Outside the gym

Outside the gym

Outside the gym

John brought up a good point the other day, in one weekend we had people doing Spartan Races, an Olympic Iron Man in Hawaii, extra-long hikes and few more challenging events.

It got me really thinking and we all know how that turns out… I started going down a long path and here’s here it began:

When I first started in fitness, I did what any rational person would do. I went to a globo gym, joined, and hired a trainer. I had never really worked out in my life before that, besides in college where “working out” was downing some disgusting BCAA’s and then going to the campus gym and doing nothing but a set of bench presses.

I bought ten sessions from a trainer and it started off ok. He wasn’t super supportive, but I really just wanted someone to show me the ropes. About 6-7 sessions in, we were doing some bench presses and I was having a hard time. Not being very strong, or having any kind of muscular endurance, he needed to basically curl the bar to help me out. It one point he laughed at me and walked away. It was my last time walking in that gym.

Then came stage two of my fitness journey, Crossfit. A friend of mine told me about it and said I should go try it out. So, as any rational person would do, I googled it and found a local gym. I went in for my first trial and immediately found something that I knew would change my life (the story is a good one, long so I’ll leave it out here. If you want to hear about the sorest I’ve ever been in my life, I’ll happily tell you about it).

This was a good time in my life. I really got sucked into the competition aspect, was smashing weights, making gains, performing well and loving the local competitions. It was great!

Then I lost my job. I couldn’t afford the gym anymore and that’s when I decided to coach others. I had already been helping out in the gym, gotten some good feedback about my help and enjoyed helping others, so it seemed a natural progression. When I became a coach, I swore that I would never be like that guy that made fun of me. People like me that were just starting their journey, need support and guidance. Not to be ridiculed and mocked.

In the beginning, I programmed all of my workouts for my clients just like a Crossfit workout, “just be intense and the results will happen”. After a while, my opinion of programming and working out in general began to change. It turned into less of intensity ALL the time, to being better at life.

Now in stage three of my fitness journey, I’m working on being a better coach and being better at life. Which brings us back to the beginning of this blog, the amazing things that we can do when we’re fit, functional, mobile, and well, awesome. The programming at Get Fit{Camp} has evolved in such a way that everyone, and I mean everyone, that is consistent with the program will see AMAZING progress in basic movement patterns, flexibility, and endurance. Those are just the physical attributes that come with solid programming and consistent practice. The other side of that is the mental development that we get. We get confidence. We get grit and mental determination. We get self-respect. We get a sense of completing something difficult.

And with all of those amazing mental and physical aspects, comes the interesting way that it affects other areas of our lives. We’re more willing to take on challenging tasks. We have the grit to finish something when it gets hard. We are more resilient in the face of challenges.

Look at what people did this month; Spartan Races, long hike, Iron Mans (Men? Mens?)! These things take a lot of mental determination, strength and endurance. Seems like the programming is working to me!

Another side effect is how we age with it. Something that I’ve been thinking more and more about is how I want to be when I’m in my 70’s and beyond. Do I want to be able to run around with my grandkids or do I want to be tied to a wheelchair? This is another reason why I’ve been focusing more on the mobility aspect of the programming, because as adults, we’re not so great at it. Sitting all day for years, eating not so great, and not “playing” makes for an immobile body. Mobility work, some strength and flexibility will change your future, it’s not too late!

I’m very proud of all of you that are pushing your boundaries and using your new-found strength, endurance and mobility, and you should be proud of yourselves too. It takes a lot to get out there and do these hard events. Let’s keep up the good work!

Dedicated to your health and fitness,
Coach Chris

Daily Dose


10,7,5,5,5 Press
4×12 Chin Ups

100m Farmer Carry (AHAP)
30 KB Swings
Rest as needed

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