As I mentioned in my last post, Thursday was my last day at Achieve Fitness. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but in the end I know that it is the best decision for our family at this moment. It takes me 20-30 minutes to get there even when I go to a 6 am class, and evening classes are not an option because of traffic, by the time Nick gets home from work I just would not make it. Obviously, there is hope that I will get pregnant again sometime within the 2014 year, but I am not naive to think that it could take longer. IF it happens in 2014 though, Achieve just wouldn’t be a fiscally responsible decision.
I was first introduced to Achieve by Amanda, and while I was intimidated at first it was definitely one of the best decisions I have made for myself in a long time. I have always loved strength training and cardio, but I had never been in a gym that approached these two things like the way Achieve does. Metabolic Conditioning and Strength Training classes were held the most often, with a few kettlebell classes as well.
I was part of a gym family, something I had never experienced before. I looked forward to seeing my favorite 6 am folk and even though I already loved the gym, they made me happy and excited to be there before the sun came out.
I participated in my first ever triathlon with members of Achieve. I also went through one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. These friends were there for me, even when they didn’t realize it, it made a huge difference in my mental health. I don’t know that I will be able to separate the triathlon from the miscarriage, but it will also remind me of how lucky I was to have all these people in my life.
I have always been a fan of kettlebells, and I would one more than one if they weren’t so darn expensive. I love that Achieve had a class solely focused on kettlebells and we were constantly working on our strength!
I know that with Achieve I have gotten a 100 times stronger than I would have if I had not ever joined. Mentally, I am in a better space because of the support from Lauren and Jason and the rest of the members of the gym.
I definitely suggest if you are nearby that you check it out, I am hoping to be back after our kids are at least in pre-school.
I do have some plans for the future. I am going to continue my favorite classes at Studio Poise: Pound, Poise Fusion, The Remix, and Zumba! And for the next month I am participating in the Pure Barre Lynnfield Pure Madness Challenge.
While I can’t continue with Pure Barre after my package expires, it was a great deal and it will help force me into a routine with studio classes. Plus, I love a good competition. I also bought a few online deals for yoga studios nearby.
Thank you Lauren, Jason and all my fellow 6 AMers, you’ve made it one hell of a strong year.
Have you ever left a gym with sadness? I have not, I have always left gyms willingly.