Exercise sucks. Here’s what to do about it.

Two weeks ago, I almost puked and it inspired this article.

My friend Noah was in town, and he invited me to join him in a special workout with some other internet dorks (that’s what I call affectionately those of us who make our living online). Noah lives in Austin, and I haven’t seen in him in a while, so although the idea of going out in public (yikes) and working out in a group setting (nope) are things I try to avoid, I figured I’d be a good sport.

Upon arriving at the gym, I walked into a room with 25 other people and an instructor who looked like he had been picked from a “good looking super jacked trainer” casting call.

What transpired was a 25-minute bootcamp style workout where we all did various things like burpees, box jumps, squats, dips, etc. There was no break, and we moved from one exercise to the next as thumping hip hop played, the training yelling louder and louder to encourage us to push ourselves.

I HATED EVERY SECOND OF IT.

I think I would rather get a root canal than go through that style of workout again. Or watch an episode of the Real Housewives of Rivendell.

Let’s be clear: I’m not saying this just wasn’t my cup of tea…This wasn’t mild-displeasure, but pure misery.

As I finished my gazillionth burpee, wheezing and out of breath, I looked at my friend Roman and we both kind of chuckled: “This is not my thing,” Roman said to me. Okay, actually what he said was more profanity-laced, but I like to keep things relatively clean around here.

When the workout was over, I glanced at some of the other people around the room, also drenched in sweat, but with smiles on their faces:“That was great!” and “I loved it, thanks man!” phrases were shouted.

Although I knew I probably wouldn’t enjoy this type of workout, after realizing just how much I hated it – I knew I needed to write about it.

“Just how many people hate these workout and think they hate working out?” I wondered as I pushed myself to the point of puking.

Today, I’m going to give you permission that you didn’t realize you needed.

Don’t like “exercise” ? It’s probably the type

Sunrise Workout

I have been training in gyms, parks, and playgrounds for 15 years.

I own and operate a health and fitness website and thoroughly enjoy exercise. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and if I miss a workout, it feels like something in my life is missing. And yet, I found myself cursing the exercise gods during that workout – wishing I was doing anything else.

You see, I like exercise to be an enjoyable and solitary experience. Pushing myself to the point of almost puking is not fun for me. Training in a group setting is also not generally enjoyable for me, as I prefer my workouts to be contemplative and meditative: Headphones in, playlist on, eyes down, mouth closed, and doing my routine designed with specific goals in mind.

Because of this, other than going for extended walks around New York City, hiking when I can, or doing ring routines that last for a few minutes, I don’t “do cardio.”

So a bootcamp/crossfit style workout is not one I particularly enjoy.

People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I don’t “go for a run” ever. It’s like there’s this law that says “in shape = formal cardio,” which I disagree with strongly.

I couldn’t help but think about somebody that might be in their mid 30s, who has been sitting hunched over a desk for the past decade, potentially also severely overweight, and ends up in a boot camp as their first fitness experience.

I think some people will love it. And maybe they’ll build up to CrossFit or SoulCycle or some other similar type of workout atmosphere. And that’s AMAZING. They love that feeling of pushing themselves harder than they thought possible, they get to work out alongside others, and it gives them a hell of a workout. They end these classes really beat up and fired up.

That’s what some people will do.

I think many other people won’t particularly enjoy this workout style – especially if they’re rookies to fitness or very overweight.

Sure, they might find a way to push through their workout enough times that they learn to “love to hate” them, and they’ll make this a thing they do regularly.

HOWEVER, I imagine the far majority of out-of-shape/new people fit into this category: Hate the workout, assume this “fitness” is the only kind of fitness, and get discouraged and embarrassed. “Screw this, I’m going back to my couch.”

Like Billy Madison getting teased when he HAD to write in cursive, he got discouraged and never wanted to come back to school:

There’s nothing wrong with bootcamps and CrossFit. I would LOVE it if I liked that stuff. But It never worked for me. If that’s your thing, keep killin’ it! These are amazing ways to get in shape for the right type of person. (Here are my official thoughts on CrossFit, btw.)

But for those of you who don’t find these workout styles fun, motivating, and easy to get yourself to do, I want to make something abundantly clear: If you strongly despise a certain style of working out and don’t want to do it, it doesn’t make you a bad person, or lazy, or a quitter.

