TUES: “Chalk Talk” with Emily Mitchell
Emily is undergoing quite a transformation since she joined. She’s stronger than she’s ever been and down nearly 10% body fat. Check out her story.
Can you tell us where you’re from, age, what you do for work, how long you’ve been a member, and a little bit about yourself?
I’m from San Luis Obispo (SLO) in Central California and I’m 27 years old. I studied Environmental Science in college, but like many people I’m not using my degree…I’m a project manager for an electrical distributor. I joined P360 in October 2015, so a little over 2 years.
How did you hear about the gym? What did you do beforehand and what caused you to join?
Before P360 I would go the gym, try different classes, and I got into running for a while, but I never found anything that I could stick with long term. I think because I’m tall when I gained weight it wasn’t super noticeable, but I started seeing myself in photos and wasn’t happy with how I looked. A friend encouraged me to come try a class, and the rest is history!
What are your “highlight” results since joining?
Squatting 200lbs, doing a pull up, and recently clean and jerking 140lbs are the one’s that jump out to me. I’ve lost close to 10% body fat which I am obviously stoked on, but losing weight has just become an extra added bonus. I think the best result has been finding a form of exercise that I love and look forward to, which has allowed me to be consistent since the moment I became a member.
What was your initial experience here like?
I was hooked away! I really liked the fact I just got to show up and get a great workout, little brain power required! It helped having someone I knew with me for the first few classes, but I found out pretty quickly how awesome the community here is. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.
What was super hard for you at first? Has that changed at all now?
I was out of shape so everything was hard! Haha anything with cardio really kicked my butt…and still does! I think what’s great is that you can make the workouts as hard as you want by how much you want to push yourself that day, so even after 2 years the workouts are never easy.
When did you start to see noticeable improvements?
Probably after a couple months I started to see changes in my body, and didn’t feel like I was going to die during the workouts. About a year in, I felt like I was plateauing, I was going to the gym consistently (4-5 days/week), but wasn’t really pushing myself or setting any goals. I talked to Julianne and she helped me set some goals, and after that I started to see big improvements in my strength.
What training factors do you attribute to your ongoing results?
I think just making the gym a priority in my life, which P360 has made easy because I love going and get FOMO when I miss a day!
Same question, but with nutrition?
This the part I struggle with more, but when I did the nutrition coaching with Lenny it opened my eyes to the fact I probably wasn’t eating enough (of the right foods of course). I think a lot of women feel the need to starve themselves to lose weight, and it’s just not the case. I started tracking what I was eating and being more consistent and the lbs started coming off. Right now I’m doing RP and it’s working really well.
What’s your favorite part about the culture here?
I love that everyone is so supportive. There’s a lot of super fit and strong people here, but it never feels like a competition. It’s hard to not compare yourself to other people, for example Brie is half my size and can probably squat more than me, but everyone is on their own fitness journey and you just have to focus on yourself and the best you can do. No matter what weight you’re putting up, there’s gonna be someone there cheering you on.
What are some of the most impactful things you’ve learned here?
That our bodies are capable of so much! It’s just a matter of how hard you’re willing to push yourself. And generally speaking, how much I have learned from all of the coaches. They are all so knowledgeable, and it’s crazy how they can make one small adjustment to a movement you’re doing and suddenly it all clicks.
What’s the single biggest lesson you’ve learned that you’d like to pass along to others?
If you want real, lasting results, it’s going to take time. It took me 2 years to get where I am and I still have a long way to go! Work hard and be consistent, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout or eat the donut. It’s all about balance, and if you’re thinking long term results, you can have your cake and eat a little too!
In Teams of 4, for 25 Minutes.
A: 300m Row
B: 3/s Pistol Squats + 3/s Rotational Slams + Rest 10″
C: 8 RKB Swings + 8 Lateral Hops + Rest 10″
D: 8 Supermen + 8 Hollow Rocks + Rest 10″
Then, With a Partner
A: Wall Sit
B: Low Plank
*Switch when one partner fails.