review of CGFit

The first time I tried to do a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout, I just about died. It was a couple years ago, and my endurance level was not what it should’ve been. Fast forward to now, and it’s a completely different story. I don’t live for HIIT, but I appreciate it and the challenges it implements within me — challenges for me to conquer.  

While I was trying to rush to Starbucks during my break at work, I was stopped by someone hosting a booth for something called Camp Gladiator. I instantly assoaciated it with CrossFit and almost closed my mind to whatever the guy was saying. Being a salesperson myself, I’m always cautious of other sales people. But, let me tell you, Tanner was good.  

He got me talking about my own workouts that I was doing, had done, or wanted to do, and related them all back to Camp Gladiator. By the time I realized I was going to be late and needed to bolt, I was intrigued enough to come back after I got off. And I did, despite my friend's advice to just forget about the whole thing. But the challenge was already poking at me, and, after a little more convincing from Tanner and his pal, I swiped my card and signed my name.

Although CG does offer year-round options [which seem to turn into lifetime memberships for some people], what I was signing up for was basically a camp, CGFit. A four-week course that fully engages you for an hour a day, or more if you choose, without ever repeating the same workout. With locations all over DFW and nearly all hours of the day, it's easy to find a time and place that works for you. This was another selling point for me -- the versatility and availability. 

To further challenge myself, I decided I would try to go at least 3 times a week to get my money's worth and get up before the sun for Ericka's 5:20 a.m. slot. I was late my first day, if that tells you anything. But, despite that, I felt really welcomed instantly. It really did feel like a community. A lot of the workouts are partner or group-orientated, so you're rarely doing anything alone. And you're constantly moving. I'd relate to HIIT, because it's all very intense and fast-paced, without being completely impossible. You choose your weight, your pace [so to speak]. It all takes place in a parking lot and on a yoga mat. But you'd be surprised just how sweaty and energized you'll get.

The coaches aren't yelling at you to get "Up outta the saddle!", like I had experienced in previous cycling classes, or putting you to sleep with a burn, like in a barre class. Rather, Erica was constantly encouraging us, prodding us to the full potential that she believed each of the attendees to reach. What surprised me the most was that it didn't end there. Before noon on my first day, Ericka was texting me messages of encouragement and congratulations for showing up. After I had done my InBody Test [explained later], I had questions of macros and nutrients, and she answered each one of my calls and frantic texts. 

Ericka's slot only met on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Since I work overnight on Tuesdays, I didn't attend any on Wednesdays. But I did start going on Fridays to a different class at 5:00 a.m. by Carsen, who, coincidentally, was Ericka's husband. Despite being a different group, different coach, and different place, the atmosphere was the same. Everyone was encouraging each other, handing out high fives like free money. The feeling of unity, teamwork, and just overall "Hey, we're in this together -- you can do it!" is overpowering. And I felt that way during and after every workout. In addition to all of that, a large majority of the other campers and members are believers in Christ and it was beautiful to see us come together after some workouts and pray together, to pray for each other. 

I mentioned that I wanted to sign up for CGFit because I wanted to challenge myself, to try something new. Believe me when I tell you I felt challenged every day, before the sun even came up. Cardio has never been my thing, but the workout is what you make it and I wanted to make it count. By the end of the second week, I was making it through the warmup lap without getting too winded, or, better yet, without stopping. I found that I was going up almost each week in weights too, despite still being sore from doing heavy weights at the gym. It got to the point where I didn't necessarily care about the pounds or inches -- I wanted to be stronger, better, for me. 

On the days that my alarm hated me and didn't go off {thankfully only twice}, and I wasn't able to make it to the meet, it made such a difference. I felt lethargic and ended up sleeping a little more than usual, which led to being late. CG got me out of bed and out the door by or before 5 a.m. four days out of the week. I'll admit that I hated that at first. I loathed it. But, it grew on me. It forced me to make sleep and time management a priority. And, in return, it made me a morning person, which I love. It's great to feel so productive before I even go into work for the day, either working on this ol' site or writing, or just cleaning. CG unintentionally started to affect my life in more than just health and fitness aspects. 

My end results are listed below, but that's not the point of this. I don't want you to read all this and see the __ of my results and be done with it. I want you to try it. Come out with me to Camp one morning, or evening or whatever works best for you. I cannot stress enough how excited I am to keep this up in the coming months -- eager to see the results, either physically or mentally.