When I first saw Tina use the term “Fitness Gypsy” I was like YESS! Because that is just me in a nutshell. I know so many people who are definitely runners or CrossFitters or yogis… I have a friend who hikes 4000 foot mountains most weekends and that is her thang! I know people who find themselves happily at home in the OCR (obstacle course racing) community.
And then there’s me. I love to lift. But I don’t have the focus to get really heavy. I love yoga, but anything more than a small class pass gets wasted. I’ve done some OCR’s, and had a blast! But not enough to really pay for them or train for them regularly (and definitely not here in Florida.) I treated myself to a punchcard membership at a local CrossFit box and really like it, but don’t see myself ever becoming a real regular. I signed up for a virtual 5k through work recently and re-discovered that I like running too!
You could point to me and say that I lack the ability to commit… except that I’ve been in a committed relationship with HH for over half my life. We celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary earlier this year!! So, definitely not a commitaphobe.
I’ll admit that sometimes I wish I could be one of those people who could find a niche and stick to it. I see the running club that meets up and builds their mileage and works towards goal races together. The same with CrossFit.
Nerd Fitness calls us “Fitness Gypsies” Rangers (from The Lord of the Rings). And I guess that makes even more sense. As an introvert, even if I was really focused on one sport or type of fitness I’d probably still be enjoying most of my workouts solo! So popping in to a yoga or CrossFit class when I want a more social atmosphere or some coaching is like Aragorn wandering into the Painted Pony for a pint. (Yes, I know I’m taking some literary license… bear with me.)
I guess if I think about it, being a Fitness Gypsy or a LOTR Ranger fits best with my long term thoughts on Strength and Fitness as well as considering Fitness my Partying. I don’t have goals to hit a PR on… anything? I don’t have a goal race or workout. If you go back to that Post -Irma post, my goals are to pretty much be up for anything, and keep my body strong enough for whatever comes my way.
What about you? Do you have a fitness niche? If you check out the Nerd Fitness description page, which class do you fit into?