Today was my first one on one session with my yoga instructor. But it was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I felt at home and calm the entire time.
Chelsea made the session dynamic and fun. I think the fact that we have known each other for over seven years made it so we both acted like friends doing yoga together instead of the traditional teacher/ student relationship.
Our session started off with a brief introduction to the Baptiste method and some goal setting. I love goal setting! In everything I do I have to have purpose when doing it. I don’t always need to have deadlines per se. Obviously, my first goal is to increase my mobility. My lifting has been limited because my mobility is so bad. I have been struggling with falling into my squats and it sucks doing military presses behind the neck. I need to focus on opening up my hips and rotator cuff. My second goal is to become a bad ass yoga practitioner. Of course I am competitive enough to want to master my practice (I fully understand this is counter to yogic philosophy). Thirdly, find a fun activity to do every week that connects me deeper with myself. I don’t want to feel frustration with my body anymore. I think it is important for everyone to be impressed with their physical capabilities, even if their are minor at first.
I know that it has only been one session, but I can already feel a difference in myself. I used to do yoga several times a week and I think my muscle memory kicked in during the middle of the class. It was like my body was welcoming the movements. However, there was a key difference. Even though I am terribly out of practice and in a way out of shape I entered this practice without expectations. I even found myself being surprised at my abilities on the mat (Boom Goal #3!). When I was younger I entered my practice expecting it to be easy or at the least to become easy quickly. And when it didn’t I would become frustrated and sometimes become shameful. Shocking, a 20 something guy with high expectations of himself.
Maybe I am tapping into my maturity or maybe I am remembering how difficult starting a yoga practice can be. But this time I am just fine exploring what I can do now. That I think is a lesson that is hard learned.
I am considering adding BCAA to my regimen. But I am not sure if I add BCAA do I have to keep taking protein powder. And of course all the information on the interwebs is contradictory depending on who you are reading. Ugh, my life.
I couldn’t love him more.
Secret fitness goal #1 set.
Woman Carrying The Bull by Vladimir Fokanov
Today was a really light day for me. My work out consisted of kettlebell swings, KB presses, TRX rows and tricep rows. Don’t get me wrong I pushed myself hard. It was more of a complex than anything else. I notice that I don’t seem to like working out without my trainer for long periods of time. I just shoot into the gym. Do my routine and jet out. Tops 45 minutes, but usually keep it to 30 minutes.
As a side note, I out ran my boyfriend today at the park. What What
My arms, ass and back are sore. My trainer earned her wages this week. Well played Jackie Luciano. Well played indeed.
I think I am going to save all my money to become Strongfirst certified. I want to learn everything about barbell lifting. I am obsessed.
StrongFirst is coming to my gym!!!
Who wakes up early an does ten push ups to start his day?
That’s right, this guy!
Now that I have made some effort to be healthy today I am off to mainline some coffee.
My trainer is back TOMORROW! YES!!
The following is a guest post by Tom Seryak of Seryak Strength & Conditioning:
This is a rebuttal to Josh Bunch’s article, It’s CrossFit and It’s Going to Hurt:
I realized today I really suck at preparing for the gym. I have a gym bag, I have a schedule of when I am going to go for the gym, and I have the coolest people to workout with. But for some reason instead of making it 4-5 times a week like I plan, I am lucky to make it 2-3.
But not today. I finally made my ass go to the gym and I am planning on going tomorrow. I have to many goals set for myself not to actually follow through. So I have my bag packed and my meals made. This bitch is going to lift like a mother tomorrow.
Jay Culter drinks like three gallons of water a day. I piss all throughout the night after drinking ten glasses.
I always want to set new fitness and lifestyle goals when I travel. It must be because of the waiting around in the airports. I get antsy and want to go lift or jog around somewhere. There should be a gym in here. My flight has been delayed another hour. My god. What should I do for an hour. Probably just create another training schedule for after this semester from hell. I can’t wait for school to be done. I want my life back.