Well, we made it! Phase 1 is DONE!
Phase 1 came with many ups and downs: I felt exhausted, sore, and mentally fatigued, but I also felt euphoric, accomplished, and ready to take on the world.
These workouts have also lead me to unexpected personal connections an new friends—I’m looking at you Kat Clark. Nothing says bonding quite like some spider pushups, right?
My point is… Working out allows you to mold your body an stay healthy—yada yada yada, and all that stuff I normally talk about. But those benefits are a given.
What we often don’t think about is using the gym to connect. We’re there because we want to be better, so why wouldn’t we assume the same of the other men and women scattered about the machines and weights? We struggle with motivation, new exercises, or vast plateaus of progress, so again, why wouldn’t we assume that of the people we run into at the gym every day?
We have common goals and common adversaries, not to mention common interests! Why not reach out to each other?
Recently having moved out of college and into the “real world,” I experienced a lot of uncertainty and loneliness. Not quite sure of how I meet people, it didn’t feel like I’d ever make friends at times, but I did! Through Speed Shred I’ve found a community of similarly neurotic and motivated health nuts with whom I have a lot in common.
And if nothing else comes of this 12 week experience, I’ll find satisfaction in the fact that I strengthened friendships which will help me to take on the next challenge.