0 to 90: A Cure for the I Don't Wannas

0 to 90 chronicles the CrossFit adventures of a know-nothing noob. For more 0 to 90 posts, click here.

Assumption #3: I will never enjoy fitness. Ever. 

Alright, time for some vulnerability here. One of the main obstacles to fitness for me is pretty simple: I just don’t wanna.

"Doesn't this look fun? Join now, and you and a family member can get in on our Dig-a-Hole-And-Fill-It-Up-Every-Day special, just $30 a month!"

"Doesn't this look fun? Join now, and you and a family member can get in on our Dig-a-Hole-And-Fill-It-Up-Every-Day special, just $30 a month!"

Very mature, I know. Truth is, I don’t get excited about gym workouts. I don't get excited doing the same, repetitive, actions week after week in a gray, dank, smell-pit. I don’t want Sisyphus’ gig. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t like it. He’s in Hades

So yeah, I don’t wanna gets in the way for me. I can start a lifting regimen pretty strong, and I love the way a good routine makes me feel, but inevitably about five or six weeks in, a hazy, bored, dread starts to settle in, and I notice, all of the sudden, things start coming up. For some strange reason, inexplicably, I can’t make it to the gym one day. And then, I can't make it for a week. I accidentally schedule over my regular workout time. And then the weather just isn’t letting me get the workout in. I was going to go, I tell myself, but then it was raining (sprinkling), and I’d get to the gym all wet (slightly damp), and there are all those signs saying to keep the equipment dry, and I’m not sure how I’d even get a towel there, because my gym bag is so small.

"Mmmm... yeah, I was going to go to the gym today, but look at that scorching sun. I'd probably burn to blisters if I went out in that. And they don't want, like, a sunburny guy on the equipment. Yawn. I'll just stay home."

"Mmmm... yeah, I was going to go to the gym today, but look at that scorching sun. I'd probably burn to blisters if I went out in that. And they don't want, like, a sunburny guy on the equipment. Yawn. I'll just stay home."

Translation: I don’t wanna.

When I first considered giving CrossFit the old college try, I was sure the I don’t wanna’s would settle in just like at Hell Pay Fitless. Quicker, actually, since another thing I try to avoid in life is any kind of discomfort whatsoever, and all I kept hearing from my CrossFit friends was “Man, am I sore from that wheelbarrow/kettlebell/upside-down-thingie this morning.” 

Truth is, it ain’t happening. I’m only three weeks in, but I’m seriously wondering if the I don’t wanna’s are going to make an appearance at all. 

1. Our workout changes every day. This means, every day when I walk in, I’m handed a new challenge. 

2. The challenge is almost always accompanied by instruction, so every day I feel like I’m learning something.

3. The instructor is the one making the challenge, so even though every day is new, and even though I’m learning something, I don’t actually have to think too hard. I just have to try to beat the workout

"I'm billing $350 an hour for this job."

"I'm billing $350 an hour for this job."

4. There’s intensity (and some discomfort) but it’s really only acute for 10-15 minutes in the workout. And by the time I’m actually thinking about it, there’s only 5 minutes left. 5 minutes I can do.

5. Almost every day, at least one of the things we’re doing is actually fun. Whether it be kipping (kypping?) on the rings, standing upside down, or pushing another human on a sled, there’s almost always something in the day that is really, actually enjoyable.

Something is happening that for me is a strange, strange phenomenon. The time for my workout comes, and I actually want to go. Don't laugh. You probably always want to go. Me and Sisyphus, however, get bored/tired quickly. So this is a big deal.

Will it last? I’m not sure. We’ll just have to get to week six and see.