The first time I signed up for NTC was at the gym with my friend Nadia, we really liked the intensity of it and the instructors always brought the right energy with them. After I ditched the gym I started working out on my own, absolutely love sprinting and running up and down bleachers, I ended up finding myself at my old high school quite a bit after that.
My cousin Samantha works for Nike and I follow Nike Women on Twitter which is where I first heard of the Nike Tour back in 2014(note: my cousin is my go to for Nike info obvs.). Back then I didn’t think driving to Santa Monica for a free work out was worth it.. It wasn’t until last year that it was being held in Downtown LA that I gave it a go. By this time I had no idea how out of shape I really was I struggled, ached, and felt embarrassed. After my first class I was hooked, signed up every week brought friends, went alone. I tend to be a creature of habit at times and a year later I am still showing up Mondays and Saturdays unless I’m traveling.
Words can’t even explain the energy that goes on during these classes, everyone is super encouraging, it’s very no man stays behind kinda feel, it is exactly what you need when you are giving up on yourself.
One of the biggest reasons I continue to go is *drumroll please* my anxiety, we all hear this often, it’s not that surprising. The feeling that your life is falling apart, something bad is about to happen, feeling like you can’t breathe, on and on. Four years later I finally feel like I’ve got it somewhat under control, I’ve shown up after having a full on anxiety attack and have left feeling so much better. I’ve shown up after a shitty day at work, after an amazing weekend, vacation, moment and so on. Good or bad I show up because it makes me feel great about myself (
losing some of the weight I had gained was the biggest perk).
One of my favorite photographers has captured some of my and everyone else’s greatest moments while at NTC and I am forever thankful, John Jefferson check his instagram out.
All the images below were taken by John, enjoy.