Member Spotlight = Nick Liesinger
Consider this the first of many member spotlights. And we are starting it off with a BANG! My friend Nickky. I’ve known Nick for quite a while. It all started back in 2009. Over the years I known Nick I’ve grown to appreciate him more. You can’t say enough about how great of a person he is. So lets get to know him a little better…
When did you first start training at CPMFITness?
I’ve been a member at CPMFITness since early 2014.
Tell about your sports/FITness background:
When it comes to sports and fitness, I was always the “chubby kid” who didn’t have much athletic ability. I played a few sports in grade school, but mostly focused on football during high school. After high school, working out wasn’t a priority, and I found myself in really bad shape. As I finished college, I was tired of how I looked and felt, so I started running regularly. I did this for a few years, but didn’t really see any results since I ate horribly and drank quite a bit. One day, I decided that I’d had enough, started working out and eating better, and dropped quite a bit of weight over the course of a few months. About a year later, I joined Crossfit and dived headfirst. After a few years, I started scaling back my workouts, and later decided to try working out on my own. Eventually, I found myself back in that same old rut where I was skipping the gym and making poor food choices. About that time, Chris and Annie had opened CPM, and I decided to give it a shot, as I realized that I needed to be pushed. For about a year, I wasn’t religious on coming to the gym, and I didn’t improve my food choices in the least. In the summer of 2015, I decided that I was going to change my attitude, get to the gym, and start taking care of myself again. Since that time, I’ve really started seeing results…I just generally feel better.
Take us back to your first CPM workout… What was it? How did it feel?
My first trial workout with Chris was a few years back, and it was the first time I had ever tried high-intensity workouts; I had mostly stuck to the treadmill, elliptical, bench, and squat sled to that point. I don’t remember all of the details, but I do remember it was the first time I had ever used a Kettlebell…I had never even heard of one before. After that workout, I was sore all over for two weeks. It hurt my pride a little, because I honestly felt like I was in the best shape of my life. Chris called me up to see if I would be interested in joining, and despite all of the soreness, I knew those were the types of workouts that I should be doing.
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and FITness since starting CPM (before/after)?
Aside from looking better naked and increased confidence, sometimes it’s the little things that you wouldn’t normally notice. Doing everyday things like carrying your toddler around, climbing flights of stairs, pushing a loaded cart…they’re so much easier to do when you’re stronger and in better shape.
What sort of change in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CPM that were totally unexpected?
There’s really something to be said about what fitness does to your confidence level and mental toughness. You get through a workout like Murph for the first time, and you realize that you have this untapped reserve of “stick to it and get it done” that you not only use at the gym, but also in your personal and professional lives. It can positively affect your chances for success in everything that you do.
Please share with us any favorite CPM moments:
One of my favorite CPM moments just happened quite recently. The workout had a part that consisted of finding a one rep max for deadlift, and I hadn’t tried for that in years–not since a period of time that I consider some of my most “in-shape” years. I remembered what that max was, and I tried it for one rep…it was no problem, so I added more and got that as well. It was a great feeling knowing that my best years aren’t necessarily behind me. I can still set goals and achieve them if I work at it.
Any advice for people just getting started?
Some days, it’s going to be hard to find the motivation…you might be sore or your life might be busy, and you’ll try to talk yourself out of going to the gym. Don’t listen. All you have to do is continue to show up and give an honest effort, and the rest takes care of itself. You’ll start seeing results, and you’ll start feeling better both inside and out.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CPM?
I really enjoy spending time with my family, and I’m a sucker for a good crime show. I honestly really like troubleshooting aspects of my Information Technology job…being able to MacGyver a solution out of little or nothing is one of my favorite things.