When the Air National Guard decided to adopt the same fitness standards as the Active Duty Air Force I was a little worried. While I had never failed to meet the standards before, each of the past five years I kept getting closer and I certainly would have failed this year. I was always the person who pushed off testing until the last minute, convincing myself that I would start training tomorrow. Tomorrow always turned into next week, then next month and the next thing I knew it was Friday night before Drill Weekend, and I hadn’t run since last year’s test. On the rare occasion that I was able to muster up the motivation to hit the gym, it never took longer than a few days for me to get bored and stop going. (There’s just something about a bunch of power-lifters admiring themselves in the mirror that makes my want to gag.)
I knew I needed to do something, but just couldn’t find anything I thought would work for me. Then a good friend told me about a different kind of gym, one that promoted a lifestyle change rather than the latest weight loss gimmick and mundane gym routines. I stopped at Punch soon after, not expecting to be too impressed considering how much I loathed a typical gym. After talking with Chris and watching just one workout, I signed up as a member! Although I was nervous to start, I had finally found something that looked FUN and would keep my attention!
However, half way through my first week, I was ready to quit! It was much more difficult than I anticipated and I was frustrated that I couldn’t keep up with everyone else in the class. If it wasn’t for Christen’s positive encouragement I probably would have quit. By the end of that week, I already felt stronger and could see small differences in my body.
After training at Punch for about a month, it was time for my dreaded annual fitness test with the Air National Guard. I was surprised to see that I had shed about 3 inches from my waist in that short time. Without that, I would have failed my fitness test before even starting it. I also posted improved scores in all other areas of the test! It’s been about a month since then and I have lost over 7% body fat, 15.6 pounds of fat, 3.5 inches in my waist, 3.75 inches in my hips, and 2.5 inches in my legs and have tons more energy! With the support of the entire Punch staff, I have been able to accomplish more than I ever thought I could in just a couple of months. So I want to thank them all for getting me on the right path to a healthier lifestyle! I can’t wait to continue the journey!