Sometimes doing something spontaneous and outside of the box is just what is needed for a little rest of the mind, clarity and redefining why I love lifting or love being involved in fitness. I was presented with a cheap opportunity to head to the Warhouse Gym and sit in on Dana Linn Bailey’s Women in Strength event on April 30, 2016. If you don’t know already how amazing she is or who she even is. A) I am not sure we can be friends anymore and B) you should probably go educate yourself. A lot of people criticize her for her looks but ironically enough, her women’s event was to educate women on how to battle that and find the reasons why they enjoy fitness instead of listening to the “haters”.
I took Friday off of work and caught an airplane to PA, picked up a rental and I was well on my way. I had met a fellow lover of fitness at one of DLB’s very first Warhouse Gym Camp’s, who happens to live relatively close, and he graciously hosted me in my crazy spontaneous adventure. Now, I am a pretty good navigator but I will admit, it had been a while since I have traveled alone and some parts were a little intimidating. Friday was a chill day, grabbing some dinner and preparing to rise early to head to the event.
When I arrived at the event, it was packed full of women of all different races, ethnicities, sizes but yet they all smiled at each other and all greeted each other when one would walk past. There were women who had been in the industry for a number of years and others who sought out DLB for inspiration and were just getting started. I fall in between there somewhere.
Miranda Oldroyd is a “DLB look alike” that is top in the CrossFit world. She graced everyone with her presence and also spoke at the event.
When arriving in the basement, everyone semi-circle sat around what would be the “platform” for the ladies to speak. Rob gave an intro about DLB and Miranda then the ladies entered. Dana spoke first. She came from a place where “peer pressure” and not loving your body was part of her childhood/high school then competing just kept taking notches out of a passion she wanted to be in. She talked in depth about loving your body and doing fitness because you genuinely love it, not because it is something you “have to do”. Miranda came at it from a different angle. Miranda had an injury that if she had not taken care of her body or had muscle around her neck, she could have been dead. She too spoke in depth about fitness and utilizing it to be a tool for your actual health and to save your life. Both ladies did not speak from a script but rather from their hearts. It was genuine, kind and full of passion. You could really hear (not just listen) to what they are so in love with. After the session, we were able to get a work out in and I wondered around to find Rob.
I stood in front of the 6 foot something and spoke to him about how much I have seen him grow as a person and as a husband. I thanked him for being so raw and genuine in his marriage the Dana. They truly are an inspirational power couple for Andrew and I. We hugged and I thanked him one more time.
This was more than just going to see two people that I admire. These two people at 30 somethings doing good for their community and for the world. They have passion, drive and crush the stereotypes of “millennials” trying to ruin the world. This was more than just being spontaneous. It was a reset for me. It really took my heart back to what I love and what I need to sustain my mental wellness. It was everything I was hoping it would be in a trip. After my dad died, I have been rattled and lost and not knowing how to get back on track. I have been chasing after something and I didn’t even know what it was. Going to the WHG and hearing that I have to take care of my body and my heart for a million reason really re-focused. Like Dana says “train because it makes you feel good, train because you really want to do it, otherwise find something else you like to do and do that”.
Saturday I stayed in an Air BNB and It was lovely. It was in a cute little neighborhood. I really had time to be by myself and really relish on what I had just heard and where I was going to go moving forward. I had never just been able to be in the quiet and be in the still just to think about me and what I want out of life. I needed Saturday.
Sunday was a rush and ended in me being dropped off curb side in my rental car by one of the rental workers. THEN the line for TSA was so long, a nice lady told me to check in on the international side because my gate was on that side anyway (thank you ma’am, you literally saved me from a missed flight). I was greeted by my family back home and it was a lovely evening.
Sometimes it is good just to randomly find yourself in a new place. Sometimes all you need in a reset is showing up unexpectedly somewhere to learn new things about yourself. I would do this trip again in a minute.
Below are some fun pictures of my trip. Enjoy!