It might just mean that you don’t like this kind of training! So don’t do it. Ever again. Never ever.

You don’t have to prove anything to anybody but yourself

be yourself

When I ran cross country my freshman year of high school, I hated every day of practice.

But I had friends on the team, and I told myself I was a quitter if I stopped. I made it through the fall season…barely. As I trained for the upcoming season during the next summer, I refused to let myself get ‘beat’ by stopping running even though I hated it.

Finally, after a month of increasing misery went by, I accepted my training preferences and decided that putting myself through another four months of torture to prove a point to nobody that I could do something I hated was the dumbest idea I’ve ever had.

Well, second dumbest. I once thought it was a good idea to cast a fishing rod a few weeks after breaking my collarbone. That was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.

So, when I stopped running, I decided to try something else: I got a gym membership.

And that gym membership changed my life and started me down a path that led me to Nerd Fitness.

Find your fitness

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Today, I’m giving you permission to make some changes:

  • If you don’t like “exercise,” it doesn’t make you a bad person.
  • If you don’t like to run, it doesn’t mean you are a quitter or doomed to stay overweight.
  • If you have gone to a bootcamp and it kicked your ass and you hated it, it doesn’t mean you’re weak.  
  • If you have gone to a gym and you hated lifting weights, you never have to pick up another weight again in your life.

Instead, I want you to find the type of fitness that brings you to life. If you haven’t done that yet, you haven’t looked enough places. So look more places.

Have you tried parkour?

How about rock climbing?

Swing dancing?

Yoga?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?  

Geocaching?

LARPing?

Kung-fu?

Powerlifitng?

Running?

These are all awesome forms of exercise and will get you to a pretty solid baseline of health.

After all, how you eat will determine 80-90% of your physique.

If you are trying to look a certain way or build certain skills, then YES you will need to train and eat a certain way. And next week we’ll show you exactly how to customize your training to your goals.   

For the rest of us muggles just trying to lose some weight, get in better shape, or look a little better, eating healthy and doing a fun form of fitness a few times a week along with some walks will actually get you most of the way there.

Don’t worry about getting your heart rate into the “fat burning zone” which is nonsense.

Don’t worry about “metabolic conditioning” or “WODs” or mile splits.

Don’t feel bad if doing squats and deadlifts aren’t your thing and you’d rather be outside in nature. Or that using an elliptical makes you want to cry out of boredom.  

Instead, do the thing that actually brings you joy and gets you moving. THAT is what “exercise” is: For me, it’s gymnastic rings and power lifting.

The rest of Team Nerd Fitness is quite varied:

  • For Staci, it’s powerlifting and yoga.
  • For Jim, it’s olympic lifting and gymnastics.
  • For Baker, it’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • For Alek, it’s ultimate Frisbee and CrossFit.
  • For Margaret it’s rowing.
  • For Darryl it’s martial arts.
  • For Taylor, it’s lifting and bodyweight training.
  • For Noel, it’s the NF Academy workouts.

Despite that list being quite “all over the place,” it’s all tied together by one principle: We exercise in a certain way because we enjoy it. This is why you can create a free character on Nerd Fitness with a focus in whatever reaches out to you.

We also all know that some basic strength training, even if it’s not our main focal point, makes us safer and better at the other activities we choose to do, so we all mix in a bit of that with our routines too.

It’s why principle #1 of NF is to train in a way that you enjoy! This will allow you to stay excited and motivated about moving – if you force yourself to do things you hate all the time, you’ll give up the second you reach an obstacle.

This is built into every element of Nerd Fitness, and we can help you find the path towards the life you want to live. It starts with a foundation of fun and the right attitude towards strength.

Stop today. Start today.

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I want you to have an honest conversation with yourself right now:

  1. If you are brand new to fitness, remove any preconceived notions you have about how you’re supposed to train. There’s no perfect way to train, but I’ll tell you there IS a wrong way – forcing yourself to do something you despise because you think you have to.
  2. If you’re already on your fitness journey, is there something you force yourself to do because you’ve always done it or because you think you have to keep doing it? If you’re doing it to reach a specific goal, good for you! But if not (and it just so happens to be what you think exercise is), can you STOP that thing?

