Have you ever had a moment in your life that served as a wake up call?
Went to a free HIIT class this evening and got my ass kicked. I thought we were done and then saw the clock for "Round 2" counting down. Towards the end I wasn't even doing high knees or box jumps - literally just standing there playing tippy tap with the ground.
Realized that I need to drastically improve my cardiovascular health. No reason I shouldn't be able to keep up with the grandma wearing Gymshark that I was paired up with.
I'm signed up for another class tomorrow with the same people, then Wednesday have a 6am cycling class, rowing class at noon, then another HIIT class in the evening. Thursday morning we're hitting a HIIT class before turkey time, and Friday we've got a 9am cycling class (different studio). Saturday is boxing in the morning, and Sunday we're sleeping in until 10am for some HIIT.
Next Monday is the grand finale with a 5:30am Orangetheory Fitness class.
I was surprised just how quickly I turned to Jello. Although I'm not in the best shape I've ever been, I can still deadlift 500 without dying (all time max is 600+). As I continue to cut, I think I'll scale back on the treadmill walking and add HIIT. Will probably sign up for a package as well - the music is terrible and I can do all the exercises at my other gyms, but as vain as it sounds, I do push a little harder when other people are around me.
Ideally, I'd like to reach a mental state where I 100% don't give a fuck what others think of me outside of those that matter (bosses in terms of professionalism, grandma in terms of good person, etc), but I do have my flaws and this is one of them. Definitely not as bad as I was in college and spent all my time flexing on social media, and even if this isn't that bad of a personality trait (wanting to get in shape to flex on these hoes), ideally I'd like to reach a state where my physical training is 100% for my own betterment and not to impress others.