Disappointed in my lack of energy and filled with an abundant amount of free time last Summer, I went and joined a recreational club that I’ve heard lots about but barely knew anything about, the YMCA. I was looking to chase the only sport that I excelled at in the past, not hockey, but swimming. The advantage was there would be a fairly large gym as well if I was to expand my horizons. Well it has been a year since I’ve started swimming, and I’ve been blessed with an excess of energy, most days, and have been looking for new challenges! While swimming I’ve tried multiple strokes to find my strong point, and came to the conclusion that the front crawl was my favorite and strongest stroke. Besides, giving me speed and draining a lot of pent up energy or feelings I may have, this stroke is good for survival at lakes or oceans, not that I could ever out run the big waves.
I started out as weak as ever, after over 10 years without daily swimming, 8 laps made my heart beat so hard and the rest of my body gasping for air in dizziness. But over the course of a few weeks I began learning how to conserve my energy, how to breathe properly, and how to push my limits to 30 laps. It is amazing what the body can adapt to, and how quickly my body began to tone itself over the course of a year. With school I began to limit myself to 24 laps, sets of 8, and also use the cardio machines upstairs when the pool is down, or when I don’t feel like swimming. After I started BCIT and with new found energy and insomnia, I developed a need for more. After playing basket ball and climbing Grouse mountain with my classmates I noticed that I could do better, I didn’t suffer much thanks to the extra stamina, but I performed poorly compared to their energy. However, even after the activities, and a small rest I realized I had more and more energy left over. With that energy I decided to join several classmates in the weight room at school. So far its been 2 weeks and every day I feel my strength improving in my arms and my shoulders, the routine that my classmates do may be tougher than what they let me do, but I notice my progress as I am able to lift heavier and heavier weights with ease in a short amount of time. Combined with swimming, everyday is chalk full of good nights rest.
The future is unclear, but if I could get into more serious training, I would consider joining a boxing gym. There is a large one nearby and has quite a reputation. I’ve bought workout gloves, and a skip rope, which will help me in the weight room and at home. The student price at this gym is almost half of their regular price, and for this I’ll need boxing gloves and with a burning passion for me to move forward into tomorrow.