January's Member of the Month
Our Member of the Month of January is Jeremy Dominick! Jeremy started at SIN over 3 years ago; he started on a class card but with time he began to come to SIN more and switched to a membership (he got hooked!). Jeremy is a very active member, he always participates in the Team Challenges (and kicks a**) and never misses a 5:30 AM workout! His dedication is noticed by all and we are happy he chose SIN!
How long have you been coming to Strength in Numbers? I took my first class in Sept. 2017 and then started coming semi-frequently that fall and more regularly in early 2018. My wife Melissa started taking classes the spring of 2017 and I was sorta intrigued, but I had never been a fan of group workouts, so I dismissed her attempts to get me to go. I finally relented and quickly got hooked on bootcamp and kickfit.
Do you remember your first workout? I was nervous. So many people in a small space. Melissa brought me to one of her regular afternoon classes. There was some back squats and the sled was out. I remember being on the floor a lot, so probably some burpees were involved (or me taking an extra breather?). I had heard Melissa's stories about the workouts and wasn't too sure about them. But I was thinking since I "go to the gym" I should get through relatively OK. Boy, was I wrong. By the end, my butt was completely kicked ... and I liked it.
How would you describe you lifestyle before Strength in Numbers? How would you describe it now? I have been fairly active most of my life (some periods of time more than others) - playing basketball, running, going to the gym. When it came to the gym, I had never been a fan of group workouts. I was a little intimidated by working out in front of people in a small space or not knowing the movements. I have always liked to just do my own thing - find my own space and do what I wanted to work on. However, that often got boring or repetitive or I'd run out of ways to challenge myself. One of my brothers is an AT and I asked him to give me some workout suggestions. Even then, it can be difficult to really push yourself or stay motivated. So I would workout, but not really see any changes in my performance or feel that much stronger. There was a lot of going through the motions. Once I started coming to SIN regularly, that all changed. I see and understand the power of SIN's group workout. It might be different at other places, but here there is no more getting bored or not pushing yourself. And if you're unsure of what you can or can't do, the coaches are great at pushing you too. You come in each time to something new and different. There is no staleness and there sure as heck is no boring. And I can feel a difference. I feel stronger. I firmly believe I'm in better shape now than 5-10 years ago and SIN is a reason why. And to top it off, all the people - from the coaches to the SINners - are so great. Everyone supports and respects one another. We all "enjoy" and understand the workout pain together!
If you could design your perfect workout what would it be? I love the workouts where you leave and feel like you engaged muscles head-to-toe, and you're exhausted and sweaty. Maybe we start by working the legs with some front squats and box jumps. Work the core with Russian twists or weighted sit-ups and plank taps. Throw in some thrusters and a chest press. Maybe kettlebell swings and a row to finish. (Notice no burpees! Haha.) Even better, it's the 5:30 or 6am class and you've got your workout in and still have the rest of the day ahead!
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting at Strength in Numbers? Just give it a try. One class. Do the one-week trial or the class card. If you're intimidated like I was, find a friend to go with. Or get there early and get a chance to talk to the coach. Every class I've been in with a new person, the coaches do a great job of integrating the new person into class and explaining the workout. Take that step knowing you are going to start feeling stronger and immediately a part of the SIN family.