When I started fitness, I was intimidated and confused. There were muscular people all around me throwing weights around, grunting, completely aware of everything going on around them, and most of them didn’t even look tired, they just looked badass. Even after taking two beginners courses, one in Spanish and one in English, it still took me well over a year to remember the names of the lifts and what all the fitness acronyms meant.
Over the past month or so, I found myself in some sketchy situations.
One of these times, I was jump roping, and I whacked someone with my jump rope. I’d sort of lost track of where my jump rope was going, and how far I was hopping, and I caught someone else in the shin. Sorry Mike!
Greatness and success are subjective concepts. What’s not subjective, is that when you’re killing it at something, you glow. Whether it’s working out, doing your profession, playing a sport, parenting, whatever you choose to do with your time, when you’re doing it well you’re burning hot.
Welcome to the Couple Minute Clinic – a quick real time clinic on a specific movement that will help you improve your technique and get you moving better. In this episode Coach Nick helps Mike critique his double unders. Nick helps Mike fix his jump, the width of his arms, and goes over common issues with the feet.
So if I saw her smoking, after she’d told us how bad smoking was, or if I noticed she was putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher without rinsing them first (after berating me for doing the same thing), or any other non-important issue that seemed all-encompassing when I was 13, she would hit me with that line. “Do as I say, not as I do.”
When you are in a calorie surplus, you store fat. When you’re trying to lose weight, you need to be eating less calories than you are burning. Seems simple enough, right? However, it takes time and consistency, which can be frustrating. We live in a world of instant gratification and when we don’t see the numbers dropping in relation to our efforts it’s easy to feel like it’s not working. To be cliche – you’ve got to trust the process.
Back in 2014 when I began researching fitness, I had one big fear. Could I do it? Or, more importantly should I? As a lifelong athlete, the workouts weren’t necessarily what scared me. I was looking forward to getting my ass handed to me. My concern was the fact that I had already had 5 knee surgeries in my lifetime and a diagnosis of advanced osteoarthritis in both knees. From what I learned on Google and could see about fitness, it was a high intensity workout that forces your body to move in all kinds of ways, including a lot of squatting and heavy lifting. I immediately thought this fact, and my knees, took me out of the fitness game.
Try to think back to your first day at fitness. It might’ve been years ago, but go down memory lane for a minute. You walked into the gym, the music was loud, there was some dude with a bunch of abs putting a barbell above his head, the rig was shaking from pull ups, Carrie was yelling at her partner to go faster, and it wasn’t even a partner WOD. It was a super intimidating experience. For every single one of us. And honestly, if you think it wasn’t, you’re misremembering.
I originally found out about fitness back in 2008 while serving a tour in Iraq. My intention was to use a unique workout program to help me better prepare physically for the rigors of the Ranger Indoctrination Program that I was scheduled to attend shortly after the deployment. Unfortunately we didn’t have much in the way of equipment, plus I didn’t know what the heck a power clean was.