Finding Fitness Again
Congratulations to Brian Olsen, the June 2023 BSC Athlete of the Month!
Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
Prior to joining BSC, I was not too focused on fitness. My impressions of myself and the reflection I saw in the mirror weren't in alignment. I ran cross country in high school, college and in my 30s and it always felt like a few months of running would get me back to homeostasis. However, hitting my 40s was a reality check that I would need to work harder than I used to, to stay in shape. I joined the Army as a 17-year-old, so I wanted something that resembled that fitness experience and BSC seemed to fit the bill. It seemed like being in the Army for an hour at a time and I could go back to my work/life. I still struggle with consistency in terms of my fitness, but I think I am on track to getting and feeling as fit as I can be. That's my goal.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
Just to lose weight and have a good physical shape when it comes to going to the doctor and my health and wellness. I want to get more educated and goal oriented about my nutrition so I can complement my workouts with results nutrition-wise. When I workout, I look for incremental improvement to keep challenging myself. Sometimes I add 1 ¼ pounds just to do a little more. I have gained muscle, but I still need to lose weight. I seem to be on the yo-yo diet depending on how much I increase my cardio and cease to eat/drink junk food.
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
I like the efficiency of the workouts. I used to run a lot and the allure to me was to be able to put my shoes on and go out the front door; very no nonsense. The community is also very inspiring and friendly, from the coaches to the athletes. I like how the workouts are all planned out and BSC has a goal to improve athletes conditioning and it doesn't matter what level you're at. Everyone is on their own journey. It's also very family oriented which inspires me to share fitness with my wife, kids and extended family.
When/what was your "ah ha!" moment?
Not sure I have had my "ah ha" moment. I am still trying to improve and gain strength. I would like to keep fit so I can inspire my kids and family to run the marathon of life. I would like to live like the birds without a care in the world and be at my best.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
All the trainers are inspiring to me. I'd like to be a stud like Mike again someday. My son Jay has been working with Derick. With his help, I hope to impress upon Jay the importance of fitness and spread this along to the rest of the family.