“Never hope for it more than you work for it.” This says it all – it isn’t enough to want something or think about doing something. You have to take action, even if the action isn’t perfect or if you are scared to do it.
What have you loved about Forged thus far?
Everyone – from the coaches to the fellow members – is really supportive and welcoming. From the minute you walk in, they want you to succeed and will cheer you on to help you get there. People are generous with their knowledge, their time, and their encouragement.
What do you do to stay so consistent with the gym and your training?
The 5:30 AM crew is a great group of people and I would miss them if I started skipping the gym! Personal discipline is important but outside accountability from friends and coaches really helps me stay consistent. Also, once you start seeing improvements in your lifts or start hitting some short term goals, it really drives you to see what you can do next. Consistency is important to staying on that path.
What does training mean to you besides all of the benefits of getting stronger, fitter, and leaner? What does it mean to YOU specifically?
Training makes me feel powerful and capable. It doesn’t matter if the person next to me is lifting more – all I have to do is beat myself. Consistent exercise really helps me mentally as well. The improved mood and outlook you get from challenging yourself physically is priceless.
You’ve made some BIG strides inside Forged just within the last couple of weeks, can you share with us some of the success you’ve experienced?
I try really hard not to get hung up on the number on the scale for a lot of reasons. That said, I really wanted to get stronger and leaner to accomplish some performance/aesthetic goals and just feel better about myself generally. I have been working on improving my lifts and dialing in my nutrition consistently and simultaneously. I recently participated in the 6 Week Summer Shred challenge, hoping to cut some body fat. I had resolved to focus on form in my lifts and not worry about heavier weights since I would be on a “cut”. However, I was super surprised (and excited) to see my back squat PR go up by 35 pounds during the same time! Since joining Forged, I have lost about 30 pounds and my performance has only improved. I also hit my short term deadlift goal and am now chasing the next one!
Everyone’s 1st day inside Forged is a bit “interesting”… Can you share with us YOUR experience from your first day within Forged?
I remember getting winded in the warm up and thinking that I was REALLY out of shape. Most of all, I remember Andy and Tony being really positive and encouraging throughout while, at the same time, clearly expecting me to give it my all. Those two things in combination made me realize I was in the right place.
Thinking about YOUR “Big Picture”, what are your overall goals that you want to achieve.
This is a long list! There are so many movements that I am working on/would like to conquer. I’m still working on toes to bar and double unders and am getting closer on both. I really want to do a pull up and climb the rope. I have an irrational dislike of anything upside down so I am working on handstands. I want to keep lifting heavier weights, I want to do the Forged Open next year, and I want to do Murph (a workout that has always scared me). Aesthetically, I want more muscle definition in my arms and legs and back. Basically, I’m just getting started!
What gets you PSYCHED up the most? What drives you and gets you going?
If somebody (myself included) tells me I can’t do something, I definitely want to prove them wrong!
Up till now, what has your FAVORITE most memorable moment been inside the gym thus far?
The most memorable moments have been with the community at Forged: the party after the Open, the “hang out” with Cheryl before she started chemo treatments, and the moments during workouts when people pull you through (and after when you congratulate each other on surviving). I am still mad I missed the Forged Float!
Some quick hitters…
Favorite Movie Character and Why?
Game of Thrones Season 7 just started so I am going to cheat and name a TV character instead of a movie character: Arya Stark. No matter what gets thrown her way she stays focused, independent, and loyal. She is a total badass!
Favorite song that you’d want on to help you hit a 1 rep max?
Probably Sail by Awolnation
Whats you FAVORITE cheat meal?
FINAL… If there was one piece of advice you could give someone else for more success whether that be in the gym, in life, business, whatever, what would that be?