There were times when I would be at the gym for a couple of hours and it seemed like I had hit a plateau. Mark has shown me how to focus on strength, target conditioning and cardio at key points, and now my workouts are just an integral part of the day as opposed to a chore I dread.
Workouts with Mark are great because it doesn’t feel like a mindless routine. He is great to change things up regularly as well as explain why we are working the way we are during that day’s specific rotation in relation to gains and goals. He really does work the mind and body, and that has probably been what made things finally stick in these past few months.
Honestly, I’ve grown a workout “confidence” since joining CSC as opposed to other gyms. Another difference I’ve noticed is that as I’ve become more disciplined in the program Mark created, I’ve become way better at meeting deadlines and edits on manuscripts at work.
“Fire up “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon because I may have checked myself out in the mirror once or twice, and I’ve definitely taken on a more toned look than I’ve ever had. I’ve probably seen the most change in my chest and shoulders, but this could also be because we don’t have a full-length mirror in the apartment, so you’re kind of limited as to what development you can observe! I’m also able to do more chin ups than ever before.
I love it because there really is this sense of community at CSC. You’re able to make such great progress, but it’s hard to think of it as some awful, grunt labor when between sets you’re with this great group of people hamming it up and inevitably mocking whoever thought it was a good idea to put a slow Coldplay song on the gym playlist.