Blog #006

I go to the gym every day during the work week, except every other Thursday when a couple friends from work join me for a game of Dungeons & Dragons at a coffee shop.

Due to injuries and my stubbornness, I haven’t consistently lifted weights like I would have liked to have done. I can’t resist a game a basketball. Even with a tweaked ankle, I still play, and play hard. I drive when I see the open lane, I dive for the ball when it’s loose, and I shake off the defense like you wouldn’t imagine a six-foot, nerdy, Mexican-looking Filipino to do.

I am exhausted, to say the least. I try to go to the gym Monday through Friday because I want to get fit, but lately I’ve been exhausted. I wake up at 5 AM, work 8 hours, and put in work at the gym, then go home and juice, and d everything I do at home—study stocks, read, write. I don’t’ have much time to relax. I conduct my weekdays with a “go, go, go” mentality, and I have to wait for the weekend to have time to plan. Earlier today during my lunch at work, I took a nap in my car just so I could get more sleep. I’m doing my best to get fit.

Driving home from work yesterday, I thought about skipping the gym and just going home. I got all the way up to the fork where the road splits off towards my house or to the gym. With heavy eyelids, I clapped my hands and turned towards the gym. I was determined to get a workout.

I’ve been going to the gym an average of four times a week since June. I haven’t been consistently lifting, but every time I go to the gym, I workout in some way, whether it is running, playing basketball, or jumping rope. My ultimate goal is to dunk. I want to fly to the basket.

I’ve slowly started developing my own fitness regimens off the original blueprint I followed from a couple YouTubers named Buff Dudes. They’re a creative pair of weightlifters that put a spin on learning about different workouts. I enjoyed going through their Anatomy of a Buff Dude series to learn about the different body parts I need to focus on in order to work out my entire body.

I can confidently say I lift heavier now. When I first started lifting, I could barely squat 95lbs. Now, I can easily squat 155. This may not seem like a lot to others, but considering my history of never going to the gym, this is solid progression. My projected earnings in the near future, or what some would call “gains,” considering my current fat to muscle ratio chart trajectory and assuming no setbacks, I’m looking at dunking in no time. I already have more lift on my leaps, more bounce in my step, and more breath in my lungs since I’ve been working out, I just need to keep the momentum.

It would be nice to have an accountability partner to push me, but I have to work with what I have.

I watch YouTube videos of different fitness gurus and try my own hand at weightlifting using the techniques I’ve learned from them. It’s been working well. At the end of the day, I want to be able to climb a mountain, scuba dive, run from a bull, and just live life without having limits, and I feel this is the best way to reach a superhuman-like lifestyle.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Kevin Durant