Posted by michael stanwyck : Thursday, Nov 08, 2012
I'm not sure exactly when it started or how it happened, but a while ago I stopped attending classes at CFLA. I didn't stop working out, but I stopped going to the classes. I wrote my own workouts, I made my own schedule, I focused on what I wanted. If I only had 20 minutes to work out, I ran down to the gym and did something that only took 20 minutes. There was a nagging voice telling me that I was too busy to spend an hour in class if I could get it done in half that time.
That worked for a while. Then the onus of writing my own workouts, making my own schedule, and deciding what I wanted to focus on became more trouble than it was worth. I started doing the 10 minute workout thing a few times a week, squeezing in something longer when I was mentally "up to it." I told myself that I was doing exactly what I wanted to do, but really I was kicking myself for how things were going. I had a daily workout log that maintained the illusion, but how I felt about it was an entirely different story.
I was chatting with a client one Saturday telling him all of this -- how I was sick of writing my programming, trying to create time, etc., etc., and saying "Thank goodness for for the challenge. If it wasn't for that I would be completely done for." You know what he said to me? "Why don't you just go to class?"
Ding! Because I think I know what's best for me all the time I was completely ignoring a structure that was literally under my feet that took care of it all -- programming, scheduling, and focusing training. It seems really ridiculous, but sometime you just can't see the forest for the trees. That's the whole point of the classes! They get everything out of the way -- what to do, how and when to do it, who to do it with, where to go, how to get motivated. The ONLY thing to do is get there!
So I've been doing that the last couple of weeks. And I forgot what a blast it is! Socializing, competing, looking at the whiteboard to see what everyone else did, and having the class environment have me be different than I would be on my own. It's just silly; silly I tell you that I ignored it for so long. Maybe there is something better for me in the specifics of what I do. MAYBE. But I can tell you that the BEST thing for me is to show up and do it, now matter what it is.
Thursday's Workout (CAP)
Push Jerk (135/95)
...and coming Friday (NO CAP)
In 20 minutes:
Front Squat 3-3-3
- work up to three heavy sets