Jon: Well, and that’s something else that at other gyms, a lot of times when you walk in you feel that there is a competitive nature. But here it’s the opposite. No one is here to show each other up. You are just walking in to a community of friends… helping rack weights together… working to support each other. That type of environment breeds positivity.
MC: It’s conducive to success!
Jon: Yeah! It’s… what do I want to say… not “allergic”…
Jon: Ummm… It’s CONTAGIOUS! Contagious!
MC: Ooohh! Haha!
Jon: The excitement is contagious!
MC: Well, I agree! I’ve never felt this safe and free at a gym before. I was always self-conscious, and I dreaded the feeling of people watching me, or the judgement, or the inner dialogue of not feeling comfortable. But I feel none of those things here – only positivity and all the things I need to just have an awesome workout!
Breakthrough: Good! That’s how it should be! So, any surprises for you guys? Any results you maybe weren’t expecting… or anything different than what you thought it would be?
MC: I mean, aside from us getting up at 5am three times a week… haha! That’s already an amazing goal achieved! Just seeing our bodies change over the time we have been here…
Breakthrough: So, can you guys share about some of those changes? Jon, I know you emailed me recently about your weight loss results…
Jon: Yeah, I think I started at about 215 and now I’m at 195! But I think one thing to mention is that I know I had to trust the system, and know that 20 pounds doesn’t just come off overnight. It’s not just a sprint, it’s a marathon. And there were times that maybe the scale wasn’t changing very quickly, but I knew my clothes were fitting differently, and I was building muscle at the same time as losing fat.
Breakthrough: And something else I think is worth pointing out is that you have achieved all of that even with less than ideal things going on in your life. You had surgery where you had to stop training for a month, you had work challenges, you guys moved… that’s a lot to deal with! So, yes, our approach is about learning how to still do what you can to stay healthy and reach your goals even when life gets crazy – because it will!
MC: Right, it’s sustainable.
Jon: And aside from just the weight loss, seeing how our skills progress has been great. For example, in one of my early programs I was doing sets of 2 or 3 pull ups. Then my next program didn’t have pull ups, but it must have had other things related to pull ups that I didn’t realize because a few programs later I saw pull ups on there again, but this time for 5 or 6 reps. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be able to do that, but I could! So seeing that progression is a surprise… Like seeing Mary’s front squats today…
Breakthrough: Oh yeah! Her 90 pound squats today, and 150 pound deadlifts the other day! Impressive stuff!
MC: I never thought I would be able to do that. Very exciting!