Peak Human Performance is wrapping up another 8 Week Challenge. Check out our post about the Challenge here. We had the chance to interview one of the participants, Simone Blake. Simone owns her own business, is a mom of 4, and yet still finds the time to get to the gym. We are so inspired by people like Simone. Find out why she chose to do the 8 Week Challenge for the THIRD time!
How long have you been a member at Peak?
I joined Peak in the fall of 2015. I had bounced around a bit from gym to gym, just not quite finding the right fit. Looking back now, it's funny, but I remember feeling really nervous about going in. The first smiling face I met was Vince, he showed me around and put me right at ease. I recall Stacy's morning class getting their barbells ready and everyone was chatting and laughing and seemed happy to be there. I was optimistic I may have finally found my home gym! My first class was Fit Mix with Amy. I actually had to step out of that class because I felt so lightheaded (I've come a long way since then!). Amy was so encouraging and supportive, I knew I was in the right place.
What are you goals for once you finish the Challenge?
My current goals are to continue to improve my aerobic base. Peak is beginning to implement training via heart rate monitors to better customize workouts for each individual in class. I'm really excited about this, because my current struggle is being able to maintain aerobic exercise for long periods, so I'm hoping to improve my aerobic endurance over the next few months. I always feel I should be pushing myself as hard as I can, I've learned it helps to slow things down a bit to help grow stronger.
Being a busy mom of 4 and a business owner, how do you make time for the Challenge and for your workouts?
In reality, my workouts keep me sane!! I am a much better mom and business owner when I do get my workouts in. I love caring for people... my family and my patients, but I've learned it can take a lot out of me at the same time. So, gym time is my time to focus on me. It helps clear my mind without interruption from work or kids or texts or laundry or the other million things in life we are constantly bombarded with. I'm constantly tending to maintaining a happy work-life balance. For a long time, I fell into the trap of feeling as though taking time for me meant I was detracting from what I could offer everyone else. In reality, I've learned taking time for me helps me stay more engaged. I'm happier and more energetic, which benefits everyone in my life!
What/who keeps you accountable?
I think I keep myself accountable, with the occasional nudge from my husband on the rare mornings I'm just not feeling like leaving my warm bed to workout. I know the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from completing my workouts. I also know how much more energy I have overall when I'm in shape. My days start early and end late and being in top form helps me keep it all going. I schedule my workouts at least a week in advance, just like I schedule my other meetings and appointments. Once it's in my calendar, I know I've committed. On the mornings I start to hear even the quietest of voices in my head trying to talk me out of a workout, I immediately shut it off. I treat it like an appointment on those days and I've yet to be sorry I went to a workout, but I always regret if I skip one.
What's your favorite part about the Challenge?
My favorite part about the challenge.....it forces me to sit back and analyze my life instead of moving forward in autopilot. How are my stress levels? Am I nourishing my body as best as I can? Am I sleeping enough? I'm being asked, "what is it that you want to improve about yourself?" It forces me to really think about where I am, physically and mentally. The challenge isn't just about losing weight or building muscle, those things play a large part, but Alex takes the time to help build your mental and emotional strength as well. They all play a part in your overall well being.
Most people might go through something like this once, but this is your THIRD time! Why do you keep coming back and joining the challenge?
It's just FUN! Simple as that. Challengers are separated into teams, each with two coaches to help guide them each week. There is a bit of competition between teams, but it is all in good fun. The ultimate goal, to improve your overall fitness and implement healthy habits into your life. Each person is held accountable for workouts and menu planning. The challenge is chock full of information and there is always something new to learn. There are a lot of extra classes outside of Peak such as meal prep, a grocery store tour, an hour long stretch class (seriously, you feel amazing after stretching for an hour, something I would never do on my own!), yoga class, nutrition classes by a dietician and a life coach seminar. My team even participated in a hip hop class (talk about taking me out of my comfort zone!). I can't think of a reason why someone wouldn't participate.... hanging out with fun, positive people, a lot of sweat, a lot of laughs, getting fit ..... I love it!
What is it about the Peak crew that you love?
Every person I've met at Peak is genuinely supportive of others, no matter where someone is in their physical journey. Trainers and members will cheer you on with words of encouragement during a workout if they see you starting to fade (for me, always the sled pushes and pulls!). Each of the trainers is extremely knowledgeable in exercise and physiology, and are always available to each member, modifying exercises, correcting form. I love that the trainers will take classes alongside you, it's encouraging to see them beside you giving it their all to get through a tough workout. Going to the gym shouldn't be something to dread, it should make you feel alive. This is why I love Peak!
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus