Kara's Nailed Her Goals

“I’m a happier, healthier, and more confident person than I’ve been in years.  I’m more comfortable in my own skin and it has nothing to do with numbers on the scale, and everything to do with plates on the bar…which is SO cool!”

-Kara

I could write a book on my past fitness struggles.  My life has been a constant struggle with my weight and body image.  And I’ve tried everything to fix it, from hitting the elliptical for over an hour a day and trying to run three miles a day, to starving myself and doing crunches and push-ups every night to make myself “healthy.” And none of that made me fit or more importantly feel happy.  It just made me more and more depressed and made it difficult to get out of bed to go to the gym or run or even a walk.  I would lose weight from time to time but I still didn’t feel like I was healthy or ‘fit’.  I couldn’t run any farther or faster or longer.

After trying to get in shape for years and being completely discouraged by lack of progress, a friend recommended that I get into lifting weights.  He showed me a couple of things but I still wasn’t sure I was doing it right.  When I told my dad, he said, “If you’re going to learn to lift, I want you to go to my gym.” When I got home for the summer (I was a senior in college), he had me make an appointment with Steve. At first, I was scared that I wouldn’t fit in because I was a total noob and I wouldn’t be that good.  My biggest fear, though, was more discouragement.

The first week getting started at AMP was rough. I felt a awkward and would be sore for a few days after I worked out.  But once I got going I couldn’t get enough.  It was amazing since I started feeling progress after only a few weeks and the coaches helped me be more confident in my abilities.  I’d never loved anything so much (okay, maybe dancing, but still…).  I’ve tried so many fad workouts and different types of cardio and machines and I hated them all.  But I loved what I did at AMP, even with a sore butt for three days.

Training at AMP has helped me change EVERYTHING.  I’m a happier, healthier, and more confident person than I’ve been in years. I’m more comfortable in my own skin and it has nothing to do with numbers on the scale, and everything to do with plates on the bar…which is SO cool!

 
 

Since becoming a ‘Superhero’ (They call us that… I like it.), I’ve been able to maintain a lifestyle where fitness is at the forefront, but it’s ACTUAL fitness, not unhealthy habits that I pretend are good. They have helped me learn to take care of my body the way it should be taken care of.  I’ve hit more fitness goals and found new goals I never could have hoped of achieving five years ago. The community is out-of-this-world uplifting and amazing in every way.  Everyone is so supportive and that has helped so much to get to this place. I always know the AMP Superheroes are in my corner, and that’s a powerful feeling.

Starting at AMP (or starting anything new and scary) will always be one of the most difficult things you do in your life both emotionally and physically. But IT. IS. WORTH. IT. You won’t regret it.  AMP is NOT a regular ‘gym’. I can’t recommend this place enough.  You will never feel put down or excluded.  The results are real.  It’s SO awesome.

I am so thankful every day that my dad made me join AMP last summer.  It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.