Broad Ripple Fit Club – Fitness Done Better

6542 Westfield Blvd Indianapolis, IN 46220

(317) 695-3175


Aug 1st

How much time should I spend exercising? There are 4 right answers.

10258584_711133405614835_438604585467902185_n        When I first started training my goal was to stop being 92lbs. Seriously, I was 92lbs as a freshman in high school competing in wrestling, tennis, and rugby while attending school with a curriculum heavy in science and math (there was a lot of homework to do). I devoted about 50% of my free time, about 2 hours a day, towards sport and physical activity (doing curls and dips in my room). Grades and learning were my top priority, the fitness part was a secondary priority but only just.      When we look at our day we have 24 hours with which we can work. What we do with that time depends on our goals, priorities, and discipline. If your goal includes fitness then you have to devote time to it. Things in life change at the drop of a hat so you have to make the time devoted towards fitness a priority that doesn’t get tossed aside easily. It can be easy to give up exercise to the ever changing demands of your time day to day, but that’s the most cliche way to fail at accomplishing a goal. If it’s a not a priority, it’s not a possibility.   It took me 4 years to gain 40lbs so that by senior year I was 132lbs. Not exactly hyper-speed gains but that’s a respectable amount of weight overall. Had I devoted more time to the task could I have accomplished this faster? Maybe, but I wasn't able, or willing, to invest any extra time towards that goal.      I want you to be honest with yourself for a second. I want to know how much your fitness is a priority for you. You’ll know this answer by how much time and effort you currently devote to the task. Here’s the spectrum; 0-2 hour a week - Complacent “I’m fine like this”, no real cause to feel the need to make it a regular part of your life probably because there’s nothing currently limiting your ability to get through each day 2-4 hours a week - Conscientious “It’s important so I make it a regular priority”, mainly interested in the health and aesthetic benefits of exercise 3-6 hours a week - Achiever “I enjoy it, I like to challenge myself”, occasional local competitions and charity runs, exercises to achieve personal bests 6-12 hours week - Competitor “I want to compete at regionals/nationals”, solid amateur competitor (domination isn’t your destination) 12-40 hours a week - Medalists “I’m here to win, I’ll do what it takes to be the best” 0.01% of the fitness population, to achieve distinction requires full investment of your time      Now, honestly, who are you? Note that Complacent is the only category I would classify as a poor choice, investing 3+ hours per week will yield great results in health and fitness and should be achievable by everyone. Personally, I was more interested in moving better than anyone else than I was in being faster or stronger than everyone else. I fell directly in the Competitor category spending at least 10hrs a week towards training and movement practice. It was a disciplined effort but I knew it wasn’t sufficient to win any national awards, which never bothered me because that was never what drove me.      Be honest about the level you wish to achieve and your current time investment, do they match up? If you want to be fit, are you making it a priority to invest the time it takes to achieve that goal? If you want to be a higher level competitor, how much of your time and energy are you willing to devote to the task you want to achieve? Is it podium or nothing, or would reaching the destination satisfy you? Are you willing to sacrifice to make sure you invest the time necessary?      Are you willing to make sacrifices in order to invest the time necessary? There is no right or wrong answer unless your answer doesn’t match your goals. It is your choice.   What do you want to achieve?

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Jun 26th

Failing goals? This is the answer.

DSC_5654 by Taylor Hastings Don't focus on the goal As the CrossFit Regionals arrive and pass I have been thinking a lot about my goals inside and outside of the gym, especially after I listened to some words from Coach Ben Bergeron. I came to the realization that goals I set for myself in the past have turned out only to be dreams because of the EFFORT I put forth trying to get there. The best example of this was my goal to be the starting linebacker for my college football team. I had this big, edgy goal to be a starter but ended up only having a special teams role never really seeing the field through the helmet of a linebacker. Why did this obtainable goal halt so much of my potential as a football player? Currently being a part of a group of individuals led by a leader who preaches consistently putting forth great EFFORT each day, and listening to Ben Bergeron’s belief on goals has changed my life inside and outside of the gym. Here’s what I have taken away from these two influences… “A goal is a result for which you put forth EFFORT. Instead of focusing on the results focus on the EFFORT!” If an individual’s goal is to obtain three strict pull-ups in a month the goal should be in the EFFORT to practice pull-up progressions and volume each week. How you do anything is how you do everything. Even if you are working on the smallest piece of the puzzle your EFFORT needs to be maximized to create healthy habits within your entire life. You should feel uncomfortable frequently through your journey towards the goal. Some days the motivation will not be there, but the work still needs to be completed with the same EFFORT you have on good days. Becoming best friends with weaknesses will push you towards success much quicker than doing a lot of the things you are good at and enjoy. Love the process, and don’t let the highs get too high or the lows get to low. I never became a starting linebacker because I only dreamt of that goal. My potential was limited because I did not understand that the success is in the EFFORT each and every day. I tricked myself into believing I was training hard each day when I could have been putting forth better EFFORT, I did not make the right sacrifices, and I ignored putting time into the skill of being a starting linebacker for a top twenty-five nationally recognized football program because it was a big weakness. Whether you have goals inside or outside of the gym what matters most is the EFFORT put forth, and enjoying the process. When a goal is reached that beautiful moment will be momentary so don’t wait to enjoy what you are doing until after that short moment passes. Use each day to learn, grow, and be present in the moment because after the chalk dust settles you will not only remember the moment you achieved that goal but more so the journey it took to get there.  

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Jun 19th

The best hobby you can invest your time in.

DSC_5543      Life can be hectic, and stressful. The chaos can often take over all of our time and become overwhelming. To combat this problem I needed something that I could do for enjoyment, but while attending university I didn't want to invest my time in something that was just entertainment. If I was going to invest time in it I wanted to get something useful out of it. My goals were to stay in shape, learn something new, and have it be useful for the rest of my life. My hobby became the pursuit of fitness.     I was able to avoid getting burned out while working 2 jobs, starting a business, taking classes at 2 colleges, driving 300 miles per week and sleeping on average <4 hours a day all because I had something that brought me joy, kept me calm, and improved my body and mind.    Now in my 30's, it's provided me a lean physique, an outlet for my stress, protection against illness, resilience in the face of life's many struggles, and will never cease to challenge me to learn and grow. Here's a list of what making fitness your hobby will provide you Better mental and physical health Improved movement and resilience against injury An outlet for stress Fun and ever-evolving challenges both mental and physical Personal accomplishments Belief in your ability to improve yourself A social circle of driven individuals who support you A physique you built Positive habits that improve everything in your life    I get it, sometimes it's just nice to binge watch Office episodes (I do it too), but binging on mindless entertainment is like binge drinking or binge eating. It's a behavior to try to bring easy happiness but it comes with a host of problems.    I highly recommend you make fitness your hobby. Use it to develop new capabilities and build positive habits for productivity and personal growth. I encourage you to find something that can provide you evolving challenges so the hobby grows as you grow. Though fitness as a competitive sport isn't for everyone, fitness as a hobby is.    Making fitness my hobby has helped me make incredible friends, kept me in better shape at 32 than I was in college, challenged me to keep learning, taught me to ask better questions, kept me from wasting a bunch of time on mindless entertainment, and helped me build a lifestyle I enjoy. I can walk on my hands, lift heavy objects, climb over obstacles, and show up kids 10 years younger than me (occasionally). All in all, I can't think of a better use of my time to enjoy my life.

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