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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
August 27, 2018
There is always going to be those days where you do not want to work out. It hits all of us, because let’s count the ways. Fitness is not easy. You got the sweat, the crowds at the gym and the soreness that comes from working out. Then you have those days where the kids might be sick, or you had really bad day at work or just want to sit on your couch and do nothing. These things frequently get in the way and if you cannot maintain a good schedule that benefits your life, how are you going to stay fit and healthy? It’s these simple reasons why the fitness industry is constantly having to reinvent itself and do things to keep people coming back and trying out the facilities and services they sell. Appeal to that “manly man” in you with some TRX Suspension Training…created by Navy Seals!!! Having trouble with getting your workout on in the searing humidity? Do what the Tennessee Titans defense does and eat a plant based diet to give you better hydration retention!! Here is a good idea. Turn your movie night into a cycling/treadmill night! Watch your favorite blockbusters in an air-conditioned room with state of the art sound and clarity! *seriously, a gym next to my house has one of these). Gimmicks aside, these are the kind of things that have to be done to keep the butts coming into the gym. Trust me, if people did not have some external push which compelled them to walk through the front doors of the gym, there would probably be no gyms.
We can go on and on about this, but let us stick to the title of the article. While gimmicks and weird ideas can keep you coming back for more, the ultimate driver is going to be the muscle in between your ears. Dedication is something that will always have to be cultivated and maintained. Let me tell you a little about some of the hang-ups I had to deal with this week. While waiting for my sister to run some errands, I opted to take a walk that turned into a much longer endeavor than I expected. Two hours of walking around in the 105-degree heat pretty much sapped me, and I will admit, I was ready to skip out on the barbell club at the Parsons Eastside. But, I had just barely enough time to get to the gym and decided it was better to make it than not make it. I will tell you one thing, I was overheated and really did not have any time to really get myself rested. I flamed out after 30 minutes, but at least I tried to push through the workout despite being severely dehydrated (which by the way, don’t take a 2-hour walk in the middle of a hot summer day!). I was still pretty depleted the next day but I made it to my next session the next day as well. Then on Thursday, I tried an even weirder idea when it came to my workout. I saw Jon work on some EMOMs (Every Minute on the Minute). This workout consists of doing a set number of an exercise every minute, and I did this with four exercises over the course of 15 minutes. I did some deadlifts, overhead presses, hammer curls and barbell rows. Now it seemed easy to me because I was blowing through the reps with relative ease on the first two exercises, but ultimately my body started to revolt against me. I basically have tendinitis in my wrists and my forearms, and so doing all of this hand related work really started getting to me near the end. And while I did triumphantly finish, I paid for it over the next two days at work with sore arms. Heck, I was paying for it as I went home that day.
Did I know this was going to happen? Well, it was a new type of workout I had never done before so it could have been on the table. However, going through life and thinking this is going to hinder you all the time, this will have to be something you overcome. For me, my schedule pretty much means I have no real way to skip out on any of this kind of work. But what about the rest of the world? What are some good ways to beat those mental blocks and stay consistent to the fitness game? Well, this prospect is easier said than done and it really is something that the individual would have to address at some point. https://believeperform.com/performance/mental-blocks-and-how-to-overcome-them/Naturally, you start thinking too much in regards what you are trying to do. Think of that huge lift you want to attempt. Often times you can visualize it getting done but then there are the days you might make excuses with the attempt. You start wondering if you will hurt yourself because it might have happened before, or you saw Fail Army too many times and you think what happened to random CrossFit bro No. 33 will happen to you. You fail in the attempt at doing the box jump or you might stop yourself from doing that personal best in the snatch. The best way to possibly overcome some of these situations to visualize the movement being done, getting your head in the right space and going step by step with what you want to do. You could also take a page from one of Jon’s favorite movies—The Last Samurai—and do what the samurai stated to Tom Cruise….”No mind.”
The bottom line is this…there will be days that you fail and there will be days that you succeed. When you do start failing, you either have to go back a little and reiterate the moments you succeeded, or else put the failures aside and start performing your best. I will put it to you this way, especially from last Monday’s performance. I was dying even in the warm-up. I was gonna try and battle through all of that stuff but then my body started getting too hot and then I pretty much had no energy. Rather than look at the situation as a fail, I figured “Well, I did do a tough walk this afternoon and at least I got the hard part of the Barbell Club done.” When I went home I took a short cat nap and got some food and water in me. Within an hour, I was walking the dogs and feeling better about myself. I realized it was just a miscalculation and I would not do something like that again so close to Barbell Club. You live and you learn, and that is an excellent way to succeed.
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