ANOTHER 8 WEEK INTRO COURSE WILL BE STARTING IN APRIL OR MAY
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I’ve been seeing that several people here have decided to do this. And that’s cool. If you’re still planning on doing our daily workouts, you may still be bending over and/or using your lower back and/or putting things over your head. That’s all. I’m not saying don’t do it. And I’ve never done any tests to see how doing 9,000 kettlebell swings affects anything else. So maybe bending over and putting a heavy thing over your head 9,000 times will totally help doing the heavy front squats, deadlifts, and snatches we do this month. Maybe your grip will be stronger for the rope climbs and pull ups and other things that require grip strength. Or maaaaaaayyyyybe not. I guess the only way to find out is to do 9,000 kettlebell swings this month… and then… compare your results to someone else who didn’t do them… who may or not have been at the same ability level as you and may have gotten bad sleep or bad nutrition while you also may have gotten bad sleep or bad nutrition… or good sleep and bad nutrition… or vice versa…. so … or……I……. actually there’s no way for us to know for sure. If people are getting hurt, then maybe the kbs are not helping. If they are not, maybe they are…. or nothing is changing. So go ahead… bend away.
I just think 9,000 is a goofy number. It should be 10,000. That would allow you to bend over 1,000 more times and only have to do 33.333333333 more swings per day. And you’d be doing a way cooler number. 9,000 is kinda…… you know…. [making inappropriate gesture with fingers.]
Am I alone in feeling like I have just come out of hibernation with this weather? Seriously… I didn’t even realize how not happy I was until this weather started getting nice. And here I am now… just loving every day way more than I did a few weeks ago. Ice storms are for kids and people who live further from the equator. Get over yourself, Nature.
Oh and that pic above… I just like searching Google for a topic I’m semi-interested in and then finding the goofiest or most unrelated thing I can find. So there you have it. That pic was found under something like, “weather better mood.” I wonder if it would have even popped up if I’d searched for “headless shifty-eyed lady in black cloud skirt dusting her head.”
The “competitive exercise season” is about to start and I hadn’t really cared until this weather started picking up. Now, out of nowhere…. I’m more eager to train, I don’t perceive as much discomfort during nastily uncomfortable workouts, all my lifts feel faster and tighter, … I just feel better. And I just have to think the weather has something/everything to do with it. I remember it in college too. I went to school in Milwaukee, which was nastily cold most of the year. And you would see nooooo one outside or out ANYwhere enjoying life when it was stupidly cold. Then the first nice day, evvvveryone just brightens right the heck up and is out shotgunning beers in the street and making other questionable life decisions.
Since I started typing this (several days ago ) , I’ve already talked to some and already know that others feel the same way I do. Which is just faaaantastic. Just a nice hippity happity good warm bright vibe in the gym now. And we get to open all the doors. Which is way pleasant. And since so many of us seem to feel the same way, we can all keep this positive vibe going all spring and summer. I know it will still get a bit cold some days … and it’s not “everyone take their shirts off because they weigh 30 pounds because it’s humid as hell and we’re doing burpee box jumps” season just yet (even though I’ve already had my first shirtless training session and it was NOICE) … but it’s NOT far away… so don’t give me any crap about saying all this “nice weather” stuff too early. I’m being positive. Negativity is for kids and for people who live in places where they can’t go to the beach in February.
This is one of the pics that shows up when you search Google for “february”….
When I look at that picture… I do NOT think, “Gee… I feel like exercising hard and/or fast right now.”
But just a few days ago… I was pretending I knew how to stand on boards and “ride” waves in the Atlantic Ocean…
And when I look at THAT… I’m like, “Man… I feel like sweating my face off in the gym while wearing nothing but skimpy shorts and a beard.”
In a few months, I could very well be saying, “Summer sucks… I’m too hot.” But I really am excited to be a sweaty mess in here. Going through 3 or 4 shirts a day… as many pairs of underwear…
Yyyyyep… good weather means more vitamin D means good vibe means happy humans exercising means more consistency means better results means everyone loves their lives.
did you know…
If you search Google
“i love my life”
THIS COMES UP???
