I'm writing again to update you on my progress with High Performance Gym in Greenville. As you're aware, I started working with trainers Clay and Elizabeth Burwell November 1st, which puts me just past the 8 week mark. As of January 3rd I weighed 210.8 lbs, down from roughly 219 when I started. Weight loss is great, but it's not really the focus of this journey. To be honest, pounds lost isn't a great indicator of fitness results, how your clothes fit is. Pants that I just purchased a few weeks before starting with HPG are fitting loser in the waist, a little tighter in the legs (ie muscle built). Shirts are fitting tighter across my arms and looser around my midsection. All great things.
Really, I want to talk about gains made in the gym though. Of course you have to fuel the machine. Putting good fuel in leads to better results coming out. I chose to sacrifice sleep Saturday morning and go in for a workout. Saturdays at HPG are open gym, meaning you come in and set your own workouts. As I'd just smoked my shoulders doing a dead lift / power clean / split jerk AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) just a day before I wanted to work chest and back. I can proudly say that I PRed my bench at 260. My previous PR (personal record) was 255. I'd also like to say that I'm crazy proud of new HPG member Ken who in only 3 weeks of working out increased his bench PR from 145 to 195. YEAH! FIFTY pounds in two weeks. That dude is a beast.
Next I decided to go for a new PR on dead lifts. If you don't know what a dead lift is look it up on youtube. I'm still new to Oly (short for Olympic) lifting so my initial PR of 325 wasn't bad, but not great. I wanted to blow that number out of the water and with a PMA (positive mental attitude) I was able to dead lift 355 lbs. Now that's a number I can be proud of. My goal is to eventually join the 400lb club. Newbie Ken set his first ever dead lift PR at 255...an impressive number.
Working out is fun, lifting heavy objects, testosterone flowing, etc. But what has surprised me the most is how much of a family every one is at HPG. Everyone knows everyone's name. Everyone supports and roots for each other. Sure our competitive natures come out at times but everyone there is at a different level in their fitness, and just the fact that they've made commitments to increase their fitness makes us respect each other. That's something I've never had at any other gym I've ever joined. That is why YOU should come see what High Performance Gym is all about. You may be thinking "it sounds hard" -- yeah...it is. It's supposed to be. Anything worth accomplishing is hard. It's not for everyone, so come try it out. Your first two workouts are free, then sign up for a month. There are never any contracts so if you want to bail you can, but I highly doubt you will.
High Performance Gym -- http://www.highperformancegym.com
We. Train. Hard.