The Movement Warehouse
Day 11: HIIT
Background: The Movement Warehouse is committed to improving your strength, mobility and mentality. The workouts are professionally designed to challenge the athlete inside us all. They offer HIIT workouts, strength training, specialized athlete training, and personal training. Read more about how you can move stronger, move faster, and move smarter here.
Dylan texted me a date and a time.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 5:30 PM.
It was all taken care of he said — there was nothing I needed to do but show up.
When Dylan does all of the planning and scheduling — it will be a HARD workout. This way I don’t even get the chance to come up with an excuse and back out. (Immediately after noticing this trend, I made him agree to no run clubs over 2 miles until at least Day 50)
So what was this elusive spot? An action-packed community-based gym located in Pacific Beach called the Movement Warehouse.
If there’s one piece of advice when it comes to this Pacific Beach hot spot, it’s get ready to work. Dylan and I arrived later than we typically like to (stuck in traffic on Grand), and when we got there the gym was jam packed. The location is spacious but intimate and has a killer turf area for outdoor workouts. The second we got there, our instructor Mike spotted us as newbies and set us up with everything we would need.
I glanced at Dylan expecting to hear his trademark “will this be a tough workout?” barb, but even he noticed the air in the room. These people were fit and ready to go. After tying my shoes (and retying them to delay) I finally made my way to the turf.
Everyone stood in a circle as Mike started to call out the instructions. We cycled through high knees, curtsy lunges, and an assortment of other exercises. My heart was pumping like crazy towards the end, and as per usual, this was only the warm up.
I looked around the circle and noticed how diverse the group was. The class featured all ages — from high schoolers, to young professionals, to adults. Beyond that, you could tell how vibrant the community was. Inside jokes became class-wide jokes. People were asking one another about their lives, and catching up. In the middle of the workout no less!
I thought it was awesome — but was also wrestling with how they could be intaking enough oxygen to converse.
Did I mention that this was only the warmup?
Mike called a wrap and we all corralled inside to get the scoop on the day’s activities. It included dumbbells, a box, sliding pad type contraptions, and a ladder. Yes an actual ladder — one I had only seen before at the NFL combine and now would be foot working my way through — with haste!
Mike split us into four groups and we set off to our respective stations. We were to rotate through 3 sets of each circuit, then break for an intermission, then 3 more sets.
The owner, who is also named Mike, watched the class with another instructor. Between the three of them, I always had someone nearby to help me with the exercises. And thank god for that — there were (many) instances where I needed a form change or modification. Also, sending a huge shoutout to the guys in my group who took the time to answer my questions. You guys were the real MVP.
The absolute best part was that I wasn’t alone. Every time I would look over at Dylan’s group, he too was struggling! But the look on his face was sheer determination and joy — he lives for this stuff.
After our first circuit we went out for the intermission, which turns out to not be an intermission at all. In fact, it included double push up burpees. That’s right *double* push up burpees. We did bicycle crunches, leg lifts, plank jumps, and more! This time, when I looked around, the energy was still super high, but you could tell the workout was challenging for everyone.
This was the pivotal moment for me. When we started this project, I always thought that fitness was something people “had” and I did not. That it was something one could gain or lose, like an item. What I’ve come to realize is that like everything else of value, fitness is a process. Like success, fitness isn’t owned it’s leased, and rent is due every day.
There is also a powerful quote by Socrates adorning the outdoor wall. “No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
Armed with my ancient Greek inspiration and personal revelations, I forged ahead. The second circuit included the same equipment but switched up the exercises. In doing so, we were able to work different muscle groups and not overextend ourselves. Mike was great about communicating where in the body you should feel the impact of the exercise. This helped us know when we needed to make a change to what we are doing.
All in all — the Movement Warehouse is a tough workout. But after the class, they told us that this one in particular was tougher than most. Of course Dylan picked it!
Jokes aside, my body left exhausted but my mind was on fire. It finally clicked for me that everyone is at a different part of their fitness journey. That this wasn’t something to hide from but to embrace. Everyone starts somewhere.
No matter who you are, an avid exerciser or a rookie, the Movement Warehouse will work for you. As tough as the workout was, I felt completely welcomed, encouraged, and challenged. You can tell how strong the community is and the buzz makes you want to be a part of it. If you’re interested in trying out the Movement Warehouse like we did, they offer 1 week free for locals!
Meet The Instructor:
Michael Hamanaka: @michaelhamanaka
How did you come about starting The Movement Warehouse?
I did an internship at Fitness Quest 10 with Todd Durkin. It’s where LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, and other high level athletes trained. In that class, they train the same way we do here — with everyone in the same classes. That’s because in my mind, everyone is an athlete. We are all human beings and meant to move in different directions, to lunge, pull, push, rotate. The only difference between a high level athlete and someone who sits at a desk is the level of athleticism and the level of output. The movements are still the same, so I believe we should all train the same. Obviously LT will be more explosive in the rotational game then someone who sits at a desk for 8 hours a day, but that’s the only difference. We can all train the same way.
What advice do you have for someone who may not have taken a class like this before and is hestitant to try?
Do what you can. Everyone can do some variation of some exercise. If your hips are tight you may not be able to squat as deep, but you could do high knees. You can do something that will make you better, and we will always give you modifications for anything that you need assistance with.
Do you have plans for multiple locations?
I’m sticking with this one for now. My goal is to be successful and grow the business to multiple locations in San Diego. But I love the community here specifically. All of the people who come in and workout here are great people and that’s a huge draw for me. I want to stay here and give my attention to these people for as long as I can. And when I grow, I’ll try to stay local so I can still be here and be as involved in this community as possible.
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