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Since April is Athletic Apparel Month at Outdoormountainspirit.com, we thought it only fitting to discuss the newest training we are doing since the New Year. It is called Manic Training. It’s not Boot Camp. It’s not Cross Fit. It’s not your every day, run of the mill gym class either (far from it). It’s exactly what its name states…Manic.
Founder Graham “Bush” Muir is a force to be reckoned with. When he speaks, people listen (or run the other direction). He is a Kiwi transplanted to Steamboat Springs, CO via some Rugby Coaching positions that took him on a roundabout route to our little town. He took his love of sport and helping people achieve their best possible athletic selves and siphoned it in to what is now Manic Training.
I used to work with Bush’s wife back when he was just starting workouts out of his garage. She used to beg me to come, telling me how “fun” it was. I laughed as I was on a completely different training schedule back then. I was training for triathlons and I felt if I wasn’t outside training then I wasn’t training at all. And, I was always a solo athlete – I liked to run by myself, I liked to bike by myself, I liked to workout in the gym by myself, heck I even liked to ski by myself. I just always felt like there were too many egos flying around and I wanted to concentrate on my workout, nothing else.
Years later and with pretty much every single one of my closest friends as Manic athletes, I gave in. I participated in a Manic event to raise money for the American 300. It gave me a taste not only of the workouts, but of the comradery and community that comes with it. I don’t know if it is age or what, but I really enjoy exercising with others now. In fact, it is probably my number one motivator – perhaps my solo self lacks the motivation these days?!
In that time, Bush’s gym has far exceeded the small space that was once his garage. In fact, he’s increased the space of the gym a few times as his workouts and his way of training continue to draw more and more people. I’m not going to lie…some days it is a gut wrenching workout that leaves you dazed and wondering what just happened. But one thing is for sure…you always leave Manic knowing you left it all out on the floor. And then when you start to see differences in your body and you know they are the differences you wanted to achieve, it makes that little angel sitting on your shoulder whisper into your ear to sign up for the next class. So I do.
There really is no describing the Manic workout, so you should head on over to their website and check it out…MANIC TRAINING!
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