Mike Heayn

I was sitting here reflecting back on the last six months and one thing stood out more than any other – joining Petranek Fitness (CrossFit LA). Hands down, joining your gym has been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.

Naz, Chris and I went to dinner on Friday, kind of a last supper before the O’ course, and began talking about the accomplishments we had made since joining the gym. Whether it was pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups or double-unders, we all managed to triumph over a skill we found difficult or simply undoable a few months earlier. It was inspiring hearing Naz and Chris talk about their progress and realizing how far we’d all come, but also realizing how far we had to go. I know I am in my infancy in terms of skill level, but relish at the thought of getting better and stronger each and everyday. It is great to see people like Mike S., Dave or you workout to see what is truly possible. I think it is a real testament that Andy, the Navy Seal instructor, is a Crossfit member in San Diego. This is a guy who went through six months of brutal basic training, running nine miles a day just to get meals. For Andy to decide to do Crossfit shows that it is an effective workout for everyone, including ultra fit individuals such as Navy Seals.

It’s weird telling people about the workouts I do and having them look at me as if I am from another planet. People cannot believe how hard we train, but oddly enough, I could not imagine working out any other way. I actually think it is strange that other people do not workout like us – yeah that’s how skewed my mentality has become since joining the gym and I love it! It is nice getting compliments from friends, but to me the true achievement comes from knowing that I can do things I did not think possible.

Yesterday reinforced what I had learned at the gym months before, which is using your mental ability to complete a physical challenge. Of course, you can workout to muscle failure and all the mental preparation in the world is not going to help. What is difficult is getting there, giving it your all and leaving nothing on the table, that’s what I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been at CFLA.

I’ve never been an addict or had an addictive personality, but on my off days I find myself craving a workout. The workouts are clearly addictive and you should put a warning label at the bottom of the paperwork when people signup. Maybe something like “This workout is great for your health and will help you in positive ways you cannot imagine. Also, highly addictive!”

Thanks for your help and the help of your great staff! It is great having people who really care motivating you through some of the toughest workouts of your life. I’m looking forward to another brutal workout tomorrow!

Mike HeaynThe workouts are clearly addictive and you should put a warning label at the bottom of the paperwork when people signup. Maybe something like “This workout is great for your health and will help you in positive ways you cannot imagine. Also, highly addictive!”

Mike Heayn

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