As a sportswriter, I keep myself pretty busy.
I see many of you through the week while covering sporting events in the Greater Alton area, but that doesn’t include the time it takes to write the story, or the time I spend in the office. I’m not complaining, but when it comes to finding time to work out, it is tough.
That’s not to mention all the wonderful hospitality rooms with free food I visit during my travels at local and regional tournaments. I am also not complaining about the food, keep it coming, but it doesn’t assist in staying healthy.
I just don’t have a set schedule. There is no such thing as 9-5 in journalism and it makes it hard to find a routine when trying to stay physically fit.
When it comes to investing money into a fitness club that I may not be able to use due to time restrictions, I’m weary. I also know I’m not very self-motivating when it comes to working out. Don’t get me wrong; I’m in shape, round is a shape.
Talking with friends recently I was introduced to circuit training. Many of my friends attend circuit training at Pride Fitness at 360 B Old St. Louis Road in Wood River and coaxed me to check it out.
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. you can find a large crowd gathering at the old Wood River building. I’m 38 and ages vary from much younger than me to much older. The body types vary also; everyone isn’t ripped and chiseled. Commonality comes from friendliness and support.
For only $5 a session and no contract, you can be a willing participant for Pride’s circuit training. You just have to sign a waiver on your initial visit.
You partner up and rotate between designated workout stations. There are two reps at each station of 30-second intervals on Saturday and 40 seconds on Tuesday. It’s 30 or 40 seconds on, 30 or 40 seconds of rest and 30 or 40 seconds on again.
Workouts vary from flipping tires, suicides, monkey bars, break dancing, sled pulls, bear crawls, hitting a heavy bag, swinging a sledgehammer, to many more. There are a plethora of quirky and grueling workouts.
They change from week to week. One week is upper body-oriented, the next focuses on legs or core, or there are more weight stations or more cardio stations.
Being winded and tired is something proprietor Todd Laux, a Bethalto native, admits is part of it no matter your fitness level. What happens, though, is your body recovers faster and you have less muscle pain as you continue to go on a regular basis.
My first few times I took additional breaks, but my last two outings I’ve completed every station. There are still certain stations I’m unable to do, but I make sure I do something so I’m not idle.
I enjoy the structure and the uniqueness of the circuit training. It’s something I can do without a big commitment financially, or a big time commitment.
What I like about Pride is the support. It’s a pillar of motivation and it helps push you through the tough moments.
Personally it has effected my mental health. I go on Saturdays, and while it’s hard to climb out of bed after a late night with Friday sports, I force myself. By the time I’m done and my body recovers from its initial fatigue I have gobs of energy for the rest of the day and I’m always in a good mood right afterward.
I won’t be winning any Mr. Universe competitions anytime soon; this is only a start. I just wanted to share a workout that can be done by one non-physically fit sportswriter. If I can do it you probably can, too.