My Fitness Journey

If you cannot lift your own bodyweight there’s no point in going to a gym. Have you observed the people who toil the fields or work on construction sites? They are fit but they don’t need to go to a gym.

— AK (a friend of mine)

Flashback

AK told me this a couple of years back and I was certain then that I need to do bodyweight workouts first before I lift weights. It was one of my goals last year to get fit but instead I injured myself and had to take the time to recover.

At the beginning of the year I paid for Freeletics (a personalized training app). I was not very consistent with this because I hated the idea of working out alone indoors and by myself. After slacking a lot, I had a life changing moment and I decided to join Namma Crossfit. Tina and Mike, you guys were the motivation for this!

It has been 3 months since I started going to “the box” and I’ve loved every WOD (workout of the day) I was a part of.

And now…

I wondered this morning why I loved it so much and here are the reasons that came to me (in random order) –

  • It’s an intimate personal experience – “me time”.
  • I have felt more relaxed throughout the day.
  • I love the soreness in my muscles. It’s “good” pain.
  • I’m in a group workout so it pushes my competitive juices a lot. I know I cannot sustain the intensity if I did it myself.
  • It has taught me patience (with myself and others). How? You know you’re not going to get results quickly. It takes time to build capacity.
  • It has taught me humility. How? When you’re mind doesn’t want to give up and your body can’t do it anymore, you know there is at least one thing larger than yourself. I also want to take this opportunity to thank two of my former bosses who told me I’m cocky and full of myself. I hope I have changed this attitude.
  • It has taught me to “let go and try again tomorrow but never give up”.
  • I’ve experienced tears. There were two instances in the last 3 months when I had this feeling of immense sadness which came out during the workout.
  • I generally don’t sweat a lot but after the workout, I stink and my t-shirt is soaked in sweat. I love it!
  • I love my coaches. Sandeep, Tarun, Paddy – you guys are awesome! I cannot thank you enough for pushing me and taking the time to teach me the right technique. I have come this far only because of you all and I’m prepared to go the long haul.
  • I’m stronger than I ever was.
  • I love the perks – an athletic body. I can see all the different muscles in my arm being chiseled bit by bit.

Epilogue

People go to the gym for different reasons maybe but my goal has always been clear – “I want to stay fit everything else is secondary”.

Yes, it’s tough to keep up sometimes.

Yes, you feel like you don’t want to go.

Yes, it’s hard to push yourself.

At the end of the day, the feeling that you get when your muscles are tired and your mind pushes you to stay put in plank position for 60 seconds without giving up is –

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