As aforementioned in previous columns, I recently made the move to Chicago Illinois. There are a lot of things that come along with the move to a new area, or a new city, and one of them for me was finding a new gym. The first thing I noticed was that their prices up there are pretty steep compared to that of Dwight, or even Bloomington-Normal, but I guess that’s somewhat to be expected seeing as it’s Chicago. I made the decision to join LA Fitness, it’s a pretty big chain place to workout, and I thought for what I was getting price wise it was the best decision. I had worked out there two days, and then received an email saying that I could have a free personal training session with one of the trainers there if I wanted it. I reluctantly agreed because I don’t really like people or changing my routine, but I decided to go ahead and do it anyway. I get there, do some warm up activities, and then start with the trainer. It was probably only 15 or 20 minutes in and I had to take a break from the workout because I felt like I was about to throw up. It was a reality check for how good of shape I thought I was in, I’m not in good shape, not even close. I’m also glad that I decided to take a chance and do something outside of my comfort zone, and in doing so I learned a lot about myself, even if, in this case, it was only fitness related. This is just a quick little example, of taking a small baby step outside of your comfort zone. It’s also a good reminder that if you’re going to have someone push you to the point of pure exhaustion, make sure it’s for free.
Aaron J. Boma 2016 ISU Grad