WED: Become More Stories feat. Hallie Jacobs
Less than 8 months ago I was sitting in a doctor’s office awaiting the results of a recent MRI. A week prior I was having a blast surfing 3-foot waves at Tourmaline, but kicking out of a tiny peeler prompted a popping noise that was loud enough to turn heads. Pain hit immediately – I knew this wasn’t good.
My knee was in a brace and I was still crutching around aimlessly hoping to get answers. For someone who has always prided herself on being somewhat of an athlete – and whose favorite activities involve moving – I was living my worst nightmare. Would I need surgery? How long is the recovery going to take? When can I start being active again?! When the results came back, my doctor said with a laugh, “It’s an MCL tear – basically a best-case-scenario.” I would be out for 2 months resting, icing and doing intensive physical therapy. This would be the longest athletic break I had taken since learning how to walk.
As a lifelong athlete (who peaked in high school), I’ve always considered myself athletic. Soccer, cross country, track, swimming and junior lifeguards dominated my life. Weekends were spent running, hiking, biking, skateboarding and anything else involving movement of some kind. But once I got to college, my healthy habits slipped a bit. The dreaded Freshman 15 was more of a Freshman 25-30 for me and my exercise habits went from training-intensive to obsessive. What was once a healthy mix of activities I loved turned into hours upon hours spent on the treadmill trying to burn as many calories as possible. I finally got my act together my senior year, but still wasn’t in a place I wanted to be. These past few years I’ve been consciously healthier and active, but wasn’t getting the results I wanted. After my injury, I vowed to get in the best shape of my life as soon as I could start working out again.
When I finally got the okay to do some light walking, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to take my dog for a stroll. We found ourselves ambling down Gresham where I stumbled upon P360. I was captivated watching women several inches shorter than me moving hundreds of pounds of weight. Elite and novice athletes working side by side accomplishing a common goal while Wu-Tang Clan blasted in the background. I knew as soon as I got the okay from my doctor, I was going to give this place a try.
The gym has honestly changed my life. Working out is not a chore whatsoever. I actually look forward to getting to the gym and cranking out a workout or two. The workouts are fun, challenging, constantly changing and well programmed to ensure safe and effective development. I’ve never considered myself to be strong, but can definitely say with confidence that I’ve become much stronger since joining P360. My surfing has improved, my running has gotten a lot better, hiking up gnarly hills is easier and lifting heavy stuff is a breeze. In fact, every time something heavy needs to be lifted, I happily volunteer so I can show off my strength. It’s a joke among my friends – “Don’t worry, she goes to P360.”
Joining P360 has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I feel better all around – stronger, faster, more confident and more committed to my goals. I’m eating better, sleeping better and taking care of myself in a more holistic way. Goals are more attainable now because I have more motivation and discipline.
Last month I completed my lifelong dream of trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. What seemed like an impossible feat less than a year ago was a breeze thanks to the training and coaching I’ve received at P360. When I first injured myself, I was terrified I wouldn’t be able to make the trek. But not only did P360 help me heal from my injury, it helped me build strength and accomplish a goal I’ve had since I was a little kid. Actually – make that 3 goals – I hiked Machu Picchu, married my now husband at the top and got some noserides in at Chicama – the world’s longest left-hand wave.
So thanks P360, you guys are miracle workers!
First, for Strength.
5 Back Squats @75%
8/s Open Palm KB Press
Every 4’ For 20’ (x5)
Then, for Conditioning
Teams of 3
3’/1’ @ Max Pace
A: 5 Hang Power Cleans
15 OH Plate Flutter Kicks
A: 5 Push Press
A: 5 UH Grip BB Rows
10 Plate Toe Taps
Finisher: Stay in your Team
60 Hollow Rocks Total