On Monday I went to the gym for the first time since…well, put it this way; the grass stuck in the bottom of my crusty ass shoes turned into hay and I literally had to clap and dust them off. Way too long.
I terminated my membership with the fairly pricy New York Sports Club and set one up at Blink Fitness, a new gym making its way around New York City. Why? Well, it’s gonna save me $45 per month. Over the course of a year, that’s a good amount of gwap, right? Let me quickly tell you about the gym before I get to the point.
Blink is a cardio heavy gym. Treadmills and stair climbers galore. This is a good thing because it means no waits for sweats and elevated heart rate. I was happy about that…until I got into the meat of my workout and realized I was indeed at a budget gym. Over the years, I’ve gotten used to writing workouts in my head. I’m used to gyms with big free weight sections and multiple Olympic lifting stations. Blink isn’t exactly the greatest for this, as I found out. Honestly, it was pretty fucking frustrating. I found myself wandering around in disbelief that some items were missing and that the free weight section was so crowded. For a few minutes, I couldn’t get shit done. I stood there scratching my head, looking like I stumbled into a gym for the first time in life.
I couldn’t bench the way I was used to. I couldn’t do a shoulder workout the way I was used to. I couldn’t do anything the way I was used to. It was frustrating. So frustrating in fact that I wanted to leave.
Then I had a moment. I saw everyone else working out, chatting with their fitness partners, and making the best of what was available. Nobody else looked frustrated or like they wanted to leave. Only me. An ungrateful bastard I was.
It was at that moment I realized I had nothing to complain about. I have a clean gym down the street and I’m saving money. Everyone else here has found a way to make it work, so I need to do the same. Not having the stations I’m used to isn’t the end of the world. I’ll just need to improvise. Adapt. I’ll need to write my workouts in advance based on what’s available. I may even need to go in the morning when the place is empty so I can get to the free weights. Yeah, hitting snooze and rolling over is cool, but if I wanna get in shape — if I wanna preserve my health — I need to make due with what’s available. At least in this situation.
I think we all have moments where we’re frustrated by the cards we’ve been dealt. We wish things were easier. We wish they were the way they used to be, or that we had access to something we needed. But life isn’t a candy crush. The test of who you are is how you adapt. Because if you really want something, you’ll find a way to make it happen. Otherwise, you may not want it as much as you think.
I wanna get in shape, so I’m not gonna let the absence of a few stations or a crowded section stop me. That’d be weak. And I ain’t weak. I’m skrong. Yep, skrong.
What are you letting stop you?