What brought me to BTF?
By; Roberta Boatman
I saw the Facebook ad and noticed the people in the pictures they weren’t beach bodies or weightlifters–they were women like me. My husband was out of town so I decided to give it a try. I figured I could handle a six-week challenge if those ladies could!
I also noticed that the ladies were working out in a group, unlike the gyms I visited where you walk in, get on a machine, do some reps, and move on to the next machine. I liked the idea of working out in a group and doing teamwork.
When I interviewed, Axel asked me what I would like to improve about myself. I didn’t want to tell him that I needed to work on every part of my body so I said I had a weak upper body. He was understanding during our conversation and addressed my questions. I felt confident after the interview that I could do the challenge.
That was until a few hours before the challenge started. I was 56 years old and began having doubts. Was I too old for the challenge? I told myself there was no way I could work out three days a week for six weeks with women who were younger than me. Though the women in the picture were regular people like myself, they looked younger than me! I recalled my interview with Axel and decided to give it a try. I didn’t have to continue if I didn’t enjoy the first class.
I had a really good time! The coaches were kind yet tough. They believed in me when I didn’t. They modified workouts for anyone who needed it. They encouraged me to continue when I thought I’d had enough. They made sure I had proper form. They were always on my side. I never had that in a global gym, where no one was around to encourage me to lift heavier weights, to improve my form or to continue when I thought I couldn’t. No one there to cheer me on. At the New You Challenge, not only did I have a squad of instructors rooting for me, but I also had a great group of women to workout with. We didn’t compete, we were a team. We all had the same goal—to make it through the challenge, to grow stronger and faster. To improve ourselves mentally and physically.
Fast-forward a year and a month. I am stronger and faster. I have spoken up for myself when people have tried to intimidate me (something I wouldn’t have done before). I am more patient with myself and I know improvement is incremental, that the challenge is ongoing.
I recommend the New You Challenge to anyone who wants to join a family of nonjudgmental, hard-working people. Younger members tell me that I am an inspiration to them. I feel a sense of accomplishment after I work out at BTF, and I’m sure anyone who accepts the challenge will feel the same.