An April for the Books and the Gym – not Overrated

Spring blooms on Park Ave

Yet another month has zipped by in what many are thinking of as the new normal. Legitimate as those thoughts might be, I’ve been spending a lot of time staying physically active in lieu of polarizing thoughts of when will things get back to “normal.” Maybe normal is overrated for what does it mean anyway. Perspective really is everything and I’ve been informing and forming my perspective so that I’ll remain healthy and in a sound mind. A sound mind is not overrated.

Arm curls in action

True to form, April has been everywhere on the weather map and that has led to some chaos in my running and gym workouts. I’ve been all over the place – from running in the mornings, sometimes just to gym and back at a tempo pace to more medium mid afternoons and early evening runs. Wherever, whenever, however it works out I’m in the game and staying active. So with running ( shorter runs) and being in the gym at least five days a week – my new “normal,” you’d be right to think there isn’t a lot of time left. Between work, working out, running, and these endless on-line events, I’m about ready to have a fit, and the first casualty will be my computer I’m almost sure of it. Because the truth is I’m exhausted with all this online activity. I’m over-ready to get into a real room, not a zoom room, with real people, and have real conversations, that effects tangible change and have tangible, spur-of-the- moment results. Face-to-face conversation/ communication is so not overrated.

Solo Deadlifts

The best part about 2021 so far has been getting back in the gym! That, my friends, is not overrated either. The classes, comradery, competition, stories, even the sweating and complaining, it’s all good, healthy, and fun stuff. I’m having the time of my life after a year hiatus brought on by Covid. I kid you not that working out and exercise have literally saved lives this past year – obviously that’s true for always – but particularly in the past year because it provided a mental release/ outlet from all the stress and general fallout from the pandemic that has been associated with health, economic, social, and physical changes to our cities, country, and world. Effects that we’re still dealing with both individually and collectively. The gym is my safe haven. So what if it’s a bit different with less people and with having to make sure to reserve a spot and wear a mask and sanitize hands as well as wipe down all the material used. These are mere extras, not inconveniences – aside from the mask-wearing, as they’re actual healthy practices that should remain permanently in my opinion. Sorry, not sorry, that this virus has brought out the germophobe in me. I’m sure you understand though, this is all of us to some degree now – and well cleanliness cannot be overrated either. I cannot, in good conscience, say that I’m not looking forward to a world with no virus but with all the health and safety measures hammered in place. Don’t worry, it’s for our good.

Chest flys on the bosu ball

With everything this past year, and like a lot of people, I’ve had to switch gyms and landed at a location that’s not-quite-the-box but so good nonetheless. And while this means I haven’t been lifting as much as I did when I was at the other place, I have the opportunity to dabble in other things that crossfit has set the premise for while still getting to practice my lifts, which I do twice a week now. All other times it’s a mix of EMOMs and AMRAPs (crossfit terminology and styled workouts involving consecutive one minutes of work). The focus of these workouts is conditioning for either upper or lower body depending on the day. If I’m being honest, it’s been a nice change and a lot of focus on core and balance..core work was a daily practice of mine last year for around 20 minutes, six days per week so I’m happy to be continuing in that vien. Some other interesting things going on at this new facility are battle ropes, trx suspension training, sled push/pull, sand bags and a lot of Tabatha incorporated into the workouts. Oh and we still use the rowers! Rowers overrated? Never.

Meet me @ the barbells

April and gym takeaways? Stay thankful. Stay running. And stay strong. At the new gym, there’s a little something for everyone (as in every part of me) LoL: some home (crossfit) comforts and a fresh influx of challenges to overcome, and, I still get to practice my lifts – only now I go solo. Can’t honestly say that I don’t miss the good ole days of full classes, heavy lifting, in-house competitions, and lots of targeted training. It’ll be a while before that dust settles but I’m here for it. If nothing else, 2020-21 has taught me to appreciate the here and now. So I’ll just go right on appreciating my way into getting stronger everyday. Here’s to May flowers and many hours – of running and gym power.

On the run

New Life in Trying Times. Not the Gyms!

Post at-home workout

As if this year hasn’t been tough enough on everyone and incredibly hard on small business, gyms are more than likely to see another shutdown before year’s end. I can’t even! Literally, I can’t even process the impact this is having on the fitness community. When I think of the blood, sweat, and tears that have made many a fitness enterprise and the community they serve, it breaks my heart to see their efforts reduced to what we face today. Covid-19 has hit the fitness community as many others where it hurts the most. It has forced many into insolation, abandonment, evacuation, migration, and that’s only the physical effects. God help us, we still have to struggle with the affects of any and all of those decisions. I’m not one for lamenting or crying over spilt milk but man this is a doozy of a year. I’m ready to fly away somewhere, anywhere, where there’s just ordinary people living ordinary lives in a natural setting somewhere. I’m not even fussy, only let me have the ocean nearby please.

🧡VACCINES🧡

Before the calm must come the storm so while we might be in for a tough few weeks heading into the new year, there’s a silver lining out there with the vaccines that are due out next month on a limited basis. Who would have ever thought that word would elicit excitement much less two orange hearts! How times have changed. I know some are wary, and for sure many have their own opinions about it, but I encourage you to do your research in order to be armed with the best information to empower your choices. While you do so the facts remain that we need to mask up and follow proper social distancing and hand washing protocols to remain safe and to provide that same benefit to others. All things considered, and there remains a lot to be considered, that’s not such a bad deal after all. We are blessed to be here.

🧡GYMS🧡

On another note, and I’m all over the place with all that’s going on, I’ve been so perturbed about the gyms because I’m an avid gym goer, or at least I was up to March of this year, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back in there safely. I’ve also had my reservations about wearing a mask and working out. I’m sure that’s not on anyone’s list of ten things to do, but I really have to just get over it already. Some people have bigger issues and here I am stressing over masking up to exercise. Some people have no sense of priorities! I should be so grateful that I even have that choice and, the truth is I really am so enough with my whining. Of more import is another issue I’ve been grappling with, where shall I go? With all the restrictions in place and the changes to gym schedules and basic programming, I’m suddenly at a loss as to what to do. In fact, I’m not even sure if crossfit is an option right now. But I figure it’s more important to get back in at some level and figure out the rest after. These are different and challenging times, it’s certainly expected that I’d be a bit confused. That said, I’m in the process of working out a location that’s easily accessible and a bit versatile. No surprise that the pickings are rather few. We’ll just have to see how that goes.

🧡NEW YORK🧡

In the past 10 years, I’ve never been away from the gym for more than a week, two max when it was for a vacation. Y’all, it’s been eight months! The human spirit is resilient as heck and we often don’t give ourselves enough credit for bouncing back from incredible setbacks and difficult and trying situations. This year has certainly been all that and it remains to be seen how things progress here on. I remain hopeful though. New Yorkers are a tough bunch and while each city and state, and certainly every country, has had its own unique challenges to face in this pandemic, New York City has kicked some serious Covid ass. I’m praying that when the dust settles, amidst all the loss and grief of those we lost, we fill find that most of us are still standing, running, working, eating and drinking, gyming—my own word, busy living life and fighting for every part of this big apple we call home.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 552 other followers

%d bloggers like this: