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Kate Fleming

Kate Fleming

Joined June 18, 2012

I have never been an athletic person. I have always been active, but there has never been a time in my life when I would have considered myself to be “fit”. I have also never been able to stick to a workout routine for more than a few months at a time. Nothing had caught my interest and nothing had ever made me WANT to be at a workout day after day. But this past year, as I was looking towards my 30th birthday, I made the conscious decision that I was going to try and become that “fit” person I have always wanted to be and to try and find that workout that I would want to go today after day. After talking to a few friends about their experiences at Manic Training, it sounded as though it could be that place I had been looking for. And so I thought “Why not? I’ll give it a try. What is the worst that could happen?”
My first day was nothing short of disastrous. It was clear that I had a much longer way to go and it wouldn’t be easy getting there. But what made my first day a little less pitiful and painful was the owner and trainer John Ford. John helped me throughout the entire workout and made sure that I was okay. He didn’t get frustrated, he didn’t yell, and he made sure that when I needed to stop he was beside me to check that I was okay. John is very good at keeping your ability and your weaknesses in mind and adjusting the workout to make you comfortable. He is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to specific modifications and will show them at the beginning of the workout as a way to help those who are new. There has never been a time in which I felt I was being pushed into a workout I wasn’t able to accomplish and I am always given what I need to be successful.
Walking through those doors on that first day, I would have never imagined I would be able to achieve all that I have in under a year. I have broken through plateaus, continued to reach for heavier weights, and accomplish routines that months before I would have never been able to complete. But I haven’t gained just muscles during this time. Joining Manic has given me so more than I could have hoped for and more than I would have ever guessed. I have become a part of a community and a family that builds you up and supports you in your workout. We route for each other to achieve higher levels and we cheer when it happens. I have made friends that have become a part of my life and without knowing them or having them there; this experience would be very different. But what I feel I have gained the most of this year is confidence. Confidence in myself that I can push myself further than I would have ever thought possible. Confidence in myself that I can now call myself an athlete. And confidence in myself that there are no physical limits on what I can achieve but rather walls that I will eventually scale and make it over. Manic Training has become that place that I go because I WANT and NEED to work out. And it is the place that I have found a new and better version of myself. Manic’s motto is: We never said it would be easy…But believe me; it will definitely be worth it! I can say with full confidence that and without a doubt that it is more than worth it and you will gain more than you ever thought you could.


Phone 401.741.5106
Address 466 Main Street
Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879