But the real question: why did you open up 202strong? That question tells the story of my life journey, my fitness journey, who I am and what I want.
Growing up I was a competitive figure skater and I also played year round field hockey. In college, I turned to running, the elliptical and all things cardio. I finally got sick of that and began weight lifting. I graduated college and set a goal for myself to complete a triathlon. I did three and got bored. I got very interested in Bikram yoga and went 1-2x per week. I found CrossFit and CrossFit was LIFE. I ate, slept, and breathed CrossFit. I competed often, over trained, and ended up injured. I opened up a gym and lost my desire to train myself because my energy was put into my clients and my business. Now, things have settled down and I find I am a mix of all things fitness and a compilation of all my athletic endeavors.
I believe, unequivocally, that FUNCTIONAL strength training is the single best thing you can do for your body. LADIES: I AM TALKING TO YOU TOO. Putting your muscles through a full range of motion will not only strengthen them, but they will also stretch out your muscle, and make your body look TONED! I also believe, that training shorter and more high intensity spurts will boost your metabolism, burn more calories, and make you the fittest version of yourself.
However, you now know my fitness background and that I have dabbled in endurance sports as well as yoga. I think that they are all important in making you a well rounded athlete, keep you entertained, keep your muscles challenged and healthy, and provide the ability to learn and master new things.
So back to the question: why did I open up 202strong? I want to provide a place where men and women, old and young, fit and out of shape, overweight or underweight, can come together in a safe community and find their real strength. To teach them how to do a squat and a deadlift so that you can be a better runner or a stronger yogi. To show you that the barbell isn't scary, it is in fact one of the most empowering tools in fitness. To see the joy on someone's face when they do their first pull-up or unassisted push-up. To reach out into the fitness community and become friends with instructors at different studios. To respect the practices that each studio offers and offer my product and my philosophy back to them.
I used to have a very close-minded attitude about what I liked and what I didn't like in the fitness world. I have grown to really love and appreciate yoga. It compliments the weight training and fast paced life I live, and I want to master the poses and the sequences. I rediscovered my desire to do longer "cardio" workouts once or twice a week and challenge my mind to get through them.
After opening up 202strong, I opened my mind and my heart to the fitness industry. It is one of the most creative and fun industries out there. You just have to have an open mind. If you are afraid of lifting weights and getting bulky, JUST TRY IT. If you think you can never do CrossFit, just drop into a class. Give yourself a chance. Don't stop yourself short because of the stigmas or mental blocks you might have.
202strong is my baby. It is everything I would want in a gym as a fitness consumer and it allows me to have the strength, confidence, and power to try out other types of fitness.
Change is the spice of life. You will never grow if you don't evolve. So grow with me guys, give yourself that opportunity to lift a barbell and learn to appreciate what your body can really do.