Meet instructor Adam Lake.
We all fall into our routines – even though that’s really the worst sabotage to our own fitness. If you’re a weekday work-out-er, even if you come early some days and at the end of day on others, you might not know there’s an instructor named Adam. We set an alarm clock last Saturday to meet this weekend wonder, and started the weekend off on a sweaty note.
How did you discover As1:
I coached with George – when I was training for my first Ironman. It was his second, my first and he was one of the team coaches. And a friendship started there.
How long have you been teaching here:
I’ve been here three years. I’m an NYC firefighter, down at Ladder 5 in Greenwich Village, and I’m also a PT instructor at the fire academy.
Can you get any of your “brothers” to do these workouts?
Sometimes – there are a couple who do, but most of our guys live in Staten Island, so anything above 14th street scares them, but I do get a few of them to come in pretty regularly.
What’s your favorite workout?
One of the worst workouts that I love the most is the 90-60-30, which is 90 seconds of cardio then 60 seconds of complex moves (like squats and lifts with a sandbag) followed by 30 seconds of burpees. Do that trio non-stop for 5 rounds, and then do it again rotating machines and exercises. I try to do that once every two weeks.
Are you always still sore after that?
Yes, always. Because no matter what, it’s never easy. As you get stronger, you work more efficiently and you work faster. It never gets easy, but you just become better at the exercises and pushing yourself harder.
What’s your favorite thing about a workout?
I teach the Sunday long class – a solid 90 minutes of work. There are about 8 loyal ones who are here every week. It wipes you out, but when you’re done, that’s quite a feeling.