September was the month of Rocksteady Fitness’ 4 x 4 Dare, a challenge to see if members could exercise with us for 4 days per week for all 4 weeks of the month. It sounds easy enough, but by the end of the first week, there were only 5 people in the running out of all our Group X members. At the end of the month only two people succeeded in conquering the challenge. Those members are Dana and Laura, and they kicked butt!
RockFit members Laura and Dana.
We interviewed both Dana and Laura to see how they felt about their triumph, and what the secret was to their success.
RockFit: Congrats on your achievement! A lot of members attempted the challenge, but it was much more difficult than it sounds. Did you have a plan before you started?
Dana: When I found out about the challenge I planned out which classes I was going to go to and signed up for them online. I stuck to my plan all the way through.
Laura: I didn’t even know about the challenge until I heard some of the ladies talking about it at the gym! But my normal goal is to try to go to the gym four times a week, so I just had to really focus on doing that.
RF: Was winning the Challenge difficult to accomplish for you?
Dana: The hardest part was that I usually go to 4:30 PM classes, but since [instructor] Melissa was in Africa, those classes were cancelled for part of the month, so I had to adjust what I normally do. I actually took some classes that I had never taken before, like Pilates.
Laura: Yes! by the third week it was tough because I had some family events come up, but I still made the time and made myself go to the gym. I figured I had started this challenge and I wanted to finish.
RF: What was your secret to staying consistent enough to win the challenge?
Dana: I had a goal in mind and I kept myself motivated. I had never been a member at a gym before I joined Rocksteady Fitness in June  so I had never done a challenge like this. I just took it a week at a time and as I went along I realized that I could do it. Planning and signing up for classes ahead of time helped keep me committed. And I actually put my workout schedule in my personal calendar so I wouldn’t forget. If I just “went along” without planning as the contest was going it would have been harder.
Laura: It helped that the ladies at the gym were all trying to motivate each other to win, and we were always checking in with each other. The women at Rocksteady are so fun! The other thing that made a difference was planning. I start every week by registering for classes online, and that makes me feel obligated to go. Even though it’s easy to go back and cancel online, I feel guilty doing that once I already committed.
RF: Do you have a favorite Rocksteady Fitness class?
Dana: I love Turbo Kick because it’s so high energy.
Laura: Turbo Kick with Melissa! Sometimes I sneak out of work early to make it to 4:30 Turbo Kick. And even though it’s early on Saturday mornings at 7:30, I like it so I get up and go.
RF: What’s the most challenging class you’ve taken at Rocksteady Fitness?
Dana: Bosu Blast is the most difficult, but I always feel good afterward. Sore, but good.
Laura: Definitely Kettlebells. I tried it once and I was so sore after! That class is on another level. Bosu Blast is also pretty challenging.
RF: How have you like your membership at Rocksteady Fitness so far?
Dana: I’ve really enjoyed it. The members and instructors are really positive and nice. It’s a really comfortable place and it doesn’t feel awkward to be there. Before I joined, I hadn’t done anything physical since high school when I played softball eight years ago. Since then I was never interested in exercise because it wasn’t fun, but classes [at Rocksteady Fitness] are fun and entertaining, so that makes it easier to go.
Laura: I never really enjoyed exercising, but I really have enjoyed Rocksteady. Before I joined I had never stuck to any kind of exercise. I would go and buy a 1 year membership to a gym and stop going after a month because I didn’t have motivation to sit there and exercise by myself. But at Rocksteady— once you’re there you can’t just sneak out of class! My first few classes there were difficult, but they were also different and fun, so I kept at it and took it a week at a time.
RF: Have you noticed any changes in your life since you joined Rocksteady Fitness?
Dana: Before I joined I was mostly working and did nothing after work. And I was always tired. Now I have energy and I have something to look forward to. I feel a part of something. I’m loving it!
Laura: When I first started I couldn’t even run a lap around the building without stopping! But I feel stronger now, and I have more energy. I noticed that I don’t get sick often like I used to. And my lovehandles… they aren’t gone, but they’re not as big!
RF: Do you have any advice for other members about consistency?
Dana: Plan your exercise. Set time aside in advance and put it in your calendar. Don’t leave your decision up to that day and say “Should I go today?” because you’ll say “No”. Sign up ahead of time because it commits you and helps to get you past second guessing. You’ll always feel good once you get there.
Laura: I’m always hesitant about things, and I don’t like to try new things. I think everything is hard… so if I can stay consistent, anyone can! Remember that the more you go, the better you feel, both physically and mentally. It feels good to be consistent, and that makes it easier to go. I didn’t understand that before.
Thank you to Dana and Laura for the interview, and great job! For conquering the 4 x 4 Dare, you each win a free DON’T STOP Rocksteady Fitness tank top!
Don’t Stop Tanks will be on sale to everyone else later in October.