What was your experience prior to Ambition?
After New York I moved to Columbus, Ohio (nearly zip exercise) for dental school, then to San Francisco and then to LA for residencies. I walked a lot in San Francisco, but not in LA (just like the song: nobody walks in LA). I didn’t exercise. Pathetic. I finally moved back to the San Diego area in 1999, and got a membership at LA Fitness here in Encinitas as soon as they opened– I loved the kickboxing classes. I thought it was so gratifying to slam my fists into a bag and to kick it as well. I often wonder if this wasn’t the final hurrah for my hip.
Chris Crowley, one of the authors of “Younger Next Year” came to speak to the American Association of Endodontists, my professional organization, in Spring of 2010. It really struck a chord with me. He told us how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. Obviously not eating crap was part of it, but another part was finding some type of exercise you could do six days a week. I thought Pilates would work for me and I was right. Not six days, but a couple days a week. I did that up until my Pilates instructor, Kathleen Pagnini, moved to Oregon (and is now focusing on Pelvic Floor training–good stuff; Google her). For a while I trained with both Kathleen and Max on the same day. Excellent, but exhausting!
Swinging, no: because I didn’t know what it was until shortly before coming to Ambition. And by that time my hip was pretty painful…it didn’t always feel good to swing. Deadlifting, yes: because back in my college days in that garage in Clairemont, I was strong, haha! Chin-ups, No!! Never, ever, ever! That was a total surprise. The first time Max told me to get up on the bar and do a chin-up, I was reminded of the President’s Physical Fitness Test in elementary school where girls could just do a flexed-arm hang. Maybe that test has changed in the decades since then, but I don’t think so: even the Marines go easy on the girls! I don’t recall ever doing a chin up, even though my dad had put a bar up in our (Kim and my) bedroom door. But I did it when Max told me to (with a little help from his hand on my back)! Great day!