I’d like to kick start this blog with one of my favorite topics… Getting Out of One’s Comfort Zone. The hardest part of any training is the mental game. By mental game I mean the stuff that goes on inside your head when you put your body through stress i.e training. It’s happened to every one of us. When you do a 10k run or a 400m sprint or when you’re lifting heavy sh*t or when you’re holding a hard yoga pose there is a point when your brain goes ‘Why are you doing this to yourself… just chill out!‘. If this has never happened to you… then you just haven’t trained hard enough.
Ever wondered why your brain asks you to quit more often when you’re doing something that you suck at? Well… that’s because people tend to like doing what they’re good at and hate doing what they suck at! But unfortunately that one thing that you avoid doing because you hate it… that’s what is keeping you from reaching your goals.
I, personally, would try anything at least once! I used to run… and nothing but run. From there I moved on to bodybuilding style workouts… and then on to incorporating yoga… and then added compound movements… and then moved on to power lifting style workouts… and then to adding some short high-intensity metabolic conditioning workouts in place of long ass cardio. What has this made me? A mess? Hells no! Today I’m still crazy about running… but I’m also addicted to lifting some heavy junk… I understand how yoga makes me a better athlete… I sprint faster… jump higher and most importantly, I’m injured much less. Overall I am ‘fitter’ than I was a few months back. Being better than yesterday in some form or function should be your greatest goal.
You might be an endurance athlete.
Spend Invest time working on strength and high intensity metabolic activities…. I guarantee you better times.
You might be a bodybuilder.
Spend Invest time working on yoga and interval training…. I guarantee you lesser injuries and better body composition.
You might be crazy about yoga.
Spend Invest time working on strength training…. I guarantee you easier & longer isometric holds.
You think you’re fit because you recently ran a marathon. But wait… there’s more to fitness… there’s ALWAYS more to fitness. There are things you can do that will make you a better runner. ‘Like what’ you ask. ‘Like yoga’ I say… ‘like calisthenics‘ I say… ‘like squats’ I say. There are at least 10 more in the ‘I say’ list. ‘But why should I do all these’ you ask. ‘Because they are so damn good for you’ I say.
Don't be this guy...!
One thing I hear from a lot of my clients:
‘I don’t want to focus on strength training because that will affect my endurance.’ (or vice versa)
Sure it will… that’s temporary though! Look at the big picture. Getting stronger will only help you with your goals and working on your endurance will only help you sustain energy production longer. Strive to be a runner who at the finish line can carry his girlfriend/wife overhead! The women folk can have the same goal… in which case you might have to consider calling yourself a lesbian couple.
Fitness is not specialization. True fitness is a chain… wherein each link is your ability to perform certain feats. And of course… you are only as strong as your weakest link. If you can squat 600lbs but can’t run a mile… you’re of no good to anyone. Similarly if you can run 50miles but cant lift a 100lbs box off the ground… you’re of not much use either.
Do yourself a favor and do the following.
Step 1: Look into your training and find out what you suck at.
Step 2: Step up and do it.
Step 3: Do it more… and then some more.
Step 4: Watch yourself grow.
Working on your weaknesses is THE most important aspect of any training and the shortest way to success. An athlete does what he is good at. A good athlete knows what he is bad at. A great athlete does repeatedly what he is bad at… gets better at it… finds another weakness and so on and so forth.
Check this out. In my book this guy is the God of transformations…!
2002: Anorexic kid weighing 120 lbs (Click here to read about anorexia)
2007: World record holding competitive eater weighing 230 lbs
Click here to read his story
I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be Lance Armstrong or Ronnie Coleman or Furious Pete or Jack Lalanne… but I live, breathe & train to be better tomorrow than I am today. If you train for the same reason… then there is no excuse! Find your weaknesses & make them your strengths.
Ok… I’m off to go work on my flexibility now.