RUN LIKE AN ANTELOPE — I am pictured on the left racing cross-country for Cicero-North Syracuse High School in 2007, as a sophomore on the varsity team.
I woke up in the middle of the night; the clock read 3:45 a.m. As I tried to fall back asleep, I felt my muscles’ tightening from burning lifts, dips and stretches. After taking two lessons at 3 2B Fit Personal Training and Services, I was reminded of whom I used to be and what I want to become.
I have been involved with sports my entire life. After being cut from soccer tryouts at my highly competitive (and probably highly political) suburban school, I joined the track team.
For a while, running was a passion of mine. I lived, ate, breathed and obsessed about all things track-related. I began at the modified level at Huntington K-8 and then started to run competitively as a freshman in high school; after one year, I earned a spot on the varsity team.
Running became part of my lifestyle. I ran through the changing, fall landscapes in cross-country and my lungs burned like sandpaper during indoor track, when I circled loops in the hallways of Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the winter.
When spring came, I spent nearly every day on the clay-colored track, where I visualized myself making two sprinting loops to the finish line, yearning for a personal record in the 800-meter dash.3 2B Fit
unveils the significance of three different factors that should be applied to a healthy lifestyle: desire, discipline and balance. Owner Jeremy Ross emphasized how physical fitness and mental health go hand-in-hand.
Remembering my years spent in the peaks and depressions of a healthy lifestyle, I could not agree more.
When I was a runner, I was handed experiences that uplifted me, but also hindered my success.
The best advice I ever got was from my high school track head coach, Pete Moore. After losing my race, as well as the personal record I had hoped for, sweating, out of breath and defeated, I walked to the chain-link fence, laid down and began to cry. Moore walked over and told me to get up.
As I gasped for breath, he gave me advice that will resonate with me for the rest of my life. He said, “Champions don’t fall to the ground.” He commended me for what I had achieved and told me that it was good I was crying; the tears meant I cared.
The worst experience I had was when the distance coach retired and was replaced. I lost my love for running and experienced little to no encouragement from the new coach. Running was no longer about personal growth, strength and life lessons. The track team had one focus: winning a title.
I began to slip away from the lifestyle I had created; what I once loved became a cold, well-oiled machine. In a place where I once felt at home, I was suddenly no longer welcome. So I quit.
For me, running, weight lifting and cross-training were never a means of maintaining weight stability. I did them for mental strength. I could not rekindle my love for running, so my years in college were a struggle. Without a beneficial outlet, my habits became unhealthy and depressive. Occasionally I would run; it would help, but never for long. I did advanced yoga practice at home, every so often.
Just recently, I had a lifestyle revelation. My eating habits have improved, if you do not count my current fixation for Zetti’s Pizza on Elmwood Avenue. I have been feeling that yearn for sore muscles and sweat. I fit basic gym work into my schedule, when I have time.
Then, I took two classes at 3 2B Fit; “Core Training 2B FIT” on a Monday, followed by “Yoga-Pilates 2B FIT,” or what I like to call “yogalates,” the next day.
These classes were more challenging than I had expected. Aerobics repeats had me losing my balance and my entire body shook during certain routines. Yogalates was a bit more familiar, because of my past experience with yoga; the incorporation of the Pilates brought the workout to a whole new level.
Although the place and faces were new to me, the feeling was familiar. There was laughter and everyone worked to their own abilities. There was just enough pressure to strive to succeed but not enough to make me feel as if I was in military training.
Although the potency of 3 2B Fit’s principles can change over time, it is never too late to reignite and begin anew.
Desire: to achieve your dreams, goals and aspirations.
Discipline: to follow through on your desire to become fit and healthy.
Balance: in your life, through your family, work, social and healthy commitments.
With a renewed motivation, in all aspects of life, I strive forward with passion and positivity. Champions don’t fall down.