By Jamie Macdonald
I’ll never forget my first time walking into Athlete Inside Performance, and I’m glad it wasn’t the last!
Being over 48 years old, running a company of 50 employees, with 2 active kids in sports, I don’t have a lot of time during the day and know I don’t have time to waste.
I’ve been going to the gym to workout and stay healthy all my life. But found in my 40’s I would catch myself doing only the movements I liked all the time and stopped getting progress.
I decided to hire a personal trainer to get some professional help, and it wasn’t cheap, paying $1,500 a month!
However, after a few months, I achieved some fat-loss results, but the movements got a little mundane. I started to consider taking what I learned from my sessions and go back to doing it my own; I knew myself enough that I would go back to my old habits, and progress was crucial for me if I was going to continue investing in my health.
As you get older you realize things that are more valuable compared to when you’re younger. At 25 years old, you’re on top of the world willing to try anything over 30 you start making some priorities. Over 40 you know it’s time to stop messing around cause your time is valuable, so you only do the things which are effective.
A friend told me about a program that allows you to get a workout done in less than an hour, and it makes you realize how “unfit” you are until you do it. This sounded like a challenge to me, after working out since I was 20 yrs old how bad it could be?
I found Athlete Inside Performance on Google, and the reviews made the decision made it easier to choose. I attended their free Saturday class at noon.
From the moment I walked in, I was greeted by the coach and in the class I was taught some baseline movements with a barbell and how to squat properly.
When he introduced the workout, it was only going to be 15-minutes and consisted of Air squats, push-ups, and pull-ups. I was shocked to hear a 15-minute workout…that’s it? (shouldn’t be that bad right?)
5 minutes into the workout, thoughts started to creep into my mind
- Didn’t realize how unfit I was (and this was after 5 minutes of basic movements!)
- Doubted the other expensive exercise programs I paid for
- Am I really this weak? Or have I been doing it wrong the whole time?
The coach also held me accountable in a way that was motivating and supportive throughout the next 10 minutes. I had to take a lot of breaks in between. I’ve never experienced breathing so heavy while doing a workout which with only 3 exercises (did I mention it was all bodyweight?)
Although all the muscles in my body were burning, it felt alive!
Like I was actually working out my muscles again, even after 20 years of going to the gym, and working with trainers. I’ve never done functional exercises like this before, all my life I wasted my time on bodybuilding movements that gave minimal carry-over results.
This was a completely foreign experience. I was sore 10-days, and it blew my mind. I’ve been lifting weights since I was 20, and this 1-workout felt like it worked more muscles than anything I’ve ever done.
This was an indication that I was doing it all wrong for 20 years!
From that first time experience, I knew doing these functional exercises is something I needed to continue doing. Not only these exercises worked every big and small muscle, but having a coach at a fraction of the cost of personal training was unbelievable value.
It’s been over 5 years since my first experience of a CrossFit class, and I still go 5-days a week (now that my body can handle it).
This program at Athlete Inside Performance has improved the way my body looks, how I can skate circles around the young guys in hockey, and the energy I have at work running a company, and when I’m done work, I’m not dead tired of hanging out with my kids.
The program at Athlete Inside is an effective hour investment of my time when you don’t have time to waste trying other programs that are gimmicky.
— Jamie M.