Quest to become an Iron Tribe Athlete

“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

I have never been a member of a gym. I took advantage of the incredible Sanderson Center at Miss. State but never enough to actual build muscle or lose any real weight. Playing soccer and tennis my whole life kept me in decent shape but I haven’t played either consistently since college.

I played rec soccer last year when I moved to Nashville and it was evident I am out of shape. Despite being at my lowest weight since high school, I am soft and I am weak. I don’t like the way that feels or the way that makes me feel (and those are two different things even if they sound the same).

There are machines and free weights and an outdoor workout station at my apartment. I’ve never used them. They are free and freely available and I have never touched them.

Why not?

What motivates me and keeps me engaged is peer accountability and financial investment. It is why Financial Peace University worked and changed my life. I’m going to apply that same one-two punch to my health and fitness now.

I could easily take advantage of the $30 Blue Fitness deal through my insurance which gives me access to every YMCA and a host of other facilities across the country.

Not much money and no accountability. Wouldn’t work.

Hiring a personal trainer is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Extreme accountability and a large financial investment. Frankly, I can’t afford that.

So I started looking for an intermediate option. Where can I find a group of peers to join me on my fitness journey as well as cost enough to ensure I stick with it?

Luckily, I found it in the parking lot adjacent to my office: Iron Tribe Fitness.

And surprise, surprise there is a third benefit of convenience. I can’t make the excuse that I can’t make “to the gym” since I can walk there as easily as I can walk to my truck.

Since my work and meeting schedule can swing wildly throughout the week and week to week, I also don’t have to commit to the same time every day for my workout. Before work, after work, or during lunch — it’s there and it’s available.

My first 101 class is Monday. Honestly, I’m pretty nervous. Like I said, I’ve never been a member of a gym. I know I’m not going to know how to do all the moves and I won’t be able to lift much weight.

But through my first few meetings with the trainers and some of the members over there, I know that isn’t going to bother anyone except me. It’s a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere that values becoming part of the Tribe as much as they do the workout.

It’s going to suck. It’s going to be awesome. Here we go.

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