Why 5am is the new 8am.

by Annie on November 22, 2012

My whole teenage and adult life I have been an on-again-off-again buff chick without ever actually reaching the ‘buff’ point. I always stop somewhere before being fit and now looking back, I wonder if it was just that each time I reached fit (or back when I was naturally fit) I just denied myself the satisfaction of believing it.

I remember going for after school runs through the nearby cemetery all through middle school and high school, rain or shine, and being the first girl to finish in our 6th grade funrun (and running in jeans no less – who DOES that?). But something changed when I got to middle school and all of my friends started going out for sports and I trailed behind scared to take shots in Junior Varsity Basketball games. Maybe it was a slow loss of confidence in my ability to succeed in sports (it was a lack of coordination more than anything) that led me to feel like I wasn’t physically fit enough.

When I see photos of myself galavanting around Florence in the summer of 2010, I’m shocked at my skinny frame, but I don’t remember feeling that skinny.

Florence 2011

It’s time to take note and take control.

I’ve had gym memberships, tagged along to spinning classes and have even done a pretty fair stint of bootcamp in Seattle but I’ve never really stuck it out. I was just a face in the crowd. And then I joined Bottoms Up! Fitness in Bondi Beach and from Day 1 the trainers called me out by name, suddenly I felt like someone might notice if I stayed in bed for a day. So, I did the rational thing and signed up for a month-to-month contract to meet the trainers and 15-20 fellow Bondi Girls on the beach at 5:45am and kick some butt!

Run Swiftly Racerback and the Run Team Spirit Crops: sea gaze

Photo credit: lululemon athletica

Imagine it being your job to get up at 5am every day and not only exercise but more importantly be so passionate about what you are doing that you actually make other enjoy exercising. That’s pretty impressive.

Not only do I enjoy going, despite that when my alarm beeps at 5:15am I think I couldn’t possible manage another morning of sand sprints. I do it because I know that the trainers will be down there just like every other day and chances are my new friends will be there too!

I suddenly feel like my life entails more than just Facebook monitoring, brief writing and bus rides to and from the city. More than sporadic weekend runs and cheeky weeknight wines with friends. At BUF there is one more element to my life, one where no one knows or cares what my job is, what I’m stressed about or whether or not I have weekend plans. For that 45 minutes each morning, none of that matters and every day I’m amazed at how my day-to-day worries and responsibilities don’t cloud my workout time.

I’ve been going for about 10 weeks now and other than two non-consecutive weeks off (one for back pain and one for a nasty cold) I have been Bootcamp-ing it up 3-5 mornings per week and to be honest, on the morning I don’t go I’ve realized I’m A) grumpier B) More tired and C) I actually feel less fit (just in one day!).

Cheers to ass-kicking and sand sprints!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Sultan32443 Razu Poudel

    Hi and warm greetings from Himalaya,,,

    Annie.. Nice blog and perfect pics collection, I really enjoyed your work and thanks for giving chance to know more about world……
    I want you try next destination for Nepal. Where you can get a chance to
    explore yourself in the mountain trail. It’s a country of Himalaya
    (Mountain), with unique tradition and cultural heritage… Old city from
    14th century. Different geographical landscapes and so many other
    natural option to see… Behind these things you are free for
    adventurous options like, Paragliding, Rafting, Kay-king, Expedition,
    Treks in different mountain trail, cycling in local village which might
    be an unique experience for your life time… Try once in Nepal then you
    will know what is happiness which you will get in Himalaya…

    Greetings and stay safe…

    Razu (travelatrazu@gmail.com)

  • http://sparrowinspace.com/ Angela

    It’s so good that you get up every morning and go for it! I’ve been trying to wake up early for a morning swim the last week but I fail everyday.

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