Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.
What inspired you to take The Tight Life Challenge?
I had been trying to integrate regular fitness into my routine for a while in a way that was sustainable, but was having difficulty sticking to a routine. I’ve been a big fan of Tight Club since day one so when I decided to really get serious about living my tightest life, Tight Club was the obvious choice.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
Oh man, so many things! The camaraderie that developed between the tight lifers was fantastic; it was extremely motivating to have a whole crew there keeping you accountable and rooting for you. It was also awesome to start feeling so much stronger so quickly. It was great to go from, "I am going to complete this set of lunges," in the first week to, "I am going to DESTROY this set of lunges," in the third week.
What was the most challenging aspect?
It was physically taxing! Parts of my abs hurt in places that I definitely did not know could hurt. That was a really great thing to learn though, the days that I didn’t want to go the most because I was sore or feeling kind of lazy or whatever were the days I left feeling the best. Once I learned that, the whole thing was pretty fail proof.
If you were to do the TLC again, what would you do differently?
I would definitely do another TLC in the future. The only thing I would do differently would be more supplementary workouts outside of gym, aka Rachelle and Keighty’s "homework."
What was your toughest training moment? What did you do to get through it?
Working so hard so quickly caused some old knee problems to start acting up, and my fear at one point was that I would have to complete the program by omitting a lot of the leg stuff while my knees got their shit together.
I talked to our trainer Rachelle about it, and she coached me through some exercises I could do at home to strengthen my knees and alleviate the discomfort I was feeling. I followed her advice and it took care of my knee issues lickity split.
Did anything resonate with you and really stick?
I really liked our nutritionist Carley’s advice in the first week about nutrition. She was talking about how people tend to put a lot of emphasis on adopting restrictive, win/lose approaches to diet, where it’s easy to feel like you’ve failed if you slip up. She stressed that one of the keys to success is to focus on making sustainable changes in what you eat while moving towards your goals, and to focus on trying to reduce certain foods as opposed to declaring them off limits.
Favourite snack while on the TLC?
Fellow tight lifer Marli brought in these insanely good snack size mini quiches in the first week and I became 100% obsessed.
What’s your signature move?
Don’t know if it’s a signature move per se, but our workouts were always accompanied by the best music and I am very into dancing around while squatting/skipping/planking/etc.
What is tight in your life right now?
The amount of energy I have since the TLC is extremely tight to me, very into that.
What’s your plan to keep up The Tight Life momentum?
Thus far, my approach to keeping up The Tight Life momentum has been to do something to get real sweaty every single day, whether it be by going for a run before work or going to the gym or going to a fitness class. I’ve found that it’s been relatively easy to keep up the healthy eating since completing the TLC. I don’t crave unhealthy food as much anymore, and keep my fridge stocked with veggies at all times (also shoutout to mom and dad for buying me a juicer for my birthday, a very nice upgrade to my kitchen game).
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
I would be pretty into kissing grey Vancouver goodbye and flying to the Dominican Republic right about now. They’ve got some very serious sun I need to soak up and some beaches that I need to be on over there.
Do you have any new pre or post workout rituals since completing the TLC?
Having the Culver City Salads and Juice Truck juices ready and waiting for us when we were finished each class was great for nipping post-workout cravings in the butt; I’ve been pre-packing healthy snacks for immediately after workouts ever since.
Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.
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