We like to look at each Spindle member's evolution as a story. When you spend the time getting to know people like we do, you see the ups, downs and arounds that life takes them on. Anne's Spindle story is a fun one. I think it is safe to say that Anne, initially, was very skeptical of this place that her husband, Doug had been enjoying as his training facility. We were excited to prove that joining our community would be a great decision.
Anne officially began her journey in September of 2015. She quickly emerged as one of our hard working and motivated members. Anne is the type of person that trusts the process; she goes above and beyond what is asked and responds well to challenges. This is a winning combination.
As Spindle evolves, we are beginning to look into each member’s data with more detail [Consider all this the tip of the iceberg of information that we intend to look at for the future.] Below you find three sections that summarize Anne’s first 40 weeks at Spindle. The data is interactive, so you can scroll your mouse over the graphs to see the actual numbers. The first section separates exercises into upper body focus, lower body focus and core. Core, in this case, is a very general area that also includes warm-ups, mobility work and any full body exercises.
The second section lists all of the exercises that Anne has executed at least 10 times over her first 40 weeks. Most of the higher usage rates belong to warm ups and mobility work, however, you may see the outlier of Chin Ups over there on the left. To understand why, check out Anne's comments below.
The third section shows Anne's Hex Bar Deadlift and Goblet Squat data. There is a noticeable dip in weight in month 8 & 9 for her deadlift [and if you look at the first section, you can also see a decrease in exercise quantity during this time.] This shows how we adapt programs for the specific goals of each member. In this case, Anne was training for a 200 mile bike ride and her programmer, Leah, felt she would recover better if we scaled back slightly.
Note: The data below is best viewed on a desktop browser.
Anne had not seen any of this information prior to answering our questions. To us, it is really interesting to see how the data visualization lines up with her goals. Numbers are not everything, but they do help tell the story.
What is the hardest exercise or combination for you?
Backwards leopard crawling for sure.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Chin-ups! I am still on the green/red bands but when I started I could barely do one on a purple band so I'm pretty pumped about my progress.
What is the most important thing you have learned during your first year at Spindle?
I'm going to have ups and downs and that's ok. Just like Ray, and Nick, and Brandt, ... and Kelley, and Kanome, ... and Christine and Leah and Jeff have told me (are you seeing a theme here...), you don't make progress in an upward straight line. There are ups and downs but overall you improve, which is the most important thing. Even though I need to be reminded of this from time to time. 😉
Why did you sign up for the 200 mile race? How did Spindle help you prepare for your race?
Signing up for the race was an interesting development. I already owned a road bike that had been collecting a few dust bunnies over the last couple of years. Doug had been encouraging me to "sell the expensive clothes rack we have in the guest room" for a while but I kept telling myself (and him) that one day I was going to do a century (and I almost believed myself.)
One day a friend of mine at work asked if I'd like to do the ride. She knows I ride a divvy to work but I promptly told her she was a crazy person for suggesting I ride 200 miles and asked if she knew how different my 8 mile commute (round trip) was from 200 miles?! I kept thinking about it and thought it would be a pretty badass accomplishment and decided I wanted to go for it. As an added bonus, now that I completed the race I haven't heard Doug suggest I sell my bike anymore. 😊
Spindle was a huge part of my training! When I came in and mentioned I was doing the ride, Leah didn't miss a beat and asked what I needed. My workouts transitioned to a lot of lower body and core work which translated so well to riding. I seemed to feel stronger than my counterparts during training rides and recovered easier. On a particularly long training ride, my friend told me I was being a beast and said "maybe there's something to this whole Spindle thing." During training, Leah built my programs around when I was riding and that gave me a great balance between maintaining strength and riding. I honestly don't think I appreciated how much Spindle was doing for me during training until I looked back on it. The other huge part that spindle played was helping me recover. The week after the race, Leah programmed deload workouts for me. Apparently I was feeling pretty tough because I got really cocky and didn't think I was going to need any wimpy deload workouts. Dear god was I wrong! I needed every second of de-loading and then some. Thank god Leah does what's good for me and not what I think I want.
Has there been anything that has surprised you about your Spindle experience thus far?
A few things stick out:
I'm definitely surprised at how consistent I am. I've gone through periods in my life where I had a great workout routine for a few months or so but then it always fell off. I can't believe how consistently I go and how much I enjoy and look forward to being there.
I am also surprised at how well the "No Shoes" policy worked for me. I was adamant that I needed shoes because I have plantar fasciitis and I needed the support from my shoes! Again, I was totally wrong and my feet haven't bothered me one bit since I started Spindle and, in fact, they've improved a ton.
I'm also pretty surprised at how amazing the whole Spindle community is. When I started, I wasn't totally sold on this small gym type setting where I had to actually interact (gasp) with people at the gym. Now, I look forward to seeing people at Spindle and it's awesome how everyone gets excited for someone to set a PR or try something new (gong hits!). It's incredibly encouraging. It's likely that I didn't used to like interacting with people at the gym because I always worked out with bros who grunt too much.