Okay, so my ID pass is not recognized anymore. I have prepared for this session, and you’re telling me I’m not allowed a pass anymore? Are you kidding me? Look, I took a cold shower at home, vacated my schedule this morning, put on my workout clothes, cycled my way here for my cardio warm up, and now I’m not allowed a session? I have just paid online.
So the staff let me in, telling me to take care of my account as soon as I can. I think to myself: is this a sign that I’m not cut out for a gym membership anymore? We shall see. I have already wired the money twice. I shall just take this as a portent for the direction of my health and fitness. I’ve always worked out with improvised equipment anyways. Plus, this going to the gym is taking too much of my time.
Look, it takes about 20 minutes to prepare to leave the house. Another 15 minutes to cycle to the gym. 5 minutes to dress up, 10 minutes for overall warm-up, 5 minutes to warm up a specific body part before hitting the actual sets and reps. And then, after the proper session, there is the cool down, there is the stretching, and hot shower, and cycling back home. I would say 2 to 3 hours in total. What a big chunk of time! I sound like I’m sourgraping with this. Anyways…
Man, there’s nothing like knowing it’s your last day at the gym. I did not work out like crazy. I just went with my regular upper chest and front delts session. Just a typical day at the gym. Nowadays is so much better. I don’t have to schedule for my workout. What I do now is just to spread my mat on the ground outside my door while basking in the morning sun, working out fasted.
Bodyweight training has always been my paradigm. Yes, started working out at 16, but gym membership was on and off. Most of the time it’s just sheer functional training. Yes, I used to want to get big and bulky, but nowadays, knowing that I can do my handstand pushups, planks, airsquats, and untightening my hips, I would be fine. Sure, I may not have the weight of a barbell for deadlifting, nor the bench for the upper chest inclined press, but I can compensate with the volume instead of the low rep high weighted sets.
Again, I sound like a sour grape. But, knowing that I don’t have access to those implements that a full-fledged fitness center has, I can just be content with the current muscle mass I have. I don’t have to worry about counting or weighing my macros for the day, specifically protein. I guess I have to introspect again and ask what I really want out of my fitness. For me, accomplishing skills such as handstand walking, one leg pistol squats, and planking are the evergreen movements I can carry with me into old age.
Moreover, hip mobility is big time. I see bulky folks whose hamstrings are not even that flexible. Some of them even have anterior pelvic tilts, which contributes to lower-back pain. Or their hip flexors are so tight, that they have that lower-back arching.
What I have learned from this is that I have to question the whole paradigm of what I am doing in the first place. It’s easy to get sold into some paradigm. Sure they can be the start of something to get people out of inactivity. There is the cross fit community, there is the bakal (iron) gym, and there is the street workout. But I have always been doing my workout consistently by myself. I guess I just have to make myself a generalist, not confined to any discipline. You can say I’m not loyal to one, a polyamorous fitness enthusiast, if you will. A general kinesthesist, like a general kinesthesia?
Who knows, I may end up in one of those patterned movements someday. But until then, let me just break a sweat fasted and let me take care of them glutes today.