I was thinking lately that there are way more things I do now that I never envisioned myself doing a year ago. There’s probably more than I will put on this list but this is what I was thinking about last night.
1) Jump Rope
At The Training Station all kickboxing classes start with jump roping. When I first started, I could barely jump rope continuously for more than 10 – 15 seconds at a time. Now I can jump rope for more than a minute with ease and I usual only trip up because I get distracted looking at something. I can even do this nifty jump rope trick. You basically make a figure 8 with the rope while still jumping then jump back into the rope. It’s weird but I feel cool that I can do it.
2) Flip A Tire
A year ago I would have been repulsed at the thought of flipping a tire. Didn’t seem like something I could feasibly do and I really didn’t want to touch a tire. I still may not love the idea of touching a used truck tire however I can now flip tires with ease.
I’m not a fan of running. Never have and never will. I still have hopes of completing a half marathon one day. But I have to accomplish that task when the time is right for me. However, I can run 2 miles without even thinking about it. I don’t feel like I’m gonna die, I’m not completely trainwrecked by the end, and sometimes (don’t tell anyone this) I actually enjoy running. I also can somewhat facilitate sprint drills without being a complete mess.
4) Push Ups
Woofles. I hate push ups. I really do. My right side is significantly weaker than my left and it just makes push ups super awkward. I can do 1 solid full push up. That’s way more than I thought I could do last year. I also breeze through modified push ups with ease.
5) Ab Related Movements
A year ago my abs were not even in existence. They are still rather hidden. However I can hold planks, fly through wall throws, oblique twists, TRX abs, and most any ab exercises thrown my way.
A year ago I started getting seriously committed to fitness again. I was out of shape, run down, and didn’t think I’d ever get back to my previous level of fitness. But I’m starting to see myself get back to that point and I find myself doing things I would never have done before. I remember my first session at the gym last May. I almost puked half way through and I was just doing simple step ups. It was a wake up call for me. No matter how stressful life gets, working out keeps me sane and I will not sacrifice that again.