“Dedication and commitment are what transfer dreams into realities.”
I never thought I could afford to work with a trainer. I always thought it’d be really expensive. Then I joined boot camp and met the instructor Mike. Initially, I had my doubts. He seemed kind of angry and yelled a lot. That was before I got to know him. The truth is that Mike is one of the most dedicated and committed people I have ever met- and not just in terms of training (and, yes, he still yells a lot- but he’s also the first person to give you a
high five fist bump and tell you when you’ve nailed it). He takes his role as a boot camp instructor and personal trainer very personally. He truly wants his clients to succeed, and is always willing to go that extra mile to make it happen.
Case in point, our boot camp class is supposed to be an hour long; however, it typically runs at least an extra 15 min if not longer. Why? Because Mike stays until everyone is finished. At boot camp we don’t finish when we are tired, we finish when we’re done (whether it’s late or not!). His group training sessions are no different. The last one Adam and I did ran almost an hour over (that’s double the length) and Mike did the whole workout with us (after his workout on the stair climber with a weighted vest…he still kicked our butts- hate him! jk). I have personally even seen him stay late to give someone that extra push to meet a goal when he stayed an extra hour after group one night to help a client conquer her fear of the tall box.
This past month, Mike made everyone at boot camp come up with a goal, which basically turned my 2012 goal of doing a pull-up into my February 2012 goal. The problem: my lats refuse to cooperate on this one! I bought a pull-up bar and hung it in the guest room door way (right by the bathroom, so I have to walk by it 50+ times a day) and have been doing negative pull-ups like it’s my job. So far, the only thing I have to show for it so far is some really sore muscles and the feeling that my shoulders are going to fall off. Meanwhile, everyone else has been annilating their goals. As ecstatic as I am for them, it’s making me feel like a total loser.
I know it’s not right to compare and that the part that really matters is I’m putting in a lot of effort. However, I’m someone who pushes myself to the limit on my own so having this deadline is only making me frustrated. Most of the time, I really appreciate Mike pushing me hard, but in this case I am pretty much hating him for it (not all the time…just when I look at that damn pull-up bar). While I am POSITIVE I will get to the point of doing a pull-up, I’m a little doubtful it’s going to happen in the next week- and THAT is going to make me feel like a total failure until I make it. The worst part is I just had an awesome run yesterday and I have knocked out 3 wks of Insanity, but all I can think about is that stupid pull-up! It’s going to be the bane of my existence until I get up there.
Of course, despite all my drama with the pull-ups I really do love training with Mike (and the rest of the boot camp crew!). They have really become a second family to me and have helped me grow as a person. When I first started boot camp and training with Mike I went into every workout anxious about whether I would make it through (despite being in shape enough to run over 15 miles). Over time I got to the point of approaching the workouts with the attitude of “I can get through this”. Now my attitude is always “BRING IT ON!”
Working out with Mike is always a challenge. His boot camp classes have been tough enough to make Insanity seem easy in comparison. Making it through his group sessions and boot camp have made me feel like I can truly conquer anything- including pull-ups!
I don’t know that I would have made to the point of being this tough (mentally and physically) if I had not signed up for that first month of boot camp. Running a marathon was a challenge, and it without a doubt changed my life. Yet, it doesn’t even begin to compare with what working out with Mike and my boot camp family has done for me. Running is a solitary sport- it’s just you and the distance you need to conquer. There’s no peers for support and no one to push you other than yourself. It’s great for building discipline and character, but it can only take you so far. Having the support of other people to push and motivate you is what makes the difference. It’s what makes a workout that would otherwise seem insurmountable seem doable. At the core of that workout support for me is Mike.
Today I started week 4 of Insanity…and did some more negative pull-ups. I’m not sure what the rest of the day has in store for me, but it might just include a run to the gym. 🙂
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