Members of the Month - March

MARIA CAPUA

What brought you to enduraLAB in the first place?
After having 2 babies and a with an upcoming trip to Hawaii I decided I needed to do something to get myself back. I "won" a session of enduraLAB boot camp at a school fundraiser and it was exactly what I needed. 

What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I didn't know what to expect. I knew I had no idea how to do a squat, push-up, pull-up, you name it, let alone ever touched a real weight lifting bar. The coaches were patient and helpful and the members were encouraging and supportive. Now I walk into class and don't need a decoder ring to understand the workout. 

What was your first breakthrough moment?
There was one especially tough week when I felt like I couldn't do anything.  I remember leaving the gym and crying in the car to my brother. It's frustrating to feel like the only one who struggles in class and to always finish last. After my pity party I realized I should be proud of myself for learning something new every time I enter LAB.  I was lucky to have found a place with genuinely kind members who both challenge and cheer me on to finish each workout.  I conquered the next week with a renewed confidence and haven't stopped since. 

What are you working on now?
Where do I start?  Mastering a proper push-up, landing like a feather in box jumps, surviving the Power Cycle, learning to love wall balls. 

What’s your favorite enduraLAB memory?
When Staci told me my arms looked good. She saw me on day 1 so it was a real compliment. 

What's your profession?
I'm a Mom. After traveling the world with a global marketing job I loved, I realized that being home with our two young girls was the right choice for our family.  So, for now, I do laundry, cook dinner, shuttle kids; and it's the greatest job on Earth. 

Which do you prefer: Dogs or Cats?
Dogs. One day we'll have two if my husband and I can agree on which breed. 

Favorite workout song?
"Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson

Favorite cheat meal?
I'm vegan so I usually behave, but I can't say no to french fries. 

Where did you go to college?
University of Notre Dame, Go Irish!

DAVID KOSTOHRYZ

What brought you to enduraLAB in the first place? 
I was a client of Sammy's for several years at Fazeke's.  The gym sold to Indigo Yoga and we were gymless. I found a neighborhood gym to do some traditional lifting but my consistency of workouts dwindled.  Sammy had tried to convince me to come to the Lab several times and finally I agreed to check it out in May of 2016. 

What was your first impression? How has that changed? 
I was was hesitant to come in for so long because I thought it was just another Crossfit Box. Sammy, Ashley Mazur and Steve Willmann had somewhat convinced me otherwise and so I decided to give it a go.  I can't remember the first several workout but I know that we were in the middle of an endurance/cardio block.  This is the type of workout that I love.  Some crazy cardio along with a little strength training. Not much has changed from my initial impression.  I still see the coaches and Lee trying to constantly make the gym (and us) a better place.  

What was your first breakthrough moment? 
There have been a lot, but I would say the most recent one was running the Cowtown half marathon in 1:48 with very few training runs (5 or 6 Saturday runs total).  All the strength training and heavy lifting (especially lower body) combined with the crazy rowing, skiing, and airdyne work that we do more than prepared me for the run.  It made me realize that building a solid base through cross-training can help all aspects of your overall fitness. 

What are you working on now? 
At Fazeke's we did a lot of bro workouts.  A lot of upper body stuff and very little lower body. I constantly strive to get stronger with deadlifts, front squats and back squats.  My form always needs to be checked but I am trusting the sytstem.  

What’s your favorite enduraLAB memory? 
I love the team workouts.  In the 5 and 6 am classes we have a lot of people that are not only consistent with showing up but a lot of fun to be around.  It makes waking up daily at 4am that much easier knowing that others you respect in the gym are headed up there with you. 

What's your profession? 
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon

Which do you prefer: Dogs or Cats? 
100% dog guy.  

Favorite workout song? 
Any type of EDM. 

Favorite cheat meal? 
Pretty sure all of my meals classify as a cheat meal but if I have to pick a favorite it would be any type of Mexican food. 

Where did you go to college? 
TCU

Members of the Month - February

ORLANDO SUPERLANO

ORLANDO SUPERLANO

What brought you to enduraLAB in the first place?
I was looking for a different kind of workout more group oriented since it motivates to work harder. I was also getting bored working out at a regular gym by myself

What was your first impression?
It was great it is a very friendly environment and everyone is always working hard

What was your first breakthrough moment?
Not sure if there is an exact moment for me but I like the fact that every day is a new challenge.

What are you working on now?
I'm working on losing some fat I gained over the break and recover some of the muscle I lost. 

What’s your favorite enduraLAB memory?
Thanksgiving team workout. Atmosphere was awesome, it was a big group a bunch of couple and kids around, but everyone working very hard

What's your profession?
Tennis coach

Which do you prefer: Dogs or Cats?
Not an animal person

Favorite workout song?
"My House" by Flo Rida

Favorite cheat meal?
Texas de Brazil and ice cream of course

Where did you go to college?
TCU


KALI LESTER

KALI LESTER

What brought you to enduraLAB in the first place?
I was looking for somewhere new to workout besides the "big box" gyms that I went to during school. EnduraLAB was highly recommended to me by Jenny York and she convinced me to come try one of the Friday team workouts. It was pretty intense at first (and I couldn't walk for a few days) but I loved it!

What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I immediately recognized a sense of community and support. I felt like everyone wanted to see the other members succeed no matter what fitness level they were at. That part hasn't changed but the workouts have become a little less daunting (sometimes).

What was your first breakthrough moment?
There have been several so it's hard to choose. Recently, I ran my first 10k. It was a big breakthrough for me as a self proclaimed "non-runner"!

What are you working on now?
As a follow up to the previous statement... I finally caved in to Lee's peer pressure and I'm training for the Cowtown Half.

What’s your favorite enduraLAB memory?
I've always enjoyed celebrating with the runners after Cowtown. That's actually how I met Lauren Miller before I was a member at the LAB!

