Learn From My Mistakes
This morning, I led our F3 workout and noticed some sloppy burpees happening. I decided to pen this quick note to my F3 brothers. Then I decided you may be able to use this knowledge also so I decided to also publish it here. For those of you who do not know, F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. It’s an early morning free workout group. It’s peer led. I am a different person because of F3.
Please forgive the language —> again, it was written for a bunch of men.
Smart people learn from their mistakes. Smarter people learn from other people’s mistakes. Here is something I shared this morning at Seismic after watching some of our men doing burpees.
F3 has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. This week I celebrate my five year anniversary with this crazy organization. However, while putting me in the best shape of my life, F3 has also banged me up a lot and I’m now suffering the consequences and I’m paying a lot of money and spending a lot of time correcting my mistakes.
We’re all a bunch of competitive dicks. We want to finish before everyone. We want to lift more and do more push ups. As a result, we are completely ignoring form and slinging cinder blocks around like we’re in our twenties.
During IRONMAN training, I noticed that some weeks I was putting in more time than both Speedo and Ma Bell yet they were spending more time running, biking and swimming. It’s because I was having to spend nearly an hour a day stretching while also paying for yoga, a chiropractor and massage therapy.
My back was so tight that I couldn’t lift my arms straight over my head to get flat in the water. I was (and still am) having continuous lower back pain. The bike portion of IRONMAN took me 90 minutes longer than expected because I kept having back spasms and I had to get off the bike every 15 minutes to stretch.
I had to spend most of the year running at a 12 minute pace because I couldn’t keep my heart rate below 170. I joined F3 and wanted to keep up with everyone so, I just ran as fast as I could for four years. I never spent the time to build my aerobic base. Now, I’m having heart palpitations and have to see a cardiologist.
I say all of this because I see a lot of you crazy assholes doing the same thing and I want you to do better than me.
A few points of advice from a man who has made a lot of mistakes:
1. SLOW DOWN. When running for the first time, really start off slow for the first few weeks and build that aerobic base. Lots and lots of zone 2 and 3 training. Buy a heart monitor and use it. You will be able to hold faster speeds by running slower in the beginning.
2. FORM IS EVERYTHING. 10 pushups with correct form is better than 30 with shitty form. The same goes for sit-ups, burpees and every single thing involving weight. Please do not fuck up your back as I have.
3. STRETCH. This is so super important as we get older. Spend 15 minutes a day just stretching or even better, join a yoga class. Trust me, you don’t want to feel like the Tin Man. It sucks and it’s super expensive and time consuming to fix once you’re as bad off as me.
4. BE COMPETITIVE WITH YOURSELF. It doesn’t matter how fast the big swinging dick next to you is running or how much weight he is lifting. All that matters is that you are better than you were yesterday.
5. LEARN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. You don’t need a masters degree but you should learn the basics of how your body works. I didn’t do that before jumping into all this madness. I am now and it’s helping me make smarter decisions and helping me stay injury free.
Please don’t be me. Be better.