HELLO. For at least a little while, (and we’ve already started sort of) some 5:30 AM sessions will not have an “instructor.” We will still continue to open and have the daily workout, and we will have someone knowledgeable there for tips/guidance. You and your neighbors will also give each other pointers and make sure no one is doing things too weirdly, but there will not be an actual “INSTRUCTOR.” Not every day, but definitely some days. This will be at least until we can have consistent help in the early AM. On days that are more “technical,” or where we think people DO need instruction, we will definitely make sure there is an instructor. Just an FYI. I promise it will all be ok. I love you all.
Puzzles are awesome. I used to do the NY Times Crossword every day. I couldn’t do them in like 2 minutes like some of those freaks do, but I could do them… EVEN Friday ones and a GOOD AMOUNT of Saturday ones … which are way harder than the other days of the week. And as many of us know, I’ve been completing Rubik’s cubes for about a month and a half now.
The more you do puzzles… the better you get at them. (JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.) And in working on this puzzle, I am finding it relatable to training. Towards the end of all my recent puzzle-working sessions, I have a headache, I can’t think straight, I hate my life, my back hurts, etc. Then I take a break, I get motivated again, I come back, and I’m better than I was before… sticking pieces in their slots right away… easily recognizing patterns and shapes that I didn’t before. But it takes tiiiime. It takes persistence… trial and error… stubbornness… a desire to finish something you started even though the goal is several sessions away… with lots or rest and recovery in between those sessions.
And so much of training is a mental battle …. and I would argue even more so for a smart person…. which of course I are. I think people who think more and who are rational and analytical can easily realize, “Wait… this hurts… NOT doing this feels better… I am not even a spec on another non-spec we call Earth in the ever-expanding vast cosmic ocean. Fighting against gravity with steel and rubber does not mean anything and is actually quite silly. I shall go eat doughnuts.”
But then I think about it more, and I think it’s good to think. Because like anything else, you get better at thinking the more you do it. You can even get so good at it that you can step out of that piece of your brain that perceives “pain” and “discomfort” and “doesn’t understand why you keep doing so many cleans” or “why you are sitting on a machine with a sliding seat and spazzing out by yanking on a plastic handle connected to a bike chain.” And then you can focus on things like “why you started training in the first place” and you can EVEN start…. “liking” … the feeling you originally perceived as “pain” and “discomfort.” And it’s not as tough as it may seem. Just tell yourself you like it. I used to be kinda freaked out by turbulence on airplanes, but then one time I just decided I would start liking it. And it totally worked. I absolutely love it. It makes being crammed in an aluminum tube with a bunch of other humans…. who have entrusted their lives to a person who told the airline, who then in turn told all the passengers, that he/she knew how to fly planes… so much more enjoyable. Try it out.
And keep working on the ever-evolving puzzle that is “fitness.” Actually, we will help each other. Because I know there are times when we are discouraged, when we “give up,” when we’re not seeing/feeling/noticing results, when we don’t know why we do this… That’s why this type of environment/community is so great for “fitness.” I certainly didn’t get that far in that puzzle above by myself. I definitely didn’t get to my level of “fitness” by myself either. And I’m like… soooooooooo fit.
I think we’re pretty much at maximum capacity for our Introductory Program beginning Monday.
If you’ve not gotten your money in, please do so today.
Here is the first thing we’ll be having all of the new folks do on Monday.
THIS is the ACtual first thing we’ll be doing…
Enjoy your weekend!
Still a few spot left for our 8 WEEK INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM starting February 3.
Please send us a message through this site or through Facebook OR stop by the gym if you are interested.
I hear from others that THEY hear from others that this place is “intimidating.”
The internet says that these are all synonyms for “intimidate” (my favorites in bold):
frighten, menace, terrify, scare, terrorize, cow, dragoon, subdue, threaten, browbeat, bully, pressure, harass, harry, hassle, hound, torment, tyrannize, persecute, lean on, push around, bulldoze, railroad, twist someone’s arm, strong-arm
I can assure you… neither I nor anyone or anything else in here will attempt to “dragoon” you. I’ve never “bulldozed” or “tyrannized” anyone or anything in my life.
