30-day Challenge (Christina)

Did you know that if you commit to a healthy lifestyle for just 30-days, the results can be life changing? Did you catch the key word? CAN! Yes a 30-day health/fitness commitment contains all the necessary elements for a positive lifestyle transformation. However, in fitness, just as in life, nothing is guaranteed, completing a 30-day challenge provides no guarantee that you can or will be successful in the long term. With that being said, never forget that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. This means, you have to START, you have to take that first step, or you will always live a life of regret. If you never take that first step you will always wonder how much you could have accomplished. Refusing to take that first step, means that instead of testing your limits, instead of living your life to the fullest, you would rather say, “I could have”, “I should have”, and “I would have”.

Hard work and dedication

Hard work and dedication

The first step is always the hardest because we tend to focus on how far we have to go, instead of realizing that it is not about reaching the destination it is about the journey itself. Think of it like this, there are approximately 2000-2500 steps in one mile and if your “journey” is 1000-miles, once that “first step” is complete, you still have 1,999,999 more steps to go! This knowledge can be so overwhelming that many people quit before they even start. So instead of focusing on how far you have to go you must realize that each and every step you take in the right direction gets you much closer to reaching your dreams. Then after a while (many months or even years) of continuing down this righteous path you will “wake-up” one day and by amazed at much ground you actually covered.  Once this happens, there will be no turning back, you will have made too much progress, you will have made too many “sacrifices” to stop now. Once you reach this feeling, the world is yours!

So what is the best way to begin a life long journey? By hitting the ground running! This is where a 30-day challenge is ideal. It is short enough to be doable, but long enough to experience the benefits of the journey.  And this is exactly what Christina Srour did, she challenged herself to 30-days and her results were amazing. In just 30-days she lost 11.5 total inches off her body, improved her strength and stamina, and changed her relationship with food. As a result Christina has become even more excited about her health/fitness potential. She took that first step and hasn’t looked back since.

When are you going to take that first step?

Read more about Christina’s story below:

Go hard each and every class!

Going hard each and every class!

Christina interview:

Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? 

I am lucky enough to be a mom to an amazing little boy and part time hair stylist (both of which I love)!

Do you have any hobbies?

I love being active, taking my son on adventures, spending time with family and friends, and shopping.

How did you first learn of CKO?  

A friend of mine told me about a fun new kickboxing class she was taking.  I was hooked after the my first class and signed up that day.  

Powerful Front Kick

Powerful Front Kick

What are some of your fitness goals? 

Honestly, right now it’s to hold a plank position for the full minute and thirty seconds in Erin’s 6am class:).  And to do a pull up!

What is your favorite aspect of CKO?   

 Aside from the great workout I get every time by the amazing instructors I would have to say my favorite aspect is how inspiring and motivating the owners, staff, and other members are.  

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself? 

It doesn’t take much to motivate me because I’m addicted to the workouts!  I want to be healthy and strong so I am ready for what life throws at me.   I love this quote: “Be ready so you won’t have to get ready” – Garett Renon

Always Happy, Never Satisfied

Always Happy, Never Satisfied

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with?  

I struggle with chips!!  Yes, you heard me right:).  I love salty crunchy chips and I can’t have just one.  It will be a lifelong struggle I’m sure. 

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential?  

Keep doing what you’re doing!

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)! 

 I have always loved working out and being active, but it wasn’t until I joined CKO that I really felt like I belonged to a gym.  In the past I’ve hated gyms, but CKO has definitely changed that for me!  I was so hooked after my first class that I wanted to learn more about the gym.  As I was looking around on their website I came across Garett’s blog called “The Healthy Life Experiment”, and a post about doing a personal 30 day challenge.  It made me want to challenge myself and see what I was capable of.  So I reached out to Garett who put together a 30 day challenge for me.  He held me accountable for those 30 days and was always there for me when I had questions.  He also kicked my butt with personal training sessions!  Then came time for after pictures with measurements and fit test.  I was so nervous because I was afraid of not improving and letting Garett or myself down.  Boy was I wrong.  The numbers don’t lie and I was shocked to see that I had lost 11.5″ all over my body!  The challenge was tough at first, but so much of what I was doing has become habit and part of my daily life.  I love working out at CKO and I see more challenges in my future, because “why not?”.   A big thank you to Garett and everyone at CKO!!

