Foreword: Colleen Pierre
When Colleen walked into Contemporary Athlete I was just as unsure about her, as she was about me, and what this place is all about. After the first session I expected, like most people that drop in, never to come back (By keeping my expectations low I get to be really, really excited when you come back!). I didn’t hear from her for a while, then Colleen called me and wanted to train, 1 time, then another, then two times a week, then three… Then there was a goal. With that goal came something so fun for me to be apart of, the unadulterated drive for a goal. Not random “exertainment” but, “Here I am, and this is where I am going.”
Everybody has the potential for greatness. The question is are you willing to suffer just a little to figure out what it is? -Bender
(Colleen @ #115, pulling 265#. Like A BOSS!)
I was really good at setting goals in my business, goals for my children, for my finances, goals for eating healthy and goals for just about every area of my life. They were real, they were defined, and they kept me honest and always striving.
When it came to fitness, my goals were non-existent. I wasn’t really unhealthy or particularly out of shape, so all was trending very status-quo for the past probably 10 years. My standard week included a couple spin classes, some bootcamp-style thingy, maybe a little weight circuit thrown in the mix. I had two pregnancies during that time that yielded two healthy kids (Robby now 6 and Angie, 4). I wasn’t overweight, I had energy, I looked and felt fine. And this is where I could have stayed parked for the next 10 years of my life or more. It would have been okay, not awesome, not epic, not impressive. This is where a lot of people stay very comfortably parked. Why? They either lack goals or haven’t set the right type of goals.
When I first came to Contemporary Athlete, I was a little overwhelmed and I didn’t feel like it was a good fit for me. It was unlike any ‘gym workout’ or fitness environment that I had known prior. I saw people doing pretty impressive things but I couldn’t quite see myself being one of them. I left feeling quite certain I wouldn’t come back. But then it started….this nagging feeling that I should do more than ‘play it safe’, that perhaps I was intended for a greater challenge. I decided to go back to Contemporary Athlete.
That was 10 months ago and I’ve been training regularly ever since the day I made that decision. The work is hard, both mentally and physically. I experience many highs and proud moments and push through the low moments that make me better. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been physically and in the best shape I have ever been in. I discovered my niche in Olympic weightlifting and finally have goals. This coming September I will be competing in my first powerlifting competition. It will be a challenge for me, but I’m feeling more and more prepared to accept the challenge. Deciding to train with Dave at Contemporary Athlete has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself.
I’m on a journey. There are bumps in the road, many challenges, highs and lows, bruises, tears, sweat. But there is a community of people who understand because they are walking (or sprinting, jumping, squatting or lifting) beside me. We all have goals and dreams and every time we walk through the doors of Contemporary Athlete, we are all moving an inch closer to achieving them.
This journey has made me understand a few simple truths…
If your goals don’t inspire you, it might be time to reevaluate them.
Growth will never happen in your comfort zone.
Don’t fear the unfamiliar, you might be missing something amazing.
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