Hello, I hope everyone is staying healthy and staying moving. Yesterday on one of our “long walks” as Masyn likes to call them. I got to thinking about how much different my training has been since we closed the gym due to the coronavirus. If I had to guess, I probably have done some sort of barbell training ever since I was in the fifth grade. I’m not sure if I have ever taken a month+ off of touching a barbell until now. Yes, when we closed I took a barbell and some weights home but I’ve only picked it up once to do some weighted box step ups.
I’ve been trying to put myself in your shoes and have just been doing the #CF217AtHome WOD’s with limited equipment just like the majority of you. Do I miss it? Absolutely! Am I afraid I’m going to be weak or less fit when we get back? Not really, I’m still moving everyday and maybe more than before. We will be back soon and strength comes back quickly. It’s not like we are taking a year off….I hope. Try to change your focus on training and life. Create a routine for your day and be active when you can. If you can be better than yesterday everyday you’re going to be where you want to be.
Here is what a normal day looks like for me right now.
Every morning, we get up and ready for the day. I get in my GoWOD mobility for 15-30 minutes before we zoom. We will do the zoom call at 9am if its a zoom day and if it isn’t we still go outside around that same time to stick to our routine. I will get my “workout” in while the kids play. I say “workout” because very few of my workouts are “For Time” anymore. I usually have plenty of interruptions along the way but I do get it done. Once I finish my workout, we normally go for an hour or so walk with the kids and go back inside to do school work for the kids. After that, we go back outside to play or for another walk and just stay busy all day. I’ve also been trying to get in a longer running session once Emily gets home from work. When Emily is off work, the main difference is we will take turns getting our workout in while the other watches the kids so we can put a little more effort and focus into those training sessions.
I’ve had more time to focus on spending time with the girls and trying not to get too frustrated if I have to pause my workouts to chase them down. I’ve been able to do homework with them, play sports with them, to them out to ride bikes, etc. I’ve just been trying to spend the extra time with them that I didn’t have before.
I’ve had more time to focus on growing the business. We will be able to offer 24 hour access soon to all members who want that option. I’ve been looking into some other systems that will enhance your membership experience. I’ve been planning some fun events and new programs that we will hopefully be able to do in a few months.
Let’s be honest, I struggle off and on focusing on my own nutrition. I know what to do, I know how to fix it, and I know better than to let it happen but it does happen. Life has been busy the last year for us and we had a lot of things changing in our life and I kind of fell off the wagon. This extra time has really helped me focus on getting that back on track.
I’ve made an effort to focus on my mobility by following a daily mobility routine so I can take care of my body and avoid injuries. The best thing you can do to stay injury free as we age is to move well. Stay on your mobility guys!
I’ve been running almost daily to stay active and stay fit. I feel better after I finish and it lets me clear my mind and escape the house for a bit.
I’ve been following Mike Newhart’s advice. Shout out to Mike. He is basically my “life coach” right now. Hopefully, I can be a better person, father, spouse, business man, etc. You should really pick his brain sometime if you want to improve in these areas. I’ve been making day planning a priority and not just something that crosses my mind. It has helped keep me on track with all this extra time that could easily be wasted without having a plan.
This situation we are all in is not ideal for anyone but you have to look for the positives in life right now. My training and life in general looks a ton different than it ever has but we will be back and have you right back to where you were in no time. Find those positives and change your focus. See you soon!