And...more good news - this time for me (Jen Liddy). With Tori taking on the GM position, I'm able to return to my teaching roots and take leave of my operations role at Method 360 as of this Friday! I'll remain an owner (and client!) and will see you on the workout floor. Wish me well as I dip my toes back into the world of education - I'm excited to see what happens next!
Get to know Tori a little bit with this week's blog - I think her story of how she came to know Method is one we can all relate to in some way! Enjoy.
That’s what keeps me coming back.
I haven’t always had this relationship with fitness. As a kid, I was not interested in being active. I never learned how to ride a bike, though it's still on my list of to-dos. One of our favorite family stories is my “love” for soccer. My caring, supportive parents tried to get me involved in organized sports when I was young & signed me up for soccer. However, I could not find the purpose of kicking a ball down the field just for it to come back to the other side. So I volunteered to be the goalie and sat myself in the goal. I don’t mean metaphorically. I mean I literally sat down in the goal and played with the grass. I didn’t stay on the team for long.
Score-based sports were out of the question for me.
When I stopped cheerleading, I came a fork in the road common to most athletes: what the hell am I supposed to do now? I went for an obvious choice - running.
As a freshman at Boston University, I regularly logged miles along the Charles. My favorite runs were Sunday mornings, when I could drink some tea and stretch before hitting the pavement for an hour or so. This worked great for a while, but unfortunately pavement tends to hit back. I developed a fairly severe case of tendonitis in my left Achilles, and after the marathon bombing, running felt inauthentic and hollow. Though many of my peers found solace in running, I just couldn’t find the appeal and my body became uninterested in continuing.
I found Method 360 by force instead of happenstance. I resisted for months, but finally my mom convinced me to take an MMA class with her. And I was stunned. Because it was HARD. I always wondered why my mom would come home a sweaty mess, but I had no idea! It was challenging and engaging in exactly the way I needed. I knew this was the place for me, so I looked to see if they were hiring for a trading position. Then I saw an Instagram post advertising the front desk position. And the rest is pretty much history.
Everyone has a story about fitness that they bring to Method 360. I don’t engage with arbitrary scores and I can’t balance well on my left leg because of my Achilles. Body intelligence is really important to me, which means avoiding certain triceps exercises so I don’t subluxate my elbow. I need the mindfulness and challenge to balance my Type A brain.
Your story might be different. Maybe it’s your knee instead of an elbow. Maybe you count your reps because keeping score is a good motivator for you. Maybe body intelligence isn't as important, but you’re really working on flexibility. Whatever it is that brought you to fitness and to Method 360, I want you to walk away with the same sense of clarity I feel not just working out here, but also working here. Above all, I’m so grateful that I get to play a role in helping you create it.