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I Feel Alive Working Out

In these days of the coronavirus where you are stuck inside all day long with nothing to do and nowhere to go, it’s hard to feel alive. You are physically breathing, but are you living? Not when you can’t go and do the things you want to do.

The only thing making me feel alive is when I work out. When my heart starts pumping and I do the things others won’t do. When my body moves like it was designed to do. When it’s hard. Only then do I feel alive.

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You Can Stay Fit With Just Dumbbells

With the coronavirus causing the world to pause, many people have embarked upon at-home workouts with just minimal equipment. This usually involves just a dumbbell.

I’ve been doing many of these workouts in addition to my lifting regimen, and I can say that I am thoroughly getting my ass kicked.

Dumbbells are a challenge in and of themselves. You have to manipulate them differently, and they will most definitely catch up to you.

When I first started a couple of years ago, every time I’d be extremely sore. Now, I just get beat by them. I am coming to enjoy dumbbells. They are a great break from the barbell that’s for sure.

So with the coronavirus raging, get a set of dumbbells and stay fit. You will come to like them and be good at them. Just another tool in your wheelhouse you’ll have when you need it.

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The Need to Lift Heavy

There’s something about lifting heavy that is a need; it does something for the soul.

It gives you a sense of accomplishment, like you’ve done something for the day.

It’s hard. Frequently, you don’t want to do it. But you do it anyways.

That, to me, is powerful.

Lifting heavy has been one of the few things I like doing.

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My Goal: Beat Myself Up During Coronavirus Outbreak

I’ve just decided if I can’t do anything, go anywhere, or engage in normal, human social behavior, I might as well beat myself up with CrossFit. After all, I don’t have anything to go do that I should avoid soreness for.

Thus, every day, I get up trying to beat the shit out of myself. Thrusters, wall balls, lunges, long runs, bike rides, and dumbbells galore.

Why not?

What else do I have to do?

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Being Unstoppable When The World Says Otherwise

In a world that tells you to stop living, to give up your dreams, to not go anywhere, to not do anything, to fear for your life, to give up on others, to lay your plans aside, and to not trust that God has got it, in such a world, you need to be unstoppable.

You need to push back, to not believe the lies, the hearsay, the hysteria, and the antics, and to keep moving towards your dreams.

You cannot stop while you have breath in your body, while your legs can move, and your arms can reach for the stars because one day, you will be stopped.

None of us know when that day will come, which is why you cannot stop.

Don’t stop living because the world tells you not to. The world is not in charge; you are.

God will call you when He wants you. Until then, keep moving, keep living, keep dreaming, keep fighting, keep hoping, and keep praying.

Be the unstoppable force you were gifted with from the moment you were born.

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Top 5 At-Home Workout Tips

WORKING OUT AT HOME

For those of you who are just beginning to work out at home, here are some tips to help you:

  • Just start. It will be hard at first, but once you start moving, you’ll get into a rhythm.
  • Use what you have. If all you have is your body, you can do a lot of workouts: run, push ups, air squats, pistols, etc. If you have a jump rope or a dumbbell, use those. Improvise.
  • Keep it consistent. You will be more likely to stick to a workout routine when it is a routine. If you were going to the gym every day, continue to work out at that same time.
  • Find an online workout community. Many gyms are using apps such as SugarWOD and others to ensure their members are staying connected. They are programming at-home workouts so you can check in with others regularly. Take advantage of these.
  • Don’t be discouraged. This, too, shall pass.

Find What Will Keep You Going During the Coronavirus

Find the one thought, the one future event, the one thing you can grasp onto that will keep you going. For me, it’s CrossFit. The video below says it all:

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My At-Home Gym Is the Only Thing Keeping Me Sane

If I didn’t have an at-home gym, I think I would be going insane right now. It’s the only thing keeping me sane in the midst of this insanity.

It’s my stress relief and keeps me motivated to keep pushing through these days.

I know these days will only make me stronger, but when you’re in the midst of it, it doesn’t seem like it.

One day at a time, you keep pushing, keep moving, never giving in.

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At-Home Workouts Will Make You Stronger

There are two ways you can approach this stupid-ass virus: you can give in to it, bemoan your fate and what is happening in the world, or you can grow stronger from it, beat it, and not give in.

Many people have told me, “I can’t work out at home” when I tell them I work out at home. This is because they need others to motivate them.

Now, most of us are forced to workout at home.

You have two options:

  1. To not workout due to every excuse under the sun
  2. To workout and continue to be healthy and stay fit

You Will Grow Stronger By Working Out At Home

Mentally

You will grow in mental ways you never thought possible. There will be days when you will be dragging and hating every second of it (I’ve been there and still am there). You have to push through it, half-ass it if you have too since half-assing is better than sitting on your ass. You will gain a mental fortitude you never thought possible.

Spiritually

As you are running in the dark, in the rain, in the cold, hating every miserable second of it, wishing for Orange Theory’s nice treadmills and warm room, you will grow spiritually. It will just be you, nature, the birds, animals, and your own thoughts, along with God. You will gain insight into your life, and your workout will be over before you know it.

Physically

You will most likely be doing a lot of moves you otherwise wouldn’t do. There’s nothing like bodyweight exercises to whip you into shape. You will grow physically, even if you don’t have a barbell.

Emotionally

Many of us workout because it makes us feel good, it relieves stress, and we like how we look because of it. Continuing to workout will help you combat the negativity of the coronavirus and weather this storm like any other storm in your life.

Financially

You’re not paying for a gym membership, nor are you driving there and back and having to buy nice clothes for it either.

Community

Your community is your family now. Show them that the coronavirus is not stopping you from your dreams, goals, and aspirations. Teach them that you are stronger than this, and that God is in control. Go on a run with your daughter; do a CrossFit workout with your other daughter; play catch with your son. Be active, and your kids will grow up active.

You will grow stronger with at-home workouts. Still, the choice is yours.

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Staying Fit When Coronavirus Shuts Down Your Gym

The coronavirus seems to be everywhere these days, and most of us are sick of hearing about it and truly want it to disappear.

But until it does, we have to deal with reality.

If you gym has shut down, you may be at a loss as to what to do for fitness. Below are ideas on what to do if the coronavirus has shut down your gym. Contact me with questions!

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTS DOWN YOUR GYM

Invest in Running

Yes, I know most CrossFitters hate running, but now is the time to develop a new hobby. All you need is shoes to run, which you have. So get outside, and enjoy the fresh air!

Bodyweight Exercises

For year, people did bodyweight exercises only and looked amazing. Your bodyweight is your resistance, and you can still stay toned and looking good through good ol’ air squats, push ups, sit ups, and pull ups.

Use What Exercise Equipment You Have

If you have been into fitness at all, odds are you have some equipment at home. Use whatever you have to create workouts. Most people have dumbbells if anything so use those. Combine a dumbbell with bodyweight and a run, and you have a kick ass workout.

Bribe a Friend with an At-Home Gym

As you know, I have my own at-home gym. Depending onĀ  how close of a friend they are, you may be able to bribe/pay to use their gym. Your friend may not want to due to the threat of the coronavirus so be understanding. However, it never hurts to ask. Even just once a week under a barbell can do wonders for you mentally.

Walk

Walking is underrated when it comes to working out. However, you will burn calories just getting out and walking your dog.

DON’T LET THE CORONAVIRUS STOP YOU

You can’t give up living because a virus is floating around. If you’re gonna get the virus and die from it, then it is your time, so do you want to waste the days leading up to it?

God has got this, like He has got everything. Trust in Him to protect you. And keep moving!