Monthly Archives: December 2019
Can you really be happy without getting tangible results?
If so, why?
I make no apologies for being someone driving by what is.
While ‘results’ is a word that is open for interpretation as it can mean anything to anyone, and people will often shift the goal posts to fit this when needed, especially when they’ve failed to achieve physical results they change the meaning of the word to them to be more of a subjective & emotional one.
Essentially giving themselves an eternal out.
People in my experience don’t like things to be black & white.
It means they’d have to accept failure, not being good enough and all those other tough emotions that come within ‘the resistance’ which make people feel bad.
Can people really be happy without some form of physical result from the gym?
Yes is the obvious answer, I’m just curious as to why.
Now most people will think that this is in relation to doing it for everyone else’s gratification or appeasement and that couldn’t be further from my truth.
We don’t need to do anything for anyone else, only ourselves.
A harsh truth yet one that has seen us evolve to the highly intelligent and depressed beings we now are.
Why wouldn’t someone an tot be strong both physically & mentally.
Have a body akin to that of the heroes we see in comic books and on the big screen?
What is so wrong with having the desire to be warriors in a garden, why do we have to weaken ourselves so that those that choose to be weak don’t feel inadequate or like lesser beings?
Realistically no one can make you feel anything you don’t give them the power to allow you to feel.
People can hate, call you names, and do much worse, yet unless you give them permission to break your will none of it will really matter, so why not choose the ‘best life’ that you champion?
Or is that just something you say because it’s a lie that makes you sound good?
All of these questions, they will not ever really get a good answer because no one really wants to put a target on their back by having an opinion these days.
Well, unless you’re bitter & cynical like me.
My friends, you have one life so why not grow strong instead of old?
Take charge of what you want and make it happen instead of letting the worthless opinions of the sensitive high you down and keep you at their level?
Why don’t you actually do as you say and become the best version of yourself, not the one you think will please society.
^^ The irony of the ‘individual’ is that they don’t actually want to be different or in fact individual because to be alone means to suffer and struggle, persecuted for being that which people don’t understand and as such fear – different.
Even my words are not really my own.
Lingering wills from people far wiser I’ve heard talk and not even known that a seed of thought got planted, as such I will close with this –
“So what if I’m a puppet. Once upon time…. You were too.”
What are results to you, honestly?
Your body is a fascinating machine, capable of many wondrous things, yet you park it behind a desk and allow it to slowly rust into oblivion.
The sign of youth is the ability to run, jump, throw, climb, tumble and turn with ease.
All things I know a great many adults have already lost.
Now these are not even older adults either, they’re people in their 30’s, this is truly shocking.
To grow old chronologically is inevitable.
To grow old physically is optional.
You have the choice to train in such a way that keeps you not only feeling younger, moving like you did in your 20’s or perhaps even when you were a sprightly 18year old again, it can also knock 10 years of your physical appearance (often more).
How can you achieve this with Odd Training?
Easy, all you need to do is to run, jump, throw, climb, tumble and turn daily.
The gym is a temple to me, I love it and all things training related on a deeply personal level, however I’m not so blind as to see it’s limitations and dogma.
Much like the narrow minded view of the Jedi.
All of your training doesn’t need to be body building, or powerlifting, or weightlifting, or CrossFit, or Endurance Races and all other ilk that is just ‘common’ gym practice.
While they are all great tools, they’re just tools.
Plus they can become very dull very quickly.
Taking the above in hand here is an example of the Odd Training touched on, this is a 3 day apr week protocol –
Day 1 –
A1 – Sprint 200-400m (vary distance & RAMP pace) x20min
^ Include drills like leg skips, clawing the floor etc.
B1 – Kettlebell Singel Arm Swing x10
B2 – Tame the Arc Clean x5
B3 – Kettlebell Shot-put Throw x1
^ Rest 60sec, alternate arms each set for 20min
C1 – Movement Patterns – Crawling x20min
Day 2 –
A1 – Wall/Bound/Step Jumps (single or double leg) x20min
^ Start off with short distances, stick the landings and jump in multiple directions.
