First Day of Summer. The best time of the year is upon us. I freakin’ love summertime. I live for it. Summertime is so great because it’s a great time to brave the heat and be outdoors – whatever that looks like for you. And it’s honestly not as hot as it could be here in good ole’ Anderson, SC — compared to last week at least. Last week was HOT. Stay hydrated, y’all. I’ll probably write about that soon. I see too many people – including myself- not drinking enough water.

So, let’s talk about working out. I’ve had a good bit of people – ok, maybe like 2- ask me to go back to writing about workouts. But here’s the thing..I don’t wanna. Remember when I used to do that, and it was so boring and repetitive? 

But I really do learn a lot in the gym. If you’re a part of a gym, or if fitness is a big part of your life, I bet you learn a lot in the gym too, or by doing whatever it is you do to stay fit. And I do feel like 72% or so of it is worth sharing, so I’m hoping to go back to posting what I’m learning in the gym, as well as some cool things that are going on at CFEC, some workouts, and most importantly, I’ll always include a workout you can do from home with little to no equipment. And as always, you can see what we’re doing weekly at CFEC here. I pretty much just follow this. I always do the optional Part C for athletes if it’s there. I do it because Nick and Colin are way smarter than I am, and I like just showing up to workout and someone has already decided what I’m doing. And I sometimes incorporate other random things that Colin tells me to do, or if Comp Strength has something that goes along with our programing, I’ll do some of that from time to time. But CFEC programing is what I do. 

Oh, and I guess I’ll call it Monday Motivation because I don’t know what else to call it. And it’s Monday.

So, let’s talk about this past week. I’ve been learning what it means to grow out of discomfort. After Regionals, I set some goals and expectations for myself for this next year. One of the main goals for myself was to do something that makes me uncomfortable every single day. The cool thing is Colin set some goals for me too, and that was one of his for me as well.

So, thinking over what this looks like…at first I was like, “ok, cool- this means every single day I need to be in the gym pushing myself to the max- doing all kinds of things that I suck at.” But I realized that being uncomfortable doesn’t always have to look like working out and dyyyiingggg. So, this is going to look different every single day. Most days though, it will be something in the gym – to get better as an athlete or a coach. And some days it will be more like putting myself out there in a way that is out of my comfort zone, but it’s necessary to get where I want to be. 

 See, being comfortable is easy. Being uncomfortable isn’t. Being comfortable doesn’t really require any risks. You never get shut down. You’re the best at what you’re doing because you’ve set yourself up for that. But is there growth? Maybe. But probably not in the long run. And I would know because I’ve been there – in life, in the gym, in a job…For example, the first 2 and a half years of doing CrossFit, I really just tried to stay comfortable. I refused to work on things that didn’t come naturally me (pretty much everything except long metcons/focus on aerobic conditioning).

But being uncomfortable, I’ve learned so far, is just the opposite. It’s really hard. Sometimes it’s awkward. 90% of the time, it’s not fun while you’re doing it. But it’s worth it. And in the long run, it’s fun. 

I posted this the other day on instagram: 

“It’s ok to feel like you’re out of your league. If you feel capable and comfortable, you’ve probably been there too long already.”

I love seeing my friends do things that are wayyyyy uncomfortable. So, my friend Josh…he cool. But Daniel reaaalllllly thinks he’s cool…. He’s pretty famous around Anderson. You may or may not recognize him as the construction worker from the NewSpring Difference Maker Series promo – which is cool because he had never been to NewSpring before that, and now him and his family attend church there. Anyway, off track. Sorry. Josh, his wife, Carrie, and his two kids have been a part of CFEC for exactly a year now. Josh did the open this past year as part of our intramural/in house competition, but he’s never done a real competition before. So, there’s this BIG CrossFit competition called The Granite Games, and I think it’s in Minnesota sometime in September. I dunno. Anyway, all I know is you have to do these online qualifier workouts, and submit your score, and see where you line up. Well, Josh signed up to do it. Besides me, he’s the only one in our gym that’s doing it. And when Josh saw the first workout, he knew that he had never come close to cleaning and/or jerking the weights that were required. But he signed up anyway, and he did the first workout of four or five (I forgot how many there are). And the best thing is…Josh got a PR(personal record) in that workout this past week. No, he didn’t make it to the last set of cleans, or the set before that, or the set before that…but he got a PR. He cleaned and got a weight over his head that he had never done before… all because he was willing to be uncomfortable. And he did the workout by himself. 

The same thing happened for me. I totally could have decided not to do the Granite Games because I don’t really understand how it works, but it looks like only 50 Rx girls total (out of a lot) are invited, and when I saw the first workout, I knew that I couldn’t clean and jerk 200 or 205 lb. (just being realistic to where I’m at right now). But I knew that I could get 175 lb, and if I did hit it, it would be a PR for me. So, I signed up, did it. And I hit 175 lb not just once, but all four times that I was required to. Now, that score didn’t put me anywhere near the top 100, but if I would have backed out and said, “nah, I’m not going to do that because I know I’m not going to make it, and it will be embarrassing to put my score in there so everyone can see it…” then I would’t have had a PR. And that would suck.

 totally screen shot'd this, but it was the end of that PR. You can tell that I obviously know how to set up and work a GoPro (borrowed it).

totally screen shot’d this, but it was the end of that PR. You can tell that I obviously know how to set up and work a GoPro (borrowed it).

Anyway, whether it’s CrossFit, some other way you stay fit, or even in your job, or a new hobby.. I dunno… whatever you do… try to get uncomfortable every now and then. Do things that scare you from time to time. Maybe for you that just means start showing up more at the gym, and quit making excuses. If you’re comfortable all the time, change something up. And I promise you’ll see growth, and then you’ll start having fun because that feeling of accomplishment when you realize you’re able to do something you didn’t know you could is pretty cool.

Other than that, I think we all died last week from Colin taking over the strength programing. Just  kidding. But for real. When it comes to fitness, it’s only as hard as you challenge and push yourself, and only you get to choose how you push yourself.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. Maybe I’ll do better next week. I’m not one to ask people to take pics of me working out, and nobody really does that in our gym, so it would be weird to just start taking pics of random people.

And if you can’t make it to the gym, here is something you can do to get fit from the comfort of your home. Or at the beach. The beach sounds way better. 

At Home Workout/Beach Workout(in honor of first day of summer and that beach trip you hopefully have planned) – This workout requires no equipment, except for something to track how far you run. I usually use the health app on my iphone for this because I don’t have a fitbit or something similar…yet. Obviously, I’m not with the times.

400 meter run

10 vups

10 air squats

10 burpees

300 meter run

10 vups

10 air squats

10 burpees 

200 meter run

10 vups

10 air squats

10 burpees 

100 meter run

10 vups

10 air squats

10 burpees

….and then work your way back up the pyramid with a 200 meter run, followed by 10 reps of each movement, 300 meter run, 400 meter run. 

So, total, you will run 1900 meters (almost 1.25 miles) and do 70 vups, 70 air squats, and 70 burpees