Success Story: Travis Cantrell

Fear.  The biggest thing that keeps us from starting a fitness journey and working toward meeting fitness goals is just that – fear. We are fearful of what others will think. We are fearful we won’t know the correct exercises to do. We are fearful of being outside of our comfort zones. But you are not alone! Everyone has felt this at one time or another. 

One of our favorite quotes to counter fear is from Eleanor Roosevelt. She once said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence with every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”

Now we can’t say for certain, but we’re pretty sure she was talking about getting into the gym when she said ‘I lived through this horror.’ (Jokes, jokes).

But getting to the other side of fear is the most important thing about fear. Just ask Travis Cantrell, a Youfit member at our Sunrise, Florida location.  At the start of his fitness journey, Travis remembers feeling uncomfortable with the idea of going to the gym. He didn’t feel confident  and wasn’t even sure what he would do once he got there. This uncertainty pushed Travis to overcome his fear and participate in personal training – an experience that he has grown to enjoy!

And it’s been a thrill ride ever since, as fitness has made a large impact on Travis’s life. With fear in the rearview, not only has he been able to gain knowledge about training while building muscle mass and definition, but he has also gained confidence in his personal life. His YouCoach, Felipe Rios, has helped him to step outside of his comfort zone and be more social. “Felipe is more than just a coach,” explains Travis, who also says that your body can surprise you once you take the first step.

During his first session with a YouCoach, Travis says his performance actually exceeded what he expected. He felt good and had a greater amount of strength and stamina than he thought he would, and that gave him the courage to keep going back. Travis suggests a big part of fitness is to simply “Get up and keep moving.” Yes, even when you don’t want to. By the time you’re done, you’ll be thrilled you did it. 

But his most important advice for someone thinking about trying personal training is to “go out there and get it for YOU.”

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