How L.I.F.E. came to be
I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded by incredible people for most of my 29 years on this Earth.
My mother, Kathy Nolan. My caring, encouraging other half, Emily. The incredible friends I get to share everyday with, Shawn, Abby & Peter.
Chances are extremely high that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve impacted my life in a meaningful way (thank you very much, you incredible human!).
Two incredibly influential people in my life were my grandparents, Thomas & Diane Nolan.
Growing up, my grandparents were there for everything. If there was something going on with one of their 10 grandchildren, they were there for it.
Always just a phone call away, I never doubted my grandparents love for myself & our family.
As I got older, my grandparents & I got closer & closer. As the years went on, roles reversed. Anytime Mayma or Poppy needed something, I was the man they called to get it done. It brought me such intense pride to be there for them whenever they needed me.
Their deaths in 2018 are easily some of the most difficult, formative, jarring moments in my life.
After their passing, I spent a good amount of time thinking about all the things I coulda or shoulda done.
Thinking back on some of my grandparents’ last days, one of my biggest takeaways is we have to keep moving.
No matter what, we have to keep these bodies strong, functional & resilient.
Towards the end of 2018, I had this lightbulb moment. My grandparents used to always tell me I went to the “crazy gym”.
Everything to them looked difficult & outside of their scope.
So I thought, what if there was a class, a time & space for those who wanted the community, the guidance, the care & coaching that came with the group classes we offered at Railroad, that they would feel comfortable in?
L.I.F.E. class was born.
A deliberate attempt to delay the aging process, while providing a safe space for anyone 50 years and up to KEEP moving, KEEP progressing and KEEP thriving.
So what goes on in L.I.F.E.?
We focus on maintaining strength & function with an emphasis on mobility & flexibility. All the things that can & will keep you kicking butt in life.
The five pillars of programming are squatting, pressing, pulling, carrying & holding with less emphasis put on complex gymnastics & weightlifting (like the snatch). All within a community of values driven individuals who show up ready to give it their best.
I have no clue if my grandparents would’ve actually taken part.
My grandparents were very set in their ways, creatures of habit for sure. It would’ve been very hard to get Thomas Nolan to put down his cigarette long enough to do a burpee (don’t strike me down from up there, Wizard).
But I’m very confident they would be proud of the way L.I.F.E. class has turned out.
Every week when Shawn asks at our team meeting what my bright spot is, I get filled with such joy thinking about that class. It’s one of my bright spots every week.
This class is filled with amazing people who continue to defy what it means to age. I often refer to them as Unicorns.
There aren’t many like that group walking the face of this Earth. And man am I proud of them.
L.I.F.E. class has exceeded my wildest dreams.
What started out as an idea for a class where my grandparents might feel comfortable working out in, has transformed into a community of Masters athletes who crush it 2-3x a week.
If I can impact someone positively through this class the way my grandparents impacted me, mission accomplished.