I want to hear from you:

What’s one thing, with regard to fitness, that you have been forcing yourself to do, or what’s the mental image you have of fitness that has kept you from starting?

And what’s one NEW thing you’re going to try, or what’s an enjoyable form of exercise you’re going to do more of?  

If you are lost and don’t have any money or time to try new things, do this instead. Load up an audiobook or your favorite podcast, put on a pair of shoes, and go for a walk.

We all have to start somewhere, so we might as well enjoy it from the first day too! This will help you actually build the habit of doing the activity rather than doing something because you think you HAVE to.

Once you’re ready to set some elite performance or physique goals, we can talk about sacrifice and doing things for reasons other than pure enjoyment…but until then, have fun.

We’ll be covering specific performance and physique goals next week. Get ready!

-Steve

PS: Are you a fan of ours on Facebook? Staci is going to be doing our first ever Facebook Live tonight at 8pm CT. She’ll be talking about how to find the right gym for you!

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  • Hasteur

    “Real Housewives of Rivendell”

    Go on….

  • catherine marshall

    A line of treadmills or ellipticals in a gym, in front of a giant window makes me feel like I’m one of a bunch of hamsters in a pet store. I need to be outside in nature to walk or climb. No machines for me! I live near Vancouver, BC and we’re surrounded by the coastal mountain range. It’s a truly beautiful place to get out and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

  • Sam

    I’m a 55 year old male, a reformed runner, and relatively new to any other form of fitness: if it weren’t for intensive group exercise I would still be a varsity couch potato. I define CrossFit (which I have come to love) as a seriously buff 20-something making me do things I wouldn’t do on my own at a level of intensity I never would attain on my own.

    I know it’s not for everybody. It took MONTHS of dogged persistence and a couple of false starts before I remember waking up one morning and WANTING to go to the gym instead of forcing myself to do so, since when I’ve never regretted it. Find a good box and good coaches.

    Sam.

  • Adam Gordon

    I have been playing volleyball with some guys, not much but a weekly night of doing a lot more than I was. Lots of squats/jumps. I really enjoy working as a team, even an informal pickup team (that loses a lot)

  • Jennifer Nelson

    I’m depressed. EVERYTHING sucks right now…except for the things that seem too hard to bother with. So, I’m doing what I can. Instead of trying to shave seconds off my 5K time, I’m starting Couch to 5K over from the beginning. I can’t run for 35 minutes. But I can run for one minute. Then I can walk, and rest, and run for one minute again. I can’t increase my bench press one rep max (though I’d kind of like to smash my sternum and earn a few weeks in bed), but I can add one more rep to each Beginner Bodyweight Circuit that I do.

    And when I really can’t do anything, when the thought of running for one minute or doing 18 squats just seems like too much, I go for a walk. I like walking. Even when I’m at my worst, I can walk, and I enjoy it more than most things.

  • Jennifer Nelson

    Your story sounds very similar to a friend of mine! It takes all kinds, and some people do very well in an intense, boisterous group.

  • MoinMoin

    “if you force yourself to do things you hate all the time, you’ll give up the second you reach an obstacle.”
    God, you just put my job into perspective for me.

  • Jes

    I do crossfit…sort of 😛
    I get WODs from a friend, but I do them at home, in my own space and without other people judging me (okay, so that’s probably mostly in my head, but it still makes it feel uncomfortable! :P). Then, when I started playing hockey, I started fine-tuning my workouts to make me a better player. It was a lot more exciting (and engaging) for me to work towards improving a specific skill-set instead of trying to reach a nebulous point of “fit.”

  • Julian Rickards

    Swimming, Yes! Cycling, Yes! Running, No! (Duathlon? Maybe) but these are warm weather/water-only activities. I’m learning to like weights in the gym for the winter but I can frustrated when my measly weights (70-110lb at the moment, depending on the exercise) sometimes defeat me and I have to deload or just be satisfied with fewer reps. I’m looking forward to switching to bodyweight exercises sometime in the new year (that’s just how I want to proceed). I don’t like working out at home, too many distractions (tv, dishes, wife) so even when I switch to bodyweight and really might not need anything in the gym, other than space, it is a better place for my workout, especially when others around me are there for essentially the same thing.

