So as I think about writing again, I am looking at what my gym workout will be today. That is what got me thinking about my fitness routine. We sometimes wonder what other people do for a routine but I also tend to wonder why we do what we do? Why is that your routine when there are so many options? You may not be quite as curious as I am but as this is my space to write, I am going to tell you what I do and why.
I have told you about some of my workouts before, at 50 , but I have recently learned that my way of moving is a little different from most people, let alone, women, women over 50, women over 50 and overweight. I have almost always been active. But, lifting weights is something that is relatively new for me.
When Doug and I started going to personal trainers, it truly was for the sole purpose for losing weight. Well, all these years later, I have changed my goals, but I still love going to the gym. The gym has changed. The workouts have completely changed. My love for the gym has also changed.
We are now proud members of a CrossFit gym.
We had been under the impression that this was not for us. We were under the misconception that we would get hurt. Not that we might get hurt, but that people get hurt doing Crossfit. And that the movements were all ‘cheats’, not proper techniques for doing things. Well, I am here to tell you that we were incredibly misinformed. Now, just to be clear, not all gyms are our gym. Not all trainers are our trainers.
We just wanted to continue in our health journey when we started working out at PoCo Crossfit. Little did we know that we would be completely addicted to the new ways we were learning how to move and move weights.
I now really miss the gym when I don’t get there. I miss the people that are there. I miss the trainers. I miss the feeling that I have when we are on our way home. Pure exhaustion, but feeling exhilarated with whatever I have managed to accomplish. The workouts are never, ever boring. I sometimes look at what the workout will be and moan ugh. But, I never regret going. I am still learning new things. I am learning how to do a handstand, walk on my hands, do double unders skipping, pull-ups, and that is just the things the gym deems gymnastic. I am also learning Olympic Weightlifting. I am still learning techniques and form each and every class. I am learning about clean and jerk, snatch lifts, deadlifts with different grips, front and back squats and am humbled at the amount of accessory work I need to do just to make sure I am warmed up and not going to hurt my body.
I am surrounded by people who are new to this sport, like me, as well as people who have been doing this for years. Some people are just kids, actual teenagers, and then there are people almost my age. Admittedly I am close to the oldest woman in the gym. But, my age doesn’t define me anymore.
That is one of the things about this gym. I actually hold my own on most workouts. I am quite often slower than the younger people, but the one thing that I have learned is that I can actually lift pretty heavy weights….Cool!
So what do my routines look like? I do two classes of Olympic Weightlifting per week. Although it is a class, it is so amazingly one on one. Truly the most hands-on coaching I have ever received. EVER! I also do at least two CrossFit classes. Again, the instruction is really personal. Although there are still so many actions that I can’t do, there are so many ‘scaled’ versions to do that I don’t ever feel inadequate. I get better each time and get stronger too.
The one thing that is more different that I didn’t expect is how much recovery time I actually require. Unlike being tired after a day of cardio, lifting heavy weights takes way more out of my energy and quite often the next day I am still tired. Recovery has become so important. Also, with lifting things, heavy things, over my head I really have to stay focused so there is no room for my mind to wander, that is a really good thing. Having said that, if I am distracted, I still work out, I just focus more on technique than heavier and I still get a great workout in.
I know that this kind of workout isn’t for everyone. I didn’t think it was for me either. But, as I have talked about before, you need to try something new once in a while. You need to do what is right for you.
So, just go out and do it.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney