This month marks a year since I joined SICFIT Scottsdale and I wanted to take a moment to briefly recap the amazing experience it has been!
I “discovered” SICFIT, because one of my Passport members, Jesse Holland, kept showing up at networking events and after one of our conversations I decided I’d go check them out.
Truly, I had NO idea what I was walking into.
I’ve been consistently going to the gym since college and after Aris was born, I “ran” off my baby weight. But timing is everything … and when I met Jesse, I was pretty burned out on my daily routine of “gym and running.”
So when I walked into the SICFIT facility, I very quickly realized this was no regular gym. NICE!
SICFIT is all about Strength in Conditioning. It’s about being fit, being strong and lots of squats wink emoticon It’s more than just a gym … if you embrace it, it truly does become a lifestyle change, even for someone like me, who was already well acclimated to daily exercising.
This was a completely new and different way of working out … and if you know anything about me, you know I like a good challenge! I was “in” from the moment I stepped foot into the door … of course, I didn’t tell Jesse that wink emoticon
I started attending the group fitness and body weight classes and slowly (b/c I’m just kind of slow sometimes), started to learn the skills, proper form and most importantly get stronger. As everyone else, I’m always concerned about getting hurt, so I took my time with everything and really focused on just learning the techniques.
Simultaneously, I also attended the community classes that SICFIT holds about food. I learned all about Paleo and can honestly tell you that when I stick to eating clean, it makes a world of a difference on every aspect of my life. I don’t eat 100% Paleo … but pretty darn close.
About 7-8 months in, I finally felt like I “got it.” At this point, I was familiar with the most basic movements practiced at SICFIT on a comfortable enough level to start experimenting with heavier weight. Once again, I was getting stronger, more fit and more squats. Did I mention the squats?
In January of this year, two of the coolest things happened! I was awarded athlete of the month (what?!?! me??? really??) and passed the Level 1 test. This test is just a fun way (not really fun, lol) to see how fit you are.
It’s a series of 11 movements and some I was totally not comfortable with (70 sec hand stand, 80 squats in 2 min, and 500 unbroken jump ropes) but I decided I’d go for it and see what happens …
I think you can still pass at 80%, but once again, if you know anything about me, you know I don’t do anything less than 100%. That’s just not really an option … so I was really going for it!
I’m still not sure how I did it … but I got my Level 1 band and passed at 100% (including the 500 unbroken jump ropes). Boom! Not a bad way to start the year. It felt pretty amazing!
A year into it, I’ve never been as fit or as strong and I KNOW so much more.
My point in sharing this is because SICFIT has made an awesome impact on my life and I love sharing things that truly matter.
It’s been an honor and pleasure to be a part of something so cool and should you decided you are ready to do yourself a favor and get into the best shape of your life, I’ll be happy to give you an introduction!
Locations in N. Scottsdale, S. Scottsdale and Chandler.
Thanks for reading the long love letter! wink emoticon