  • Mari a

    I just joined a kickboxing gym! I’m doing kickboxing classes three days a week and free gym two or three days. The classes royally kick my butt and I never thought I would enjoy something so much when it clearly makes me so miserable. 🙂 I very much “love to hate it”.

  • Becky Jahn

    I’m 67 and very overweight, but I’ve kept moving for 10 years now. I learned to give up the exercise I hated: group exercise classes–HATE, HATE, HATE! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE swimming, elliptical and rowing machines. I am currently nursing a frozen shoulder and bum knee, but have kept up swimming and elliptical! I am soooo looking forward to getting back to free weights and TRX in the gym because I LOVE them and miss them. It’s inciteful to realize there are exercises I miss!

  • DrFeelgood

    Half of the reason I got fat in the first place is that I got older, made a family, and quit doing my favorite forms of activity–team sports. I’d love to get back to playing hockey, soccer, football, volleyball, or softball. But age, injuries, and family obligations take their toll; so right now I’m content with power lifting and bodyweight strength stuff. I can cardio all day if there’s a ball to chase, but doing almost anything on my own just plain bites.

  • dzeldaz

    As usual, you hit an emotional chord with me. Once again, I tried going to a gym, and thanks to your post, I can now be okay hating gyms. Well, I don’t hate gyms – I hate getting ready to go and driving to the gym. I really hate it. Luckily, one of my kids is living home for a year (it’s cool, he is saving up for his own place) and loves to work out. He is setting up a ‘gym’ in our basement and will teach me how to work out so I like what I’m doing. Nothing fancy, just stuff I can remember and do correctly. I can put on my worst clothes, turn on tv or music, be by myself and do as I please. What a concept. As I’m nearing 60, I think I’m finding what I like.

    Keep doing what you are doing. I love reading my Nerd Fitness emails.

  • Sherry Pronyk

    53 and headed back to the gym after many years. My best competition is me. Don’t care for team sports but if doing a boot camp or HIT work out in a group, works for me because i don’t worry what other people are doing, I worry about what I am doing. Love weights and work out with my TRX regularly. Running not really my thing either, but will do tread mill as needed as long as I listen to some pounding beat music. Cycling classes, definitely not for me. Going to the gym min 3 times a week and have hooked up with a fab-u-las trainer. I often have to push him to work me harder-haha. It is so true, find what you love and you will go back.

  • efp

    OMG yes. Yes. Just yes.

  • Aslan Mic

    Steve, every week i look forward to reading your honest opinions in your news letter. They are honest, candid, down to earth, humorous and dead straight-on-mark, all rolled into one
    I just wish if people like you can actually come over to my country and speak in university seminars. Young guys will love to listen to you here!
    Br-
    Arslan

  • Anna M Porredon

    Like you, Steve, I’m going to stop going to crossfit-like classes It’s not only that they push you to your limit and beyond, they also make you feel EXTREMELY BAD if you don’t complete the exercises, because sometimes they threat with ordering to everyone more repetitions if anyone doesn’t complete the exercises in time.

  • Jason

    I’ve done so many different programs over the years that I can’t count them all. But I will say that my favorite was doing Strong Lifts 5×5 with a good friend I’ve known since high school (I’m just about 40) in his garage to loud music and just plain old talking while he was going through a divorce. It was one bar or the other and I didn’t want him losing himself. It was cathartic and I was getting strong at the same time! We stopped when my wife was pregnant two years ago and I had to devote more time to being home and helping our other kids while she needed some rest in the later months. He has since joined a big box gym and we have not gone back to his garage gym (which was better). But I’ve gotten to love Bodyweight workouts, started YAYOG and made a tiny gym in my basement which my kids have been using (double win)! Great post as usual, Steve!

  • Dana Myles

    I want to dance…not in a group class setting, but I’d love to take regular private lessons in all maners of hip hop, swing, and maybe burlesque and tap.

  • Kerri Hilton

    (semi-competitive) team sports in high school were terrible – in fact, I blame one single season of JV soccer for the fact that I hated “exercise” for 6-10 years afterwards. I hated the pressure of needed to “succeed” at something with everybody else depending on me! things I love: running, just for myself, and the occasional road race with great camaraderie, horseback riding, rock climbing, (two other sports where your advance is PERSONAL but there are people around cheering you on and there’s a teamwork ASPECT but no team pressure!) and then I supplement with yoga and BW workouts.