B1 – Sandbag Clean & Throw Over Shoulder x10 (5L/R)
B2 – Sandbag TGU x1 (L/R sides)
B3 – Rolling Pistol Squat x20 (10L/R)
^ Rest 2-3min, repeat for 20min
C1 – Climbing (anything you can find) x20min
Day 3 –
A1 – Hammer/Discus Throw x20min
^ Use a light load half turn/step, alternatively use a small plate, KB, med-ball etc, just keep it light (less than 4kg)
B1 – Clean x1
B2 – Push Press x3-5
B3 – Squat (front, back or overhead) x3-5
^ Keep rest to a minimum, use any kit you like (bar, KB, DB, sandbag, a person, etc), repeat for 20min
C1 – Tumbling x20min
^ Driving forward rolls, teddybear rolls, backward rolls, basically play like a child does, just take it easy and only do that which your body allows you, over time you can take this up a notch.
Looking at the above, how much of it do you do?
This training is not that which you’ll often see because people are scared of it because they’ve grown old mentally.
Think of it this way, if you can reach 70 years young and have absolutely no fear of falling over because it’s something you CHOOSE to do 2-3 days per week you’ll never be one of those people who says –
“I’ve had a fall.”
Dare to be different, age is as much a state of mind as it is degradation of your body, however it can only happen if you allow it.
Time to decide what is more important.
The Longevity & Health of the Young, or sitting on your ass growing old, weak and round.
You should investigate this thoroughly.
In the end though the choice is yours, just remember whatever you do choose to do start off slow with thing and build up over time.
This message is for those of you that feel frustrated with clients.
You don’t need to train them you know.
It is your business and as such you can choose who you want to train, there is no need for this 100% inclusiveness.
Not all training is meant for all people, and that’s okay.
Bending yourself all out of shape to try and please the world and its dog will serve you no long term benefit other than that of stressing you out.
So brush that monkey off your shoulder.
Give those feelings, attitudes and mindset away.
You don’t need them anymore, you never did.
Focusing on people you want to help is a far more worthy cause for your time.
Now I can understand how people panic about not making money, then they bring up all the excuses to justify the shit state they’re in.
Tell me, for all the time you’ve done this ^^ has it ever really been anything other than a complete and utter ball ache?
You will rarely find a successful business person that works with people they don’t want to.
(Multinational corporates are the exception)
People are not worth the effort, the stress and the unhappiness they bring you, so the best way to deal with them is to simply avoid working with them.
Set your standards.
Market in a way that appeals to the people you want to train and deters those you don’t.
It’s your business, so of course you’ll run it as you see fit.
So why not run it in a way that allows you to help people while also making you happy too.
There’s nothing wrong with being bespoke or members only.
You should investigate this thoroughly.
What will be your New Years Promise?
Yep promise, not resolution.
You see the former means more and is not so easily broken.
The latter on the other hand, we’ve been binning those off for years without any consequence or second thought because it’s the expectation that it will happen.
Our history will often define our future.
Your history will often define your future, is that what you want?
One of the best indicators of a persons future performance is to look at all their past ones because you will see a trend, a pattern.
Of course people can change, people do change.
Not that much though.
Do you want to be something more than your history or are you happy with living the same life on repeat, much like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.
We all get stuck in a loop from time to time.
It’s a far more comfortable place to be, I can personally attest to this because it’s so much easier to stay in a place we feel safe, protected and emotionally satiated.
That’s often what it comes down to in the end.
We all want to feel something, something nice, warm, fuzzy and generally safe.
There is nothing wrong with this you know.
If that is the life you choose and make that choice willing without hesitation or any ambiguousness then you my friend are someone very rare indeed because you’re someone who knows themselves.
I can’t help but respect that deeply.
Say that isn’t you and there is a deep sense of longing, wanting more, yearning for something you can’t quite place your finger on, then this is worth exploring further.
Ask yourself this –
‘What am I searching for? & Why am I searching for this?’
You don’t need to share it with anyone, it’s for you to know and act on if that is your decision.
Half the battle is knowing.
The other half, doing.
To achieve this, in 2020, instead of making a new years resolution try something a little different instead.
Make yourself a New Years Promise.