Noah Trudeau

” You just need to make it through the doors on the third day, because if you can make it on the third day, you can make it any and every day.”

How long have you been a member at CFM?

I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary at CFM on the 6th of October.

Why did you join?

I couldn’t fit into dress pants that I bought before I started my Ph.D. I had put on a lot of weight from stress through my first year and just felt bad physically, like all the time.

What do you love most about CFM? / What keeps you coming back each month?

The staff, the facility, and the members. The staff are some of the most wonderful people and have always made me feel welcome, the facility is a safe space for my mental health because I know I can let out any and all emotion and leave it on the table.

I have literally left blood, sweat, and tears on the floors of CFM. Knowing that I can take whatever is bothering me that day and burn it off, that’s a big deal. And the other members have become some of my closest friends, I’ve been to their weddings, seen their newborns, checked on their dogs while they were out of town, you name it.

What is your current occupation and/or what are some hobbies, clubs, groups, or activities you participate in?

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at WVU. I also won the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student: Teaching award for the entire business college. I stream on Twitch, play Dungeons & Dragons, and do strongman sports in my free time.

Who inspires you?

The Giosi Family inspires me. When I am having trouble, I remember that they “Do hard things hard”. My dissertation chair inspires me, he’s now the dean of the college. He graduated from WVU with his Ph.D. in 2007. It’s unusual that someone is able to climb back up to the level of school that they graduated from but to also end up the dean, he’s crazy. I don’t know if he sleeps. My significant other inspires me. She’s pretty great and I don’t want this to get mushy. And my friends and the other members of CFM inspire me. Nothing will get you through a workout more than someone doing it right there with you.

How has improved fitness impacted your life? Please provide an example of a result outside of the gym.

I stopped playing sports in high school because they weren’t fun to me. Since joining CFM, one of the things I have found is that sports are fun again, I started doing strongman sports because of the friends I made through CFM. CFM helped me remember that exercise and effort can be enjoyable, it’s not just about being miserable so you can look good.

What’s one thing – either fitness-related or not – you learned in the last month?

Andre Tchaikowsky, a pretty popular 20th Century Composer (not to be confused with Tchaikovsky who wrote the Nutcracker and Swan Lake), donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company when he died (in 1982), so he could be Yorick (the skull) in Hamlet.

No actors were comfortable using the real human skull in an on-stage performance until 2008 when David Tennant used it in a series of performances at Stratford-upon-Avon. That same production of Hamlet moved to London’s West End, and the RSC made a big announcement they would stop using the skull because it was “too distracting for the audience”. Then, they just kept using it anyway! You can actually see one of the performances with David Tennant and the skull in a BBC television adaptation.

What would you say to someone you love to encourage them to try out CFM?
Come for 3 days. The first day will be intense and you will have fun. The second day you will be sore but you will have fun. The third day is the hardest because you will be sore and it will be hard to have the motivation, but if you come the third day you will still have fun and that’s when you’ll realize that you can do it. 3 days is all it takes to start a habit that will benefit you in all the parts of your life.
You don’t need fancy diets, supplements, cleanses, or anything like that. You just need to make it through the doors on the third day, because if you can make it on the third day, you can make it any and every day. Also, say hi to me if I’m there because I want to be your friend.