Tribe, if you don’t know Adam Shapiro, you should introduce yourself immediately. By day, he’s an Amazonian who markets Alexa devices. He joined FUELhouse in August by doing 1-on-1 personal training with Coach Tiff, and later immersed himself into classes and changing up his diet. Within five weeks, he lost 10 lbs and 4% body fat, and has continued meeting goal after goal for his physical health. Most of all, he noticed a huge improvement in his mental health, lowering stress, and increasing balance. We love Adam because he gives 100% each time we see him, is always looking to improve form, and gives himself grace when he needs to take time and refocus.
Make sure to give Adam a high five the next time you see him!
I can’t tell you guys how awesome FUELhouse has been for me these past few months. When I joined back in August of last year, I was in the worst shape of my life. Without even realizing it, I had gained almost 20lbs, my cholesterol (the bad kind) was in the “very high/dangerous” range, and I was severely depressed (is this sounding like an infomercial yet??). Anyways, I decided to jump start my reentry into an active life by spending a month doing 1-on-1 training with Tiff. It was rough to say the least. Everything hurt all the time. But wow…within 4-5 weeks I had already dropped 10lbs and 4% body fat (thanks, Tiff!!). Once I switched over to the classes, the gains just continued. I’ve lost all the weight I had gained in 2017 and my cholesterol is back in the “normal” range – all without even making any substantial changes to my diet (pizza will forever have a death grip on me). On top of that, there has been an immense and noticeable impact on both my physical and mental health. I could go on and on. The classes are awesome and varied. The instructors are friendly, knowledgeable, and their focus on form and injury prevention is immensely appreciated (especially for the 30+ crowd like myself). Simply put, you guys rock. - Adam
THE FUN STUFF...ADAM ANSWERS OUR QUESTIONS:
1. Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?
When I'm not at the gym I can be found hawking artificial intelligence (I do marketing for Amazon Alexa devices), cuddling on my couch with my rescue Chihuahua, Nugget, or traveling to remote parts of the world to swim with sharks.
2. How'd you find out about FUELhouse?
I was complaining to my work-wife, Heather, about how unhealthy I’d become. She said, “Hey, there’s a gym right by you that I love. Molly’s the best!” And the rest was history…
3. What makes you commit to training even on days you don’t feel like it?
My desire to look good naked? Haha, can I say that? I’m shallow, so it’s partly true. But also, the boost it has on my mental health is immeasurable. It keeps me sane, happy and productive. The naked thing is just a bonus!
4. What's your favorite movement/workout?
Pull-ups! They’re the worst/best. When I started at the house back in August, I could barely do one unassisted pull-up. Now I can do 8 (on a good day)!
5. 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?
At the gym? If I could do 10 consecutive, unassisted pull-ups in a row I think I could die happy. In my personal life? Build a framework for starting my own business.
6. Tell us a little known fact about yourself.
Oh gosh there are so many good ones, but my top bucket list item is to swim with great white sharks…outside of a cage! And yes, I realize this probably makes me certifiably insane.
7. What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?
Tandoori cod w/ tomato chutney and a spiced crust. Seriously…so good! From Joule, just up the block from you guys! I can usually be found at the bar there at least 2 times a week. Stop in and say hello!
8. What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?
I LOVE that it never feels competitive at FUELhouse. I’ve always avoided class-based gyms (::cough::cough::Crossfit::) because they seemed a little too competitive and a bit cult-like. But the vibe at FUELhouse just feels supportive.
9. 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)!
You’re going to die…Buffy Eastwick.