WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
“In 2018 I developed a bacterial pneumonia that landed me in the hospital for many long days. I was told I was going to be on oxygen for the rest of my life. I was sick. I was out of shape. I was only 40 years old and I was laying in a hospital bed next to a 86 year old and I realized I didn’t want this life at all. I needed to find a way to get healthy and take care of myself. I always liked jogging and I didn’t really mind cardio workouts but didn’t really know where to start. One of my nurses in the hospital introduced me to the sport of Boxing and I fell in love instantly. I knew I needed to find a gym and start “fighting for my life” January of 2019 my fight began. I started working out at a corporate gym and I got really into sweating out my feelings. I was doing two a days quite often. I lost 25 pounds but I hit a plateau. My friend Sondra kept telling me I was wasting my time and money at this gym and that I really needed to check out Strive.”
She told me they have so much more to offer than just kickboxing classes. I was hesitant because I didn’t have enough confidence in myself to try something new. I stayed at my gym and grew bored and stuck at that plateau. During Covid I found new ways to workout at home buying myself medicine balls and weights and a bag to box in my basement. I was able to bust out of that plateau using at home workouts. Those workouts were convenient but so easy to walk away from if the doorbell rang or the dog barked. I needed structure. I needed accountability. January 2021 I saw Shawn’s post about a challenge and I remembered Sondi’s comments about how amazing the gym was so I joined the challenge. I took my first class with Beidy a Saturday morning Bootcamp and it was intense. I left the gym dripping in sweat and totally in love with the gym. I decided to become a member after my first class! I have now lost over 50 pounds and gained over 50 new friends. I have reached so many new personal records it brings tears to my eyes. I have done a 205 pound deadlift and a 24 inch box jump and ran a whole entire 5K without ever stopping these are amazing things to accomplish for a woman who was supposed to be on oxygen for the rest of her life… I love Strive I took my fitness experience to the next level becoming a member and I won’t ever regret this decision.
– Colleen Ryan
“My journey started back in June of 2020 and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself. I was so scared to join and started off with PT with Victoria and she was the perfect person to start with she didn’t make me feel bad when I first did my assessment she understood where I was starting and how to go forward. I had every reason to give up in the beginning I had two different surgeries after the first few months of starting but I got messages from the owners telling me they would help me get back into working out with modifications added just for me.”
I went to my first class workout and I was the slowest one last to finish and with all that weighing me down some amazing members asked me where I was at on the board workout and finished it with me and I knew then this gym was the best thing for me. I’ve had two different PT trainers who helped me in many ways I have taken over 100 classes with all different instructors each one teaching me how to better myself and push myself. I’ve done so many awesome events that I never thought I could ever finish but did. Everyday I meet some amazing people and always get an amazing workout I lost over 60 plus pounds and achieved almost all the goals I had for myself in the beginning of my journey and made new goals for myself that I would never have thought was possible. At Strive members and instructors remember you and remember how you started that is why I love Strive I’ve seen so many people push themselves giving it everything they’ve got even when they want to give up but they never do and that is what motivates me to show up everyday.