I needed to get back to strength training, but I’ve had issues with my neck and upper back for years.  That made me apprehensive about doing it on my own.  To help those issues be corrected, strength training was part of the answer.  I wanted guidance, so I didn’t make my situation worse.

It’s all a work in progress.  Some days I feel like I rocked it when I leave the gym.  Other days, I feel like I’m not advancing as quickly as I should.  Looking back to where I began, it excites me to see the strides I’ve made.  I watch my three-year-old granddaughter, and I am definitely able to keep up with her, carry her and play with her better than I could before.  My pain is much more manageable.  Physically speaking, I am stronger.  This workout has made me mentally stronger, as well.

The best part of training is probably the Turkish get-up.  It’s physically and mentally challenging if done correctly.  I enjoy being challenged, and I compete against myself a lot during my workouts.

It’s like no other gym I’ve ever experienced.  The absence of machines and focus on what I would call “manual” workouts are evident.  Chris individualizes the workouts for my goals/ability, but he pushes me too.  He knows when I can handle something new.  It’s a 1 ½ hour round trip for me, so I needed to feel a difference to justify the time spent going to the gym.  I have never left a workout at FSI, thinking it was a waste.  My progress seems as important to Chris as it is to me, and that means a lot.

(Who knew the Turkish Get-Up was so popular!)