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CKO Success Story (Kim Schaaf)

I absolutely love Kim’s story, it is what our gym is all about and it’s stories like hers, that remind me why I love to do what I do!
Kim talks about being angry the first time she walked into the gym, how sugar is more addictive than alcohol/drugs and how her cholesterol is normal for the first time in 20-years! Check it out, you will be glad you did! 🙂
10 weeks! March 2014 - May 2014

10 weeks! March 2014 – May 2014

Kim Schaaf interview:
Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? 
I actually work two jobs. My day job is working as Admin Assist at Pacific Rehabilitation Centers Pain Program in Everett. My passion job is educating and empowering women to know their breasts and to be advocates for themselves through a non profit organization Check your Boobies. Checkyourboobies.org – have a party they are free and fun! When I am out of town for a week or so at a time I am at colleges teaching the young women and men about early detection methods for breast and testicular cancer! 
 
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to sew, read, bike ride and kayak. Would love to make traveling a hobby some day! Oh and I love babies and toddlers! 
Check your boobies
 
How did you first learn of CKO?
Tracy Gallagher posted an invitation to a free kickboxing class in October 2013 through Meetup.com. I knew I needed to lose weight and first signed up to go with my daughter cause I thought it would be fun….ha….I didn’t realize it would be so hard. My trial class was a true eye opener for me – I couldn’t get up off the floor without help, I thought i was going to pass out before we even got through the warm ups. I went home afterwards and slept for 4 hours. I didn’t join right away because I didn’t think I could do it – I was too out of shape! Then I got an email from CKO about their Black Friday special and for some reason unknown to me I signed up and started the next day! On January 1st I declared 2014 as the year all about me! I did the 40 in 40 challenge and then committed to the 10 week challenge and haven’t looked back since! 
What are some of your fitness goals?
I didn’t really have any fitness goals at first other than just to lose 50 pounds overnight…..that did not happen! However my first goal was to be able to get up off the floor without help, then I wanted to be able to do at least one sit up, then one push up. I want to continue to get stronger and reshape my body. My current fitness goal is to be able to do a 100 mile bike ride in Solvang one day – I want to be fit enough and healthy enough to do the things I want to do and enjoy them – to get old and be active until my last day on earth. By December 31, 2014 I want to be off all my medications. 
Kim and her daughter (front) Oct 2013. Kim's first class at CKO

Kim and her daughter (front) Oct 2013. Kim’s first class at CKO

What is your favorite aspect of CKO?  
Wow this is hard to answer, everything! The first thing I guess I fell in love with is that I could work out for 1 hour and burn almost 1000 calories – so when I left I KNEW I had worked out and it felt like I was doing something other than struggling through a treadmill walk that only burned 200 calories. What I very quickly learned to really appreciate and love is the people, Garett and Jessica have done an amazing job of making CKO the most welcoming and encouraging place I have ever been to, the members are all quick to say hello and to encourage each other and push each other to be their best. Other gyms I’ve gone to (mind you only a few times each time I joined!) did not have that same feeling. And the inspirational stories from other members – when I read them and see where they have come from and what obstacles they have overcome and are still overcoming I am in awe and I know I can do it too. 
What was the best part about the challenge?
CKO has changed my life, when I first started in December I don’t know that I could have done the 10 week challenge, just exercising was such a big change for me. After exercising a couple months and not losing weight the way I thought I should I was ready to take it to the next level.  The best part of the challenge was knowing you were doing this with other people who had similar goals, the commitment to 4-5 workouts a week and for the first time in my life giving up sugar! I learned I could do things and my body could do things I never in my life thought possible. 
 
