Athlete of the MonthMay

Rohit Sasidharan

With dedication, the results followed.

Congratulations to Rohit Sasidharan, the May 2021 BSC Athlete of the Month!

Where were you in your fitness journey before BSC and where are you now?
I’ve always enjoyed playing sports but maintaining a consistent fitness routine had been a challenge for most of my life. I struggled for motivation and lacked proper guidance and accountability. Before joining BSC, I was overweight and easily out of breath even while doing everyday things like climbing stairs or taking the garbage out. Today, almost two years since joining, I feel like a completely different person and certainly fitter than I have ever been. I am confident that I couldn’t have made such progress without BSC and am excited to find out how far I can go.
What were your goals when you started and have you achieved any of them?
My initial goal was to lose the weighted vest (fat) I had been wearing under my skin! I made it a priority to train consistently 4 times every week. After I had a routine established, I started seeing results and could focus on learning new movements and honing my technique. I’ve managed to learn handstand push-ups, bar muscle-ups, rope climbs, toes-to-bar, double-unders, and many other movements that I had never been able to do before. I’ve also hit PRs in nearly every lift. There are plenty of goals I’m still chasing and hopefully will achieve them soon!
What about BSC makes you keep coming back?
Definitely the coaches and community! This became even clearer to me during the initial Covid shut downs and zoom WODs - it was wonderful to have guidance from the coaches and the BSC community by my side to help stay motivated and feel accountable in those difficult times. At the box, the environment always feels relaxed and judgment-free with people from all walks of life and different fitness goals working together to progress. I really feel like I can push myself to the limit when I see how hard everybody else is working in class. It is also especially uplifting to see people motivating and cheering each other on during workouts!
When/what was your “ah ha!” moment?
When I got my first pull up! It was a significant milestone that convinced me of my progress and that I was on the right path. It took months of persistent work progressing from ring rows to banded pull ups, negatives and so on until I was able to do a pull up. I remember how good it felt and often think of such moments when I'm looking for motivation.
Does anyone at the gym (member or trainer) inspire you and why?
There are many that inspire me at the gym, from coaches to regular faces I see every week. The dedication to show up and put in hard work consistently is something I really admire in every person that I see in class. I try to watch and learn from the more advanced athletes and coaches who have been doing it for years. The little tips and advice I've gotten from them have been very valuable in my development.

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