By: Jesse Itzler
Book Overview: When Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month – an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be “the toughest man on the planet”! Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is…not. Jesse and SEAL’s escapades soon produce a great friendship, and by the time SEAL leaves, Jesse is in the best shape of his life, but he gains much more than muscle. At turns hilarious and inspiring, Living with a SEAL ultimately shows you the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.
Post(s) Inspired by this Book: How To Add More ‘Suck’ To Your Life – And Why That’s Not A Bad Thing.
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
“Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.” ~ Unknown
Whenever I find myself wanting to sleep in, skip a workout, or turn down the intensity, I try and think of this quote – because it almost always pushes me forward and through.
When you’re in competition mode, you have to go above and beyond what your competition is doing – it’s the logic of winning.
And as far as I know – when I’m sitting there feeling lazy, tired, unmotivated and wanting to check my Facebook – my competition has already finished their workout, plus some.
They went above and beyond and ate healthy too; or had a bonus session on top of their regular workout; or read a book on taking the competitive edge!
This article is an elaboration from my previous article, What Rep Club Are You In? If you haven’t already, read that one first.
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If the biggest distinguishing factor between a beginner and a master is repetitions, what then, is the biggest distinguishing factor between a ‘good’ master and a ‘great’ master?
I have certainly seen masters that are really sharp and knowledgable and others that are… well… not so much.
Why is that?
Well, if repetition is the mother of all teachers then quality repetition is the mother of all mothers.
What does that even mean?
In other words, quality counts – just as much as the number of reps.
I look at there being two types of reps: ‘quality reps’ and ‘blind reps.’ Continue reading
What is the biggest distinguishing factor between a beginner and a master…?
The master has not only tried significantly more than the beginner, but has likely tried and failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.
Some people might start out ahead with born talent and natural ability, but nobody starts out as a master.
Nobody. Continue reading
Being a Martial Arts competitor and coach for Martial Arts athletes, I am oh so familiar with the feeling of frustration, and regularly experience it with athletes during training.
Frustration is the feeling you get when you try, try again; yet fail, fail again.
And what do most people do when faced with ‘fail, fail again?‘
They stop trying to do whatever move or skill that was outside of their comfort zone and move onto something else.
…Something else that is most likely back inside of their comfort zone so that they can succeed and feel good again.
But that’s the amazing part.
…Did you catch that? Continue reading
“While others were out partying, I was training. While they were out dancing at the clubs, I was training… and training… and training.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
“Really successful people feel the same boredom and the same lack of motivation that everyone else feels. They don’t have some magic pill that makes them feel ready and inspired every day. But the difference is that the people who stick with their goals don’t let their emotions determine their actions. Top performers still find a way to show up, to work through the boredom, and to embrace the daily practice that is required to achieve their goals.” ~ James Clear, Blog
“What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, ‘You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don’t give, you can’t make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can’t give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.‘” ~ John Wooden
“The key is to trust in your preparation. You have done all you can, so focus on that fact. You will remain the same person before, during and after the race, so the result, however important, will not define you. The journey is what matters.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“Daydreaming defeats practice; those of us who browse TV while working out will never reach the top ranks. Paying full attention seems to boost the mind’s processing speed, strengthen synaptic connections, and expand or create neural networks for what we are practicing.” ~ Daniel Goleman, Focus
“Working on a weakness within a strength zone will always produce positive results. Working on a weakness outside of the strength zone will not.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
Book Overview: Chrissie Wellington is the world’s No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing in 9:08:45 – five minutes ahead of her nearest rival – was described as the ‘biggest upset in Ironman history’ and ‘a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships’. This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl – a ‘sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene’ – became a world champion.
“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.” ~ Helen Keller