'Staying active and being fit is so therapeutic for me. It allows me to remain calm, focused and present in my personal and professional life. I plan to be fit and active, even through my older years. Training at Awaken with gymnastics bodyweight training is clearly to path to be able to do that.'
Matt Brower, 37, Principal and Managing Commercial Real Estate Broker
I have been doing body-weight training for the last couple of years. I had hit a plateau while training with my rings and other equipment at home and at my other gym. I have been training at Awaken for about four months now and I go to classes 4-5 times per week. I’m hooked and I feel great!
My fitness history includes being a personal trainer for five years back in college. I am trained on traditional weightlifting and cardio, and those have been my fitness methods most of my life. I started moving toward body-weight training in the last couple of years after getting too many injuries from lifting traditional gym weights.
The idea that strengthening the fascia (connective tissues) and then the muscles, and the positive impact that has on the body is the main reason I joined Awaken. I plan to be fit and active, even through my older years. Training at Awaken with gymnastic bodyweight training is clearly to path to be able to do that.
I am currently working on strengthening my hip flexors, abs and lower traps which are all required fort stability and strength to be able to accomplish the difficult positions and movements that I see Level 2 athletes doing! I’m obsessed with the rings and stall bar right now.
I’m most looking forward to conquering cool skills like side lever, handstands on the rings and parallel bars, and many other badass skills.
My current strengths are my open shoulders and I’m already pretty flexible. But since joining Awaken, my core has become a lot stronger and my body generally feels great most of the time. Also, the coaches and athletes are all incredible and the community spirit at Awaken is something so different. I always feel great mentally after being around it.
This is not a gym for only strong athletes. Everyone starts and moves up at their own pace. The group classes, partnering and coaches create a safe and inspiring environment for ANYONE to thrive in. I have more gym experience than most and I have never experienced the inviting atmosphere that Awaken offers.
Staying active and being fit is so therapeutic for me. It allows me to remain calm, focused and present in my personal and professional life.