RISE Athlete Spotlight: Michael S.
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If you haven't met Michael yet, you are missing out. This guy is the perfect balance: work + play, business + jokes, goal setting + being satisfied. Michael joined RISE in 2019 in an effort to take care of his overall health and reduce nagging back pain. As a former OSU football player, he knows what it means to get in shape. He knew that he would have to make the decision every day to keep showing up, pick up heavier weights, and trust the process. He is the first one to arrive at 5:15a, to reply with "I'm great" and to acknowledge a fellow athlete's efforts. Michael, thank you for going for it at RISE. You're killing it and we're proud to be a part of it.
Q: What inspired your path towards better health in 2019?
I was moved to do something different, to change up my workout and focus more on total body fitness vs. what I have traditionally done.
Q: Why RISE?
Rise was (from what I heard) different than other gyms and programs that I was familiar with. I have done group fitness or class fitness only 4-5 times over the last 2 decades so I was not too excited about the idea but, my wife recommended I try Rise because the structure and focus on the foundational building blocks of fitness. I have had a bad back for many years stemming from a weak core and lack of attention to flexibility and Abby knew I needed to try a different approach to address these issues, so I finally listened to her.
Q: What have you learned about yourself?
I have learned that there are many degrees and definitions of fitness and strength training and those can be humbling.
Q: What were your initial goals? How have your goals transformed over time?
My initial goals were to strengthen my lower back & core muscles, and to increase my cardio-vascular and overall health. My goals remain the same with a small addition, I would like to continue to improve upon my overall health, continue to strengthen my core, and improve my flexibility.
Q: What's your favorite class? Favorite exercise? Least favorite exercise?
I am not sure I have a favorite or least favorite class and/ or exercise. I enjoy and have always enjoyed physical challenges, it is great to have a place that marries physical challenges with mental hurdles broken into palatable intervals. These challenges are ever-present regardless of class, something that is refreshing and unique. The best part for me is knowing that every time I walk in for a workout I will be challenged and I know that I am making strides towards to my fitness goals.
Q: What do you want others to know?
The people who make up the Rise community are great. Collectively there is an understanding that much like anything in life, what you get from each workout is only limited by what you put into it.
The classes and workouts are built for every level of fitness and can be modified if there are injuries or conditions that restrict (something I have found extremely valuable).