I joined Project Fit for "21 days" in December with a friend. I initially thought I would complete these days and then go back to my old gym. Was I ever wrong! The staff was so welcoming. I work with a trainer and these workouts have impacted my life in a very positive manner. I'm so thankful for that friend and those 21 days! Can't wait to see my future at #projectfit
I joined Project Fit in June of 2018... despite another gym membership that my husband's company paid for... I knew I wanted to be in better shape and healthier for my upcoming 60th birthday... I walked in... met and talked with Allie... showed up for boot camp the next day and WHOA what was I thinking... I couldn't do most of the exercises but didn't give up.... Next I tried the early AM HIIT class and the 5:15am spin class... a staff member suggested I get with personal trainer so I signed up with Ben B... now 10 months later, I am in the best physical shape of my life!! Exercises I thought impossible are now a part of my regular workout! Project Fit feels like home... It is the BEST gym atmosphere I've ever been in... Allie and her staff are so helpful & encouraging... I will forever be grateful to my personal trainer, Ben, for helping me be a stronger, more energetic and healthier ME:) #gettingaddictedtospinning #projectfitforlife #ilokforwardtoexercisingnow
ProjectFit is not just a gym, it is a family. The kind of family that cares not only for your physical health. They care about your life. It's the kind of place that celebrates together when one of us has good news, a place that cares when one of us has lost a loved one a place that shares our burdens. It's the kind of place that makes a broken person feel new again. That is why I love PF Allie Ieyoub Davis, Owner
After moving to the area, I looked at every gym in the area to meet my strength and conditioning training needs. Project Fit had everything I wanted. Bumper plates, hex bars, TRX, bands, rowers, squat racks, a large area for mobility training, and even a great outside area. The team there is super friendly and positive motivators for everyone who walks through the doors.
Have to admit, absolutely love the atmosphere here!! I began by signing up for a trainer. Olivia H. is amazing with a great motivating personality! I don't see working out as a temporary fix anymore thanks to this place, i now see it as a part of my life. I definitely recommend this place to anyone!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!
Allie- thank you so much for believing in me. Training at your gym has given me the confidence I haven't had in six years. You took a chance on me and I couldn't be more grateful. Your team at Project Fit are the nicest, most genuine people I have met in a long time. I'm still on my journey, but I would have never started, if it wasn't for you. THANK YOU
"Exercise is medicine. It's about health, not vanity."
Allie Ieyoub Davis
This post is for anyone in a struggle with anxiety, depression, fear, panic - and/or a genuine hopelessness. Hope my little journey can help one person to find courage that has been laying dormant in you for ages.
Backstory - I developed panic attacks in law school (I had no clue what was happening - thought it was heart palpitations or diabetes), so I had to study ways to function despite feeling like every cell in your body is screaming "RUN!" Turns out it is most common in pregnant women in their late 20's. So, obviously it's a chemical imbalance. Then what is throwing your chemistry off? Is it stress? Is it overmedication? Both? Here's where I'm going with this: I have discovered that outside of the power of prayer to God's one and only Son, exercise is the single-most powerful force for healing and balance.
My journey started late - at age 46, I had a heart-breaking experience and was having trouble dealing with it. I decided to try and do something productive with all my pent up frustration, so I decided to run. If you are considering beginning running, but are feeling intimidated, take heart from this - my first "run", I actually got winded and had to stop after 15 yards! Embarrassing! But I tried the following night, and doubled it - 30 yards. Whoopti whoo, eh? Well, actually if you double each day, pretty soon you are into several miles. I also realized that my mind was trying desperately to discourage my running. And here is the first lesson:
One of the most destructive organs we own is our mind. I have no explanation, but even as you some of your read this, your mind is telling you a thousand reasons why you can't do intense exercise. Injuries? Time? Medical stuff? Money? The Bible calls these flaming arrows - think about it, it's not just arrows that you have to deflect, it's FLAMING arrows, that do damage even AFTER they hit the target. So know this - the battleground of the mind will be your steadiest and most daunting challenge.
So I could not believe that one could START running at 46 (some may wanna read that again), and I easily got up to several miles. Then I contacted Allie Ieyoub Davis about other intense training, and took a few of her classes. All the while I began to notice the benefits of intense exercise - it releases endorphins, almost the equivalent of a sedative; I began to sleep harder, and I found it easier to forgive. Try this one time - if you're consumed by the pain someone has caused you, trying running and telling yourself you can ONLY stop when you have forgiven that person! It's a great motivator.
Well, Allie convinced me to take one of her boot camps, which - trust me - are a step UP from an exercise class. If anyone wants a quick weight loss - I lost 12 pounds and didn't think I had that to lose - in about a month. The good news is that you can pace yourself - it's usually in the morning, and no one talks to each other and pays attention to others! I would recommend them. I even watch Michael McHale lose an amazing amount of weight. And he finished the whole camp. But it is intense cardio for an solid hour and if you can deal with the negative thoughts, you will be proud of yourself for even beginning one. Remember, it's never the running from our fears we look back on with fondness - we never have a meal or brag about avoiding a scary subject, scary person, scary situation - we look fondly back on the time we stopped running, faced our fears, and said "if I go down, let it be facing the enemy." (you would be surprised how many times your enemy will run or shrink when you decide to proceed DESPITE the fear. It loses it's power.)
After two boot camps, I was ready for another challenge. So, Allie sent two trainers, Nick Abshire (who then had to leave for the Army) and Nicole Soileau to train me for a half marathon. So, at 50 years old, I did my first half-marathon. And all the while my mind is bombarding me with reasons I could not. What is your mind telling you that is impossible for you? It is lying.
A few months after, an old back injury started to deteriorate some discs in my back. I went from little exercise, to none, to not being able to stand. Eventually, chronic pain consumed my life. I longed to be able to exercise again - not just to sleep better, or to feel leaner, but that feeling that I am in the ring fighting, and not on the sidelines. I begged and prayed for that opportunity again. I can recall seeing others run - even an obese person - and I thought "at least you are in the fight." I vowed if given the opportunity again, I would exercise with all my heart. Never forget, it is a privilege to be able to exercise, and some will kill or die for that opportunity.
Eventually, I had back surgery, and got to ease back into exercise. So, how does one "kick it up a notch" during Covid. I had one crazy ambition - to do 54 pushups - legit, Army pushups - on my 54th birthday. I did. And then I had a crazier thought, why stop? I started adding 3 every few days, and I am now up to 83.
Just to be clear, this is not a "look at me" post - I am coward and I am lazy. But I have stumbled across a secret and I feel bound to share with you. EXERCISE IS A BLESSING TO YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR BODY AND IT'S TIME YOU GAVE IT A TRY. Some of you are a few exercise classes from being medicine free. Some of you are struggling with heartbreak, with mental issues and with lack of energy, and exercise can take away your focus on all the troubles of life, even if only for a little while. Trust me, you can NOT think about who hurt or how your are going to make it when your focus is a finish line and you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other despite the heat and your heavy breathing!
Thank you for letting me share this with you, may it give you hope to deal with anxiety and stress without the side effects of medicine. Do not fall for the temptation of doing a little "maintenance exercise". If you aren't sore and making groaning noises the next day, you're NOT exercising! Go for it! Posting a few pics just to show you that your age is NO excuse.
"the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; ...... and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt