The Random Athlete – an introduction
Let’s start with a simple explanation of the blog name. To break it down, and athlete can be defined as the following:
- The noun athlete comes from the greek word athletes, meaning “contestant in the games”.
- A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.
A RANDOM ATHLETE can be defined as the following (based on the dictionary of yours truly):
- a person who dabbles in various athletic endeavours without ever really mastering any single one.
- one who participates in various unusual and head-scratching fitness bets, with the next one typically unrelated to the last.
I guess this is the part where I introduce myself and tell you what this whole blog thing is all about. I am a twenty-something Canadian guy who loves hockey, more specifically the Ottawa Senators (I know, depressing right now), a variety of other sports, and occasionally working out. And by working out, I mean often making interesting fitness bets with my friends and family all of the time.
When it comes to working on my fitness, whether that be weightlifting, cardio or some combination of both, I, like many others I imagine, find it hard to stay motivated and interested for very long. Especially when doing the same routine over and over. Unless you are training for a specific sport that you are competing in (which I am not) or training for a competition lift, it can be hard to not lose focus and stick with your training, which leads me to the purpose of this blog.
With The Random Athlete, my intention is to share with you the many fitness challenges and bets I partake in to compete with my closest friends and family, as well as things I have learned along the way. The real purpose of these bets is to get myself (and whoever I convince to join me) laser-focused on a singular fitness objective for a short period of time, and I know it may not get everyone going, but nothing keeps me focused like a good ol’ friendly wager. I hate to lose, so it is the perfect motivator for me. Past bets include the “race to the one arm chin-up”, “get a six pack”, and “most consecutive ring muscle ups”. I will most definitely summarize my experiences with each of these previous bets to let you know about training tips and tricks I found online and tried, my own training ideas, the results of these bets, as well as the consequences for the losers for a little humour.
I know some people may be thinking that by focusing on only one specific aspect of your fitness, like a one arm chin-up, you are neglecting many other important areas, and I agree. When I get involved in these bets, it motivates me to get moving in general. Perhaps the rest of my training isn’t the focus during one of these specific bets, but what I have found is that if you can find something to drive you, to get you moving in general, then that will spill over into the rest of your routine. You will want to eat better, add in other elements of fitness, and simply say yes more often to getting out and staying active.
One of my goals for this blog is to have it become a source of inspiration so you can challenge your friends or family, make friendly wagers, and keep each other motivated. Perhaps you will see a challenge I have already completed and be motivated to do the same, or maybe it will help you think of your own. Another goal of the blog is to simply share my experiences along the way. Any time I commit to a new bet, I spend ours researching the best training tips & tricks and then spend at least a little bit of time putting them to practice. Hopefully the resources I share and the comments others leave can help get you to your goals even faster. If nothing else, it will provide you with ideas for friendly wagers you can make with your own friends as well as ridiculous consequences (like buying a $100 GOLD Burger for your buddy) for the losers. Down the line, my intention is to add an element to the website that actually allows you to “create a bet” or “create a challenge” where you can invite your friends to join or follow you on your journey. You will be able to share training tips, videos of your training/progress, and maybe throw the odd jab at one another to keep things interesting. But that’s for another day. For now, I introduce you to The Random Athlete.