But maybe it is my fault because of the way I present myself… or however that is interpreted. Because I’ve heard it before.
One day, when I was a sophomore in college, one of my friends asked me if he could use my car.
I shrugged my shoulders and said, “Yeah that’s fine.”
He breathed out the biggest sigh of relief and said he was trying to muster up the courage all day to ask me because I was…
This dude was over 6 feet, could get females that would have been out of Zack Morris’s league, had a warrant out for his arrest in L.A., had just gotten in a rumble at another college over the weekend…
“YOU ARE!!! You don’t know it, but you are.”
Keep in mind… the guy he was talking to was NOT this guy…
Noooooo no no no.
I kid you not, the person he was talking to was this guy…
You don’t even have to consider the dress when determining my level of intimidation.
NOTHING about shaggy blonde hair, rosy red cheeks, and Natural Light says, “menacing,” “threatening,” or “terrifying.” (However… “Marge” was my ROOMMATE’s girlfriend at the time, and she is now MY wife…)
So if THAT guy intimidates people… It probably doesn’t help that I now have a bigass beard and have recently started wearing sleeveless shirts. But I still don’t believe I am “threatening.”
And I get it. This is not a “normal” gym. People here have become friends with each other and eat breakfast after Saturday workouts and that appears “cliquey,” people here are strong and can do chin ups and pick a bunch of weight off the ground and throw it over their heads, people here have visible abs and other defined muscles, … And if you’ve not been doing this stuff, I definitely understand that it all might appear intimidating.
BUT… I promise… NO ONE is oozing confidence when they first come in here. Very few can already do chin ups. Several still cannot. NO ONE knows how to do a squat or a clean or a snatch properly when they join. NO ONE is “in shape” when they sign up. And that is something I hear a lot… “I want to come, but I have to get in shape first.” I always say that is like saying, “I want to eat food, but I am hungry.” I did not take any logic courses in college, so that analogy might be somewhat flawed. But you get the idea.
And I think it is better to be friendly with the people exercising around you than to have earbuds in and not speak with anyone else. I think building strength is essential. I think it is beneficial to train in a place that has a pretty large focus on barbell work and movements that have been around for centuries… whenever it was that a group of humans first decided to see who could lift more weight off the ground and/or over their heads. I think it is beneficial to frequently challenge your comfort levels… in and outside of “working out.” I think it is beneficial to embrace things that we might find “intimidating.”
I am excited about our 8 week program we are beginning next month. It is really what we need to introduce newer people to our program while simultaneously allowing our current members to continually progress.
5:30 AM SESSIONS NOW ON TUESDAYS!
STARTING TODAY (OR TOMORROW IF YOU’RE READING THIS ON MONDAY)
As of now, it looks like we have only a few spots left for our 8 WEEK INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM. If you’ve expressed interest via email, phone, or through current member, we are holding your spot. But please get your payment in soon so we can CONTINUE to hold your spot.
Sorry for the lack of site updates. And for this one being so photo-less. They’re comin’ though!
8 Week Introductory Classes beginning Monday, February 3
Meeting MWF 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Monday, February 3 – Friday, March 28
Kick start your fitness in a class with other beginners where you will learn new movements, work on mobility, and ease into higher intensity workouts by enrolling in our Introductory Class. At the end of the 8 weeks, join us for regularly scheduled small group classes with confidence. Spots are limited, so sign up now. We may add an additional class time depending on interest. Contact us through the website, through Facebook, or by stopping by the gym to hold your spot.
When you pick your shirt(s) up, pleeeease don’t just take them. Let me be the one to hand them out. That way I get to choose who gets blamed if anything gets screwed up.
We have a few extras … But I don’t know exactly how many at this instant… because I ordered a few extra and Tom told me he sent at least one extra on top of my extras. So hold your horses if you slacked off when we were placing the order but you now want to get one of these garments.
There were no periwinkle male tanks in here. I’ll make sure to get on top of that.
But man… I’ll tell ya… these are nice. You and everyone else will love them. I put on my thermal earlier, and literally SECONDS later women were flocking to me. I already ruined one thermal because ladies were clawing it off of me. So just be careful when you wear these in public.