What was the hardest part about the challenge?
No sugar – giving up sugar was harder than anything else I have ever done, and that is saying a lot. At one time (24 years ago) I gave up drugs/alcohol and that was easier than giving up chocolate/sugar. I was a die hard sugar addict and my reputation was based on it – my whole life centered around it. I joked with patients about bringing me chocolate, I spent at least 30 dollars on bags of candy to have at my desk every week, not a day went by that I didn’t eat at least a half pound of candy. Learning new ways to interact with people that didn’t involve candy was hard – telling someone they could bribe you by bringing you an orange just doesn’t have the same feel!
Kim December 14, 2013

Kim December 14, 2013

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?
Truly feeling great for the first time in my life – having energy all day and coming in those doors and finding I can do something I never could before. Seeing other members and the accomplishments they are making. I would list the names of all the people that inspire me at CKO but it would end up being everyone probably! My first inspiration was the story I read about Tanya – I felt like I could relate to her and her story gave me the hope I needed to keep showing up.
What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 
The scale – I want it to move still and find I can get anxious when I step on it and it doesn’t show what I want it to. Focusing on all the things I can do now that I couldn’t do before and seeing that I have made great strides and that what matters is my health and how I look and feel in my clothes and not just on what the scale says!
What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 
I can’t think of anything really. You offer everything I need and more. I suppose having a one month check in after the 10 week challenge would be a nice extra to see how we are doing with staying on track. Letting me put my name on my bag so I can always have it available when I come in! haha. 
 
Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)! 
When I came in the doors to CKO for the first time I was very very angry. I knew I had to get the weight off and had just learned that I now had a heart condition that really could only get better by exercising. This was in addition to already having high blood pressure and high cholesterol for the past 20 years. I had invested a lot of time and energy into being an anti exercise – true exercise hater my entire life and having to ‘give in’ to doing it really made me mad. I didn’t like that I couldn’t just do anything I wanted and be fit and trim, and in the past, even with being out of shape, if I wanted to ride my bike I could – I would get tired easier but I could still push through it, last summer I couldn’t do it because I literally couldn’t breath.  
Kim

Improving every day!

I was so angry for knowing for years what I needed to do to prevent a heart problem but didn’t do it anyway because it was too hard, too slow, too boring and I didn’t have the time. I was depressed and really felt like I couldn’t do anything that would really make a difference. Boy was I wrong in so many ways. 
Last September the heart doctor wanted me to go on Statins (a cholesterol lowering medicine) I resisted but ended up taking them for one week, and during that week I felt like my bones were screaming, so I stopped them. He told me to take some other things and I didn’t do it – for the first time in my life I didn’t want to take a pill to make it better – instead I chose to exercise. My numbers say it all! In September my total cholesterol was 264, in February after exercising for two months my number was down to 242, in May at the end of the 10 week challenge all of my numbers were within normal limits! Total cholesterol was 197 – first time in over 20 years I have had normal numbers!!! 
Something else that is important to me to share is how CKO has helped me change my thinking – I have actually become one of ‘those people’ who knows the benefits of exercising regularly. Because of the energy and motivation at CKO, I have for the first time stuck with exercise long enough to actually see and feel the benefits. I understand why my husband exercises as a way of life and that he just does it regardless of whether he feels like it or not – because it does help with mood, energy and attitude. I expect to wake up feeling good now and when I don’t that is the exception and not the rule – and I usually find that its because I haven’t’ been to CKO in a couple days!

 One last thing to share (sorry I know this is becoming a book!) – my husband LOVES the results! And here is the being on the Oscars part…I want to thank everyone for helping me to overcome obstacles that would have had me quitting any other time. The support I had from my family, friends, CKO members and co workers was amazing and still is amazing. I feel like a very very lucky lady! And as Garett says, “The more you sweat the luckier you get”! Bring on the sweat!

