One of the first things I did in my journey to a healthier me was to sign up for a new gym. I looked around for a long time to find something that would keep me interested and excited about exercise – no easy task! I’ve done everything from the small women’s gym to the fancy upscale gym to the bare bones “judgment free” gym. The problem I found was that nobody really held me accountable for being there, nobody really cared whether I showed up or not, and it was always the same thing time after time. I either felt badly about not being able to keep up with everyone else in the group fitness classes, or I got bored working out on my own – not really knowing what I should be doing. I worked out with a personal trainer for a while, but that got really expensive.
In early September, I was still on the hunt for a new workout and I happened to see an ad for Punch Kettlebell Gym. I had seen kettlebells before, but had never used them. I thought it would be something different, so I decided to call and make an appointment for the free orientation session to find out what this kettlebell stuff was all about. I am not kidding when I say that half hour orientation completely changed my feelings about “working out.” I learned some of the basics of what this workout would include, and I liked it, so I signed up for 10 sessions. After my first two, I was hooked. I am now a full-fledged member, making some real progress. Never before have I looked forward to my workouts. Never before have I been upset when I can’t get to the gym. I have met some really great people in class, and have the BEST trainers! They are encouraging, push me to go beyond my self-imposed limits, and every workout is something different. They keep things interesting! I have never done the same workout twice, and I have been going now since September.
Here is a link to the gym that has made me a stronger, more active person:
The workouts are based on the Art of Strength, founded by Anthony DiLuglio. Here is a link for more information about AOS:
After just a few months, I’m doing things I never thought I could do – dead lifts with kettlebells that weigh upwards of 70 pounds, lunges and one-armed rows on the Bandit Loops – and I just keep getting stronger and stronger. I feel much better about myself, I’m starting to lose some of the weight, and other people are starting to notice. If you’ve never done kettlebells, I highly recommend you try it – at least once.