Fit Camp is for Everyone
We’ve been highlighting the success and stories of our members of Fit Camp for several months. Celebrating their growth, loss and change, as well as the unique differences that make everyone’s Fit Camp story special. These stories reminded us that FitCamp is for everyone. Fit Camp is for beginners. Fit Camp is for runners. Fit Camp is for moms. Fit Camp is for working professionals.
We thought it was only fair if we, the owners and coaches, shared our transformational stories too. We were right where our members were when they started, and right where you might be at this moment: On the verge of giving it a try, wondering what might happen if you did.
Sprenkel's Fit Camp Transformation Story
My pictures are 2.5 years apart. March 2015 - now 2017. In the first picture, I was new to Tulsa, recovering from a knee injury that left me almost sedentary for 12 weeks, working a fulltime job that wasn’t fulfilling me the way I’d hoped. I wasn’t quite on my feet in my new home and very possibly moderately depressed.
My knee injury was a torn meniscus. I was told I could go for surgery or completely rest my legs for 8-12 weeks. I chose to rest. I went from being in the middle of a half marathon training cycle to being allowed only to walk overnight. It was hard on my body, and especially hard on my spirit. But, I honored the doctor’s orders. I wore my brace. I didn’t run. I didn’t squat, except when I had to sit down. My entire lifestyle changed. I turned to emotional eating to escape or grow numb, something that is, honestly, never helpful.
As soon as I was cleared, I started back very slowly into a fitness and running routine. I began with one mile at a time, Miley by my side (or more accurately dragging me behind her). Since these short runs weren’t taking up much of my time, I wanted to add in some circuit training.
As a trainer, and athlete, I’ve always known the benefits of strength training, but I really wanted something that would be quick and help me get back into running shape fast. I committed to the process, writing down my circuits and adding one mile per week as my knee felt ok to do so.
While a lot has changed in my Tulsa sphere for the better since those first pictures, simply because things do get better as time goes on, I also really believe that these circuits helped catalyze me back into it. These circuits helped me through leaving that full time job I hated, investing in the studio, teaching 30+ classes a week for a while. I love these circuits so much, I want everyone to experience what I did. So, we put them into a format for anyone in Tulsa to come experience themselves… and that’s how FitCamp came to be.
This past year, I continued to do the Fit Camp workouts as I trained for my fourth marathon. Through the training season I was continuously amazed as my times for all distances dropped. I won my gender division in a 5k, won my first age group in the half marathon distance with a 6 minute PR and convinced myself it’s possible for me to qualify for the Boston Marathon with a 40+ minute PR. Me. The girl who had to be bribed into running with clothes in the beginning. Me. The one who started out with run/walk intervals just like our run groups now.
Guys, this program is the real deal. Show up, do the work and watch how it changes your life and gives you a springboard to things you never even dreamed were possible. The 8+ rounds of this program I’ve done and the community that has grown out of them helped me to get the inertia of change going.
I believed in myself, put myself first and was able to walk away from several things that were not working for me. It’s amazing that simply working out allowed me to take less shit from people, not put up with my own unhappiness and feel loads more confident in all areas of my life. But it happened. And that’s why I stick with it round after round, year after year. And that’s what I want for you. Take ownership of this one very short, sweet life we have, and a great first step is taking ownership of your body and your health.
I can't wait for you to join us,