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Routine is not the Enemy

Routine is not the Enemy

Routine is not the Enemy

Although it can feel like we are stuck in a rut sometimes, having a routine (or lack of routine) can have a big impact on our lives. If you know me, you know that I have a set of things that I need to accomplish in a day, otherwise you could call me “Mr. Grouchy Grouch!” Getting enough sleep, eating enough, getting my workouts in, and several other non- gym related tasks are certainly on that list. Having a routine helps me get those things done each day.

Make a plan!

The key to any good lifestyle change is to have a plan. When I say make a plan I don’t mean, “I plan to get my ‘poop in a group.’” That doesn’t help you at all. I really mean make a plan. One with a clearly defined goal, and the steps you will take to get there. It can also be extremely helpful to visualize what your life will look like when you accomplish it. This helps you remember why you set the goal in the first place and will hold you accountable to putting that plan into action. Once you have the plan, all you have to do is put it into action. If you would like to start getting up at a certain time each day you could just set an alarm and hope for the best. In the long run you will be much more successful if you set yourself up to BE SUCCESSFUL. If you want to add to your routine getting up earlier, it really starts with going to bed earlier.  Removing barriers to success leads to… You guessed it. Success. Take your plan and go back as far as you need, remove all the barriers, and then you’ll be left with a clear path to success.

Success is a Habit

Once you learn to remove the barriers for success, you become successful all the time. It becomes a habit, and habits become routine. By waking up on time you remove a barrier for the next thing you need to do in your day. This is a domino effect. It keeps going forever. You wake up on time. Then you have breakfast on time. If you have breakfast on time you have plenty of time to get to work. If you get to work on time you get done with work on time. If you finish work on time you get to the gym on time. Most importantly of all if you get to the gym on time you don’t have to play catch-up by warming up with extra burpees. (Burpees are a great full body warm-up by the way!) It is easy to see how this cycle can keep going on and on! This is what the saying “success leads to more success.” Games athletes don’t keep going back to the games because they made it there once, they go year after year because they routinely do the things needed to get them there.

What should be in my routine?

The simple answer is whatever you need to do to be successful. That also includes all the steps to achieving those little successes. All of us need to drink enough water, so it is natural to add that to our list. We make it routine by constantly doing the things that allow us to drink enough water, and then by drinking enough water, I accomplish this task by filling up my water bottle between every class and then drinking it in class. It can really be that simple.

Routine is NOT the enemy!

I’m not saying that you need to regiment your entire life so that you only do the same things in the same order each day. Or that you should eat the same meals each week. All I’m saying is that a little bit of structure can make your day a whole lot easier. People who have consistently good nutrition habits either have the time to cook several healthy meals each day, or they take the time to cook them once or twice a week and then add it into their routine to grab a container before they leave in the morning. Those little steps that are a part of your daily routine can make a huge difference in helping you accomplish any goal, big or small!

Coach Jordan’s 2018

Coach Jordan’s 2018

Wow, 2018 was something else. I don’t know if I have ever had a year with so much personal growth and change. Looking back on who I was at this time last year, I’m not even sure I can recognize that person. 2018 sure brought a lot of changes. I am excited to find out what 2019 has in store for me!

Becoming a Coach

This year I was asked if I would like more responsibly at the gym. Obviously, I said yes. I had been essentially stealing knowledge and experience from the coaches at Icehouse for over a year. I had also coached a few kids’ classes and I thought I was ready to jump in and start coaching “the big kids!” WRONG! I have read a bunch about the scientific principles of strength and conditioning as well as how we train to get desired effects. Turns out there is much more to coaching than a technical understanding of movement and how those movements produce a response.

I can remember the day my mindset shifted from “I know enough.” To “I know NOTHING.” I had just coached my first “regular” CrossFit class, I did a lot of things wrong that day, messed up the clock, forgot to teach a movement, and had the class run over about 10 minutes; all hard lessons that I have learned more than once, and I’m sure I will learn again. Along with what I thought I knew, one other thing changed that day. My perspective on what I was actually doing at the gym. I suddenly had a why. I decided after that class that I want to influence the members at our gym, the same way that the other coaches and all of the members influence me. I truly believe that I learn something from every class I coach and that I use those lessons to be a better coach. Not only do I try to use those lessons professionally, but I also use them personally as well. You can learn a ton about how you interact with others based on how they react to you after you just made them do burpees and thrusters for an hour! Seeing all of you come into the gym and put in the work, regardless of what else is going on in your lives is a powerful inspiration that I use for my own goals.

Speaking of goals, here are a few of mine for 2019!

  • Learn at least one new skill
  • Recover with the same effort put into training
  • Lift some heavy weights (It’s really challenging not to write 39 goals for a barbell, so this one covers them all!)
  • Learn more about Strength and Conditioning
  • Graduate College
  • Coach at a higher level. (More than movement.)
“I’ll Start Monday”

“I’ll Start Monday”

How many times have you told yourself that you’ll start something on Monday? I’d bet it’s more than one. I’m here to tell you that sometimes, you don’t need to wait until Monday. Start today. It’s like the old saying goes, “the best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, the second-best time is today.”  You might be wondering what I’m talking about so hang in there and I’ll explain. (more…)

Discipline = Freedom

Discipline = Freedom

No matter who you are, where you work, if you have children, or what age you are, we each  have the same 24 hours in a day. Why is it that some people have time to go to the gym and others don’t? The answer is simple, some people just MAKE time. At this point you might be asking “How do I MAKE time?” Good news! There’s a solution. (more…)

Being the Fit Friend

Being the Fit Friend

It can be really difficult to keep your fitness goals on track when it seems like no one understands the commitment you made to yourself to make a change.  Aside from the people in our community at Icehouse, who are already on their own fitness journey and share your goals, there are family members, friends, and even co-workers, who do not. The people around you generally don’t want to derail your wellness train. Think about how it looks from their perspective. Something as simple as reducing the amount of sugar we consume can look like eliminating a whole list of foods. Making time for the gym could mean no longer watching as much TV with your significant other. These changes can look drastic to others. (more…)