So this is a shout out to those who have lost someone, something, or even yourself. I joined Ripped back in December, after losing my mother to pancreatic cancer in April of last year. I have been an avid yogi for a few years now, which has helped in coping with her loss, but wasn’t enough. When losing someone, something or yourself, there is an emptiness that needs filling. I tried going to the gym to save money, but I’m not motivated enough to go and do the workout alone. I needed to know that someone was waiting for me, and I couldn’t let them down. I tend to be a shy person, so working out in groups has helped me come out of my shell. At times working out in groups has made me push a little harder. Seeing other people in the room stepping out of their comfort zone made me give a little more of myself. I appreciate when the trainers give me that extra little push or even when they remember my name. It really makes me feel like I’m part of this workout family. Some of the things that I continue to struggle with are cardio and eating habits. My biggest struggles for me are running and my nutrition. I’ve never been a runner, unfortunately my dog is the only runner in the family. Grabbing carrots first does not feel natural after being raised in a Spanish household. The struggle is so real. I currently work as a nightshift ICU nurse, and I find myself eating high sugar food or anything to keep me awake or those treats that families bring in for the staff. So fitness and healthy eating habits are something I continue to work on. Since starting Ripped, I am finding more motivation when something doesn’t come easy to me. So by continuing to workout and attempting to eat my veggies, I feel and look better. In closing, what gets me out of bed at 4:30 in the morning or makes me go workout in the middle of the day is a quote I saw ” Go and make that workout your B!tch!”
I have been a member of the Ripped family for over 2 years now, but it feels just like yesterday when I first took that long walk up those steep steps. Before Ripped I was searching for a hardcore workout that incorporated both endurance and conditioning (not just one or the other like most studios), in a short amount of time (I am all about time efficiency). Obviously I had high expectations, and I was hooked to Ripped from day one. I was a novice weight lifter, but the trainers knew exactly how to correct my posture, and demonstrate any modifications needed as I progressed. I love that each day has a focus, so I am never too sore to work hard, but always testing myself with new moves, speeds, and weights.
I really love Ripped PHL. I basically go there every day. The classes keep me moving and are NEVER boring. The staff there is great and is really knowledgeable about training and meeting your fitness and nutrition goals. I started going to Ripped PHL because it was featured on Class Pass, and after visiting other gyms in the area and having only OK experiences, I decided to make Ripped PHL my home gym.
Prior to joining Ripped, I worked out often - at least 4-5 times a week. In fact, some days I would find myself spinning in the AM and boxing in the PM. I became complacent with my workouts and my routine, until my schedule started to change, and working out became more of an inconvenience than a priority.