What's your profession?
I am a physician assistant at John Peter Smith hospital.

Which do you prefer: Dogs or Cats?
Dogs!

Favorite workout song?
The "Workout Twerkout" station on Spotify never disappoints.

Favorite cheat meal?
Chick-fil-A, Chimys, wine... do I have to pick one?

Where did you go to college?
I did my undergrad at Texas A&M and went to graduate school at UNT Health Science Center.

ENDUROLYMPICS WRAP UP

Many came to enjoy the spirit of the Olympics - enduraLAB style. The gym was set for events that would challenge its competitors or simply just make us laugh (air ball). The indoor events were welcomed as the morning went on and the heat turned up but, competitors stayed strong.

Please see below for our event winners

*Not pictured were the 4x400m Relay winners (Gold - Overdogs, Silver - Team Ramrod, Bronze - Mr. & Mrs. Pacman) 

We are happy to announce that through this fun event we were able to contribute $600 dollars to support the family of fallen officer Patrick Zamarripa. We’d like to thank all our community sponsors, volunteers and athletes for helping us make this such a memorable event.

We look forward to 2020!

Please see below for more pics from the endurOLYMPICS. A special thanks to Sam Garza for coming out and getting some great shots!

enduraLAB Gives Back in August

enduraLAB is built on a foundation of creating meaningful change in the gym, for our members and in our community. This August we want to say thank you to all of those that make our community so great by providing them access to our facility and group classes. Please see below for the schedule of events and feel free to contact us (link to email) with any questions!

First Responder Appreciation Week: August 1st - 6th

This week is for those who put on the uniform every day and put their lives on the line for public safety. We cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices but would like to offer a free week of classes to any first responder in the fire, police or medical professions. Please click the button below to sign up for your free week of classes!

*Proper identification will be required at the beginning of your first class

Teacher Appreciation Week: August 8th - 13th

Teachers and school faculty see our kids' good days and bad days - when they're tired, ill mannered, and sick. But somehow, leading by example, they manage to make school fun and keep our kids' spirits high. They make a lot of sacrifices, display the utmost patience, and are incredibly dedicated.

You don't teach a child; you teach a family, and now we are welcoming you to our family in return. Please click the button below to sign up for your free week of classes!

*Proper identification will be required at the beginning of your first class

Small Business Appreciation Week: August 15th - 20th

The rigors of entrepreneurship demand sacrifices, and if you don’t make those sacrifices you’ll never be able to succeed. Knowing that your own health and fitness is the first to fall by the wayside, we want to help you. Think how much more you could accomplish with all of the added benefits of exercise!

We know how tough it is to run your own business and we want to help out our outstanding local entrepreneurs and small business owners here in Fort Worth. Every day, they’re working to create jobs for the community and drive innovation! If you own your own business, click the button below to sign up for your free week of classes!

Member Appreciation Week: August 22nd - 27th

The enduraLAB members are the reason people fall in love with us. Yes, the training is awesome and we take a ton of pride in our coaching, but YOU are what makes the difference. This week is for you. Expect goodies and giveaways all week. Please see schedule below:

  • Monday: Jump Start Your Week

  • Tuesday: Thanks for Your Commit-mint

  • Wednesday: Happy Hour

  • Thursday: Fly the Flag

  • Friday: Bring a Friend

  • Saturday: Pump Up Your Workout

Back to Basics

by Coach Lee

Most of our clients come to enduraLAB with their heads full of information. The ocean of health and fitness articles in magazine and newspapers, blogs, tips from their buddies and the ever-growing list of “reality” weight-loss television shows. Of course, having access to all of this information hasn’t necessary made them healthier, fitter or leaner. After all, knowledge doesn’t change behavior.

So why can’t we make any meaningful changes with all of this information at our fingertips? A few things usually happen,

  1. We can’t apply the knowledge - Just knowing something is one of the most rudimentary levels of thought. Comprehension, application, analysis and evaluation are much more difficult. We like to call this the “behavior gap” between knowing what versus knowing how. “I don’t know why I can’t lose weight…I know what to do."
  2. Knowledge overwhelms us - There is so much, and always more to know. Often, our clients have much of the information they need. And arguably, they have too much. They’re bathing in it. 
  3. Media’s mixed messages - Should you do cardio for fat loss? Will lifting weights make me bulky? Is it ok to eat carbs? I heard meat was bad for you? Are supplements good or bad for me? It’s enough to make even professionals confused!
  4. We seek more knowledge to avoid actually doing the work - Just one more book, one more blog, one more podcast, one more online workout on how to get ready for swimsuit season…then I’ll start. We end up knowing too much, understanding too little and way too scared of what we might be missing.

At enduraLAB, we know that we need to stay informed and current, understand whats going on in our field and keep up on the new research. But the most important thing is to be able to translate that information into concrete tasks and cues for our clients. For the Back to Basics blog series, we’re going to serve as your information filter to help you decide what is important and prioritize your energy!

One thing we hope this blog series brings to the forefront is the effectiveness of fundamentals. Nutrition, exercise, recovery…it doesn’t have to be covered in glitter and marketing to work. Too many people waste their time and valuable energy on nutrition and fitness fads that produce, if any, unsustainable results. The things that might make a 2-percent difference are distracting you from the real work that would make 80-percent of the difference!

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
— Jim Rohn

It’s no secret that at enduraLAB, we believe in simplicity. You walk into the LAB and you’ll notice there are no mirrors on the wall, there is no bright color scheme or flashing lights. You won’t see us hopping on the latest fitness trend. What you will find is a space where education is at the forefront. You will learn proper movement. You will understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. You will get results. Fall in love with fitness, make meaningful change, and schedule your free 1-on-1 consultation below.