We lost some of our website data, so I am going to share a couple of posts from last year.
I started at MadLab in 2011 with a group of work friends training for the first Tough Mudder race. I had returned back to work from mat leave and was looking for a fitness goal that would motivate me and Tough Mudder seemed like a big, hairy, audacious goal that would get me back into shape. I had played sports and chased various fitness crazes my whole life, but I was continually skinny fat and my upper body strength was that of a newborn. When my son was born and I struggled to haul the jogging stroller into my trunk, a lightbulb went off. I realize if I wanted to be able to pick up and carry my (very large) child in a few years, I need to get strong. And with the big 4-0 looming, it seemed like the best motivation to get started right away.
Fast-forward 4 years, and Madlab has not only made me physically stronger, but also mentally tougher. With the completion of every workout or lift I thought I could never do, my brain resets and what was once insurmountable becomes manageable. In everything. That's what keeps me coming back.
Some days I feel like I have barely started on this journey of strength and fitness and other days I look back and see how far I have come. I’ve never had any fitness program that has challenged me so holistically – not just strengthening my body, but my mind as well. I still may not have achieved that single strict pull-up (my Day One goal) but I’m definitely much closer than I was. And with the help of MadLab, I will keep chipping away at it. I know I will get there.
A big shout out to my 6am’ers whose camaraderie, motivation and positive attitude keeps me from hitting the snooze button most mornings. You guys are the real reason those workouts don’t totally suck.
MadLab has had a positive impact on my life by keeping me motivated to continue a very consistent fitness program. A large part of that has to do with the variety of movements and workouts...I'm constantly learning so I never get bored. And of course the biggest motivation comes from the community. I can be dead tired after work but as soon as I come through that door, I get the energy I need by seeing everyone and connecting. I've made amazing, fun friends here and it's great to feel strong enough and fit enough to do any activity we want whether it be hiking, skiing, wake surfing, climbing, bike brew tours, get aways or just going for some delicious hotpot!