I never thought I would say that, but I miss gyms.
It's not that I miss the equipment. Even when I went to a gym before Covid, I rarely used more than a pull-up bar, medicine ball, and box of plyo. I've certainly never touched weight machines or cardio equipment (I always bring my own jump rope to the gym, anyway).
In fact, my workouts aren't much different now than they were before the pandemic. They continue to be primarily bodyweight, with lots of sprints, gymnastics, plyometrics, and bumps. And I still prefer outdoor workouts to indoor workouts and get an extra dose of happiness whenever I discover a new outdoor fitness park that I can work out in.
But as the months have dragged on and the gyms have remained closed, I miss having a place to go.
To be able to have an independent and reliable space outside my own house. A place free from screaming kids, lawn mowers, or passers-by who want free workout tips.
Somewhere where I can walk in the door and let go of all my other worries of the day. To turn off my monkey mind, focus and enter the area.
I realized that gyms are a place where I can spend some time alone while being inspired by those who work hard around me. It's similar to how I use cafes as a change of scenery for work (a typical introvert - I like to be alone but together).
Without gyms I find it easy to get distracted by the weather (and if it is raining?), Or by other people (will I be in someone's path or get kicked off the tennis court? ?). As the days get shorter, I know it will get even more difficult. Working out in a park when it's cold and dark outside doesn't sound very appealing.
Despite my frustration, I know one thing is for sure: no matter what, i will continue to find a way to move.
In my experience, there is no better way to combat feelings of depression, hopelessness, lack of motivation, inability to concentrate, anxiety, and lack of meaning in life than by move.
And when the gyms make open again, and our lives return to some degree of normalcy, I'll be more grateful than ever.
What has been your level of motivation over the past six months? Do you miss gyms or do you like finding other ways to stay in shape?
Understanding what it takes to becoming a successful athlete, is important. Although, there are centaines de milliers of factors that contribute to this, so we have put together our top 5 tips to becoming a successful athlete ! The reason behind this article came from an conversation between myself and a young athlete desperate for success. So, hopefully, this article will help similar athletes asking the same type of questions.
First of all, commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause ( your team ) or activity ( your sport ). Although, commitment isn’t tangible and you can’t quantify it, the levels of commitment are ever changing. So, thats the task, understand what level you need to reach and smash it !
A locker room full of teammates who are willing to work and work together every day at practice, even when not under the coach’s eye, is essentiel to having a successful season. Realise that a good teammate doesn’t try to be the best player on the team; they focus on being the best player for the team, though at times this can be difficult – stick with it !
Spending 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after practice working on your game will give you an advantage over the competition. Some players choose to talk about their day while they slowly lace up their shoes, or duck out of practice as quickly as possible. Realise that being different is just one level away from being great. Twenty minutes of additional practice six days in a row adds up to another full practice during your week. Although its more about quality practice rather then quantity of practice, if you are adding 120 more minutes of practice to your week, make sure its worth while !
tera become a successful athlete you need to know Your Teammates. How you work with your teammates when things are going wrong, strongly influences how successful you will be. Also influencing how far you will go as an athlete. So, great teammates are positive, supportive, understanding, forgiving and passionate about helping those around them achieve greatness. Learn about your teammates. Enjoy being around them away from practices and games. Sit with different teammates on road trips. Strike up conversations to learn about what motivates them. The time, effort and energy you put into reaching out to your teammates will come back to you many times over. Being a good teammate isn’t a big thing; it’s a million little things, so get working !
Realise that regardless of whether you are playing in a friendly fixture, a tournament, or been invited to international trials, certainly adopt the motion that people are watching. You are a brand, and you want to be seen in a positive light. You have to become a brand worth investing in, because your worth investing in.
Finally, “When you are not getting better, you are getting worse” is a cliché that may intimidate many athletes. Improve just one rep each day, and push yourself outside your comfort zone. If you are lucky enough to be around a coach who pushes you, holds you accountable, and may even be demanding at times, consider it a gift. Although it may be stressful, they probably see something in you that you don’t yet see in yourself.
Stay positive and believe in the process. No successful athlete ever started out that way. They all found it in themselves to make their bad days better and draw confidence from the days when they did well. You are never as bad as your worst day, and you are never as good as your best. Find it in yourself to stay level-headed and hungry to become more for your coaches, teammates, family and yourself.