about the aches and pains of being in the 40s and I have no idea what they are talking about. I feel fantastic.
5. What are some results you are proud of?
I am about 10 pounds heavier than I was in high school, but I have way more muscle. I can currently run a 30 minute 5k with no issue. I have squat, deadlift, and press numbers that I am proud to have achieved. I can do a Turkish Get-up with my 70 lb. nieces as the weights.
6. Favorite exercise?
Squats and Deadlifts. I look forward to Monday because it is Squat Day!
7. Least favorite?
Bench press and running. Bench because it is my weakest lift by far and running because I just always feel slow.
8. 1 + 1 = ?
1. In the words of Terry Tate, Office Linebacker - "That ain't new, baby!"
9. What advice would you give to a new client/member?
Stick with it. Consistency is going to be your biggest factor in improvement. I've achieved what I have because I have been coming consistently. You're going to be sore after the workouts for about 2 weeks, then it will get massively better. Keep a log to track your activity so you know where you should be for the next week or the next round of the program. There's no shame in the weight you can currently do or in de-loading if you just aren't feeling it today. De-loading is way better than injury! Everyone at the gym, not just David, wants to see you succeed and hit your goals. We're going to be sad when you can't make it and glad to see you when you can.
10. Anything else you would like the internet to know?
Slow jams are the only tunes to deadlift to.