I used to be a self-proclaimed cardio Nazi. I could -- and would -- spend hours on the elliptical or running up to 10 miles a day. I definitely lost weight at times, but I never got stronger. My body never changed. I tried lifting weights, but it was just boring to me. I would use the handful of machines I was comfortable with and occasionally lift a few free weights, but I never pushed myself to and beyond my limits. Until BCX.
I was a little intimidated the first time I walked in. There were stations set up around the room with exercises I hadn't attempted in my wildest dreams. But five minutes in I was hooked. It was fast-paced, challenging, and dare I say ... fun? Spiderman push-ups. Body saws. Anaconda bear crawls. Chuck Norris squats. Those are just a few of the crazy things Trainer J has us do. And everyone's favorite workout to hate -- Lunges of Love. Don't expect to walk or sit without pain for at least three days. (Am I right???)
I also have grown to love my BCX family. It takes a special person to complete a BCX workout and keep coming back for more. You need a community to get through it. We push each other and make each other better. And then we complain about our sore bodies together...
And then there's our trainer Jessie. He's one of the most amazing and impactful people I have met in my life. A former competitive bodybuilder and two-time Mr. Louisiana, he is ripped like nobody's business. But his muscles are small compared to his heart. He cares about each and every one of us and pushes us to be the healthiest, strongest individuals we can be. He gets to know us and learns when we need "encouragement." (That's a nice way of saying "to get our asses kicked.")
I've always struggled with my weight. A lot of it has to do with my insulin resistance/blood sugar problems, and some of it my love for food. My weight can fluctuate depending on a variety of factors, and I expect it to be a battle for the rest of my life. But BCX makes me feel in control of the battle in ways I never have before.
I don't expect to ever have the hottest bod on the beach, but with BCX, I am fighting for the body I have each and every week. I am fighting for my health, fighting for my strength, and fighting for my future. It's been a tough and challenging two years, but also a rewarding journey I'm proud I decided to take.