Humans of Hanuman: Winston Brewington
We love to feature our students in this Humans of Hanuman series. This month, we're featuring Winston Brewington. If you know Winston at all, you know him for that big ol' smile and hearty laugh. Learn more below!
Hi Winston! Tell us a little bit about yourself. :)
I was born in Queens, and raised in New York City. I have lived in Inwood for two about two and a half years with my girlfriend Michelle and our two cats Gabby and Monty.
What do you do for a living?
I am currently an co-host/producer for an arts and culture radio show, as well as a music journalist.
That sounds awesome! What led you to start working out at Hanuman Health Club?
Michelle found out about the club during an online search for gyms. She bought a package at Hanuman as a Christmas present last December. I started working out at Hanuman in January, and have been going there ritually ever since.
Nice. And how do you find Hanuman Health Club’s approach to be different from other gyms or fitness methods?
One of the things I hate about traditional gyms is the atmosphere. They tend me be very crowded at certain hours of the day, and it's hard to workout like I would like to. Hanuman is great because the classes are relatively small, and every person gets attention from the instructor. I also think it's great how there is so much focus on working out properly so you're less likely to get injured.
How has your approach to movement evolved?
I never used to do simple things like sit on the ground because it just wasn't comfortable. But, after becoming more flexible through my work at Hanuman, I've become much more comfortable doing regular activities... like having picnics on the ground.
Isn't it amazing how the simple things change everything?! How has this affected your daily life, mind and energy?
I feel so much better. My energy is much higher, and the strength and mobility workouts have helped me be more efficient in my long distance running. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in.
Wow, that's quite a statement. What do you recommend for someone just starting out in the fitness world?
I recommend taking whatever it is that you do one day at a time. Improvement is all about consistency. If you find something you enjoy, that also keeps you healthy and feeling great, do it often and stick to it.
Well, Winston. You are probably one of the most joyful people I know. Why do you think that is?
Honestly, I'm finally at a point in my life where I really appreciate myself, and the things I have accomplished big and small. I used to be, and at times still am, very hard on myself. I deal with some depression and anxiety, but I can handle it so much better then I have in the past people of working out every week, trying to eat a more balanced diet, and being around positive people. All of these things give me fuel to keep going and try to live life to the fullest.
Beautiful. What does mindful movement mean to you?
To me, mindful movement is all about listening to your body and what it needs. It's important not too push yourself to the point of injury whenever possible. If something doesn't feel right, stop and reassess. Hanuman has definitely made me pay more attention to how my body feels when I'm working out.
Thanks, Winston. You're the best! :)