For years I was an evening workout guy. I made it to a few early morning Muay Thai classes every once in a while, but for the most part, I didn’t really have the time in the morning. I’d be up till 2 or 3am reading or looking up crazy shit on the internet. You know, life enriching stuff.
Then about a year ago I started doing yoga in the morning with my wife. It was a revelation. By the time most people are just getting up, I can already have worked out, had a smoothie, and gotten dressed for work. Then when I get home from work, I’m done. I can just read and write as much as I want to.
Putting my shoes on in the morning is the hardest part of working out early. That’s my goal when the alarm goes off. It’s like Beatrix in the beginning of Kill Bill. Move your little toe. Put your shoes on. If yo can do the small ting, you can do the big thing. Maybe not well at first, but eventually you’ll be better than you were. It works the same way with everything. Even writing.
I’m not too particular about my workout plans. I think as long as you’re moving with some intensity and with a good range of motion, most of what you’ll do will get some kind of results. Foe me, I’ve found consistency is key. 5 or 6 days a week gets results both physically and mentally.
Today marks day one of Crossfit East Bay. My first workout was a Dirty Thirty:
30 Box Jumps 24/20 in
30 Jumping Pull-ups
30 Kettlebell Swings 1/0.75p
30 Walking Lunges
30 Knees To Elbows
30 Push Presses, 45/33 lb
30 Good mornings, 45/33lb
30 Wall Balls, 20/14 lbs to 10/9′
30 Double Unders
This is a scaled down workout (Filthy Fifty is the same, but with 50 reps). I finished in something like 17:50. Not exactly crushing it, but not too bad for having not worked out hard for a year or so.
I know there are all kind of opinions about Crossfit and its methodologies, but today I was reminded of exactly why I like it. It’s more about developing mental fortitude than anything else. You hit a hard spot and you push through (as long as form is intact). This is a great lesson for life.