How did you first hear about Wild Workouts & Wellness?
A friend of mine invited me during a “bring a friend” week. I was looking for a new place to workout at the time so the timing was perfect. I remember Coach Christy was teaching that evening and I had a very positive experience with her. Even as a guest she was very engaged with me and personable. It made me feel welcome and got me excited about joining.
Do you have a favorite exercise? What do you like about it?
I really like anything where it easy to measure my progress. So for example, it is easy for me to track improvements on exercises with weights because I can notice when they are getting lighter and it is time for something heavier. There is a huge sense of satisfaction when you notice an exercise becoming easier, you are able to do it longer, or you need that heavier weight or more resistant band. Those quantifiable indicators of your progress, no matter how small, are valuable reminders of why I’m coming.
Least favorite? What don’t you like about it?
Besides anything that requires balance because that is something I have not been gifted with, there are a few exercises that agitate my lower back. Fortunately there always seem to be good alternatives so I’m not risking a serious injury.
What achievements are you most proud of?
My level of commitment. I used to be real good at making justifications for not working out, but now I’m getting up nearly every Saturday & Sunday to work out which I never did in the past. Having this become a regular part of my daily routine is something I’m very proud of. One more I’ll add quickly is just learning to breath when working out. I didn’t realize until it was pointed out to me how often I was holding my breath during exercises and how negatively that was impacting me.
Why Wild? What do you like most about Wild Workouts and Wellness?
It’s a lot of small factors that build up to something bigger. You have coaching staff that are encouraging and demanding, but never belittling. I really liked that if I wasn’t able to do a certain exercise there were alternatives immediately offered to me. Not only that, but the instructors often give me feedback on how to improve my form which to me is incredibly important. It is the general environment that is supportive and positive. I appreciate that the workouts are varied and unique. I have never felt that it is the same thing on repeat which keeps things exciting and prevents my body from getting too used to any one exercise….that being said it’s been a minute since I’ve done a TGU….
It’s small pieces like this which lead to a great whole.
Tom’s music choice is also on point.
What advice would you give to other Wild peeps?
Ask your instructors for feedback. If you feel you aren’t doing something right its possible you aren’t which is impacting the effectiveness of your exercise and could lead to injury. Especially if it is a crowded workout they may not catch you on every station so ask them to make sure you are doing things right.
Do you have a favorite song or type of music for working out?
I’ve been told my taste in music is “weird” so maybe I’m the wrong person to ask. When I work-out by myself I listen to just about anything, but when I really want to get amped I listen to really visceral and intense music. The right song gets me in a good mindset where I feel like I can do anything. Takyon by Death Grips, Blockbuster Night Part 1 by Run The Jewels, Wriggle by clippng., Raging In The Plaque Age by Les Savy Fav, and Master of the Universe by Hawkwind are a few favorites. I could go on, but I’ll spare everyone the ear pain.
What are some challenges or goals you are currently working on?
At the moment it is just maintaining my course. I’m very pleased with the routine I have developed and I just want that to keep going.