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.