Kim quote

The Health Hazard of Moving

Life is extremely complicated and I have come to the realization that there is still a lot I don’t know or don’t yet understand. But one thing I know for sure is, it is not the situations that define us, it is our reaction to the situation. Because life will not only beat you down, it will show no remorse and continue to kick you while you are down if you let it. Oh, but you just received some bad news? So what! Everybody receives bad news. What are you going to do about that bad news? How you handle the bad news shows your true character. Are you going to stay down, complain, play the victim role, or are you going to stand-up and fight?

Before I go on I would like to make a disclaimer about this post:

I am not a doctor and I am not making any assumptions or diagnoses about anyone’s health in particular. You should always consult with a qualified medical professional, for any medical issues. 

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With that being said, I just want to point out the sad reality of many people and even many doctors “believing” that movement is somehow bad for their health. Yes you read that right, on occasion I receive a doctor’s note saying person “X” is unable to continue because exercise is “too risky” to person “X’s” overall health. I am not so much mad at the people who go to the doctor as I am about the doctors themselves. You see doctors (not all of them, but a lot) are in the sick people business. If everybody was healthy and everybody was strong, the medical industry would lose millions if not billions of dollars. So instead of wanting truly healthy people, many doctors and pharmaceutical companies love to convince people, that they have a “condition” that can’t be cured but can be made tolerable with a medical “Band-Aid”. Chris Rock said it best, “Doctors don’t cure shit! There ain’t no money in the cure, the money is in the medicine”.

As a result, it has sadly become more acceptable to just give up and take “medicine”. This trend must stop because too many people have lost the urge to fight for better health. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about people with serious medical conditions, or even the elderly. I’m talking about people in the prime of their lives, people in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. I am talking about every day people who have chosen to be defined by their minor medial condition. People who have decided to given-up and given-in, despite the possibility of living another 40 to 70 years.

Just to be clear, when I say minor medical conditions,  I am talking about the same conditions that many people already have and will continue to overcome on a regular basis.

But no matter your medical condition, I have absolutely zero interest in playing the “but my disease/injury is worse than your disease/injury game”. This is not a issue about your diagnosis, it is an issue about your reaction to the diagnosis. So here’s the issue, if a doctor tells you that you must stop exercising because it’s hazardous to your health you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and reflect on the choices you have made (maybe even consider a second opinion) and then focus on the solution NOT THE PROBLEM!

There are two things that every health professional and even most medical professionals can agree on and that is; in order to be healthy, one must eat a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis. There is no one willing to debate this, in fact, one can say it’s a law of nature. So ready for some tough love? Let’s get real, if you are receiving (or even asking for) a note from your doctor recommending that you stop all exercise, you are an unhealthy person. This means you either got dealt a really, really, really bad hand or you made a lot of bad decisions about your health. Ironically many of the same people that flaunt these doctor’s notes are oddly enough, proud of these” disabilities”, it is like their get out of jail free card when it comes to working out. Why? Because we all know it is easier to be the victim then it is to be a hero!

If you believe you are a victim...guess what? You are!

If you believe you are a victim…guess what? You are!

Must I continually remind you, how strong and capable we are? We are the Undisputed Champion of the animal kingdom? Have you already forgot that movement is in our DNA? Then why are so many young people willing to announce defeat before the fight even starts?

Maybe its because many people don’t even know how to be healthy. Well here is a tip, instead of immediately calling your gym and canceling, you should first be a little concerned. The doctor is basically telling you that basic human functions are now hazardous to your health. How do you accept that? Is this even possible? Is there a chance you’re in this predicament because you failed to exercise and eat right in the first place? At the end of the day these are questions for you and you alone to answer. But regardless of how or why you received this doctor’s note, I am challenging you to fight instead of just giving up and giving in. Why don’t you stop accepting what others tell you and instead DEMAND for yourself a better life.

I haven’t completely figured out the blueprint for success yet, but I do know that giving up and quitting will NOT make you successful at LIFE! I know that life is hard and I know that if you want to be better than average, if you actually want to make something of your life, at some point you’re going to have to push through life’s “roadblocks”.

