Episode II – Getting Started

Three days ago Gina looked at me in the way that instantly signals my position doesn’t stand a chance. Could I really be that annoying to change my mind after such a good discussion? Apparently yes. But I wasn’t really going to disregard our mutual epiphany to get our bodies and minds back on track, I was just being lazy.

Gina: I saw this one coming because I knew he would be up to it, he was just going to need a little push. I basically told him I was doing it with or without him, and for all the reasons we discussed, it was better to do it together. I went on the website, filled out the offer form, and knew that if I made an appointment, Mike would be there. He knew it was a great offer and the timing was right, plus we should at least hear what they have to say.

A day later, Gina texted to ask me my plans after work. “Nothing, want to do something?’ I replied. “Perfect!” she texted back, “with no plans you can join me at Apogee tonight at 6:30!” I laughed, but knew she was right. This was the right thing for us to do, and we really should be open to see what Apogee was really all about. “Ok, see you tonight, and looking forward to it :)”

First impressions are important, and Apogee nailed a positive first impression when I found out there is complimentary valet parking. For those of you not familiar with the White Plains traffic and parking scene, this is a major bonus. In a public lot behind Apogee, we met Carlos, the friendly Apogee valet. He explained to us that when we come to the Pilates and Wellness Center, a valet will watch our cars and feed the meters, free of charge. I am already starting to like this place.

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Gina: Mike was definitely excited about the parking. I guess he used to go to one of the other White Plains gyms where he was always paying for parking (and getting parking tickets, lol) in the City Center garage. For me, this is no big deal; I work in White Plains and just walk down Mammaroneck Ave to get to Apogee. But I guess if I was driving in, this would be a nice perk.

Our first impression of Apogee was the same: stunning. We were truly amazed at how clean the center was. This was a beautiful space, with a well-designed look and layout. There’s a welcome desk with inviting attendants, an organic smoothie bar and cafe, a shopping area for fitness and pilates apparel, and a beautiful first floor studio space. We would eventually tour the space to see the latest in Pilates equipment and cardio machines, a second studio upstairs, and an impressive member locker room downstairs, all impeccably clean and state-of-the art.

We were greeted by Amy Heavey, the Manager of Client Services, with whom we were scheduled to meet. Amy was so friendly and welcoming; we graciously agreed to discuss our plan for wellness over organic green tea with agave nectar.

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Gina: Amy is so great, she personalizes the workout schedule for you, caters to your interests and goals, and developed an entire wellness plan – not just personal training and classes – but a meeting with the life coach, and nutritionist. It’s great that she could set us up with duets so that we can personal train together, a great way to bond and spend time together. Also, love the free gym bag!

The bag was something that was definitely a ladies only accessory, but I wasn’t left out, they gave me a pretty cool golf shirt too. Free parking, a free shirt, and a free membership when we scheduled the personal training sessions, was a great way to wrap up this first visit.

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We were in, now officially members of Apogee Pilates and Wellness Center. It really felt good to make this commitment to ourselves, to get our lives back on track. We had our plan in place: a schedule of classes to attend, an introduction to pilates, a series of personal training sessions scheduled, a meeting with a life coach, a meeting with a nutritionist, and an idea that we could do it. The goals we outlined were attainable, and we were excited about it.

Next Week: Our Goals and Plan

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