Movement Minneapolis member since: June 2015
What’s your athletic/fitness background?
Does playing the piano count?
What brought you to the Movement? Do you remember your first workout and what you thought of it?
Fate? I used to live in an apartment on the street behind Rudolph’s. The Movement was the closest gym to my apartment.
Martin did my intro. I think I was overwhelmed by all the words I didn’t know (like “biofeedback” and “deadlift” and “barbell”) but I must have sensed the Movement was a good thing because I signed up right away.
In the beginning, I remember telling both Mark and Martin that my only goal was to actually stick with something long enough to see some changes. Mark and I worked out a deal where I committed to Mon-Wed-Fri workouts. If I couldn’t make it, I had to let him know why. It worked. The deal still stands and I have religiously shown up three times a week for almost two years now.
What’s been the biggest change for you since joining the Movement?
Joining the Movement has been one of the most transformational things I’ve ever done for myself.
Physically, I’ve never had a good muscular base. Now I have muscles. You can even kind of see them. It’s nuts.
Mentally, I’ve learned how to slog through learning something that doesn’t come naturally or intuitively.
And emotionally, my relationship with my body has completely changed. I could wax poetic here but maybe it’s enough to say that I’m not where I should be but nowhere near where I started.
What’s been your favorite Movement moment so far?
Generally, I like when the room isn’t too crowded, people are in a good mood, and the music is good.
I also really liked what happened on Facebook when Adam Heaney lost his pants.
Tell us about your most memorable PR.
I’m unapologetically uninterested in PRs. I can never remember numbers. I like to sketch pine trees and write songs.
Do you have a favorite exercise/workout/training style? If so, what is it?
Jumping is the bees’ knees. We should get a trampoline. I’ve also been doing some hot yoga this winter. Anything novel or strenuous really helps me climb out of my head.
How about your least favorite exercise/workout?
I can’t do windmills. I don’t even test them anymore. Don’t tell Mark or Martin because they’ll say “yes you can” and then I totally will and they’ll gloat.
Do you prefer training solo or with a partner/team/class?
I like it all. “Solo” is my default setting but I secretly love being around people.
What does being “strong” mean to you?
Maybe true strength is to keep moving forward in spite of setbacks, fear, self doubt, or self loathing. Strength is also just having the doggedness to show up when you don’t want to.
How do you spend your days when you’re not at the gym?
I design and art direct promotional ads for Target during the day and do some freelance design work on the side. I also make art, and music, and travel as much as possible. If something is more expensive than a plane ticket, I’m going to go ahead and buy a plane ticket instead. Priorities, you know? I try to see a new country every year. I’ve got my eye on Vietnam lately. Or maybe Colombia? Any takers?
What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?
Beer > Wine
Any secret/hidden talents?
I’ve spent most of my life trying to hide my talents because I didn’t like the attention. Not recommended.
What’s your favorite post-workout meal?
It’s usually two scrambled eggs with parmesan cheese. Maybe a beer if I’m feeling fancy. I try not to tell myself I need to eat more because I just worked out. Seems like a slippery slope. I’m not an oarsman. I sit at a desk all day.
What are you training for/what’s your next training goal?
My training goal is to keep moving and trying new things. Forever.
How can people find/connect with you? (Instagram, etc)
My inter-nest: http://www.rebeccacahill.com
Do you have any advice for people starting out?
Someday isn’t a thing. Tomorrow isn’t really a thing either. Today is where it’s at.