Siwicki

How We Tried To Hack Our Fitness

April 03, 2016

There was a point in my life where I got on a scale, and it told me no. I was so overweight that a scale had no answers for me. I remember standing in my bathroom, naked at the time, and I knew that I had some problems. I remember thinking to myself that things need to change. I need to make changes in my life. I had no health insurance, and I was having some strange health issues going on. It was a sad scene in my life. But it was a moment that I used to propel myself into some massive changes.

Getting Into Working Out

The thing that got me going was P90X, P90X2, and some other Beachbody videos. These workout programs made fitness accessible. They were great problem solvers that made things easy to repeat and redo. The equipment you needed in your house was not overwhelming. I lost a ton of weight, and I got to enjoy working out through these videos.

However, I needed to find something that would change things up. I wanted to be able to do more, and I didn’t want to buy a ton of equipment. Plus, moving a ton of weights into different apartments is a huge pain in the ass.

Working Out in Gyms

Then, I signed up for a local gym that was inside a community center. The gym was about six bucks a month, and it had all of the stuff you could ask for. The beautiful part about it was that it was never crowded, and you could have your pick of the machines.

Sadly, I just moved away from this place and had to stop going and was just back to doing workouts at home.

Where To Get More

A friend of mine turned me onto a new gym near his house. The gym was setup as a boot camp style workout. Each time you go to the gym, there would be new workouts on the board, different each time.

I loved going to this place. The workouts kicked my ass every time, and it was always new.

But, the problem was on days when I couldn’t go. I am a firm believer that you can easily do a 20-minute workout five days a week. But, I tried all different kinds of apps and videos, and it was never the same as having something prescribed for you.

I would watch one YouTube video, do about half of it, and then quit. I would do an app-based workout and feel like I did nothing at all.

What We Are Doing About It

My cofounder and I workout together about four to six times a week. Whenever I miss a day, I always text him for a workout. Whenever he would send me a workout, it was always a much better time than when I would come up with something on my own.

I wanted to be able to recreate and capture the coaching of working out in a gym inside the home.

We built Insane Tough to be the perfect companion to your gym membership. If you travel a lot or don’t have enough time during the week, our workouts work with what you have in your house and with what is going on with you.


John SiwickiWritten by John Siwicki who lives and works building interesting things. You should follow him on Twitter