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But not if Chicago Athletic Clubs personal trainer Matthew Hongosh can help it. Instead of moping around this winter, he’s inviting CAC members to join him in preparing for a monster of a physical and mental goal. In February, Matt plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Want to join him?
Matt just opened up spots for a new 3-month small group training program. Meeting on Fridays evenings and Sunday afternoons, he’ll work with the group to build the strength, mindset and endurance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
We wanted to know more about what’s in store for these next three intense months, so we asked Matt a few questions about what inspired him to set his sights on this goal and what he’ll be doing to prepare.
Matt: I decided to do this about 6 months ago. I've made it a mission to experience and do as many things as I possibly can being physically able.
Matt: It was a client and friend of mine who actually brought up the idea. It's been his dream for years, however, after reading a book about Kilimanjaro and watching a couple of Youtube videos, It's easy to get hooked. I'm excited the closer to February I get.
Matt: Well, It's the winter months and WE ALL tend to fall off training. And we're not getting any younger. So why not?
Matt: Ha, good question! It entails a balance of foundational strength and the proper mindset. We tend to drain our bodies not train them for life. The Kilimanjaro training program is a step-by-step program that starts with body weight and movement quality.
In month 2, we'll take those movements we learned and start loading them up with resistance, and for time under tension. You want to improve the body's work capacity so it can handle the steady climb of Kilimanjaro, while enjoying every step along the way.
Matt: Stress can be controlled by how we breathe. Every rep in the gym gets a breath. Our isometric holds and wall sits are measured in breaths, not time. Constantly progressing in the Kilimanjaro Climbing Program will give you the confidence and willpower to keep on with the journey you started before the holidays started.
Matt: Yes. We will be starting our training on November 15. This will give of 3 months to build our bodies and minds. We will meet at LVAC on Fridays at 6:15 p.m. and WAC on Sundays at noon.
Want in? Email Matt at email@example.com to get more info about training with the Kilimanjaro group.
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