I know I’m nuts. I’m okay with it. Last week I ran into Raphael Verela, owner and creator of Circuit Works in Los Angeles. I’d been to Circuit Works a few times in 2009 and decided it wasn’t for me. Raphael told me a lot had changed since 2009 and I should give it another shot. I told him I would and then learned the only class I could make that he was teaching was 5:30am on Tuesday at the Main St. Santa Monica location. When I give someone my word I stick to it. I had a bit of anxiety on Monday night. Why in the world would I wake up at 5am on purpose. I wake up early but 5:00 for some reason seemed like the middle of the night. When my alarm went off I think some expletives left my mouth. Getting from Pacific Palisades to Main St Santa Monica that time of day was a breeze (10 minutes door to door/no speeding). When I arrived I was warmly greeted by Raphael and happy to see there were other suckers ready to get their butts kicked along with me.
The class flew by as we went from 2 minute intervals on the treadmill to various strength stations on the floor. The class had changed a lot since I was last there and I really enjoyed myself. My idea of enjoying myself might be different from yours. When I work out I want to feel like I’m getting my butt kicked and if I’m paying for a class then I want to feel like I’m being pushed and challenged. Raphael provided the right amount of motivation and helped keep me in the moment. I guarantee you I would never do 95% of what we did in class on my own.
This morning I woke up a little sore but that is a good thing. I’ll definitely be spending more early mornings at Circuit Works. 5:00am wake up is early but seriously the benefit and endorphins I get from working out make up for it. Besides with my schedule if I don’t work out in the morning it won’t happen.
If you want a challenge and are easily bored I urge you to try Circuit Works. Oh and they have classes throughout the day in both Santa Monica and Brentwood so no need to be a rooster unless you have to.