  • Anita

    And my choice of education for me. I think I’ll pass after finishing up this year.

  • Joseph Carroll

    Very true. I’ve always been a skinny guy, tried track in school because it seemed like the thing for someone like me. I quickly found I hated running. I tried hitting the gym with a friend of mine and found I didn’t fit with atmosphere. It also bored the hell out of me picking things up and putting them back down. I thought I was doomed to be unfit.

    And then I discovered rock climbing. Man what a thrill. I never had so much fun getting a great workout and challenging myself. The adventure that comes along with it is a reward in itself. Hiking out into the wilderness, finding a cliff face and saying, “I think id like to climb this.” And you push yourself to the top, turn around and enjoy the most stunning views.

    And it led me to love bodyweight training, so that was a bonus.

  • Allison

    Thank you for this post. I am not new to exercise but I have definitely forced my way through many things I didn’t enjoy (being a triathlete is cool, right? Ugh. No. Not for me.) I was talking to a friend the other day about exercise. I told her that I really love yoga but I force myself to go to Orangetheory (even though it is waaaay too loud in there and I HATE IT). I quit my membership there today and I am so relieved!!

  • Library Nerd

    I’ve tripped over these points in my own mind before, but then I forget. It’s really, very, truly helpful to hear them from an external source, especially a “fitness resource”. Thank you, Steve. I really needed to hear this.

  • Tina

    This mentality is why I fell in love with the rebellion in the first place. I’m a petite woman who is a former competitive gymnast. People often gave/give me strange looks when I say I never do cardio and hate running but I love lifting. (Now if I can only find the time to do it regularly…) What people want to label as “exercising” in real life can be just about anything that makes you move your body and I’m so happy you are helping others see that.

  • Tina

    Editted to add: I have always wanted to try a boxing class. I love the idea of channeling energy, both positive and negative, into hitting things. 🙂

  • ebgordon

    I always, always, always try to convince myself that I want to be a runner. It’s convenient (I have a treadmill). It’s great for burning calories (duh). Plus, all of those people on Instagram who I’ve never met look super awesome doing it, so maybe one day, I will look super awesome doing it too. Right?!

    Ahem.

    What I really love? Is yoga. I love that it’s just my mat and me. I’m enchanted by excellent teachers (either online or in person) with their calm demeanor and their encouragement to be curious. “Uh. I dunno! Can I twist farther? Does this feel good?” When I’m done, I feel like I’ve pushed my boundaries but haven’t beat myself up. Yoga feels like a challenging reward.

    And yet… I find myself often saying that it “isn’t enough.” *sigh*

  • I think people fell like they have to do the types of workouts they see on TV or on their friends social media account. Or stick with a workout plan that ab “expert” wrote. If that works for you, great. But if not, find something you really LIKE to do not what you think your should do. I always wanted to do bodyweight workouts but never thought I should – until i got hurt and can’t lift or run much. And I love it!

  • rhian

    Steve,
    Thank You! My aerobic workout today consisted of pushing a mulch mower for 2 hours – needed to be done, and the sunshine and crisp clean air was a plus.

  • Zathras1

    First time commenter: Steve, I like this one. I’m a runner and a hiker, but “go for a run” or “go for a hike” means to me a combination of exploring some new trail and contemplation/meditation as I move. I think I read once that Himalyan climber Reinhold Messner once described walking (and running, IMHO) as “moving meditation”.
    I may go to the gym (sometimes, even regularly…), but it’s mostly to keep myself fit and un-injured enough to run and hike. I think that makes me a Ranger?

  • run_brown_wolf

    I want to like rock climbing and bouldering so bad! I just don’t. I gave it a really good try for several months because COOL chicks rock climb! They’re so daring and strong and hot guys talk to them and they are so gorgeous wearing their tiny rock climbing clothing! And I really didn’t like it. lol. I was honestly surprised because I like to climb on rocks and trees when I’m outside. -shrug- In the gym, though, it was boring and painful.

