J.R. Race: “How I Dropped 23 Pounds”
JR has been a member here for two years and four months and has taken 531 classes. In that time, he has managed to completely transform his fitness and his physique, dropping over 20 pounds and developing the ability to excel in nearly any workout format. JR is a wonderful member, hard worker, and a tremendous addition to our community.
This is is his story.
What was your initial decision to join the gym based upon?
I needed to get off the fitness hamster wheel I was on. I had actually considered joining P360 sooner, but because we had a 24 Hour Fitness 2-year membership, Gina wanted us to wait until that expired so we weren’t “wasting money”. She says this one of her greatest regrets.
I wasn’t exactly sure what my old fitness routine was missing, but I knew something was lacking. We had so many friends that were always touting how great P360 is. Once we finally tried it we were hooked from day 1. The coaching, structure, community, and culture were what I didn’t know was missing from my old workout routine.
Was there anything in your life that you were displeased with prior to joining? And if so, how have you been able to work on those areas since?
I wasn’t happy with where my fitness level was at. For the better part of 10 years I had done the exact same weekly workout routine. That probably explains a lot of my imbalances and other mobility issues. I wasn’t challenged, and because of that I had plateaued. That led to me being discouraged, which in turn resulted in me forming an undesirable relationship with health and fitness. I worked out because I was supposed to – not because it was something that I wanted to do or enjoyed. For years the gym was a place where I simply punched in my fitness time card and couldn’t wait to punch out as soon as I got there.
Since joining P360, my mental attitude towards fitness has become much healthier. The programming, coaching, and members are constantly pushing me which keeps me mentally engaged. I’ve also become much more proactive about my approach to health and fitness instead of reactive.
Talk about your journey in your first year, learning the ropes, getting your routine dialed in, and now where you are today.
My first year was very enjoyable but also extremely humbling. As someone who played sports growing up and lifted weights for a long time, I thought I would come in and quickly establish myself as an advanced member. However, the very first class after my trial was deadlifts and I nearly pulled my back out trying to do way too much weight. For the next few days I hobbled around rotating icy hot patches on my back. Not exactly an advanced start.
While I wouldn’t want anyone to hurt themselves, it actually served as a good reminder to check my ego at the door. From that point forward I made an effort to come to class and try to be better at at least one thing – whether that be something as simple as focusing on breathing or maybe adding weight. I also worked hard at trying to embrace the things that were new or I wasn’t good at instead of trying to focus on only what was comfortable. I quickly realized that years of of ignoring certain muscles and movements were now rearing their ugly head.