I am an overweight man in his 40s. I hate working out and I do not find any joy or endorphin rush after a workout. I am also embarrassed when I do any kind of exercise because it’s awkward and my body won’t do the things I want it to do, like be flexible or be strong.
I have tried many diets and I have tried working with trainers. I end up frustrated and demeaned.
Now I am not going to tell you TPS has changed my life.
I’m still fat and will continue to be until I make some changes in other aspects of my life, but I will tell you, unequivocally, without a doubt, that it is the best gym I have belonged to.
I am a member of the “Method” program.
I joined it because I don’t push myself when I work out by myself.
I need accountability and I can’t afford a personal one-on-one trainer. The coaches have never, EVER made me feel small and they have never used the fact that “the other” guy can lift this weight, so I should be able to also.
They work with me, my skills, and my limitations and they always make sure I work out properly and safe. They wouldn’t even let me do squats until my form was correct, and it helps…a lot.
Notebooks are required to write down what you do when you workout. No notebook/no workout.
It’s not because Murph has a deal with the local notebook factory and gets a cut on the back end.
He and his staff make sure you are accountable for everything you do at the gym by writing it down. When I am asked “what did I lift last week” I know because its written down.
He also makes sure you are on time. I showed up at 6:58 for a 7PM training session and I was not allowed in.
This may frustrate some of you reading this but the simple fact is I did not put in the 15 minutes of stretching necessary beforehand for a proper workout.
They made the right move by not allowing me in because they aren’t going to risk me getting hurt or affect the others who were there on time and properly warmed up.
You don’t get to cut corners here.
You do not get to spend half your workout socializing.
You are there to sweat and make your body better. If you are a whiner and complainer either don’t join, or realize you need to make a few changes before you step through the door.
I just got sidelined for almost a month for personal reasons and came back to the gym having lost a lot of progress.
No one’s fault but my own.
When I came back, no one made me feel bad about missing time, but they also wouldn’t let me whine or use the lost time as a crutch. I had to keep pushing and get myself back to where I was. You get what you put into this place. Nothing more/nothing less.
My only few pieces of advice if you join the method program, is to try to go on the same days/times.
I have found that (as an example) Coach #1 will tell you to push yourself by using more weight while Coach #2 (on another day or time slot) will say to lower the weight until a little more flexibility allows for a better form.
Both are valid training techniques that are designed to help me and make me better, but it can get confusing.
Also, if you are like me and have trouble working out alone, try to pair up with someone on the off days. Although everyone who joins the gym isn’t always super friendly and charismatic, there are no negative attitudes in the gym. From what I can tell, Murph doesn’t allow that. It makes a difference.
The only reason I am even taking the time out of my busy day to write this, is because Murph asked me to. He is the kind of guy you respect and I know he cares more about my fitness than making a buck.
If you want a gym to meet people and be more social, don’t join this gym.
If you have an attitude and like to throw weights around because you think it’s cool, don’t join this gym.
If you need coddling and someone telling you it’s not your fault, don’t join this gym.
Only join TPS if you are serious about working out, want to make your body better, have a good attitude, and want to be trained by people who actually care.