Ever feel like your schedule and routines are controlling you and not the other way around?
…Like you’re stuck in a rut and bored with the daily grind?
Last week I discussed how I ventured to The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in search of inspiration outside of my comfort zone, but what if – in order to break up the monotony / routine of your life – you invited a Navy SEAL to live with you for a month under the agreement that you had to do everything he/she asked you to do, whenever he/she asked you to do it?
…Sounds crazy right?
…Talk about getting pushed outside of your comfort zone!
Well, believe it or not, that’s exactly what Jesse Itzler did. And how he spent his 30 days with a Navy SEAL were documented in his book, Living With A Seal.
When I finished the last few pages, I threw on my running shorts, laced up my sneakers and ran 9 miles, did 100 push-ups, and 30 pull-ups.
…Go ahead and ask me if it was an inspirational book! Continue reading
Coming up with a brilliant workout routine isn’t the hard part.
Google will give you millions of suggestions.
It’s following through and staying consistent that’s the hard part.
I have been lifting weights and following different workout routines on and off for over a decade now.
Like so many others in pursuit of a healthier, stronger, leaner lifestyle, I’ve followed the fads, jumped on the trends, and changed my mind more times than I can remember.
I’ve google searched, joined gyms, joined forces with other motivated individuals, gotten advice from personal trainers, bought DVDs, bought equipment, built machines…
…And have, each time, faded out after a while – regardless of how fool-proof my plan was.
I’d always start off strong, thinking that this (whatever this was at the time) was the routine that would stick for sure!
But, of course, I’d follow it for a few weeks, become complacent with my efforts or results (…or come up with some other brilliant excuse on why I didn’t want to continue) and would eventually slow to a halt and find myself – no more than a few days later – back in good ol’ square one. Continue reading
The idea of one percent gains has allowed me to level up my workouts in a HUGE way by giving me a clear path of growth that I could focus on week-to-week after each workout. There is no bigger motivator in life than progress and when I was able to see my numbers go up every week, my excitement and drive uncontrollably spiked! Pay attention, because there is incredible power in this idea when applied properly—Good luck!
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When I was in the early stages of building up the habit of writing down my workouts ahead of time, 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
A persons typical thought pattern before working out usually follows the general trend of: Everything not having to do with working out.
Why is that?
In short: Comfort zones.
Working out is the act of pushing your body outside of its comfort zone so that it may adapt to the stresses and become stronger, better, faster, etc. as a result.
Your mind, however, isn’t easily convinced when it comes to getting uncomfortable.
For minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes days, sometimes even weeks before a planned workout, both conscious and subconscious excuses will fill the mind and contribute ultimately to the nag and drag that is, ‘going to the gym.‘ 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!
…Or a day when you really won’t feel like writing or doing your work?
…Or a day when instead of reading that book you’re going to want to watch TV, check Facebook, read e-mail, or do pretty much anything else, right?
I think we have all been there before and are very familiar with the feelings of laziness, procrastination, and boredom.
So why not plan ahead for those days, now, so that when you’re feeling low, like procrastinating, and/or bored you have a plan?
Sounds like a successful initiative to me. Continue reading
Staying consistent with a lifestyle change or healthy habit over the long run can be very difficult.
How many times have you started a new workout routine that you said you would be 100% committed to no matter what – only to find yourself quitting it a few months later?
…Or jumped on the latest dieting trend and decided you were going to follow it, ‘to the tee‘ so that you could get maximum results?
…Or set a new goal of reading for a half hour every day which never lasted?
Too many to count? Yup, me too. Continue reading
“Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.” ~ Patti Sue Plumer, U.S. Olympian