Today, we had a client come into the gym. She had the biggest smile on her face. Now, before I go on further, this woman is in her 50’s, she used to remind me of Maxine, the witty character on the greeting cards. When she first joined a little over 20 months ago, she said, “You are so close to my house, I have to at least give it a try, but don’t expect me to like it.” Because she is no longer very much like Maxine, I will not use her real name in this story.
Well, she came in today and mentioned because it was the end of the year, she was transferring all her dates, birthdays, and important information from her 2017 calendar over to the 2018 calendar. While she was doing it, she saw all the things she did as a member with Results Only Fitness in 2017.
She started off the year with our first ever Scavenger Hunt. The gym had over 80 people head out into the desert in teams of 5. We gave them things to find and do, over the course of 2 hours, at the Dreamy Draw Preserve, and then we had a party at the end for all the finishers.
Next, she joined in on the Anti New Year’s Resolution contest where she lost 15 lbs. She hooked up with one of our teams not really knowing her teammates. She really enjoyed meeting the new guys and gals and learning that with some minor changes to her eating and drinking, she could really make a dent in her weight loss.
Then she talked about the 10 Year Anniversary Party. Over 300 people showed up for an amazing event. Boy, was she fun on the dance floor.
After that she reminded me that she trained and hiked the Grand Canyon with her family. We worked with her for 8 weeks in March and April so she would be ready to go and she was definitely ready. She came in with knee problems and with all the range of motion and stability work we did, she wasn’t even sore after 25 miles of rim to rim and still dropped another 2% of her body fat.
She then did a local 5k where she used the term “wogged” the whole race. She walked a lot but threw in some bouts of jogging because she knew all the interval training we did in class would help her finish.
After some down time over the summer she did a 3.2 mile Mud Run/Obstacle Course with our Results Only Fitness team. Climbing, crawling, and “wogging” again around the course that she was so worried about even joining and finishing.
In November she signed up for our 7 Summit Challenge. This is an all-day City of Phoenix event where we were all challenged to climb 7 peaks around Arizona. Boy was this a challenge, but the whole team finished and was she proud of herself.
She is finishing up with our Holiday Hold Em’, that started before Thanksgiving. We encourage all of our clients to perform random acts of fitness throughout the holidays to ensure they don’t gain that holiday 10 lbs. In January they weigh in and see how they did. If they kept the weight and fat off they are entered in our raffle of prizes.
“Well,” the former Maxine, said the following. “You know I am about to do another thing this week!” I said really, knowing full well what was coming… She said, “I am going to get my 100 workouts.” For those of you reading, another fun program we have starts on July 1st and we ask all our all of our clients to try and achieve 100 workouts before the end of the year and they win a very coveted t shirt. (it is not as easy as it sounds.)
She then said, “you know I wasn’t sure that Results Only Fitness was going to be for me, but it has really changed my life.” It turns out that before she joined she had recently changed jobs where she had a lot of friends who she now wouldn’t see often. She then went on to talk about how she has met people for dinner and gone to people’s homes for different events and really enjoyed her new “FAMILY” (her words).
Our goal is to give people of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, etc., a safe place to get or stay healthy. The accountability and motivation are a by product of the desire to be around like-minded people. And the bigger picture is you drop inches and lose fat but it starts with being around good people. I gave a her a hug and said “You know you did all the work. All we did was set up some fun stuff for you to be challenged to do your best.”
She smiled back as if she wanted to say something but chose not too but did end with this, “So what do you have planned for me next year?”
Good thing I already have our calendar set up.