Hello gorgeous, I was sitting wondering what sort of mobility and longevity training blog to write next and I came to the realisation that I never really write about the hard side, the shit that gets your jacked... So read at your own peril, and the disclaimer on this blog is that: recovery and nutrition and keeping your body healthy and mobile is far more important than any of what I am about to say...
So, I resign as coach and introduce you to.. GYM TOM.
First off, you're a pussy, I know it, you know it, even Mrs Stevens that lives in number 23 knows it, you are so far behind in what you want to do and where you want to be you may as well go back to the sofa, unless you can take the grind.
Rule number 1, motivation is bullshit, it does nothing for you and it's the first excuse to turn to when you inevitably want to be the pussy that you are. If you want something you're going to have to WORK for it, there's the key word right there genius: "WORK" . What do you do when you don't want to go to work? You could call in sick BUT you don't get paid, and you do it too often you're going to get sacked.
You go and train whether you want to or not. If you want the gains, pick someone better than you and start asking questions "How long have you been training? How many times a week?” If they say one year and two times a week, then by simple maths if I train 4 times a week I can potentially catch up to where they are in 6 months! What if I take private sessions with the instructor also? Can I cut that down to 4 months? How much am I willing to spend to get ahead in the game? After all I've catching up to do!
What can I cut from my life? Family time? Yeah! Holidays? Yep! Booze? Gone! Nights out? Don't need them. TV? Not gonna be beneficial. Friends? Sure I've training partners that'll be enough. My knee hurts? I'll keep going anyway! My shoulder hurts! No time for treatment, they'll tell me to rest! I'll just watch the class; I can learn all the time! Every damn day is making me better and I can see the people that used to be better than me falling behind in my awesomeness! I am a legend and NO ONE CAN KEEP UP WITH ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! MEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
That's enough from gym Tom...
Does this approach work? Yes it does, but only for so long and you will turn into an ass, a wrecked, tired, injured ass. Find the balance that works for you and yes train to the maximum that you can but make sure you're taking rests and telling your coach how you are feeling. If you're spending the money to destroy your muscles so they grow back stronger make sure you're also paying the money to get someone to check your muscles so that they can continue to grow and you're not forced to take a longer break than you'd like to with an injury.
Your coach may tell you boring stories and tell you that you need rest, and you can think you know better but you don't, you need an outsiders opinion, it's very hard to ignore your ego. Train hard but get gains over a time period that is sensible and that you can keep forever.
Peace out.... PUSSY!