Yes roadblocks! A lot of people think that success is just handed to some people. They like to say things like, “oh you are lucky”, or “it must be nice”, but the reality is successful people get thrown curve balls all the time.  Successful people have stumbles, fumbles, illness, and injuries just like you. But the difference is they do not accept these curve balls, they do not accept failure! The difference is they do not accept the opinions of others. When someone tells them they can’t do something, that fuels their fire, and they want to prove that person wrong. Because that’s just it, the doctor is just giving you his or her opinion. But they aren’t you, they have no idea what you are capable of, you are in charge of your life, not anyone else.

The harder we work the luckier we get

Push through life’s “roadblocks”

And here’s the crazy thing about excuses, I can almost guarantee that someone somewhere has overcame your exact, injury, illness, time constraint, money issue, did I forget any thing?? Well if I did just add your excuses here __________ . All over the world people are walking who were told they will never walk again. All over the world there are people who were told they had 6-months to live and now they are going on year 5. Remember, life is what you make of it, and you have the power to choose whether you fight or whether you give up and become another “victim”. But if you choose to give-up, I don’t care to hear about your “story”. I only surround myself with fighters. I strive to only surround myself with people who will not take no for an answer. Life is too short to deal with weak bitches that look for any excuse to quit as soon as it gets hard.

2 choices: Fight or give-up!

2 choices: Fight or give-up!

But I am however curious about one thing, if you’re not going to fight for your own life. If you are not willing to fight for your own health, I would love to know what it is that you are willing to fight for?! Why do you wake-up every morning? And you can’t say your family, remember the airplane analogy about putting your mask on first?… If you are not strong, if you are not healthy, you are of little help to your family, in fact you are probably a burden. So if not yourself, what are you willing to fight for?

I want to create a call to action! — No more giving-up without a fight. Maybe you can’t beat your injury, maybe you can’t beat your illness but if you don’t try, if you refuse to fight, you will always be the sad “victim” that nobody wants to be around! The time to fight in NOW!!! RISE UP AND TAKE YOUR LIFE BACK!!!

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Member Success Story (Joshua Cannaday)

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Looking much stronger and much whiter, lol! (The lighting was bad in the after picture which is why he looks so pale).

I remember Joshua’s first class, mostly because Jon Rogers will not let me forget how he was the one that “sealed the deal” with Joshua. Joshua walked through the doors out of shape and struggled to make it through the entire class. I could tell he enjoyed the class but I also saw a look on his face that said, “these people are crazy”, ;). So at this point his story has two possible outcomes:

  • Outcome 1 – Joshua acknowledges that the class was hard (and that we are in fact crazy), but realizes that if he can come consistently he will no doubt see life changing results.
  • Outcome 2– the intensity of the class scares him and he thinks, “I need to get into shape before I come back”.

So after class, Jon and Joshua talked for what seemed like 15-mins, the whole time Joshua had the “this guy is crazy” look on his face, lol! But at the end of the conversation Joshua signed-up for 1-year, choosing outcome #1 and has not looked back since!

Joshua, has been a CKO member for 8-months and has completely transformed both physically and mentally.  Physically he is an animal, I can honestly say he gives 100% each and every workout (I don’t say this often).  Joshua went from a guy that barely made it through class to being one of the strongest people in the entire gym. At the end of the 10-week challenge he did a 10-min plank, which is the longest plank I have ever seen, he also did a 12-min wall sit! And just the other day we went and ran stairs as a gym and I had a hard time keeping up with his pace!

Mentally Joshua’s attitude about health and fitness could not be better, he gets IT! He understands that the habits he creates in the gym will translate to all other aspects of his life. Joshua has barely scratched the surface of his potential and I see this “hunger” in him that says “watch out world, here I come”.

Just trying to live right ;)

Just trying to live right 😉

Read more about Joshua’s story below:

Besides being a CKO Superhero, what is your day job? 

By day I am a maintenance engineer at the Edgewater Hotel, helping keep the place afloat!, haha! 

Do you have any hobbies?

