10 THINGS THE GYM TAUGHT ME IN 2O15
I've put on my deep and insightful thinking cap for this one lol. The gym isn't a place only to get fitter but also a teacher of lessons that apply to life in the real world!
1. Stick to the basics!
-A select number of exercises will have the highest return on investment for your performance and physique… The basics have always worked and will work… If you feel like your off track with training go back to basics, I feel like the same applies in life… Its easy to over complicate things and get off track… simple effective techniques executed consistently will always pay off!
-There is no better teacher for patience than the gym. Goals take time and you may not always get there in your mapped out time frame but slow progress is better than no progress… Looking at things in more of a short term perspective will leave you less frustrated and more focused on day to day tasks to get you there.
Training for the Spartan races this year was a new challenge… for me chasing the hard made everything else feel easier. Its easy to go into the gym and do stuff you're good at but that NEVER makes you better. Im looking forward to taking on challenges as a team with you all this year.
This has been a hard one that I've recently adopted… You don't get stronger in the gym you get stronger when you rest… Half of the year I was training up to 3 hours a day plus running classes, I was constantly exhausted and got injured twice… Sometimes less is more and its okay to take it easy. Consistently train at 80% for longterm sustainable results… 100% at anything you will burn yourself out!
5. Open Mind!
"Keep what is useful and reject what is not"
I still feel like my workouts and templates are improving… As soon as you think you have all the answers your program becomes obsolete… Ive tried to expand my thinking in all areas of training and its added some great variety and improvements to the NQ programming… It's good to challenge your beliefs and adopt new ideas!
"Don't always believe what you read and read what you believe"
I've learned this in the gym over the past 8 years and realising it holds true for life and all pursuits… There's no shortcuts in life or training... only intelligence, strategy, hard work and consistency.
The gym and training will reveal you're weaknesses and tell you where improvements are needed. Work on your weaknesses and watch everything else get better. Learning what they are is the first step. Patience applies to change as well… Something I'm really coming to learn when breaking bad habits.
Warming up and cooling down with dynamic/static stretches will make you feel better, prevent injuries and alleviate aches/pains! When I am lazy and don't stretch I always pay for it with a tight back…
Working out with a partner or group class will improve everyones performance… I always train hard alone but train even harder when I have people around pushing themselves, holding me accountable and encouraging me. Have a good team around you and you'll always be capable of more!
"Shared suffering strengthens human bonds"
10. Simple discipline!
Eating healthy, Training constantly and looking after myself always leads to a better version of me in the gym and life… Discipline with training and nutrition is a simple pleasure that will always leave you feeling good!