Congratulations to Arjun Subramanian, our March Member Of The Month! Arjun started at FUELhouse in October 2016 and since February has been training around his latest goal: to compete in his first Tactical Strength Challenge this April with our Tribe. Arjun continues to progress in all areas of his fitness and we look forward to celebrating his hard work and achievements this quarter! Yes, he is always smiling. Thank you Arjun for bringing so much light and happiness to our Tribe.
A little more about this guy...
Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?
Outside of the gym I'm quite the introvert. I spend a lot of my time reading and learning about something that is important to my life. I try to keep my priorities at any time to less than 4 things because I tend to enjoy my experience through life more that way. Over time I've found the 4 areas of investment to be quite stable - I try to grow in my job, build strong relationships, take care of my body and improve the quality of my mind. I typically read non-fiction and spend a lot of time picking books that teach me something about an area of life that I want to get more out of. My goal is to read 50 books this year which is really really hard if you are trying to hold a job, take care of yourself and deepen your relationships (I did about 24 last year and that was HARD!). For the last few months, I've spent most of my reading time on neuroscience and the process of learning in the brain. I'm learning how the the brain builds knowledge, how memory works (and how deeply flawed it is) and how to create an effective structure of practice around almost anything you can think of. Over the last year I've invested more time in mindfulness meditation and I'm trying to build a daily practice around that. I find that it has helped me be more effective at almost everything I do by improving my attention to what is happening.
For my living - I'm a senior technical program manager for Amazon leading large software projects. I've worked there now for over 9 years.
How'd you find out about FUELhouse?
I found out about FUELhouse by looking through the MindBody App. I was looking to add a lot more technique and structure to my training. I also wanted to get really strong and was struggling to find a place where instruction was focused with a long term orientation on technique and strength as opposed to a quick win or excessive focus on training for appearance. I got really really curious about the ethos behind StrongFirst and the emphasis on technique. Now I'm really excited to learn and work towards my certification.
What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it
I'm committed first to myself above everything else. I remind myself that that I am training for my well being and long term health. I also emphasize the importance of consistent practice over intensity. I think it was Bruce Lee that said that long term consistency trumps short term intensity. I remind myself that how I feel in the moment is a short term fleeting sensation and that I am committed to my practices over the period of my life. If I get my mind right, I'll be strength training at the gym at 80. The feeling in the moment always passes. The results of our good habits over time remain forever.
What's your favorite movement/workout?
I personally love the sumo squat. It really helps me get strong and pushes my joints to open up. But to be perfectly honest, my mind right now is on getting better at the Kettlebell swing. I'm determined to master the movement and I'm very much in the beginning stages of understanding what it feels like in my body to swing.
What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?
Getting StrongFirst certified feels like a far away dream right now but I really want to work up to it. I would say that getting certified is my goal. It's really about being able to master the movements for me and program the right technique deep into my muscles. In my personal life - I want to deepen my mind's capacity to be attentive. I've built into my life a series of interlocking habits and practices that I hope over the years show the right results. I'll prune and tune them along the way but if I can direct my mind at things more deeply and hold attention better I think I would be pretty proud of myself.
Tell us a little known fact about yourself.
I'm kinda a food geek in the kitchen and am trying to learn some mad skills in there. I've really started to enjoy cooking and one of my secret, guilty pleasures is cooking reality shows on YouTube. Gordon Ramsey is the bomb!
What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?
This is easily the seared tuna I ate for dinner this week. It was epic.
What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?
I really like the attention to technique at the house with respect for personal boundaries. It's really great that the work out isn't just going crazy and lifting a bunch of stuff with sweat pouring all the time. I enjoy going into my experience with the weights and really feeling the lift.
We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on! This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!
My first pet is also my current pet ! He is the most awesome fur ball ever - Duncan! he is a 10 year old aussie husky mix and you may have seen him around. I adopted him when he was six months old. I can't really remember the name of the street but if I get stage name I'd rather it be a Marvel superhero (My favorites are Iron Man and Luke Cage).