Michael Kranak –@KranDaddy
I love health and fitness. I love training and I’m constantly learning more about training and nutrition. However, by no means do I consider myself an elite athlete. My goal is to be the healthiest version of myself, get stronger and in better shape every day, and live a long life – to be able to train as long as I possibly can.
I’ve ran a few 5Ks and quarter marathons, as well as competed in a powerlifting meet. Like I said, nothing crazy, but I love training and competing! Always working on becoming a better ME. I want to be strong, but in great enough shape to run a 5K no questions asked! I’m currently on Week 3 of The Gap before hitting Power Gainz, but let me tell you a quick story from about a month ago during Power Shredz…
First, some background on my gym. It’s part of a Michigan-based chain. Not exactly a globo-gym; not quite a hardcore gym like IVB, but it’s open 24/7 and gets the job done. During the week I’ve trained from 5:00am to roughly 6:30-7:00am for the past year so I’ve become familiar with the crowd at that time. There are people lifting weights and/or running before work, a few college students training before class, and my favorite group, (the goal we should ALL be working towards): the 70 – 80 year olds GETTING AFTER IT. They might not train as hard as younger people, but they’re dedicated and never miss. Walking their miles, riding the stationary bikes. They’re still working on being as healthy as they can at that age. I absolutely love it.
Now, I really wanted to dial in my training during Power Shredz, so I added in two days of 40 second, max effort sprints and two days of low-intensity, steady state cardio. I had just finished up Week 8: max out on deadlift and accessory day and abs. My legs are smoked but I still had 12 rounds of max effort sprints waiting for me. I reminded myself the only person I was cheating by not doing those sprints was ME. So, I drank some water, stretched the legs again and jogged a minute to get loose. Kick speed up to 11 mph and I’m off and rumbling. 12 grueling rounds of sprints – some of the treadmills make a LOT of noise when people sprint on them, I happened to be on one of those that day – next to a few badass 80 year olds walking and biking.
I finish sprinting, stretch and cool down, grab my gym bag and start to walk out when something I NEVER expected happened. “Hey, you got a minute?” One of the awesome old ladies stopped me, I obviously of course had a minute for her. “You know, I wish I could still run like you do. I’ve seen you do those a few times…and you make me work harder every time I see you doing them. I don’t always wanna finish my mile, but I see you and I somehow make it through.” I could NOT believe it. Me, inspiring someone else in the gym? Man, what a cool experience. I told her she was awesome and my goal was to be like her someday – still in the gym getting after it. Any time I feel like slacking I think about that day – I have to give 110% every workout. I’ll never take for granted someone else might be watching and needing a boost themselves.
The take home message? You might be working towards whatever your own goals are, headphones on ignoring everything else, and you might not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest…but someone could be watching when you’re least expecting. And, they might need their own little boost in motivation – and YOU might be IT. That’s why you should ALWAYS give 110% while training (and outside the gym!). Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or if you’ve been training for 10+ years, you might be the spark of inspiration and motivation for someone else and any given moment! Get. After. It.
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