I never thought this day would come. Seriously. I’m a big fan of training in a space where other likeminded folks are working towards their goals, but over the last few months, it was becoming more and more evident that a good home gym space might be the ticket to reaching my own. It’s not a perfect space, but it is clean, safe and full of possibilities. I knew I was ready to invest in a home space when I realized these three things:
I have a consistent training schedule
When I first started training Strongman, I didn’t exactly have a specific routine. Remember, this was all just to get me moving and to stay active. I had no plan to travel around and compete, but after just one outside competition I was hooked, and having a schedule became necessary. Reaching my goals would never happen if I didn’t put the time and effort required to excel, so I started working with a personal trainer. His plans were well laid out and helped me stay the path, but as time went on, putting 5-6 training days a week became quite the task, and I began to wonder if I could save on time by having a space of my own.
I need to save time
I live about 25 minutes away from my gym, and while that doesn’t sound like such a big deal, my office is also about 25-30 minutes away. A typical evening where I would need to train looked like this:
- Leave office around 5:10-5:15
- Get home anywhere between 5:45-6:00 depending on traffic (So much construction!)
- Cook dinner and be eating by 6:30 if I was lucky
- Get ready and head out the door by 7:00-7:15 to head back to the gym
- Train from 7:30-9:15 depending on what was on the plan
- Drive home to get back by 9:30-9:45
Oh, and then I needed to eat something, shower and get ready for the next day. Can you see how annoying this became 4 nights a week? Granted I haven’t been doing this in the last bit because of my injury, but the Summer and Fall were tough. The sunlight was helpful, but now that it’s dark out when I leave the office, I would be lying if I said I haven’t been getting discouraged.
I don’t want to leave room for excuses
Over the last several weeks it’s been easy to skip out on going to the gym because there’s not much I could do. But as time goes on and my back is beginning to feel better, there are really zero excuses not to get moving again. Especially since I got a big a-okay from the doc. I’m generally pretty good to get all of my training in when I’m in tip-top shape, but I feel as I make my way through my first ‘offseason’ from competing, this will allow me to really keep up with all of the work that needs to be done. If I have plans in the evening, I can train in the morning. If I get home late, I just need to walk through the kitchen and into the garage. Oh, and now that I’ve finally gotten it through my thick skull that nutrition is where all of the real work needs to happen, (seriously I cannot stress how much better I train thanks to a better food prep schedule) I can spend more quality time meal prepping and trying new recipes!
I get that this may not be possible or even necessary for everyone, but I think the lesson here is that no matter what your goals are, you owe it to yourself to simplify. If you’re a beginner, you may already know how difficult it is to stay motivated. It’s even harder when you’re not organized. And if you’re a seasoned athlete who knows all about the meal prep and gym life, I encourage you to see if you can simplify your routine. I’m definitely not walking away from training in a gym setting. I love the people who are there. Who encourage me and motivate me. I think it’s important to stay connected to a community of like-minded people, but I also know that finding a better way to execute my goals was a must. And I’m feeling pretty damn good about this step forward. Oh, and more to come on what’s in the gym and what I’ll be putting on my wishlist!
And Chad, THANK YOU! He knew how important this was to me and entirely came through. He had a setup of his own in the basement, but I couldn’t focus down there. The space just didn’t motivate me. Thanks to his time and effort, I’m completely inspired! Even if the back end of the garage looks like an episode of hoarders. Ha! JK. Sort of…
Coffee Count: Congratulations on getting another 10 points. I’ll give you an extra 5 if you comment below on how you’ve found ways to simplify and stay the path. I’m sure anyone reading this could benefit from your insight!