Saturday, September 13, 2014

I'd like to introduce you to my fit-fam

Hi my name is Liz, and I'm addicted to working out. I wake up between 4:30 and 5am at least 4 days a week to go to the gym. No sane person would do that right? I mean I must have a problem. This morning (at 5am) on my way to the gym I realized it's not working out I'm addicted to,  it's the people I get to do it with. Everyone from the coaches to the people who also wake up at ungodly hours to be there with me are amazing. I've never been to a gym before where people of all different weight, age and ability are in the same classes doing the same workout and all feeling like the coaches are there just for them.

The coaches are all so different and offer so many different experiences but have one thing in common they push me. They push me physically coming by and adding weights when they know I'm not lifting to my max ability, then they push me mentally when they question why I'm not lifting to my max ability. They hold me accountable for my weight not fluctuating when I'm complaining about it, and also talking about the great time I had eating and drinking all weekend. They encourage me when I need it and boast about my accomplishments as if it were their own, and on those days when I just need to stop they know why. Plus their humor at themselves and us is just an added bonus.

Then there's the women I workout with.  I have been surrounded by supportive people for years now, and I wouldn't trade them for anything, but these woman are a new kind of support for me. For one they know nothing about me except that I show up at 5:30am to workout with them.... and that's enough. I'm not saying we don't talk and that these relationships aren't growing but saying "Hi, good morning! Glad to see you made it today." is enough. It is before 6am after all. Then there is their personalities. They are sarcastic and inappropriate, like all good people are, but more then just being funny as heck, they encourage and lift each other up incessantly. They allow you to complain about how hard life is, acknowledge your difficulties and then politely nudge you towards the weights and ask what you are going to do about it. They understand that sometimes physically exhausting yourself is the best feeling and doing it before most have had a cup of coffee is it's own reward. I wouldn't trade them for anything either.

They all have become my friends, but more they have become my gym family (or my fit-fam) and that I did not expect. I joined this gym to get healthier in body, I did not expect to change so much mentally. I'm grateful everyday I decided to take that first step. 

These are a few of the beauties I get to wake up to every day and honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you all for allowing me to be part of your mornings and for always expecting the most from me. 

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