The single most important thing you can do to stay motivated to exercise—especially through an Erie winter—is to make fitness friends.
Were not for my running friends, I wouldn’t be out running (and laughing) through five frigid and hilly miles in the dark on a Wednesday night after a long day at work, I wouldn’t be running 55 hill repeats on a lakeside golf course on a snowy-blowy Tuesday night, and I wouldn’t be laying on my back in six inches of snow doing leg lifts in a snowstorm.
I consistently tell my running friends that I hate them for making me do this stuff, but…you know I secretly love it, right? You know you would, too.
Wondering how to make fitness friends that will keep you motivated?
Look no further than Lawrence Park where chiropractor and fitness enthusiast Steve Krauza heads up Team Adrenaline.
I first met Steve Kruaza when I interviewed him for a story for the newspaper in 2011. (Read it here). A study had just been released (don’t recall what it was now), identifying Erie county as home to the least healthy people in the state. He was really bothered by that and it inspired him to start Team Adrenaline.
He told me that his goal was “To make Erie County the healthiest county in the Commonwealth by 2024,” and I remember thinking “I love your spirit, man, but that’s an awfully high bar.” Despite my skepticism, however, I admired his gumption and, as a former fat chick who had experience the life-transforming power of regular exercised, I hoped he would succeed.
While he may have a ways to go to make all of Erie County fit, he’s sure made a dent in east county.
The last workout I attended (yep, I finally “drank the Kool-Aide” and bought a punch card), 23 people showed up to workout in near-blizzard conditions. That’s dedication.
This happened. That’s me in the pink polka-dot hat.
What is Team Adrenaline?
It best be described as an “organic” or “urban” workout. All the workouts are done outside year-round using minimal “equipment” beyond what nature or the venue provides (curbs for box jumps, bleachers for running, etc.). See video below.
Workouts are offered on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. at Iroquois High School, Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at Liberty Park and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at various locations (Check before you go on Saturday…these workouts are often held at Harbocreek Community Park, Shades Beach, Presque Isle, etc.).
Workouts typically last an hour and they are never the same (though you will see the same elements — planks, sprints, pushups, etc.).
Who is it for?
The workouts can be done at your own level and modifications are given, so these workouts are good for people of any fitness ability and/or age.
I’d also say that this is perfect for people who have trouble staying motivated. The team makes you accountable…and they make it fun…so you’ll want to show up.
How much does it cost?
Your first workout is always free…and feel free to bring a friend, too.
Then, if you like it and want to join the team, you’ll need to buy a “punch card” with a specific number of workouts on it, each workout is one punch. Cost of the cards range from $7.50 to $10 a workout, depending on the size of the punch card purchased.
BUT….Right now the punch cards are on sale for 1/2 price until January 1st. The half price breakdown is this: 6 workouts = $30. 12 workouts = $54. 24 workouts = $96. 35 workouts = $122.50.
The nice thing is that you only “pay” for the workouts you come to (and Doc is know to throw freebies in there from time to time), and the cards never expire.
Why should you join?
Camaraderie. Inspiration. Motivation.
But…primarily because this “team” is like a family and that’s one of the big reasons why it works. You’ll end up with more than workout buddies, you’ll end up with friends — the kind of friends who are really good for you — who inspire you to laugh and sweat and live in the moment….and to do pushups in 7-degree weather and to try a triathlon and to dress up like characters from “A Christmas Story” and run through the streets of Erie.
Want more info?
Read Eloise’s take on T.A. in her post: Better Than I Used to Be
Visit krauzachiro orcall 898-2346 or email: frontdesk (at symbol) krauzachiro.com (NOTE: I don’t put the @ symbol in email addresses in my blog posts or the person ends up with gobs of spam, but you need to use it in that address if you email Steve).