Let's Talk Progress

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By: Coach Sarah

Let’s talk progress. I define progress as forward or onward movement towards an end goal. This doesn’t always mean that things happen quickly, but it does mean that things are happening! 

My fitness journey started 7 years ago while I was a sophomore on Oakland University’s campus. I had met my now husband at the student center. He invited me to attend a class at a gym he was going to while he was attempting to start up the fitness club on campus. At the time, I could not do a sit up, push up, burpee… I could barely touch my toes. 

Prior to that night, I had never really worked out. I had occasionally gone for a walk and had participated in cheerleading in high school but outside of that I was not physically active. Additionally, I did not really know what it meant to eat healthy or fuel my body appropriately. Overall, that night kicked off a fire of motivation in me that changed my life. There were definitely ups and downs along the way. Things always seemed hard and then gradually, change started to happen. Progress takes time. Slow and consistent alterations lead to better habits and lifestyles changes. 

As a coach, I’ve often heard that ‘I want to be as strong as you’ or ‘I want to be able to do that like you’. While these are super flattering compliments, I want you all to remember that this is not how I’ve always been and that I’m not done with my progress either. We’re all on a journey to becoming the best version of ourselves. If/When you start to doubt yourself or second guess the progress you’ve made, reach out to a friend or gym buddy. Ask them to not only hold you accountable, but to also remind you of where you started and how far you’ve come. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together and here to support one another. 

Onward and upward my friends! Keep crushing it! 

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