Tell us about yourself!
Well, lets see, I am a native born and raised Austinite and practice law here in town. I am an avid Horns fan, love to hunt, fish, ski, really just about anything outdoors. Just living the dream in the ATX!
What inspired you to become a MOVEr?
I had always been reasonably active, from high school and college athletics to running and lifting afterwards, but had let myself go and gotten really lackadaisical about fitness, and it showed. I decided it was about time and that I wanted to get dedicated and get back in shape. Some good friends had been going to MOVE for a while and raved about the workouts, the trainers, and the atmosphere, so I decided to give it a shot. After a workout or two, I was hooked and have been coming ever since.
What are your fitness &/or wellness goals?
I want to get stronger, slimmer, and healthier, as do most people, I think. I like seeing my PR’s go up and my waistline go down…. I also have a bad back from old football and rugby injuries. It used to go out frequently and I would be laid up until it would relax, which could take days. I knew with a stronger core, this would happen less and so improving core strength was (and is) also a goal of mine.
How has MOVE helped you reach these goals?
MOVE really has helped me reach and continue to pursue those goals. First, the workouts are seriously great. It helps to have coaches that knows what they are doing program your workouts as they do at MOVE. Before I joined MOVE and was working out on my own, I thought I was getting in good workouts, but boy was I wrong. As it turns out, I was really only doing the exercises that I enjoyed and/or was good at, and skipping those that were challenging- which are obviously the same ones that are the most beneficial! Coming to MOVE has made my overall fitness leaps and bounds better than where it was before I started, and the gains keep coming. The encouragement of the coaches at MOVE really keeps you motivated and the community that MOVE fosters makes it a great and fun place to workout. The benefits of the Nutrition Challenge that I did through MOVE cannot be understated, and I would encourage anyone looking to drop a few to give that a shot. I was very hesitant to participate in the challenge, but after some prodding from Jarrod (and maybe a little wager) I figured I would give it a shot, and am so glad I did. And with all the core exercises my back hasn’t gone out in months!
How do you stay motivated to be consistent with your MOVE workouts?
Sure, it can be hard to sign up for a Monday class after relaxing weekend and a few days off, but I just feel so much better after a workout and have loved the results that I have seen that staying motivated to attend really hasn’t been an issue. When you see results, when you feel better, and when the time spent at the gym is fun, albeit difficult, its easy to stay motivated. Once you get a taste for the workouts, they are down right addicting.
What advice do you have for others to stay active and healthy, or who are not currently active?
Just get out there and start. You don’t need to set any records, just start somewhere and keep going. The more fit you get, the more fit you want to become. Its a vicious cycle but in the best possible way.
What are you looking forward to next?
Continuing reaching goals and seeing results!