"It's not about having time, it's about making time."
I'm doing a new section where you share your stories with the RAW community to offer inspiration and motivation to other members! I have been inspired by my co-worker Beth who has way more motivation than I do to make changes towards becoming healthier and stronger. At the end of every work day she is there to encourage me and Stacey to get our butts moving. There have been many days where, if it weren't for her, I would have gone right home to the couch. She seems to have endless energy and I don't know how she does it with an hour commute and a toddler waiting for her at the end of every day.
The numbers speak for themselves. Beth lost 5.5 inches (measuring chest, arms, waist, thighs, hips) total in just one month of consistently going to classes and being conscious about what food she's fueling her body with.
Thank you Beth for sharing your story with us! And thank you all for supporting Beth in more ways than you know.
When did I join Raw?
I joined raw in late October 2016
What was the first class I attended?
I attended a Boxilates class
How many classes do you attend per week?
I go to at least 5 classes per week. There are some days that I will do one class in the morning then another class after work. I might do that up to three times in one week but it also depends on what else I have going on in my life but I really strive to get five classes done in one week.
What do you enjoy most about RAW?
This is a hard question because I enjoy everything. There are a wide variety of classes to take starting at 5am and last until 7:45pm. The environment is a very intoxicating. Everyone there helps to motivate and inspire you to push yourself and get out of your head or your comfort zone. Also with that, not to push yourself too hard where you hurt yourself, if you need work on a certain area push yourself to your limits then use the alternative moves to still help make you stronger without hurting you worse. If you have to use those accommodations its ok and it doesn’t make you weak. You are encouraged to know your body and move the best you can but with that also being said, don’t get stuck in those injuries and still get stronger with them. The owner will take time to talk to you either before or after class to make sure things are going well and see if you need anything, she cares about your well-being and gives you tips on how to make yourself better. All the instructors are great motivators and they make you believe you can achieve anything in the 45 minutes you step into that gym. You can’t help but to put your all in while you are there because the environment pushes you and seeing all the other women and men that are there going through it too makes you want to keep going.
Can you share with us what success at RAW means to you and how you consider yourself a successful member here?
Before I started at RAW, I had been doing the 21 day fix beachbody program and before that I was going to Planet Fitness. Planet fitness I really didn’t know what I was doing. I would run on the treadmill and do some exercise machines and free weights, all self-motivated. Then the beachbody 21 day fix, it was the same videos week after week with a check in from my beachbody coach here and there. However RAW fitness was a whole new experience for me. Different workouts all the time. Motivating and inspiring coaches that were right there with you every step of the way, also other people keeping you motivated. If you have any issues with your body, any of the instructors work with you so you don’t hurt yourself more. I was able to get my body measured and seeing the results really helps me gage how well I am really doing and keeps me going on those hard days where I really don’t feel like going to the gym. It has always been important to me to keep a healthy lifestyle because I want to be healthy and strong for myself and my family. As a mother, wife and a nurse, there are a lot of people that depend on me throughout the days as I live my life. The time while I am at RAW is MY time. The time I get to devote to myself to do something for me. The 45 minutes or longer a day where I can put myself first, I can push my limits and get the results I want to make me healthy and strong. The time I get to “put the world away” and just concentrate on myself. Everything that I do in life I try to give my all and being a part of this gym isn’t any different. Also seeing other peoples’ bodies and hearing their stories also pushes me to keep going more. Being successful means different things to different people. Stepping foot into the gym every day and giving it my all is success to me, not giving up or giving in to my excuses and to keep pushing even on the days I just want to go home and do nothing is success. I consider myself a member at RAW because I step into that gym, try to push myself to inspire people to push themselves too. To let them know, hey I am here we are all here together let’s give our all and inspire everyone to push one more minute to put ourselves first to devote this time to ourselves, to let everyone know we are all in this together. I always have enjoyed helping people, hence why I became a nurse, and if I can get into the gym, push myself and inspire people at the same time while being a member there then that is a great thing, even if it is only one person, that is better than none at all!
How has this experience changed your life?
I finally feel like I found a place I truly belong. RAW is more than just a gym to me! I feel like it is part of me like a separated family or community in my life that I am truly proud of being a part of. I enjoy walking through the doors even though I know in a short time I feel like I want to die but when I leave I feel absolutely amazing. The results I have seen in such a short time have really helped me to want to continue and not just continue in the same way but to do better. Not just do better at the gym but better outside of the gym too. Learn more about healthy food options and better ways to fuel my body. Better ways to heal my body, mind, and spirit so I can be a better mom, wife, nurse and person overall. My confidence has soared these past few months. I have more pep in my step and I am way happier than I have been. I do have a great life but now I feel like I am adding value and meaning to it. I am gearing myself up for a better tomorrow!
What advice do you have for new members?
This gym is one of the best gyms you will ever step into. Don’t think you cannot do these workouts because you are “out of shape” or “you don’t have time” or “have too many problems with your body” or “you’re too old” or whatever other excuse you have told to yourself. The instructors here make working out fun and keep you safe in your body so you don’t injure yourself from the first class to many years down the road. Everyone there is there to help and inspire you and wants you to succeed. If you ever have any questions you are never sent away or felt like no one really wants to talk to you. Your success is a success for everyone that walks into RAW. This is an amazing gym and a great community to be a part of! They offer great classes at various times and help you reach any goal that you have. It will be one of the best investments for yourself in your life!
Please share your thoughts and comments below to support Beth and let me know if you are interested in sharing your RAW story!
The Naked Nurse