Sometimes its Better to Maintain than to Grow

9 05 2008

Over the last couple of months I have been working out on my own. Because this proved to be a big enough challenge I felt like it would be a bad idea to take on any other major challenges so I created a very simple and short routine. I was aiming to take around five minutes and something that I could do inside the house because it was still winter – in Canada.

As time progressed, I really wanted to increase the workout because I could feel the higher energy levels that I get when I workout. BUT I was still concerned about over burdening myself with a longer routine. The issue around time is that I normaly get up with the kids and make sure that they are clothed and eaten before I start my day and the only way I fit a longer routine in is by getting up earlier. If you are a parent then taht is enough said – if you are still not… it will make more sense when you are sleep deprived for years. 🙂

What I decided to do was to do very small increments… and I mean VERY small increments. I started with 10 swings with a 12kg (26lb) kettle bell and after a week I moved up to 12 swings. From there I progressed to 15, 20 and now to 25. All of this happened over eight weeks and my ultimate goal is to some day do 100 but I have no rush. I also stared doing three jerks with each arm and have moved up to 15 in that same time frame.

The next thing that happened was that I started to get excited and wanted to continue increasing what I was doing but yesterday reality sunk in. I was having trouble finishing the routine and I realized that I am still builind and that sometimes its more inportant to consolidate the achievements one has gained by taking the time to solidify the learning, than it is to continue moving forward. So I have decided to just focus on doing the same thing for a coulple of weeks so that I can allow my body and mind to adjust to the changes before I put more on myself.

I hope this helps those people who are willing to start changing their lives. After all we are an amalgamate of our choises and I have chosen to spend five minutes every day to workout.



Celebrating One Year!

8 05 2008

Here we are, one year later. It’s hard to believe. We were quite struck a couple weeks ago, when we were out for our first hike in a little while and we realized that it was on the very same mountain, the very same trail, nearly to the day that we had first decided to undergo the task of training to complete the “300” test. It was then a few weeks into that, that we began the blog.

In looking back, it’s been interesting to see the development undergone here. The very natural, very organic shape being taken by the shear act of taking one step at a time. Not overly concerned with the direction being taken, but rather wholly engrossed in the process. Now we find ourselves in a place, with a strong sense of who we are and what we do, what GYM JANE is and does….well, at least until the new lessons learned instigate and propel us onward to new stages of growth.

The last couple of weeks we’ve taken a look at and revamped the info above, regarding Gym Jane, as it pertains to us today. A year later, things have evolved:) We’d like to invite you to check it out. And for those who are new to Gym Jane and want a little more history on how all this came about, we saved the original write ups and put them under the “Origins” category.

Thanks to all who have followed the adventures of the last year and continue to follow and share in the journey, hopefully taking something away to your own. And a big thank you to all of you who have shared your thoughts and input. It is the primary reason for “throwing it out there” and sharing what we do. To connect and grow together.

We’d like to leave you with a wee medley. We decided, that to celebrate One Year of Gym Jane, we wanted to officially adopt our anthem. Something strong, something exciting, something inspiring, something……well something that will downright tug at your heart-strings……

See you on the flip side,

ae & s.

Starting from Scratch

1 05 2008

It has been over a year now since we started Gym Jane and I have to say that it has been quite the journey. At first I thought that I would develop a awesome body, later I expected to learn discipline, but now I am learning that this exactly what a journey is about. Yo start out with a goal in mind but as time goes by you get to refine that goal.

About four months ago, Shane started working at a Gym in Vancouver and his schedule conflicted with our training times which was the end of my physical fitness. I realized that I was depending on Shane to maintain my discipline and in a way cheating! (hehe) Now this realization did not come easy… after all, I did work really hard and had to maintain a high level of commitment for a reasonable amount of time…. But I was still dependent.

And so after a couple of months of struggle and hard work I have started again. This time on my own. I get up early in the morning and some ‘Intu Flow’ and ‘kettle bells’ and am off to take care of the kids, wife, work, house, family and xbox. But to start over, I needed to reevaluate what I was doing. I knew that I could not commit to long workouts so I decided to make sure that it was around five minutes. I also had trouble with doing it outside (because we are in Canada and its winter), so I had to start with something that had smaller requirements in terms of space. Hence kettle bells.

So after doing Gym Jones / Cross Fit workouts for six months I started on a five minute routine which I make myself. My first thought was that I had given a step back but then I realized that I had just move a level up and that it was now time to start from scratch… on my own… at my pace. My only commitment is to do slightly better every day. Nothing else… and I don’t have any long term goals. The only goal is to workout.