I originally joined Eze because I was tired of going through the same routine at Retro. I would workout 4-5x a week but I wanted to change it up. I wasn’t happy with how I looked and how I was feeling about myself so I figured why not? I had originally just planned on joining for 3 months to get some new things to try out when I went back to Retro. Honestly the price was the main reason why I was hesitant to even join but I figured for 3 months it was worth it and I could go back to $20 a month at Retro. When I first walked in, I was like “what am I doing here?” It was mostly older women and an older guy (Gary). I wasn’t even sure if I would sign up for the 3 months after the 1 week trial. I had played soccer and wrestled in college and have been working out and “in shape” since. I thought I was way out of my element and didn’t belong there. During the first week, I had to go outside because I threw up twice! That’s when I was hooked and realized how out of shape I was. I figured I could keep up with everyone and I was totally wrong haha.
Now I always talk about the gym and everyone is shocked at the price and the most common response is “why can’t you just do that at Retro or WOW?” It’s hard to describe the trainers and atmosphere. Everyone there is all different ages, shapes and sizes but everyone is always pushing to be better each day. The trainers make it interesting, helpful and fun. I would never push myself as hard as I do if I was working out by myself. When I think I’m out of gas but look over and see someone working harder, it motivates me to keep going. I consistently burn 700-900 calories a class and have gotten stronger every day. I didn’t want to sign up for the 6 Week weight loss challenge, I was originally just going to ask Jemand for the meal plan but for the extra $25 it was a no brainer. My problem has always been (and still is to a certain extent) that I don’t eat right or enough. I didn’t eat badly, just didn’t eat the right things. During the 6 Week challenge I lost 17lbs and finally got myself on track with a “diet”. I put it in quotes because it’s more of a sustainable lifestyle. It’s not something that ended after the challenge and it’s something I know I can keep up with. Going to the gym every morning is just like brushing my teeth or showering, it’s just something I do each day without thinking. I wouldn’t be able to do it without the trainers and the people in the class each morning. I never realized how out of shape I am, but looking at pictures I see how far along I have come. I am nowhere near where I want to be, but I know I can get there. Now that I have been here for over a year, I’m mad at myself for not joining sooner. I’m sure my friends and family are sick of me talking about the gym and trying to get them to check it out for themselves. It’s unlike any other gym out there. I always want to push myself harder to see just how far I can go and the trainers give me that extra motivation to push even harder.
These pictures were taken exactly 4 months apart. Again, I’m not happy with where I am now, but looking back I’m shocked at where I was and just how far I’ve come. I still have a long way to go to get where I want to be.