Trish Umbrell

I came up with a lot of excuses

I drove by Synergy for about two years, admiring the big before and after pictures of the people in the windows who’d clearly changed their lives and their bodies for the better. But I couldn’t quite picture myself as one of them. I came up with a lot of excuses, like my work and kids, for not trying to either.
One day, I finally admitted to myself I wasn’t ever going to be able to reclaim my identity as a once-fit person without being willing to get started again. I knew myself well enough to know that I would need some outside help to stay accountable, to figure out how to exercise effectively and intensively but in low-impact ways, and to stay focused on long-term results, and not get frustrated by setbacks. So I finally took the mental leap of faith and signed up.
A year later, I’m proud of myself for working through that fear and making good progress towards rebecoming the fit person that I want to be. I can see good changes in my physique, and in how my clothes fit. I’m stronger and my agility is improving. And while I try not to get too hung up on what the scale says, that number is heading in the right direction too.
What has really worked for me at Synergy versus other places is having caring personal trainers who not only know me by name but know exactly how to challenge me in ways that work with both my competitive nature and my wonky knees. I appreciate how they come up with mentally engaging workouts and interesting fitness challenges, and how they don’t let me get away with bad form or being a space cadet during my workouts. I also really appreciate the real sense of community that Synergy has. People at the club greet one another, and make a point of complementing one another on progress and accomplishments. It feels good to be recognized by your peers for the hard work you’ve done, and to be able to give back by serving as motivation for others.

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