Progress

“Our culture is so focused on progress that we frequently don’t experience our own lives just as they are here and now.  But the world will always be exactly as it is in each moment.  It’s astonishing how much time and energy we expend in trying to deny this simple fact.  This doesn’t imply passivity.  Our visions and ideals are also part of this moment.  Everything changes, no matter how slowly, and we can act to alleviate suffering.  Yet if plans for the future are not balanced with acceptance and joy in this moment, just as it is, our lives go unlived.  The challenge is to work with our lives as they are rather than imagine that things are different.  If we can learn to soften our aversions and desires, our lives might become less frantic and more spacious.” ~ Robert Kull, Solitude

 

Never Underestimate The Power of 1% Gains.

Never Underestimate the Power of 1% Gains.

In last week’s article I mentioned the idea of planning out next week’s workout at the end of the current week.

When I was in the early stages of building up this habit I came to a particularly rude awakening – one that I had been overlooking in all of my years of working out.

My workouts all-in-all and over the long run – were essentially the same.

…They didn’t feel the same.  Week-to-week I felt like I was switching it up and making gains.

But the more that I thought about it, the more I realized that every time I did a specific workout or targeted a specific muscle group, I would work to a similar rep count with a similar number of sets and with a similar weight – under the impression that I was progressing.

I wasn’t.  I was working out in essentially the same comfort zone, to the same weight limits, and to the same point of exhaustion. Continue reading