Remember my talk about how sometimes life just sucks, and the circumstances blow, and blah de blah de blah? Well, wait til you hear this shit.
For some reason I trust all of you random people on the internet reading this, so I can take you through a virtual tour of morning. Wake up, feeling groggy as hell, not even wanting to make any coffee. Well, I decided to make my favorite Mocha Mint Dunkin Donuts coffee, because that stuff is like sex in a mug. Feeling a tad better, I got into my gym attire and was ready to do some snatching. I’ve been snatching less/muscle-upping less because my shoulders feel not so much like shoulders and more like piles of broken glass covered in skin. Needless to say, I was excited.
Walking up to the gym, I did my usual ‘fiddle with my keys until I come across the gold key to the gym right as I walk up to the door’ thing. I opened the door, walked inside…. and basically everything was gone. The equipment was gone. Kettlebells, medicine balls, rings, barbells, sled, straps, rope …..gone. Now, let’s rewind a bit. A couple of weeks ago, there was some talk of the gym closing because of financial reasons. However, I was told that even if the place closed, I would be able to train there for a few weeks until the landlord finally wanted the equipment out of there. You can imagine my astonishment when walking in to nothingness.
Here is the worst part of the whole thing: I live in Shitsville, Illinois most of the year because I’m a college student at Western Illinois University (this is my last year though, thank the heavens). There is nothing in this town except Walmart, Kmart, way too many drunk people, and some shitty restaurants planted here and there. It was by sheer luck that a place I could actually do Crossfit actually popped up. The closest place to train the way I usually do is an hour and 15 minutes away…. a distance that a broke college kid like me can’t quite afford.
So, what does someone do in this situations? Because I’ll be the first to tell you, this sucks. It sucks total ass. Here is what I’ll also say: I have no choice but to shove a smile on my face and figure something out. No matter what, my gym is gone and is never coming back, so I have to make do with what I got. Do I do that with a puss on my face and tears in my eyes or do I do it with the most optimistic attitude possible? I choose the second way. So, here’s my plan. Bear with me.
Join a regular, lame gym out here where I can still do my main strength work (deadlift, bench, squat, press). A lot of these lame gyms don’t give a crap if you do cleans, and you might even be able to get away with snatching. My only concern is dropping weight…. regular gyms don’t have bumpers.
Do gymnastics work at the regular, lame gym. Bar muscle ups, pull ups, toes to bar, handstand pushups. My favorite Rx jumprope is coming with me as well.
Pistols, burpees, bodyweight shit, dumbbells for days. No matter what, I’ll always have my body! 😉
Go to the closest Crossfit gym on a saturday or sunday to do things I can’t do in a regular, lame gym.
This is what I’ve got going for me right now. I remember seeing a picture of Matt Chan’s “home gym” …. He lived in an RV for 8 months with a pullup bar, rower, and a barbell&bumpers. That’s not a lot of stuff, guys. But you KNOW WHAT?! He made the best of it and did what he could with what he had and still made it to the games. Now, don’t skew that: I am by no means saying that because I am now training with limited options, I am going to the games. I’m saying that if you can dream it you can achieve it baby.
Here’s my plan for today that I might have to make some adjustments to:
Front squat: @80% 3×5
Clean and Jerk: 65%x3, 75%x3, 80%x2, heavy single
Snatch: 65%x3, 75%x3, 80%x2, heavy single
Clean deadlift: 70% 5×3 (Remember with the clean deadlift, the point is to simulate the motion of the clean. That means NO MIXED GRIP! It would kind of defeat the purpose.)
Stay optimistic. It helps.