[oh-ver-kuhm] Show IPA verb, o·ver·came, o·ver·come, o·ver·com·ing.

verb (used with object)

1. to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.

2. to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount: to overcome one’s weaknesses.

3. to overpower or overwhelm in body or mind, as does liquor, a drug, exertion, or emotion: I was overcome with grief.

4. Archaic. to overspread or overrun. verb (used without object)

5. to gain the victory; win; conquer: a plan to overcome by any means possible.

“I am grateful for struggle” – Bill Philips

What a struggle the last 42 days have been.

What I thought was a great plan to always bring the best to my HWTC clients didn’t work out the way as I had planned.

About half way through our 42 day programs I had a plan that we would move to our new bigger and badder Heavyweights Training Center.

I was like a kid on Christmas eve.

We had a new facility, which would be perfect for what we do at HWTC.  We had a class area, a huge area for strength training and focusing on what HWTC is all about lifting Heavy Weights.

Like I said, I felt like a kid the night before Christmas.

Danielle and I were at HWTC until 5:20 am the Sunday night before we opened at 6:00 am.  Danielle was scrubbing the floors on her hands and knees, I was putting away weights and sorting the gym so it felt the way I wanted it to feel.

I was really excited with what we had going, it was a big step but I knew how amazing it was going to be and I knew how much our HWTC clients would appreciate it.

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It’s why we stayed up until 5:20 am.

We moved everything in almost 24 hours so that our clients and our programs would miss only one 24 hour period.  Me and our HWTC Team busted our butts, moving everything in and getting it all done in under 36 hours.

Gill’s husband Pete, my good friend Fraser (who helped me run The Heavyweights Class back in the day), we started by laying 100 rubber black mats.

From there the rest of our team pitched in, we even had some clients show up and show their support in all areas.

It was amazing to see.

It made me happy.

It made me smile.

I don’t smile often.

Our whole team worked hard for that 36 hour period.  But we did it, we moved from our older location, set up, got everything ready, so that at Monday morning our classes were good to go.

5:40 am we get home.

Time for a drink.

Celebrate Our Victories.

Or so we thought.

11:45 am we get a call that HWTC has been forced to shut down.  A cease & desist on the front of our building.
Victory over.

My smile is long gone.

It seems that when we signed our lease that none of the things we needed to open a business was in place.

Our brand new building which I was very excited to have as our new home needed permits, inspections and more that I thought were already done by the building owner.  In case you were wondering my amazing plan assumed all this was already in place.

Three wakes later I am working on going through the legal channels of getting a permit for business occupancy, a permit for business occupancy, works services inspections and the list goes on and on.

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I look forward to us being open next week.

It has been a struggle.

It has been something to overcome.

At Heavyweights Training Center we are not a gym.

We are not a fitness center, we are not a big box gym.

We ARE a Fitness Community.

We are a Family.

We are a place where we all have the common ground and share the same beliefs.

No negativity.

Help others.

Do your best.

Set Goals.

Attain Them.Celebrate Your Victories.

Our creed.

What amazes me so much about what we do at HWTC is that my amazing clients did it WITHOUT having HWTC to finish.

Without our own facility to finish our programs my team and our clients stepped up and they kept going.

The didn’t stop.

I am amazed at the drive, the focus, the commitment to OVERCOME and finish out their programs without our gym.

I felt ashamed inside, it was my duty as the business owner and main coach to give them MY BEST for the 42 days and I couldn’t do that.  It was a horrible feeling.  I am very glad I have such a great team to be behind me and deliver to our clients.  You guys are amazing.

Tomorrow through all the struggle, through all the stress, through all the sacrifice, our clients and my Heavyweights Team get to celebrate our victories.

I am very proud of them, and I am very proud of my support team.  Without you guys there would be no HWTC.

At HWTC we pride ourselves on having “The Right” people, a certain mindset and personality is needed at HWTC.  It’s what we want.  The amazing thing about the last 42 days is getting to see people’s true colors.  To see the ones who stand behind you that want to see your success, compared to others who want to see you fail.

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Those who overcame difficulties, who didn’t complain, they did their best, they found a way, they kept going to finish.
It made me really proud to know these were MY clients, my students.

It made me smile again.

Throughout the last 42 days I have received more hate mail than ever before, but I also received WAY more positive texts, facebook messages, emails, and more it was amazing.

It showed me that MY GOAL to not ever open a typical GYM was coming true.

I don’t want a GYM, I want a place where we all share the same common goals and even without having our gym I am grateful to be surrounded by such amazing people.

Tomorrow morning will be a very proud day for me and my HWTC Team and Clients.

Thank you everyone that supported us through this, we won’t forget it.

I am very grateful to be surrounded by such great people.

It’s hard to find people that will stick behind you when things get tough.  I am very grateful to have people like that around me to help me and my clients overcome.

Tomorrow my Heavyweights Family and I  Celebrate Our Victories.

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