Within 30 seconds, my hands stopped shaking. I sat on the floor, appreciating the pattern in the carpet. Breathing. That’s a sure sign that the workout preceding the metabolic meltdown was epic.
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Tomorrow morning, at 4:00 AM, my alarm will chime and I’ll roll my bike down off the porch, ride to the martial arts dojang where I train in Taekwon-Do and I’ll push the reset button on another comprehensive workout, courtesy of Elite Urban Fitness. Then I’ll bike to work and start another day, here in the land of the Midnight Sun.
Completing 'The Challenge', Ti Conkle
photo courtesy of Elite Urban Fitness
In addition to working full time as a government auditor/investigator, I’ve run a small business and worked as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) and AFAA certified personal trainer since 2001, only recently allowing my certifications to lapse while I took on my most difficult client of all: myself. I’ve consistently trained inside and outside of the gym for nearly twenty years. I’ve climbed mountains, I’ve sunk ice axes into vertical frozen waterfalls, I’ve traversed glaciers and hiked for hundreds of accumulated miles over terrain stretching from Alaska to Hawaii. I completed the P90x program, training six nights per week, for fourteen weeks, without missing a single workout and while maintaining a consistent presence at the martial arts school and the climbing wall (it was Winter, people). All that is to say this: I’ve never experienced a series of workouts as comprehensive, intense, physically demanding and fully functional as those I’ve completed, while training with Stephanie and Charles Allen of Elite Urban Fitness, these last couple of weeks.
If you live in or around Fairbanks, AK and need a righteous kick in the pants to adjust/define/explore/achieve your lifetime fitness objectives: this is your place, your space. I’ve warmed up a spot on the mat, just for you. Wait. That didn’t sound okay.
Yeah, you’ll sweat. You’ll deplete glycogen stores. You’ll remember muscles that time forgot. You’ll be a kid again. You’ll bring YOUR 100% to the workout and that will be Enough. You will be Enough.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I save my endorsements for really important things (like Italian import espresso and Handpresso Wild). This? Is a Really Important Thing. Your health, your fitness, your Life. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from the discipline of showing up for your own life. You have to start somewhere. Seriously.
Start where you are.
Whether you’re here, or there, or not anywhere you ever wanted to be- find your place. Find YOUR space. Make time for your health, for a lifetime of fitness. You're worth it.
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