For the first 30-odd years of my life, I dreaded exercise. I hated gym class in school. I didn't participate in team sports. I was one of those people who'd sign up at gyms, go a few times, and then never go back. I never understood what people meant when they talked about getting endorphins from working out because I never experienced them. I simply have never been a strong or athletic person, and I guess I thought I was ok with that. Until I found The Fitness Lab.
I first joined as part of the 21 Day Fitness Challenge. All I wanted then was to get myself in shape for a trip to Australia. But I got so much more. For the first time in my entire life, I wasn't making excuses not to work out, I was actually making excuses TO work out. I suddenly felt like I wanted to exercise - even on days when I was stressed or tired. I felt like I hadn't only made a commitment to myself and my health, but to the entire TFL community.
The physical benefits I've experienced from TFL are exciting, and obvious. But the absolute best thing about this place is the community. It doesn't feel like just a gym. The trainers know you and are invested in your progress and success. The other members are friendly and encouraging. I don't ever skip class because I know people will actually notice my absence - and that's a huge motivator; just being noticed and remembered.
I've built muscles at The Fitness Lab. I've increased my strength at The Fitness Lab. I've lost weight at The Fitness Lab. But most importantly, I've created lifelong friendships, fostered a commitment to my own fitness, and finally found those "endorphins" everyone always raves about, all because of The Fitness Lab.