#Beastmode… Breakdown or Breakthrough?

Michelle always tells me getting in shape, fitness and working out has a direct correlation life. The obstacles you face in the gym are often the same ones you face in life at large. Are you slow to change? Give a 110% then bail after 2 weeks. Are you inflexible? Not in touch? If you are these things in the gym there is a good chance you are this way in the world as well.


For me, I am the second one. I come in guns blazing, eager to tackle a new goal, project or obstacles, but when too much adversity hits I move on to the next thing. This is a hard quality to admit to, as I don’t wan to think I give up that easily. I like to think I am driven, goal oriented and capable… and honestly I AM, but those things don’t mean I am not ALSO struggle with defeat. Frankly, we don’t live in a culture that teaches us how to buckle down for the long haul, the struggles and the patience anymore. Everything is instant gratification, so when I started to head south in my training regimen a couple weeks ago I really had to take a close look at who I really am. Before, if I lost sight of my goals, it was never the end of the world. It usually seemed I had stopped with one thing because something better came along. I didn’t ever think it was because the first thing got hard, but maybe that IS what I had been doing.

Lily’s Word: The VERY Beginning -OR- Why I Decided to Become a Fit Chick

Here at Moxie we like to support and promote everyone we think is working hard for something they love, in hopes that by just being positive and supportive, everyone involved will find more fitness, balance, reward and passion in their lives.  For that reason, the Moxie family is super excited to share with you Lily Mae, a client, and now member, of the Moxie Family.

Lilly has only been training with us a short time, but already we have found her hunger and passion to make major changes in her life exciting to watch and we are certain she is bound to motivate many more. I thought what better then to share this amazing journey she is embarking upon with others who too are just starting out, or who may be struggling to take those first steps? I always regretted that I didn’t better document my return to getting in shape when I first came back after many years away. Too often those on the outside only see competitors, models and trainers in their perfected, photoshopped, completed state. They don’t get to know all the work, sacrifices and struggles that go into achieving those amazing physiques.   The fact of the matter is, change is hard, and we all started somewhere far from cover models and experts. When the end result is all one sees, its easy to get discouraged when it doesn’t come easy.

Importance of Intent.


I often see people at the gym just “walking” through the motions of an exercise and wonder if they really know what muscle group they are trying to target. This is where working with a trainer can really increase the productivity of you workouts. Its not JUST about burning calories, but understanding what your goals are and how to reach them through specific movements and focus. In this video You can see me using a back extension machine in TWO ways. This is a perfect example of why knowing what you are trying to achieve is important