I love to play music. I am primarily a guitarist, but will try any instrument.  I also do ceramic art, functional pottery and sculpture.

How did you first learn of CKO?

I do shopping in the area, and always saw people really moving around inside.  I was looking to make a change for the better in my life, and after some stellar reviews, I decided to sign up for a free class.  After Jon gave me my tutorial and one session, I knew this was what I was looking for!

What are some of your fitness goals?

I want to be healthy, athletic, and strong!  I want to look good too! who doesn’t?  By healthy, athletic, and strong, I also mean using the fitness of my body to effect of all aspects of my life, and help others along the way.

January 2014

January 2014

What is your favorite aspect of CKO? 

I really enjoy the community aspect of CKO.  I have never been part of  gym that has so much support for members from staff, trainers and other members as well.  The staff really care about the members and are always willing to answer questions and give advice on technique, nutrition, and anything in between. Everyone from top to bottom really pushes and encourages each other, creating  a real family atmosphere.  We all are there to make improvements to ourselves and the positivity you feel really makes you want to push your limits, and the person on the bag next to you.  I have met so many awesome people who inspire me everyday at CKO, and I love how we encourage and support one another. Bottom line it is just a great place to be.  

What was the best part about the challenge?

There were so many great things about the challenge, It is hard to pinpoint just one. I will say my favorite part of the challenge was taking the knowledge given to me about nutrition, exercise, and health, then pushing myself to the limit, and then feeling myself getting stronger.  Some days were harder than others, feeling tired and drained, and then all of a sudden you could do Money Mayweather sit ups! That is a great feeling!  It also gave me a real  framework to focus everything. I had real feedback and numbers to gauge my progress.   The stronger I felt, the more determined I became to keep focused and take it to the limit. I could barely do 3 pull-ups at the beginning, and sure enough by the end I could do 10 no problem.    

CINCO Saturday!!!

CINCO Saturday!!!

What was the hardest part about the challenge?

The hardest part for me was meal planning, and prepping all my food in advance to make the nutrition as convenient as possible  I never realized how much time was involved with cooking meals, and probably the reason why i had slipped so far down the fitness hole.  I had never really been a good cook, and had to learn quickly.  Food choices were not too difficult but I found myself ever trying to keep up with prep and timing.  I eventually got the hang of it, and had to keep reminding myself that the food was life, and I wanted to live. 

What motivates you to walk through that door day after day and continue to push yourself?

I don’t think I have ever reached my full potential in life, physically, professionally, or creatively.  There has always been something out of whack with my exercise game, and I never pushed those boundaries.  I was a weak person in many respects which led me to some not so great places in life. I believe that for me, my potential begins with my physical nature, and all else follows from there. The further I  push myself, and the stronger I get, the better my mind becomes. The better my mind becomes, the better I feel about myself, and others around me as well, thus being a better person. The confidence of being a better person, allows me to see and attack the opportunities presented in life. Therefore every day I walk through those doors (CKO Kickboxing) I believe I am one step closer to reaching my full potential as a person. 

What’s one thing you still find yourself struggling with? 

I struggle with coffee. I think it is just such a habit of the work environments I have always been a part of, that it is ritualistic.  I love the Bulletproof coffee, and really enjoy it, but need to limit it to that.  I also struggle with variety of foods I make, and believe if I expand my cooking, I might discover more foods that power me up!  It is a journey and an experiment, the greatest one of all!

What can we do better to help you actualize your true potential? 

I think CKO as a gym does as much as any gym I have attended to help their members reach their full potential.  Keep the challenges, events, and social aspects coming, because I have really found some great gains personally and physically within them.  The 10 week challenge showed me what the benefits of circuit training, bootcamps, and personal training can do. If there was anything else CKO can do, other than the awesomeness that they already do, that could help me reach my full potential, it would be more class times and more times.  I know it is asking a lot, but the bootcamps really pushed my limits, and the variety of them got me out of my comfort zone. I know we all share so much information on nutrition, exercise and food, via the web and the Healthy Life Experiment, but what about a “book or movie of the month type club”, where there is a suggested read or watch of the month. I would appreciate that for sure. 