  • Joey

    I enjoy practicing yoga. But I don’t like going to a yoga class. You see — contrary to most people’s perception — I re-energize by being alone ( my job as a leader of a large group demands a lot of people interaction — and as much as I do it well – it’s exhausting). So during yoga classes – as much as I can focus on my own mat and my own body during the practice, I just don’t like the feeling of my energy being drained because the introverted me is surrounded by a bunch of other people ( even if some of them are my friends ).

    So I decided to stop going to yoga classes. I just practice at home – and when I muster up enough energy – I go to class to just remind myself what the proper form for the poses ( I rarely do this ).

  • Tony Langdon

    Like Steve, I’m not a big fan of cardio. In fact, my cardio performance has _improved_ since I stopped doing it. I still do the occasional 5k run to support a good cause, and the last time I ran a 5k race a few weeks ago, I completed it in more than a minute less time than last year.. However, my training these days is mostly sprint work, with a bit of strength and other stuff thrown in. I do enjoy the gym and lifting, but my training schedule often doesn’t permit it.

    But I enjoy what I do. Speed is my first love, though speed endurance work is tough. However, it’s also an important part of my training and one of those necessary things I have to do for my sporting interests.

  • Terry Dutton

    I just came back from my first ever “Metafit” class, which is precisely the workout you just described. Seems appropriate this article is the first thing in my feed, heh.

    I’ve been exercising with somewhat-regularity for about four months, now. I’d have hated Metafit in the beginning. But I do have a frustrating habit, when I exercise on my own, of utterly spacing out between sets; just staring into the sky with my iPod on shuffle and losing my brain in space. So what should be a half-hour workout becomes an hour-and-a-half. In that respect, Metafit’s brilliant, because it forces me to get my exercises done and dusted.

    Also I just registered for a charity boxing match in six weeks’ time, and despite having trained in martial arts for over fifteen years, the sheer intensity we fight at during training is absolutely flooring me. So I have the added bonus of Metafit being a specific means to a goal – namely, building up enough endurance to not collapse into a frothing mess by the second round 😛

  • Laurel Lancaster

    My favorite type of exercise: Pound Rockout Workout. Bodyweight exercises meets cardio meets a rock and roll drum routine. Kicks my ass every time and I love it.

  • Glenn Allen

    I really agree with the idea of finding out what works and not just giving up on fitness. I have a real antipathy to working out for some reason. Perhaps it was the assumption that I could never achieve an ideal that I imagined was the goal.However in my part time career as an alpine ski coach I haven’t a choice but to do what it takes to remain somewhat healthy and functional. It’s really just self preservation. But no matter how I kept telling myself that this was the year I was going to do more in the gym it never really appealed to me. I had always been able to rely upon an inner well of fitness so that in a sense I could use my sport to get into shape quickly at the start of the season and this almost always worked. And then I got older and injured and ill. So that period of time when I was not exercising at all had huge consequences for my fitness that I knew I couldn’t recover from with the same strategy (or lack of one) that I had been using all my life. Thank goodness I found my way and despite going to the gym and seeing all the fit and athletic bodies that I wished I had (but never worked hard enough to achieve) rather than being discouraged this time I felt inspired and I persevered in my own way. I even employed a trainer whose focus on technique and form was more encouraging to me than anything else I’d tried.This site was inspirational in that it was accepting of finding your own pace and program. Thanks.

  • Rhia

    I go to the gym 4 days a week. While I wouldn’t say I “enjoy” going to the gym everyday, I don’t hate it like I used to. Now that I know a little bit more about what I’m doing, it’s not nearly as bad. I have a goal rather than just coming into the gym, running on a treadmill and just trying out some machines. With an actual workout written out and a plan on what to do when I go to the gym, it’s gotten a lot better and sometimes I even look forward to a day at the gym.

    I haven’t found anything that I absolutely LOVE to do right now. I think once I lose some of the weight and get in better shape I’ll look around more. One of the problems I’ve had with looking for classes and other things to do is that the things that look interesting have been way too hard for me, even on the beginner course.

    I like walking and hiking, but with the weather in Oklahoma being unpredictable and a lack of really good walking/hiking areas, it can be tough. Exercising in the gym for now is something I can do and not hate. Hopefully I’ll find more activities to engage in that I enjoy. Right now I’m trying a bunch of new things with friends (for example, I played frisbee golf for the first time a couple of weeks ago).

