It’s truly a team, a tribe, a village: Lauren’s story
My journey with Warrior Fitness began 2.5 years ago. My daughter was 4 and I was 35 and 40 pounds overweight, overwhelmed, dealing with medical issues, and stressed…very stressed. Warrior was offering a 10 week challenge but starting was the hardest part. Getting past the mental hurdle of just walking in the door was excruciating. After my first class I went home and cried. I cried because I was ashamed. I cried because I was tired and my legs hurt. I cried because I couldn’t breathe and we weren’t even finished with the warm-up! I cried because I felt defeated and lost. But the next day, I went back.
I went back because Warrior is special. I’ve met the most beautifully different and beautifully made people here: Tall, small, fit, overweight, new moms and dads trying to keep up with their kids, former athletes, muscle builders, first-timers, people reaching the end of their goals and people just beginning. Warrior is a place of acceptance at every step of your own journey. Here, you are encouraged and inspired by the trainers, coaches, and members. It’s truly a team, a tribe, a village and when one member falls, there’s a whole bootcamp of people ready to pick you up.
In my personal journey, yes, there have been set-backs. I’ve gained a few pounds back, had some minor injuries, and some mental weakness too. But there have been much more successful things that I’ve done that I never thought I would have the ability to do. With Warrior, I’ve lost 20 lbs but gained confidence that has been missing for quite some time. I did my first team mud run, done a few more challenges, ran a few 5ks, and now signed up for a 5mile and 10k next year. I’m lifting heavier weights each week in personal training and feeling stronger mentally and physically every day. My accomplishments are not just my own. They are shared with the trainers, coaches, and members who have my back, who are proud of me, and who will always be there if I wander off course. My journey has not been easy, and yes, sometimes I still cry, but it’s certainly not finished.