Why I Wake Up at 2:30am
2:30am, yes it seems a little crazy. I get questions all the time, "Why don't you just sleep in? Are you crazy? Why do you drive so far way? Why do you waste all that gas? Are you too good for the gyms in Athens?" I get up at 2:30am 5-6 days per week to drive 75 minutes one-way to Pataskala, Ohio to train at The Old School Gym.
So the real question WHY?
My driving force is my why: "To use work ethic, discipline and research to help as many people as I can while bridging the health care industry and fitness community."
It began because I wanted to meet and train with my mentor Cory Gregory. I drove up one morning in July with my buddy Isiah from Athens and it was a surreal experience. I got to train with the #4amCrew and got a small taste of what it was like to train in a real gym. I've had great training partners in my handful of years lifting, my best friends from home, Andy and BJ to name a couple. But it was always a goal of mine to train at The Midwest Mecca. I drove home that morning grateful for the experience, but also felt a little bummed out, but I wasn't really sure why. The next morning back at my normal gym I realized what was wrong. I could never replicate that atmosphere somewhere else. That next day, I told myself I needed to be there everyday.... and that was 4 months ago.
I wake up at 2:30 because I'm excited. Excited to listen to podcasts during my drive. Excited to train with 10+ other guys who all have crazy goals themselves. Excited to learn about powerlifting and bodybuilding. Excited to use what I learn and incorporate it into my sports medicine practice. Excited to improve my physique and strength. Excited to improve as an entrepreneur. But above all, I am excited beyond words to be actively making my dreams come true everyday, to get where I want to be.
I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I'm driving to the gym; looking forward to Tupac blaring while the crew is hitting PRs on the Monolift. I look forward to squatting everyday, even when my legs feel like they are going to fall off. I look forward to pushing my mind and body to their limits as we complete crazy workouts. The list could go on for a long time. By the time I'm done and I drive 75 minutes home, it's still only 7:30am! This gives me time to attend my graduate classes, to teach the undergrad students in the anatomy lab, to work on my business plan for my sports medicine lectures, to provide content on my social media platforms for injury prevention and rehab and still work 7-8 hours per night at New Lexington High School as their athletic trainer.
I wake up at 2:30am because my passion gets me out of bed and helps me win the day until I lay down again at 10:30pm. If you live your passion everyday like I do, this won't seem like so much of a stretch.
Like CoryG said to me when I first emailed him" It starts with coming to the gym bro, lets go."
-Heal By Moving-