When did you start at Nerdstrong?
I went to my first class in August 2015 and started coming regularly in February 2016.
What was your goal when you started?
After doing housework my back would ache, sometimes for days. I knew I needed to build up my core strength because I sit at a desk all day, but I don't like most traditional gyms or sports. Nerdstrong was different and approachable, and what kept me coming back was that I was laughing through workouts because we were having so much fun. I went from hating exercise to loving Crossfit, and now boxing too!
What is your goal now?
To continue participating in a community based around health, strength, and fandom. To improve my boxing skills and try other new sports. To push myself to do things that scare me, things that I think I can't do, and things that I used to think weren't meant for me but I now know are open to anyone and everyone.
What was one of your greatest personal fitness achievements since starting at Nerdstrong?
At the first Boss Monster class of 2019, Coach Tiffany had us test ourselves: how many pushups we could do in one minute, how long could we hold a plank, timing a mile-long run, etc. At the end of January we tested ourselves again and I improved in every category, including running a mile without stopping to walk, which I haven't done in years (possibly ever). Seeing my progress is what makes every early morning workout and sore muscle all worth it.