  • Rhia

    What is WODs? Being a table top gaming nerd, I just see “World of Darkness”. lol

  • Jes

    It’s a crossfit acronym for “workout of the day”. Some of them are named (the “girls” and “heros”, both of which are generally harder than everyday ones), and some are put together by the crossfit gym.

    A well-known example would be Fran: 21-15-9 reps for time: Thrusters (95# | 65#), Pull ups

  • hey Anna!

    It might just be the instructor as well, so if you enjoy the class but don’t enjoy HOW it’s being conducted, see if you can find one that’s with an instructor that’s more in tune with how you want to be taught!

  • thanks Jason! That garage gym with loud music and a buddy sounds amazing – glad to hear you’ve created a basement gym!

  • love it Joseph!

  • I couldn’t agree more with you, Steve! As you see I am asthmatic and I HATE running, or anything to do with cardio. Five minutes after I attempted to run and I am panting like crazy! I thought I might die! Sometimes I feel embarrassed when I’m with my circle of friends since they can run for about 10-20 minutes while I’m always left behind, last to finish a round. But then I realized, what’s the point of punishing myself? I can’t, for the love of God, I really can’t imagine myself doing it for a lifetime! So I switched my exercise and I do brisk walk instead. People will look at me like I’m crazy, saying “It would take you at least 10 years to lose all the weight you had if you just walk”. But hey, I don’t care, and it’s my life!

    Now? I can say that I ENJOYED walking and somehow it became my habit. It’s like my mind and body was already programmed to walk, just take that path and do it. Although I haven’t lost a significant amount of weight, but I got to see improvements in my body. Some pains I felt in my body before now disappeared. Plus, it seems my cycle is slowly going back to normal. I mean, for the past three months I’ve walked, I got a normal cycle (I stopped drinking those pills because I don’t like it. I felt week). So , I guess that’s still an improvement, right? I am in the right track! I LOVE this improvement rather than seeing myself losing more pounds but my body is feeling miserable.

    Next month I will also start incorporating swimming to have some kind of variation aside from walking 🙂

  • Tony Walters

    I just left my PhD after realising I was hating every moment… On to the next journey, whatever that may be (I guess)

  • If you enjoy walking the most there is nothing wrong with just doing that. You can increase intensity as you get stronger by increasing the pace or using some small hand or ankle weights if you like. Bonus: Research has shown many times that walking helps alleviate depression symptoms quite a bit.

  • SegaGenitals

    Elvish impersonators…

  • Melanie

    Great point! I personally love my morning weight training. I was ok with my afternoon cardio, but it got boring and I slowly stopped doing cardio all together. Thanks for the reminder, there is other ways to get the job done.

  • Rhia

    Ah, ok. That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying!

  • Zaid Omar

    In Singapore…..they force you to run..well for most healthy and fit man who served the national service. Every year you must take a physical test that has running part of it. Well, I do think being a soldier would mean a lot of running sprinting and more running.

    It is like for those like me who hates running are forever dooomed!!

    And yes..group workouts arent my thing either. I rather hit some weights at a nearby AnytimeFitness gym when most of “normal office workers” are asleep cause having the advantage of working on shifts is the best thing ever.

    Alone..just me..music and weights..and sometimes I get the shivers like some wandering fitness junkie spirit is unhappy cause when I didn’t wipe off the wet bench after using it.

  • C. Möbus

    Hey! It was good to read that.
    I used to do hot yoga and run. It worked perfectly for me, I enjoyed it, was thin and happy, until one day I was strolling through the mall and there was this free “bioimpedance” body evaluation a health clinic was offering. I did it and the guy was very rude and told me I was “fake thin” ’cause I had too much fat in my body and too little muscle. I took that pretty seriously. I stopped going to yoga, but continued to run occasionally. After four months, I hurt my knee ’cause I wasn’t stretching anymore. I understood the importance of weightlifting and started to go to the gym. I can commit myself to do it regularly, but, you know, it simply isn’t the same. I don’t enjoy it at all. Nowadays I go to “functional” trainings and I enjoy those more (I hate the idea of Crossfit). But I’m still struggling to find myself, you know. I don’t think about going back to yoga ’cause I have to choose $$$ and I understand that getting strong is more important to my health than getting flexible. (Right, guys?) But yoga was truly my thing.