Through my blog, I let my readers follow me through my process of getting pregnant, having a child, losing baby weight and using an end goal to get me there. At the beginning of summer 2015, my husband challenged me to sign up for my first Spartan Race in Asheville, NC. I signed up with the end goal being that through the training I would lose the last little bit of baby weight that I had left and in turn have a finish line to strive for. The transformation both physically and mentally was unprecedented.
I put in hours of work in my home gym (strength training), cross training on the bike at Flywheel Sports, performing high intensity core conditioning workouts at SmartCore Fitness and doing runs in the local neighborhoods. I definitely did it the hard way. I did it alone. I planned it myself. I had to really dig deep to motivate myself on days that I really just didn’t feel like doing something. When I stood at the start line on the day of the race, I was in the best shape that I have been in since college. I felt confident in my post-baby body. When I crossed the finish line I felt empowered. Everything about the experience was so incredible that even with a dislocated shoulder, I would do it all over again.
I want everyone to be able to put themselves in my shoes that day. While our goals might vary, I want everyone to have the chance to set a physical goal and in turn be completely surprised by the mental empowerment that follows. I have thought long and hard about how I want to do this, and I think I have a plan. Before I put my heart and soul into developing a program that will help others reach their full potential, I want to make sure that there is enough interest and that people are ready to take on the challenge.
That said, I am taking this huge step to do something that just hasn’t been done in Charlotte in the fitness industry. Through a twelve week program set to start the first week in January, I would offer participants two at home workouts per week, one SmartCore Fitness high intensity core conditioning circuit per week, one group track workout per week, and one Crossfit Mecklenburg workout per week. Five days of work (two of which are flexible since they are at home/gym) and two days recovery.
On top of the workouts, I’m talking one group trail run/walk per month. Let’s start at Renaissance Park in January, build to Whitewater Center in February, and finish at Crowder’s Mountain in March. Let’s do this together. I am in the process of getting a nutritionist to perform a session on fueling while working out, having a mobility/stretch session and a photographer/videographer in place to document this incredible experience. I want you to be able to look back and say, “Damn, I did that, and it was epic.”
The 12 week program would end in hopes that participants would be prepared to compete in the Charlotte Sprint Spartan Race in April. However, this is NOT a requirement. Here are my requirements – be at group workouts, set goals, bring a bad ass attitude, build self efficacy (you can do anything), be better humans. In a time when the fitness industry is driving so far apart, I want to bring it back together. Push, what I would consider some of the best workouts in Charlotte, together to make some incredible functional athletes of ALL abilities. Think about it. I need to know. Should I do this?