Ask Rocco: 12/08/15

Daylight saving time is a waste of time

By Rocco Castellano

Right off the bat, I have to tell you I hate daylight saving time. I really wish one of the idiot government officials we have doing nothing would put together a bill banning it. We have daylight in the summer until almost 10 p.m., but during the winter you see the sun going down at 4:26 p.m. What the f–k? It doesn’t make any sense anymore. Even if you wake up at 6 a.m. it’s still dark. Sunrise happens at 6:35 a.m. So why not just push it back a little to 7:35 a.m. and have another hour of daylight after work? Shit, kids are coming home from school and it’s dark out … really? Again, let me announce my disdain for this stupidity.
The reason I even mention the stupidity of daylight saving time is because it totally f–ks up everyone’s workout schedule. I know it’s the holidays and nobody is actually working out because you decided that between Halloween and New Year’s Day it’s a good idea to become a fat piece of shit. OK, well maybe not, but that’s kinda what happens when it’s f–king dark all the time. You might as well start thinking like that … because it really does suck to try to get motivated to try and do anything when it’s dark out. The only thing I want to do when sunset hits is get some dinner, grab a beer and call it a day … oh, but that’s right, I still have at least two hours left, and there’s no beer in sight.
It’s so funny, when the sun is out and daylight lasts until 9 p.m. or so, you find yourself not as hungry, wanting to do more stuff, and you find that inner will to get a whole lot more shit done. Come winter, there seems to be no time to get anything done, although there are the same number of hours in the day. It’s just plain annoying.
So now that my rant is somewhat over your question is, “How the hell do I get a workout in when I want dinner, a beer and to go to sleep?” Most of the time I would have a funny little quip or a harsh comeback but to tell you the truth, I don’t. I actually like working out, but in the winter, especially with daylight saving, I want to say f–k you, I’d rather be fat. I know, not a great inspiration, but it’s the truth. When it’s dark, motivation goes right out the window.
I’m pretty lucky. I don’t have a time card to punch everyday but I do still have to work and there’s literally only 10 and a half hours of daylight and I don’t like waking up at 6:30 a.m. so I waste about three hours of daylight sleeping until 9-9:30 a.m. So now my daylight is cut to seven and a half hours. So how do I get a workout in?
I wake up, have some coffee, get all my morning chores done and when I feel awake enough I take 10 minutes and do a quick circuit training style workout without equipment. I wrote about something similar a year or so ago. Instead of going to the gym or lifting weights, I just perform five sets of different bodyweight exercises for three rounds. The first exercises I do are jumping jacks for one minute. Jumping jacks are a great full body, multi-joint exercise that acts as a warm up and also raises your heat rate. Then I do some pushups for one minute. If you have a hard time performing pushups, you can do something called a negative pushup, where you get to a pushup position and lower yourself down to the floor in 5-6 seconds. I usually do as may regular pushups as I can and then finish off by doing negative pushups. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it.
I then do another set of jumping jacks for one minute and go right in to air squats. For these, place your arms out in front of you and squat as many times as you can in one minute. You want to go at a good speed but not so fast that you don’t keep good form. After that do another set of jumping jacks for one minute. Right after, perform one minute of lunges on each leg. If you don’t know what a lunge is, go to YouTube and search for it. There are about 1000 videos, so I won’t describe how to do it here. There is no resting in between sets. It’s one continuous, no break workout. Now get down on your knees and perform mountain climbers for one minute. Again, YouTube is your friend. The only thing that I will add is keep you butt down and your back straight and make sure you knees come up to your chest.
Last but not least, I do some crisscross crunches. Basically, you raise your upper body while twisting your trunk at the waist, both hands behind your head touching the opposite elbow to your knee. Then if you feel energetic do another set of jumping jacks.
I do something similar to this two to three times a day when I can steal 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. When you’re unmotivated it makes more sense to chunk up your workouts. You still get a good 30 minutes in, but it’s done throughout your day. Here’s to getting through this winter together.

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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Rocco Castellano
Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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