Jason Khalipa has coined the phrase “AMRAP Mentality” and applies it daily towards his business, family, and training. A few years back, I listened to a podcast with Jason and he breaks down it has helped him find balance in his life. Basic breakdown of his philosophy is to focus on the present and what you are doing at the moment. If you’re at work, just work…no social media, no chatting, set a goal and get it done. Same with family time, enjoy the time you have with your loved ones, don’t check emails, answer business calls, just be attentive and engaged with the people that you are with. Then of course, when you’re in the gym focus on your training. If you take a class warm up, work out, and cool down…if your at a globo gym or working out in the garage, set a 20 minute clock, crank up the volume and throw down.
After listening to the podcast, I wanted to try to apply this to my own life. The biggest impact I noticed was during the week with my family. In the past I would constantly check my phone for work emails in case there was something that came up that needed attention. Even if it was quick 5 mins, it was time I wasn’t spending with my wife and son. With all the unfortunate events in the past 6 months, I realized that those times with my family can be gone instantly without warning. Being present and giving my family my full attention is priority 1. That is why I get up at the crack of dawn to work out. It starts my day and I have no excuse to not get in a WoD that early, work won’t keep me late, I won’t have errands to run, blah blah blah. If you’ve ever been to one of my classes you’ve heard me say “no one wants to be here at 5AM, they have to be”. Meaning that I would love to come in at 9AM or after work, but I have other things that need my attention at those hours and I chose to start my day making myself better and help others reach their own personal goals.
There is no secret formula for balance but being present with the task at hand has helped me stay consistent in the gym, getting work done (and leaving it at the office), and spending time with my family. Try out the AMRAP life, I’m looking forward to reading Jasons book, if you have let me know what you think!
On the 3:00 x 5 Rounds:
21 Plate Hops
12 Shuttle Sprints
Build in Loading on the Deadlift