Coach Omaha & Coach Shoe are basically opposites when it comes to their preference on training schedules, and their feelings on mornings in general. So the challenge was thrown out for Coach Omaha to attend the lates class of the day, and Coach Shoe to try a morning class. (Like a real one at 5:30AM, not 10AM which is what she usually considers a morning class). Here is what they have to say about switching it up.
Morning Class for the Non Morning Person
If it were up to me, I would never have to speak before 10AM. Or lift before 10AM. Or really do much of anything, but those 2 things are for some reason the toughest right out of bed for me. For those reasons the only time I am at the gym before 8 on any given day is to coach classes, and even that takes A LOT of coffee to wake myself enough to do well. Flux or yoga classes are a little more my speed in the morning, mostly because you hang out on your mat and the talking is minimal (which is good for my still asleep brain). For these reasons in almost 5 years of owning Icehouse, I have never participated in a morning class. Here are my thoughts on the morning class.
1. The hardest part is getting enough sleep, and getting to the gym on time.
I usually am at the gym pretty late, and work a bit even after classes wrap up so winding down and getting good sleep was the toughest part of this whole exercise. I told a few people that I was coming into class, and that was probably the only reason I actually listened to my alarm clock when it went off. Having that extra accountability helped. And Omaha had already hit up his evening class and told me ALL ABOUT IT, so I had to hold up my end of the deal.
2. Warming up takes longer
Working out later in the day I get warmed up way quicker, likely because I’ve been up and moving for at least part of the day already. It was a similar feeling to when I had a desk job and came to workout right after sitting all day, so that is a relative feeling but one that I definitely noticed as my legs never really were fully onboard with the workout until we were in it. (My legs are also not morning people).
3. The Morning Crew is Pretty F’in Rad
Community is what makes CrossFit so great, and I love me a fun crew to do a tough workout with. Our morning crew is next level, especially at such a ridiculous hour. My ongoing theory is that Coach Omaha is spring loaded out of bed each morning, which I think is even more true after experiencing him first thing. But our 5:30AM crew is the epitome of what CrossFit is to me. There are people of all different ages, jobs, experience levels and everyone is crazy supportive of one another (albeit super sassy as well). They all show up consistently, and do the hard work together, while throwing jokes out, picking each other up and making the new folks feel like they’ve been there all along. I even got 3 rounds of applause for coming (mostly because no one actually believed I would ?).
The Verdict on Mornings: ?
While they will likely not be a regular occurrence with my current schedule of working so late, I will absolutely be back to more of them! Thanks for the awesome way to start my day!
Coach Omaha Tries Out Night Life
For the past 3 years I have spent the majority of my time at Icehouse between the hours of 5 and 10 a.m. This past week however I ventured outside of my comfort zone and into the mysterious world of fitnessing in the evening.