Meet Liz and Steve
I mean you push yourself for a short period of time, rest and push yourself again. It’s high intensity interval training and it’s probably the most effective way to get fit in a short period of time. We’ve seen not only gains in each other but also in people that we’ve met here ah in a short period of time. It’s really amazing what they’ve been able to accomplish.
Tell Us About Yourselves. My name is Steve Smith. I’m 34 years old and I working out at Metabolic Meltdown for seven months. And my name is Liz Benjamin. I’m 43 years old and I’ve been working out at Metabolic for about the same amount of time.
Steve: I am a police officer with the city of Albany Police Department, assigned to the chief’s officer as the Department’s Public Information Officer. My responsibilities in that position are to liaison between the media and the Police Department. It’s a very demanding position and it requires me to be on call pretty much 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And, Metabolic Meltdown has afforded me the opportunity to meet those demands of my job and also get a great workout in every day.
Liz: I am an anchor at YNN and I known as Time Warner Cable News. I am a political anchor. I host a show at 8 o’clock, every night, Monday to Friday. I get up at four in the morning and blog and read all the headlines and start my day I’m in the studio from noon to about 8:30 and then come home eat, go to sleep, do it all again.
Tell us About Your Fitness History. Liz: I’m training for my third iron man and have incorporated Metabolic Meltdown in as a strength workout. It’s great. I’ve definitely seen improvement in term of my strength but also you get a lot of bang for your buck in terms of what you’re able to do and accomplish in a very short amount of time. I’ve been running marathons and doing triathlons since I was in my twenties and intermittently lifting weights sometimes with the trainer, sometimes alone. And have just been pretty much personally motivated for a really long time, that’s how I met
Steve: We love working out together. It’s hard to incorporate training into our schedules, in our opposite schedules. I came to Metabolic because Steve brought me here and it has been great in terms of our ability to work out together and to watch each other progress and to get stronger and also because of the community that’s here. I think it’s very supportive and pushes you as much as you want to get pushed. It’s motivating and I think encouraging but not scary or nasty and really pushes people to the limit that they’re capable of and maybe a little bit even of beyond.
What Was Your Initial Experience With Metabolic Like? Steve: In October of 2015, I can remember like it was yesterday, I came to Metabolic Meltdown for the first time. I walked through the door and this guy named Matt Phelps came right up to me and shook my hand. I felt welcome right from the beginning and asked me what my goals were. I told him that I was trained for the Iron man and I want to incorporate something to strength train and right away he put me into the class and while I was a little intimidated at first, he kinda reminded me of what my PT instructors in the Academy were like. He was very intense but extremely motivating. I had issues with my form and he came right over and corrected me and I kinda thought he was just doing this because I was this new guy. But when I got to a certain position in the class so I can see the rest of the class and what they were doing, I noticed he was doing the same thing with a lot of other people and the other trainers in the room as well. And they, were going around correcting people’s form and just really motivating them to get through the class. One thing I do remember is, when I have a pretty demanding job, I also have an eight-year-old son and I had to pick him up from school and I got an amazing workout in 45 minutes and got in my car I remember saying “I still have time to pick up Jacob at school”. Anybody can fit 45 minutes into their day and a great workout in and take advantage of many of the other-other services that they offer here at Metabolic Meltdown.
How are The Metabolic Trainers? Liz: I think it’s important to know and what impresses me is the knowledge of the trainers here. Not just Matt (CEO) but everybody. How motivating they are. They work out next to you in the class when they’re –when they’re free ,when they’re not training and they’re very encouraging and as Steve said fixing your form but also in recognizing that there’s a scientific based thought and process behind the workout that Matt puts together. I mean you push yourself for a short period of time, rest and push yourself again. It’s high intensity interval training and it’s probably the most effective way to get fit in a short period of time. We’ve seen not only gains in each other but also in people that we’ve met here ah in a short period of time. It’s really amazing what they’ve been able to accomplish.
Would you Recommend Metabolic Meltdown? Liz: I think it’s a place where you can sort of reset your day if it’s the end of the day or set your intentions for the start of the day. Get things started on a positive note. There’s an upbeat mentality here. Nobody is gonna criticize you or talk down to you if you have a day where you’re tired, like push you a little bit harder than you thought you were capable of and you leave here feeling accomplished and able to tackle things that maybe you didn’t think you were able to do before. We have encouraged a lot of people to come here and we do believe that it is a place that is available to a wide variety of folks and it could really change your life for the better.