As most of my friends can tell you, I've been pretty fit my whole life. I use to love challenging myself, and seeing how far I can push it: I guess you could call this self competition. Soon after high school, though, more time went into college and work; so I wasn't able to keep up my fitness. After college, I had joined several gyms, and actually went at least once/twice a week; but that slowly turned into once/twice a month, every other month, and so on. It turned out that going to the gym... was no longer fun. I no longer felt excited about running on the treadmill, riding the cycles, or using the weight machines. Everything became redundant... monotonous... and extremely boring. It also didn't help that I felt most people who went to the gym were rather snobbish.
Well, in June 2004, for my 33rd birthday, I decided to check out rock climbing. I knew I needed to do something fitness wise, there was a gym near by (Sportrock), and it looked like it could be pretty fun. You know what... I'm glad I did. From the moment I tied in and started my first climb, I was hooked. I started out going 3-4 days a week, and each day was a new challenge. There was also huge support and comradely amongst the climbers; and as a newbie, even I felt welcome. YES, once again, working out became FUN!
So, now, over the past couple of years, I've worked really hard to improve my strength - not just in climbing, but physically as well (that whole self competition thing). Sportrock started a class on improving Power, Endurance, and Power-Endurance in climbing. I took that twice. Not long after, they started the Adult Team, encompassing the above, plus Cross-fit training. This was great; however, I felt I was reaching a plateau in my training, and at that point I decided I needed some increased cross-training.
In my search for a great cross-training platform, I came across the infomercial for P90X late one night after climbing. As I began watching, I noticed something rather familiar. Something I had known about for many years, but was never able to incorporate it into my workouts. That, my friends, was the concept of Muscle Confusion. This was the only way I knew of to break out of the plateau. Figuring I was pretty fit from climbing, all the power classes, and the Cross-fit exercises... when I put in the first DVD, Chest & Back, I was completely floored. It was like nothing I had ever done before... and don't get me started on Ab Ripper X. :-P
From that point, I knew I had found what I was looking for.
Since then, I have done P90X at least three times, P90X+ once, a month of CheLEAN Extreme, and I have also incorporated Tony Horton's One on One into the P90X mix. I can now say that I'm in the best shape of my life... since high school. I'm now looking forward to the release of Shaun T's Insanity, in June 2009.
Whether you feel like you’re at a plateau, looking for a new challenge, looking for a home workout program, or simply getting started, but don't know where to start, give me a shout. I'd like to help you get started.
I am an Independent Fitness Coach with a passion for fitness and rock climbing. I started climbing in 2004, and have become totally adicted. In 2008, I started on P90X and became a coach. This blog is to share my journey and musings in fitness, climbing, and nutrition.
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