Last week we launched our Cycling Adventure Ready series. For these next 8 weeks we will incorporate a different Cycling related skill into our pack workouts. We'll be focusing a lot on Cyclocross which is a form of bicycle racing. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclo-cross)
- Peddling technique: hill climbing, cadence
- Endurace: leg, cardio, core, shoulder
- Cyclocross: vaulting/carrying bike, mount/dismount
- Core/hip balance: lower back strength, hip health
- Trail building: shoveling, rock carry
- How to fall: balance, rolls
- Repair skills: grip strength, crouching
- Shoulder and upper back health: push and pull stabilizers
A profound moment didn’t lead me to BAREfit Adventure Training. I hadn’t injured myself doing something really adventurous. Actually, that same year, I dropped my membership at a local gym because I was bored with the classes, tired of just being a number and over my lack of results. Without even knowing it, BAREfit was exactly what I had been looking for.
I met Rob, and possibly Curtis, at the Flea-Off Market in September 2014. See, I can’t even remember the details of the moment that has literally changed my physical and mental wellbeing. BAREfit was doing a drawing for a gift card, and a few days later, I received a call from Rob telling me that I’d won a free month of training. I’m pretty sure I tried to talk him out of choosing me as the winner because I was no stranger to what this style of exercise entailed; I’ve sat at traffic lights and watched in amazement while those people push themselves to extremes. Later I would learn there’s a difference between BAREfit and Crossfit. I showed up for my first session and thought that I was either going to be sick or pass out by the end of it. I went full-throttle that first session, and I haven’t looked back since. I stuck with it, and while the workout didn’t get any easier, I certainly got stronger.
In January 2015, I made it my resolution to always ask for more weight. This year, I decided to always take the high road during our Whim Day workouts. The high road is the more advanced movement during a BAREfit obstacle course, which is the main part of a Whim Day workout. I’m not such a weakling anymore; I find myself looking for adventure in and out of BAREfit because not only has it made me stronger, it’s increased my confidence. I attend three Pack Workouts each week and one personal training session each month with Curtis. Our personal training sessions have been invaluable to my success. Curtis has brought out my strengths and my weaknesses. He helps me work though movements so that I get the best workout and stay safe. He has literally pushed me to my limit and encouraged me to push further.
As of March 2017, I have lost 56 pounds. I know weight is just a number and doesn’t measure how strong I am, but I weigh more than I did in my mid-twenties (I’m 35, by the way) and wear a smaller size. BAREfit has enabled me to become my strongest self. I’m pretty sure I’ll survive if ever faced with crossing a river by traversing a log or swinging by vine to the other side. BAREfit Adventure Training helps me be me, a much stronger and healthier me.
(For Full Details & Registration/Payment: www.barefitlife.com/adventuretravel)
2 Person Team Sign-Ups Encouraged, Solo Also Welcome.
$45 Per Ticket Includes Event + All Food/Drinks.
Saturday June 10, 2017
Jefferson Memorial Forest
Arrive Between 8:45AM & 9:00AM
Event Ends around 2:15pm
Adventure + Fitness
- Yoga Session
- Primal Movement Fitness & Navigation Challenge: Features Trail Run + 10 Station Course
- Each Traveler Will Be Given A Map Of The Entire Challenge
- Travelers Are Encouraged To Register In Teams Of Two
- Everyone Has 90-Mins To Complete Challenge @ Their Own Pace
- BAREfit Adventure Training Coaches Guide & Monitor Throughout
- After WORKout outdoor lounge w/ footballs, corn hole, etc. will await those who finish before time expires!
- Huge Kickball Game after lunch!
Food & Refreshments Provided
- Cold Brew Coffee
- Cold Water
- Breakfast Cookies From Scarlet's Bakery
- Lunch From V-Grits (3 Options To Choose From)
(1) Jackfruit Tuna Salad
(2) Raw Zucchini Lasagna
(3) Lemon Pepper Tempeh
REGISTER NOW: www.barefitlife.com/adventuretravel
I have been at BAREfit for almost 4 years. I started working out there in May of 2013, back when Curtis used to run it out of Snap Fitness in J-Town. I have had the privilege to truly see the business grow and blossom. I wouldn't want to work out anywhere else.
I originally came to BAREfit after a shredded meniscus and arthroscopic surgical procedure threatened to end my career as a distance runner. I had competed at long distance running for years and was not quite ready to hang up my shoes, so to speak. Both of my doctors and my physical therapist said running long distance (especially my favorite distance the half marathon) would be impossible with my level of injury. But there is always a way. We just have to find it. And unfortunately, I knew the solution probably lay somewhere within the realm of strength training.
It was later during a bemoaning conversation about the tedious boredom of weight lifting, with my massage therapist when I mentioned that I was considering hiring a personal trainer. After all weight-lifting had to be the most boring activity since the dawn of activities. Perhaps I needed someone there beside me making sure I didn't skip that last cumbersome set of bicep curls. Then my massage therapist said, "Well if you are thinking of hiring a personal trainer, I think I know one you might like."
I emailed the much ballyhooed personal trainer, explained my sorry predicament, and asked rather nonchalantly if he thought he could help me. The emphatic yes I received was quite intriguing especially after 3 medical professionals had already told me that what I sought was impossible. So I laced up my cross trainers, pig-tailed my hair, and ventured all the way to J-Town to meet this believer named Curtis Hall.
The workouts were tough, intense, innovative, strengthening, and just what I needed. Curtis seemed to be able to break just about any movement down into steps that seemed to resonate.
I had 2 major fears about working out with a trainer. The first was that he would not be sensitive or knowledgeable about my injury. Lacking a meniscus will forever limit the movement that particular leg can achieve. This fear was put to rest immediately as Curtis proved to know exactly how far to push the knee and when it was time for a modification. He was filled with injury preventing modifications, and was always attuned to where my body was in my fitness journey on that particular day.
My other fear was that I held a fixed stereo-type of the proverbial personal trainer. I imagined working out with the over muscled, mirror staring, buzz cut, whistle-blowing, loud mouth, whose penchant for motivation involved more pushups and calling my mother names. Much to my relief, Curtis was the exact opposite of this silly stereotype. I always jokingly say, “My personal trainer nices you to death.” What I mean is that his belief in me is so profound, and his approach so genuine and kind, that I felt as though I might break his heart if I didn’t live up to his angelic view of me. So when he told me to do a Nosferatu (a move where one starts flat on ones back, with a rope dangling overhead, then using only ones arms the person shall pull himself straight up to a standing position without a bend in the torso. If seen from a far it might look as though a person were rising straight up as a vampire in a Bela Lugosi movie would rise from the grave). When this move was first described to me, I informed my enthusiastic trainer that I didn’t think I was physically capable of this move. His response, “Vicki….Of course you can.” And at those words what else could I do. It may not have been beautiful, but his words were no less correct. I could do it.
Since working out at BAREfit I have not only seen increased strength and muscle tone, but my confidence has increased as well. And back to my original reason for joining BAREfit, so I could run a half marathon again. The doctors and physical therapist were not wrong. I have not run A half marathon since my injury. To date with Curtis’s help I have run 2. The plan is to soon be completing a 3rd.
It is so hard to pin-point one favorite thing about BAREfit. But I have to say the fact that two young men started a business with what began as a few tires, some ropes, and a believe in me attitude, were able to take an aging, injured, weight-lifting hater, confidence dwindling non believer like me, and give me the power (both literally and figuratively) that I lacked to do what I loved once again, was quite a delightful journey.