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Transformation Tuesday - Gary Wessels

Today we shine a spotlight upon our very loyal member; Gary Wessels. Right from the start we both connected with like minds which strive for perfection in movement and mastering mechanics. Although Gary was very active, he was lacking in several areas in terms of muscular development, flexibility and coordination. Not to mention having joint pain from years of adventure sports and repetitive stresses.

I reached out to Gary with a series of questions about how he has found success under myself as his Coach for Life, and why he has and will keep continuing his journey.

1. What's your background and how long have you been training with Me/Forge? 2 1/2 years at FVF.  My background begins with mountain biking and rock climbing in university, which led me to mountain guiding in my early 20’s.  I injured my knees mountaineering and skiing at that point in my life and suffered with knee weakness and pain through my 20’s, 30’s, and early 40’s.  I thought that’s just how it was going to be.
2. What is your favourite part of training at Forge? I love the community and I love the folks there that leave it all on the floor.  They motivate me. Folks like Byron and Wes and Kevin and Ken and the Don's.  I love the relationships with the coaches and the little dogs everywhere.  Lots of good people.
3. What is the biggest benefit you get from your membership with us? My body WORKS.  It NEVER holds me back, whether I am working hard on teeth all day in bad postural positions, riding my mountain bike, crashing my mountain bike, digging rocks out of the yard, surfing, working in the shop…I feel strong, flexible, and I never get soreness or pain.  I feel better, stronger, and fitter than I did at 25. 4. How do you go about prioritizing time to workout while running your own business, being married and having kids? I go to the gym at the same time on the same days, whether I feel like it or not.  It helps to have a regular schedule that my family and work team all know and expect.  Exercise is non negotiable and it has value to me and my family.
5. What is one unexpected thing you really enjoy about the gym? The new friendships.  I often get in trouble for talking too much in class!!!  I also appreciate the emotional benefits of fitness, in that I feel my mood is better generally.
6. What have you done in the past (before training with us) and why is this working better for you? From age 20-42 I rode my bike, ran, and rockclimbed (climbed only till about 26).  My work with FVF has helped me to heal injuries, improve my posture, and feel better in my skin.  But you know what is most important for me?  I know that I am on track to enjoy riding and surfing late into my life, and to be able to pursue my interests in adventure, service, and travel late into life unfettered by physical inability.  It means that I will be able to ride with my grandkids and have rich relationships with my family due to my ability to participate fully in their lives, including the active parts!
7. What is the best benefit of your new fitness which you experience outside of the gym? I mean, look at me.  Just kidding. More seriously: I love being able to go hard on my mountain bike, crash, and get up with no injury because I am flexible and because my joints are now supported by healthy, balanced muscles.  I love being able to work hard physically on our property, and being able to move properly and painlessly in a way that I know is sustainable.  I can hold a straight back with shoulders back all day with no effort.  My neck doesn’t hurt anymore (and being a dentist that is a big deal!). I could go on and on, but I just can’t believe that I feel this good.
8. What would you say to someone who is thinking about starting up? That they need to play the movie of their life. By this I mean that I encourage everyone to look at what their ideal life would look like at 10, 20, 30, and 40 years out.  Get detailed and look at how the movie looks in terms of activities, relationships, occupation, time, goals, etc.  Then look at the trajectory they are on…will it take them there?  Where does the system break down when you keep going the way you are Currently going?   I think that when I really sat down and thought through what I really wanted, I realized that I wouldn’t have it if I kept “exercising” the way I was.  No, it will not be cheap.  Nothing worthwhile is. Yes, it will take time.  All things do that give any valuable return or joy. Yes, it will be hard.  The only reward of the easy way is that it’s easy.
I have learned from Terrence, my peers at FVF, and my class leaders that I absolutely must be a master at moving, strengthening, fuelling, and maintaining my body.  Doing so has changed my life for the better.   GW

I hope you never stop Gary, you are an inspiration to us all!

Coach Terrence

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