We all have those days. The ones where we could find any excuse to not workout. Sometimes it’s basic excuses: I’m tired, I have to work late, I’m sore. Sometimes there are very unique excuses that can try to derail us. If you’re feeling this way, maybe you need some workout motivation to get in the gym and do it anyway.
We have some highly dedicated members at our box. Today’s post is about one member and one particular incident. This member is not the type to make excuses. In fact she is just the opposite. She simply does not miss a workout.
Last she showed up to her usual 6 am class time at Buffalo Nickel CrossFit. As she came walking in, I noticed she did not have shoes on. Not just didn’t have CrossFit shoes on…she had no shoes on!
I looked at her with a confused look and she looked at me with a frown. She told me about how she had woken up and her shoes were not in the normal place she puts them. But, she didn’t want to miss class looking for them so she just came anyway in her socks. She asked if she could still workout.
Let me take a moment to explain to you: I LOVE not wearing shoes. I especially love not wearing shoes during workouts. I think it gives you a much better connection to the ground and it makes you slow down and appreciate the movements you’re doing. For a time, I only trained barefoot, and I highly encouraged others to do so. Not many people want to or like to so I usually now just save my breath and only use it as a cue to help with exercises such as deadlifts, squats, and running.
Anyway, back to this shoeless member. She was afraid I would say she could not workout since she did not have shoes. Well, little did this member know I was a strong supporter of working out without shoes. So I responded, yes of course. I told her how much I loved it, what to be careful of in that day’s WOD since she was not wearing shoes, and so forth.
Usually when most people workout barefoot they are overly cautious in their movements. They almost don’t get a good intense workout because they are too focused on being barefoot. But she was flying!
While she was working out, I was thinking wow, she really does not allow any excuse to get in the way of her daily workout. I just thought it was a great lesson.
Hopefully her story is great workout motivation for you
Excuses will pop up. They might be the regular basic excuses or they might be off the wall wild excuses. The important thing is to do it anyway. Make no excuses and hold onto your workout motivation.
The excuse doesn’t matter. What matters is if you let the excuse stand in your way or not.
So get out of bed when you are tired. Don’t let working late keep you from your health and fitness. Use your circle of support to keep you motivated. And if you forget your shoes, workout anyway.