The Most Unpopular Way to Get Fit
I went to a group class at 24 Hour Fitness yesterday which is not my usual gig. Chalk it up to trying to shake things up a bit – I just needed a change of scenery and I prefer the variety that comes with an early wake-up call.
The class was a 5:30am Boot Camp and I went with the vague notion that it would probably involve a circuit of some kind and it would almost definitely hurt.
Right and right.
10 stations each with two exercises ranging from lunges to presses to hip bridges to burpees. One after another – bam, bam, bam! The first time around we did each exercise for a total of one minute (two minutes total at each station, 20-something minutes all told). Then we went around again – wheeee!
One thing that I love about circuit training is that it’s truly customizable. You can go as hard as you want, lift as heavy as you can muster, jump as high as you want. You make your own pain so a group full of 35 adults with vastly different fitness capabilities can all get a good, hard workout in. Being in company is motivating and sometimes inspiring and, at the very least, it will shame you into some modicum of performance.
But at the end of the day? You’re still the one behind the barbell. It goes as high as you can lift it.
Those squat thrusts? They’re yours, baby. Own them.
There were a lot of people in boot camp today and more than half of them were busting ass. The others? Going through the motions.
Which reminded me about something that can really suck about working out.
Or at least it should be.
Showing up to a group class and waving your arms in the air isn’t going to get you there. As the overly-caffeinated instructor said, “You gotta work it, baby.”
I’m not sure why people waste so much time and money on classes and memberships when they won’t do the one simple thing that will make the difference: show up and go hard.
As a small-business owner and blossoming efficiency freak with seriously limited time resources, it drives me up the wall. As a sometimes meat-head gym-rat it makes me frustrated.
As a person who cares about other human beings and wants to see them succeed? It makes me want to help.
So here goes. Here’s the Grit and Glimmer sponsored PSA:
Go do whatever it is you love to do and DO IT WELL. Be present. Go hard. MAKE IT FUCKING COUNT.