Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (No Matter What Age)

Author: Barb S.

There have been incredible advancements in the health and fitness industry over the past few years that have enabled many former athletes, gym buffs, and performance-minded enthusiasts to extend their strength training and fitness lives.

Although COVID-19 has shuttered group training studios and forced many gyms to close up shop, Prime Intensity Training in Conshohocken and East Falls has continued to flourish and be a mainstay in the fitness community for those who have jumped back into the fit life in order to bolster their resilience and immune systems while getting stronger and more athletic with the help of PIT Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors, Boxing Coaches, and Athletic Performance Trainers.

Here is a prime testimonial to the positive environment and results-driven efforts of both the PIT Team and the incredible members that make PIT a group fitness community stronghold built to serve and built to last.

In February 2016, at age 47, I finally decided it was time to step up my fitness game.  I’d been doing the same things at the same types of gyms since I was 19 years old.  Some weight machines, a few sets of free weight exercises, cardio on the elliptical or treadmill.  Never really pushing myself to lift much or try new things.

I was bored.  I’d stopped seeing results.  I started dreading going to the gym.  

A friend recommended I try PIT, so I went, all alone, knowing no one, to my first class.  I’ll never forget it.  Patrick Williams was teaching, and Matt Ramey helped me through the stations during the first half of class.  

I hadn’t done a high-intensity type of workout since I took aerobics and step classes in the late 80s/early 90s.  I vividly remember saying, “holy shit,” many, many times.  However, after class, I remember feeling a rush of energy I hadn’t felt in years, in addition to a huge sense of accomplishment.

That one free class, turned into two (first two classes are always free!), which quickly turned into three to four classes a week (sometimes five, since PIT offers different types of classes to keep things interesting).  Once I started seeing results and getting stronger, I started personal training with a buddy as well, which is the PERFECT complement to classes with groups of amazing people of all ages and levels who motivate you, push you or give you your space (up to you).  Huge game changer!  Additionally, weightlifting is a great way for women to stave off osteoporosis. 

Now, at 52, I have to say I am stronger, more confident and have more energy than I’ve ever had, and I owe it all to the incredible trainers and members of PIT.

My hope for people who feel stuck or unable to get started or “too old to start now” is that you just do it.  Take the first step.  The step that takes you out of your comfort zone.  I promise, you won’t regret it.

If you’re looking for a fitness location near you with badass guys and gals, contact PIT for 2 FREE classes to get yourself in the best shape possible with a community that’s unmatched.