Quite honestly, as the gym owner, I am a terrible member. I may get to the gym a few minutes early, but I quickly spot a full garbage can, some loose weights or something else that needs attention. I rarely make the WOD briefing and often don’t make the warmup or after-party.
Dropping into a box in Florida this week reminds me of how much of our work in class is cleverly concealed in our warm up. Push-ups and 400M jogs and 2 minutes on a rower and dead hangs from the bar, etc all add up to a lot of exertion. Warm ups by my estimate can be 20-30% additional work each day. The old saying ‘our warmup is your workout’ is true most days. As a coach, I enjoy seeing members shed all the sweatshirts gradually as warmups progress and they become WOD-ready.
Track your warmup reps for a few days. You’ll likely be surprised how much work you do just getting ready for the daily WOD. Yesterday’s warmup down here gassed me and that was a real wake up call. I’m certainly going to put every effort into starting with class on time and doing my owner-ly stuff after.
For members, please try to arrive 10 minutes early. As the old adage goes ‘if you are on time, you’re late’. Get the most out of your warmup and you’ll find that performance on the WODs will improve. See you at the whiteboard!