2020: A Small Glimpse Into a Life Without Structure
Structure is both a powerful tool for success and a façade for comfort. Structure can create confidence, rhythm and momentum. It can also breed complacency and result in undercapitalized growth and missed opportunities.
2020 has been the opposite of structure – complete chaos for some of us. Many of us are fighting with an uncomfortable lack of structure when it comes to managing our day-to-day. And our day-to day looks very different than it did a year ago. Our jobs may be limited, or gone altogether. Our family life may be more strained due to spending more hours in the same physical space.
We may feel out of control in our lives as a reflection of the seemingly out-of-control world that surrounds us.
Bringing Structure Back, Sustainably
Bringing more structure into our lives is a good way to reintroduce some sanity as well. However, the structure you re-introduce probably will (and most likely should!) look a little bit different than the structure of your life a year ago.
In our pursuit to reintroduce structure, we should seek out a balance between structure and chaos. That is, embrace any part of chaos that allows you to experience new things. After all, new experiences are what make life interesting! They open our minds and let new ideas flow through, enhancing our ability to enjoy life.
As an example, say a year ago you were a “go-out-to-eat-every-Friday” family. That, for a while, completely changed. Now, with restaurants open again (with restrictions), you could go back to the weekly night out. OR, you could introduce a new “structure” of “try-something-new-every Friday” instead! This could mean trying a new restaurant each week, instead of repeating your standard places. Or, it could mean a family game night where you tackle a new game or puzzle together. Or it could be a family cooking extravaganza! One person makes an appetizer, someone else serves the main course, and someone else does dessert!
By re-introducing the structure that “Friday night is special“, you are regaining that sense of control over your life. But, by creating more flexibility in what “special” means, you may end up generating more fulfilling experiences with your loved ones as well!
In the Gym: Our Formula for Structure vs Chaos
When it comes to fitness, we believe in something called “structural variance“. The actual ingredients of our workouts vary greatly from day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month. But we always have a structured plan geared to help you become the most capable version of yourself.
If the workouts were the exact same day-to-day or week-to-week, there would be a lot more structure. You’d be able to plan exactly what gear you need, what outfit you should wear, etc. You’d be able to very accurately predict your performance each day. But, how BORED would you be after just a few weeks?!
On the other hand, if you showed up to the gym never knowing what to expect, there would be complete chaos! Without a set structure, within a few weeks you’d either be a) completely lost, or b) completing the same routine every single day. You would either leave for lack of structure, or you would settle into your own form of structure, and inevitably become bored, or find yourself not improving.
This is the balance we strike in the gym setting. The coach has a plan for the hour. You know about it (if you choose to!) by checking the WOD ahead of time. Or, if you prefer (or don’t mind) more chaos, you don’t check the WOD and just show up. Every class is structured to meet your fitness needs. Every person in the class completes the same warm-up, with slight modifications as needed. Everyone in the class focuses on the same skill, allowing us all to get better as a group. Every person tries their hardest in a MetCon that is scaled appropriately to their abilities and goals.
Finding Your Own Balance
The moral of this story is that we should use structure and it’s counter-part, chaos, as ingredients in our formula for success and happiness.
How much of each ingredient is necessary? That’s an answer each of us must come up with on our own. However, we encourage you to try to find a more healthy balance between the two, as we “reset” our lives and move forward into the future.
Earlier this year, the Aevitas community decided that we can and should do MORE to help those in need in the Capital Region. After all, our gyms represent a large number of not only physically fit, but also extremely giving and caring individuals. We decided “let’s use some of that power to help others!” and the Aevitas Community Action Committee was born!
Through initial discussions, we came up with the following mission statement:
Use our skills, knowledge, and manpower to create more opportunities for people in the Capital Region to increase their health and wellness
After coming up with our mission, we split into a couple of sub-committees for more streamlined communication. We were off to the races thinking of ways to make our little corner of the world a little bit better.
So, what have we done so far?
To keep the committee accountable, our plan is to report our achievements on a quarterly basis. Regular communication will allow us to work on small and larger initiatives, and stay focused on providing real outcomes.
In July, August, and September, here’s what the committee was able to accomplish or contribute to:
August & September tribute WODs
This summer, we added some more inclusive “Hero WODs” to our programming lineup! We completed a Tribute WOD “Molly” to celebrate International Women’s Equality Day in August. Then, we completed a different September 11th memorial WOD, “343” to honor the 343 FDNY victims of the 9/11 attacks.
September: Volunteer Day at Patroon Land Farm!
What could be better than an autumn day outside, working on a farm, and helping local people in need, all at the same time?! CAC member Christin worked with the Patroon Land Farm, who partners with the Regional Food Bank, to set up a volunteer day. About a dozen Aevitans (and some members from other local gyms!) came together to help harvest vegetables that will go to families in need. The day was all-around beautiful, and we are looking forward to helping on the farm as a regular seasonal event!
September: Obstacle Course Race at Round Lake!
In September, we held an Obstacle Course Race event at our Round Lake location, organized by our OCR coach, Zephyr! Attached to this totally FREE event was an option to donate to the United Way School Success Project. Athletes and spectators were encouraged to donate money or school supplies to help local youth in need. Together, we were able to raise $330 and a bag of school supplies (notebooks, colored pencils, etc) for the cause.
Check out more event details, including the event album, right HERE!
What’s in the works for Q4 and beyond?
We have many more exciting events and charitable causes to support as we move toward the holiday season. Below are a few teasers…
Already in October: Aevitas Triathlon at Round Lake!
Earlier this month, we were able to raise almost $700 for Strong Through Every Mile, a local foundation that works with survivors of domestic violence by training for and completing a Couch to 5K program. How’s that for helping people in the Capital Region increase their health and wellness?!
October: Aevitas Weightlifting Event at Guilderland
For this event, we are lifting weights to benefit “To Life!” a local organization that provides resources to women in the Capital Region who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. This is our very local version of a “Barbells for Boobs” campaign, and all the money raised will stay right here in our community, helping our local loved ones through a difficult and often very scary time.
You can read more about the Weightlifting event, and learn how to contribute to the cause, right HERE!
November/December: Giving Trees at both locations
We have already committed to hosting a gift tree for local families in need at our Round Lake location, through the Chamber Angels program. We are still looking for a local entity near our Guilderland location to do something similar. If you know of a group that hosts this sort of giving-based project close to Guilderland, please let us know!
… and so much more!
We have more ideas that we are getting excited about and can’t wait to implement! Stay tuned for what’s in store!
Have some great ideas, or want to become a part of the CAC?!
We’re ALWAYS open to new ideas to help us on our mission of improving the health and wellness of everyone in the Capital Region! If you have a great idea, or want to become a part of the Committee, please let us know! Just drop us a line through email, or the Contact Page here on the website.