Early Morning (Insanity?) Training
Posted on NaturalStrength.com on December 16, 2004
In the Fall of 2003, I had the good (?) fortune of being detailed to the FDNY Training Academy to be an instructor for a period of about one year. Probationary Firefighter School needed Lieutenants to teach the next generation of firefighters, and my number was up. Although the experience was a rewarding one, I had some concern about whether I would be able to find time to train.
About a month into my "sentence," I was at the gym discussing the difficulty
in finding time to train with a friend of mine, when she suggested that I
come to the gym before it "officially" opens. I have been training
at Iron Island Gym, in Oceanside, New York, since it opened in 1992,
and it always opened at 5:00 A.M.- too late for my new schedule.
However, the gym's owner, Ralph Raiola, had graciously allowed members
to come in earlier than that to train. That sounded like a good
idea to me. On the morning of my first early workout, I
awoke at 3:30 A.M.( you read it right-oh-dark-thirty-for you military
types.) I had expected the place to be empty, but there were actually
about eight or so other people training by the time I got there at
4:15. You've probably heard the expression "Misery loves
company"- well, truer words were never spoken. It didn't
take long to adapt to the new schedule I was being forced to follow.
I have followed this routine for the past year or so. I train six
days per week. I lift weights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I do cardio work- namely,
thirty minutes on the Stairmaster Gauntlet machine. My Strength
Training routine looks like this:
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