I joined Trench Fitness in 2014 and have had zero regrets. If someone would have told me even a few months before I joined that I would end up looking forward to getting up at 5am to go to the gym, having zero issues with going to sleep at 9pm (yeah, this hasn’t really changed, I am the oldest 32-year-old ever), happily tracking my food, saying no to beer, and loving it, I would have laughed at them. Before joining, I was sporadically going to the gym, mostly doing cardio and eating what I thought was fairly
healthy. Oh, how I roll my eyes at 2014 me. Anyway, fast forward 4 years and I have done multiple 12-week programs and I can’t say enough great things about it. I love the structure, guidance, and knowledge I have gained. Without the 12-week program, Trench, and Erika, I would probably be in the exact same position. I have honestly never been healthier (the doctor told me at my last physical I had the blood pressure and heart rate of an athlete… NBD.) and happier.
I signed up for the challenge mostly because I wanted to do another 12-week program and why not try to win something while you are at it! I had fallen back into some old habits and unfortunately regained some of the weight I had originally lost. I am definitely not the most competitive person in the world, but the challenge was surprisingly motivating. Although there were weeks I struggled, I am really proud of what I accomplished. I didn’t miss a single training day and only missed a couple of cardio session (with actually legitimate excuses!). GO ME!
I really surprised myself this program with my ability to tell people why I didn’t want to eat their junk food, drink beer, go out to dinner, etc. Although, I have been doing the programs on and off for a while, I never really felt confident in telling people I was on a program. I have never wanted to say to someone I was unhappy with how I looked. By admitting I was on a diet of sorts seemed like I was telling someone I wasn’t happy with myself or my weight. This time I very happily told all the people – “Sorry, I am working on my fitness!”. I also felt a shift in the way I was thinking about this program, which is extra surprising because it was a competition and I wanted to win, but I wasn’t as concerned about the number on the scale and if I hadn’t dropped any weight from week to week. Unfortunately, it happened quite often, but it didn’t really bother me. I still was hitting my macros and staying motivated. I never once let it be a disappointment as I have done in the past.
I absolutely love Trench Fitness and its people! I will always take the opportunity to tell friends about how great it is. I get asked often how I stay dedicated or motivated and my honest answer is that I found something that I really enjoy. If you are struggling to get to the gym or to go for your runs, maybe you need to try something new. Never in a million years would I think I would be excited about lifting, but I totally am. It makes me happy and as an added benefit my pants fit better! FITNESS!