The band

Joshua (left) playing the guitar

Share any relevant information you’d like about yourself that other CKO team members might not know about you (also a good place to talk about any success you have had since joining CKO)!  

Playing music is a hobby, but for a while it was almost a living, and I did do a small tour in Europe shortly before joining CKO. It was a great life experience, and am glad i got to do it.  I love music, but the touring life, on the lower levels was not a good environment for your health.  I drank a lot, didn’t get much sleep, ate poorly, and this resulted in an unhealthy lifestyle.  The band I was in broke up, and I was left fat, depressed, and with some bad habits.  Not too long after  that, I joined CKO.  The gym has really been a place where I have reclaimed my health and my life, literally.  The moment I came in the door the first time, and Jon Rogers gave me the tutorial, I felt the positive vibe that I used to feel when you start playing in a new music group, and the feeling after was like after playing a show. My endorphin’s were alive, I was dripping sweat, I felt accomplished, and I was sharing a great experience with the people next to me.  I knew this was going to change the game.  Since joining CKO, not only have I gotten a greater grip on many aspects of my life, I find myself hungry to strive for my best in everything.  I respect myself way more, and thus others as well.  Physically it is been a wild ride for sure. I have lost over 40 lbs, and went from a size 38 to a 33 or even 32 in pants size. I can do exercises I never thought I could, as well as holding a plank for 10 and a half minutes after the 10 week challenge.  I surprised myself with that one for sure. I could go on and on for sure, but I will just say thank you, and giant heartfelt thank you!!!! 

Alone with yourself (Isolation Tanks)

Did you see the movie Gravity? Could you imagine what it would be like to drift out into space all by yourself? You can’t feel anything, you can’t hear anything, there is no up or there is no down, no left, no right, just a weightless floating sensation. Now imagine as you “float” you also can’t see. So you are alone, floating in total darkness, you can’t see, feel, or hear anything, it is just you and your mind…

Ok this would be a horrible scenario and I am sure you are probably a little freaked out, as am I, but imagine if you could “re-create” this feeling in a safe environment, one that would not require you to float out into the depths of space never to return, dying some terrifying, lonely, death. Well this “safe environment” does in fact exists, it’s called a sensory deprivation tank and it’s awesome…a little weird, but AWESOME!

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So these tanks remove all external sources of stimulation, such as light, sound, and feeling. The water in the tank is about 8 – 10 inches deep, is 98 degrees (approximately same temperature as your skin) and contains like 800-lbs of epsom salt making the water very buoyant, which allows you to easily float on the warm waters surface. So just like floating out into deep space, you are just left with your thoughts, just you and your mind, except you know you are safe, and now you can relax or focus like never before!

Isolation tanks were created by John C. Lilly in the 1950’s to study the effects on the mind in a sensory deprived state. The goal was to remove all external input such as light, sound, feeling, and heat. The theory being that the brain could either go in to a really relaxed state or a hyper-focused state or even both depending on the mood. Well based on numerous studies it looks like these tanks are highly effective at reducing/removing stress and regular use has been show to improve overall sleep patters and lower depression.

I started floating about 4-years ago, back in the 505, then a move, opening the gym, working too much, etc I realized it had been about 2-years since I last floated. Well I found a place and it is amazing! The place is Float | Seattle, the staff is great, the facility is clean, and as soon as you walk through their doors you somehow immediately you start feeling calmer.

Well the effects are real, at least for me, and I am much more relaxed after an hour float. Not only do I feel more relaxed I often feel much more focused! So if you have never tried an isolation tank, I highly recommend it! The cost is similar to an hour long massage, of course just like anything, the more you do it the better the benefits, but just like a massage you can receive a lot of benefit, even going once or twice a month.

So if you are ready to take another step out of your comfort zone, give the great people at Float | Seattle a call or book online here, be sure to use coupon code CKO for 25% off your first float. Tell them Garett sent you 🙂