Throughout 2016, we will be sharing some of the amazing submissions we received from the Athlete of the Year campaign. We hope these stories inspire you to realize your potential within Iron Tribe Fitness as well as in your personal life as much as they have inspired us — and remember to keep submitting your stories here!
This week, we’re sharing a story from Mt. Pleasant, SC, S Reeves!
For months I was personal training, three days a week, in out, in out. While I loved my trainer (he essentially started me on my fitness journey) the atmosphere was stagnant and slightly uninviting. In June of that year I was given the opportunity to travel to Honduras on my second mission trip. I packed my bags and left for two weeks on an adventure of a lifetime. While exercise was limited, food, however, was not. Three hearty meals of starch a day were offered and immensely enjoyed. An overabundance of beans, rice, plantains and white bread became my daily intake for two weeks. Needles to say, I slowly, but surely, began to gain weight and once back in the U.S. it didn’t stop. I found myself having the occasional “healthy” meal with fast food fillers in between. I realized I was constantly sluggish, my lack of sleep and constant daytime napping began to interfere with my normal routine and overall I just wasn’t feeling like myself.
> “They challenge us in every aspect of life in and out of the gym.”
In August I was approached by my friend Will in regards to checking out the gym he had spoken so highly about, a placed called “Iron Tribe.” I was intrigued, I’d seen the incredible results that he had obtained and even more, I was ready to jump bb4ack into it all again. This time was different though. This time, I couldn’t do it alone. My sister, who had seen my beginnings, hinted at wanting to do something similar and there was no guessing, we had to do this together. She had always been one of my biggest supporters, and it just didn’t make sense to not tackle this beast as a team. So over a giant plate of pasta, we made the choice to join Iron Tribe, start 101, and officially begin the journey to change our lives. Now, five months later, we walk into Iron Tribe Mount Pleasant and are greeted by people who aren’t just coaches, they are support systems. They hold us accountable, they push us, and they always, always have our backs. They challenge us in every aspect of life in and out of the gym.
> “I am strong as an individual, but as a team we are stronger together.”
During the week we work out together and on weekends you can find us in church together. My life has been drastically changed by Iron Tribe because I am not just a client, I am an athlete. My limits are tested, my goals are met, and I am pushed to the brink. I am stronger, faster, and more determined to change my life than ever before. And when we come together at the end of a grueling workout and chant “3, 2, 1 Tribe,” my mind goes racing back to why this all began…I am strong as an individual, but as a team we are stronger together.
Sarah oversees social media and internal communication for Iron Tribe Fitness. Her goal is to share the mission of Iron Tribe so others can be transformed by the program, and ultimately become the healthiest version of themselves.