Fitness is good for you. Most people today wouldn’t argue with that simple fact, yet the majority of people are not doing anything to be fit. If you are working out you’ve probably thought, ” why do I find it so hard to stick with this sometimes?”
The question is: What motivates you, why are you lifting, or running, or downwarddog-ing?
That’s what we wanted to know from Butch Gamache, avid Spartan runner and HLF member. So we asked him.
How has fitness played a role in your health?
“Fitness has played a huge role in my life. When I was younger, I was definitely fit. As I got older and had kids and started a job, I definitely got ‘un-fit’. About 3 years ago a friend of mine talked me into coming out here and watching what they [Heritage LifeFit] were doing, and how they were doing it. And I thought, I think I can do that! Since then, it’s definitely changed my thinking about being athletic, and being in shape: physically, mentally, and emotionally.”
“Trying to workout and stay fit as I’ve gotten older, I feel like I’m living for the future now, not living in the past.”
Can you talk about the mental part of fitness a little bit more?
“The mental part of fitness is really just getting up off of the couch.
“I work for United Parcel Service as a delivery driver, and at the end of the day I’m tired. It’s a mental challenge to want to come spend an hour working out. But, like I said, thinking about my future health, (not only for me, but for my family), it’s definitely an easy choice to say ‘You know what, I’m gonna workout today.'”
I hear you’ve done some Spartan Races recently…
“Yes. As a matter of fact it was the Heritage family that brought this up. About two-and-a-half years ago I started looking at what they were doing. I saw the medals, you only get one third of the medal for every race you do. They get harder. The sprint goes up to five miles, the super goes up to 10, the beast goes up to 14, with the obstacles increasing as well. So HLF were talking about doing these, and I signed up for a Sprint, and at the same time I signed up for a Super, so I figured I was in it at that point.
After doing the Sprint the first time it was the rain and cold of January in California, I didn’t think I would do the Super. But I had a friend that I talked into doing it with me, and we drove up to Monterey and just made a weekend of it.
Everything that I did here at HIT Fit with George Mangum and the family really helped out. I knew that I could do this not only for me, but to get everyone else to want to do these things. Thankfully I was able to fly to Hawaii and do a Beast over there. It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had personally being challenged.
At my age of 48, it was really cool.
The rest of the group did their first Sprint last month, and it was really a treat to be able to run it with them, instead of doing it by myself.
Butch is currently training with HLF for another Spartan run very soon. Follow the adventures of Heritage Life Fit and friends on our Facebook page.