I don’t really remember when I started to like working out. I know I’ve said it before, but I was by no means athletic as a child. I think maybe I just hadn’t found what I really liked to do yet. Anyway, Piper and I used to have this babysitter that we loved. Her name was Kasey and she would stay with us for weekends that my parents went out of town, and used to bring over her Cindy Crawford workout video. We would clear out a big space in our living room and Piper and I would do this video with her, using soup cans as our dumbbells. It was awesome. Kasey knew I liked doing the workouts, so she ended up buying me my own video. I did it so much that my family started calling me C.J. (Cindy Jr.)… for real. I just had to look it up on YouTube, and found it!… So good. Seal is the background music, and I have to tell you, every time I hear Seal, I think of my workouts with Cindy (and her trainer, Radu… of course) 🙂
If you’re curious, or bored with your workout routine, check out this clip (and don’t imagine me doing these things, please!):
Sometime after this I think, my mom got a personal trainer at the gym down the street from my house. I would go with her every so often and follow along as she worked out with her trainer. I liked going with my dad too when he ran on the treadmill. I remember my running pace being 5 miles per hour… pretty slow. I was probably in Jr. High at the time. It was always really fun for me though. I doubt I ever thought that I would end up working at a gym.
When I was in college and even after, I lost the fun of working out a little bit. I thought of it as burning calories and as something I had to do to look skinny. I was obsessive about it for a while (and super skinny/unhappy/weak) and then completely over it for a while (and not super skinny/unhappy/weak). It has taken me a long time and much practice to untwist my distorted thinking and to get to a place where I feel like I know myself and what I need pretty well (always a work in progress though). Working out became fun again for me when I started doing CrossFit, and even more so when I started really setting some goals for myself, getting serious about training for them, competing, and believing I was worth it. That being said, I don’t think I could not work out. It gives me peace and a sense of purpose. I feel like it can sound shallow, but I just really love it, and I love helping other people do it. I think it’s good to do what we love. Why not, right?
Pre-workout: SMR, dynamic, mobility, Pre-hab
1. Specific W/up: None
2. Workout: Recovery
1x @ Trainer bar
1x @ BB
3×10 @ 30% (40#)
HSPU Ladder 1-4, 5x
4. Cool Down: 5 min. easy + 2-3 hard efforts
5. Meditation/ Visualization: 20 min.
Today’s workout was recovery… just practicing form on Jerks. I felt good doing these today. Often times, I feel pretty off balance when I land in the split stance, but not today. I’m pretty sure if I went for a 1 rep max, I would have PR’d today… but it wan’t the day for that. Next time!
Photo Comment: 5pm… time to work some people out!