My Ultra Committed Experience
by Admin | December 31, 1969 | BLOGS | 0 Comment
By: Don Fisher, Ultra Committed Outsider and March Athlete of the Month
As you may, or may not be aware, I have completed 6 consecutive months of being in the Committed Club. As I finished this past week, and enjoyed my first two consecutive days off from the gym since last summer, I couldn’t help but reflect on why I did this, what it took, and the pro’s and con’s.
The good and bad:
- The good: I have lost 15 pounds and kept it off regardless of what I eat.
- The bad: I need some new belts as they are too big.
- The good: I am eating better in general.
- The bad: I still will occasionally eat garbage for lunch, and then I work out like garbage in the evening.
- The good: I was Captain Ring Row last summer, now I can do pull ups in a WOD.
- The bad: My ability to do things faster and stronger has not made me less sore the next day.
- The good: I have formed some really strong friendships from being at the gym so much. I am probably not the quiet guy anymore.
- The bad: Any day now, Jess and Cara will probably ask Alan and I not to return to the gym.
- The good: My family was very supportive and pretty quick to change our routine to allow me to get to the gym 5 days a week.
- The bad: It became a slight obsession – going to the gym to “get my 20 in” replaced “going to the gym to get fitter”. I was constantly nervous about getting injured, being too sore the next day, getting sick, going away…anything that would keep me from going. This would be my cautionary tale to anybody attempting to do this…don’t focus on the goal at the end, just enjoy the process every day.
But the most important takeaway I have had is it reinforced the community aspect of Outsiders. I basically have spent 8 hours a week at Outsiders. And so do a lot of us! Not only are we doing it voluntarily, we are paying to do it! And paying quite a bit more than a “normal gym”! Well, nobody would pay to spend so much time around people that sucked. From the best coach to the newest gym member, the support and positivity is consistent. I have never felt bad leaving the gym...maybe I didn’t PR that day. Maybe my back hurt and I had to scale the WOD…a lot. Every time, I was encouraged, congratulated, and even thanked for being there. I kept moving forward…in large part due to the coaches.
Every coach is different, but awesome in their own way. Sundays with Lance is a special club dedicated to suffering; the 430 happy hour WODs with Jess and Cara are a great way to relieve stress, have fun and workout at the same time; and Josh was great in helping me get in workouts during open gym time.
I have run multiple road races…competed on many teams in different sports throughout life at a variety of levels….this was the hardest, yet most rewarding thing I have ever done. Family and friends always ask me why I am doing all of this for just a t-shirt. I chuckle and nod…and know that there is no way I can possibly convey what Outsiders has done for me.
I started at Outsiders two and half years ago when my life hit rock bottom. You saved my life then… and I think in some ways it is saved every time I walk in those doors.