words by Andrew Gelber
My experiences in life has taken me towards promoting health. I have been working at Endorphin since I started my movement promoting career. Endorphin is a fitness community. It is a great feeling to work for a smaller company that is focused on their primary goal, promoting healthy lifestyles. I have worked quite a few jobs where the purpose of the company is to make money in any way, shape, or form. This includes the companies not focusing on it’s purpose to make an extra buck. At Endorphin, our focus is to get people moving and keep them moving. We, as trainers at Endorphin, create a community of like-minded, healthy-driven individuals to come together and kick ass one day/one class at a time. We all have different goals and different needs from movement. Our experiences in life shape what we need today.
Throughout my life, I have worked out (primarily lifting weights). I became fed up with just lifting weights as a workout. I felt as if I hit a plateau and could not progress past that point. I gave it up for about a year and a half. I had a lot of muscle atrophy when I stopped and got injured a few times skateboarding (my other passion). I thought I could recover quickly and without other problems. I kept skateboarding and let time and my out of shape self work its magic. Well, this didn’t work. My shoulders became weaker and the sockets were completely shredded/popping out whenever possible. This is when I realized that skateboarding cannot be my only form of exercise if I want to be able to skateboard for a long time.
Then it all hit me at once! I want to fix myself and others! I wanted to spread my knowledge and experience of how movement is the answer to many of life’s difficulties. I dedicated my time to becoming a personal trainer. I started learning how to instruct classes by watching the one and only, Nick Spinosa. He groomed me into the instructor I am today! My perspective of working out changed drastically since realizing that lifting weights isn’t the only way to “work out”… Technically, skateboarding is working out… So if that is true, then what else is considered “working out”? Yoga, running, plyometrics, cycling, boxing, rowing, etc… What do all of these things have in common? MOVEMENT… Simple and complex movements… Just like skateboarding! You don’t need to lift a ton of weight to be a good skateboarder. You need to have complete control of your body. This includes personal strength, body weight strength, inner strength, flexibility, mobility, and mental strength.
Everyone has different goals and reasons for exercising. It doesn’t matter what they are. What matters most is that you are happy with your current state. Life is too short to spend it worrying about how you look, or worrying about how others perceive you, or worrying about thinking about others perceiving you 😉 . The purpose of working out is not to look good or hot, PERIOD. The purpose of working out is to feel good and accomplished after you work out. Don’t you feel confident as hell after a work out? You build confidence through accomplishing goals. You accomplish goals one at a time. One workout/class at a time. One day at a time. One week at a time. One year at a time. Next thing you know, you are in a routine you never thought possible and your goals are being conquered faster than you can create new ones.
Since changing my workout ways, I have become more open to new ways of moving. I was pretty set on the fact that skateboarding pushes your mind and body further than most anything else. Since I have tried other forms of “working out” or movements at Endorphin, I understand what I have been missing/lacking from my life. Although skateboarding will always be the most difficult thing i have ever committed to in my life, there are other forms of movement that will challenge me to my limits. But skateboarding cannot heal my injuries. Other forms of movement are required to keep me on my skateboard and Endorphin’s variety and mantra has put me on a path towards bodily healing and infinite skateboarding…
I have realized I will do anything to keep in shape to skateboard forever. You will realize that soon too (whatever your passion may be)…
Come join us at Endorphin to find which movement is your drug!