Distractions and excuses
My co-workers make it look easy. No matter how busy their work got, they still managed to find time for over five hours of intense workouts in a week – plus the commute times to the gym.
Anyone who has ever tried to get in shape knows the trap I fell into: there were already two holidays that week where I’d be missing a workout, so why not just take it easy and get back into it next week, when my schedule returned to normal?
But simple math would tell you the flaw with this. Surely it would be better to do even one workout in the week than none at all. Yup. But I still didn’t, arguing (to myself) that I was pretty exhausted anyway, so I should just take this week to rest up. The funny thing is though, when I don’t workout I don’t sleep as well. I mean, I sleep, and I enjoy it, but it is certainly not as restful as the night after I’ve worked out. A night after cardio or a good yoga session, sleep is like one long blink. I don’t move. No tossing and turning, just true rest and recuperation.
It wasn’t that I specifically chose to take the entire week off either. There were some days when I decided I would go, but being a little busier meant that I didn’t have all my gym gear prepared, and by the time I got it all together and out the door I would be too late.
This is actually one of the most important lessons for me: pack my gym bag the day before. I almost always have enough energy to do “one more thing” before bed, but the next morning is anyone’s guess. What if I sleep through my alarm? What if I wake up but my brain doesn’t, and it takes me twice as long to do anything? So, the night before, I get out my gym bag and pack it: PE kit, flip-flops, protein powder & shaker bottle, bottle of water. It’s not a lot, but having it prepared in advance means that you can just grab it and get out the door as soon as you’re ready to get your sweat on.
Back to the grind
The good news is that when I finally got back to Epic I wasn’t totally out of shape. Even my dreaded Muay Thai cardio class wasn’t as bad. It might have helped that we did that session in the actual ring, so it added a little more adrenaline to things. On the downside I delivered a kick that was even more awkward than normal. It really cranked my ankle and left me limping for the next … well, it’s still a little sore now, although it’s much better.
Of course, it could've been worse. It's definitely not as bad as this guy's: (warning: not for the faint of heart)
Antigrav yoga continues to get better, too, with no injuries at all. When I first started, people teased me for getting involved in such a “girly” fitness class. I figured they were probably right, that the class would probably be 95 per cent hippie girls. Now … I don’t have a problem with this. If you want to push yourself to improve your health and fitness, then nothing should really be reserved for guys or girls. I'd even take ballet ... if the tights weren't so uncomfortable.
But I was surprised to discover that the class ratio was not at all what anyone expected. In fact, I was encouraged to reserve a spot before each session because otherwise the class would be filled up with students from the Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, which lets out just before AG yoga starts. There are a few Lululemon yogis, but most of the people in the hammocks are rugged grapplers in gis, looking to stretch out after tying each other up in knots.
In the basic decompression class there are about a dozen positions we do each time, plus a couple of new ones thrown in for variety. Most of the moves are all about flexibility. I’m horrible at some of them, but the beautiful thing is that just attempting them makes an improvement in my flexibility and my posture.
There are some strength moves, too, and Epic is now offering other antigravity fitness classes, which use the silk hammocks to focus more on power, strength building, and cardio. I’m enjoying the yoga a lot, so I’ll have to give these a shot when my schedule allows for it.
Three weeks down and one week to go. We’ll soon see what sort of improvements I’ve made over the month…