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Misleading before and after photos.
Believe it or not you see these all the time.
The amazing results you see that are often claimed to have happened in such a short space of time can often be up to 10 years apart.
The same is true for the shots that people have angles the shit out of, filtered to within an inch of existence and sharpened so much that you’ll get cut just by gazing upon them.
Yep, after seeing plenty of colleagues/friends share their transformations photo’s to gain a nice hefty chunk of appreciation this elf us that have been in their lives for some years recognise the before picture, and it’s old.
These will of course pack the desired punch needed.
While the photos are all real, the story is misleading and that just bugs me.
If you’re going to compare a photo of yourself then 6-12months apart is a good idea as it will allow you to share the lessons you’ve learned in that time with your followers and fans with some honesty and for the purpose of helping them, not just boosting your likes.
This is of course not to say that a collage of your journey from day one isn’t worth of praise, oh no it is, so long as you exhaling how long the expanse of time covered from photo 1 to this present one is.
A year by year comparison will do many things:
1 – Show how progress is slow and change is gradual (for the most part)
2 – That consistency wins out in the end
3 – Change need applied effort (explained in lessons learned in each photo/reflection)
4 – Provide a true account of your journey, the progress/ & regress because that happens too
5 – Keeps you humble
We could list many more things here however I’d like to keep the one short for once.
In closing, be honest with your photos, your stories and worry less about trying to be impressive for the sake of it.
Share your knowledge, experience and let people know that you too struggled to get where you are and that one day, if that’s what they want, they can get there as well.
It’s fair to say that many of us who are embroiled in this life where the training tick has bitten and firmly taken hold, that we all see ourselves are ‘that exception’.
This is referring to the things that we would tell other people, or our would-be clients if we are trainers.
Yielding our hard earned knowledge to others for their betterment is something many are more than willing do.
You’ll find it’s often pretty sound advice too.
If followed then plenty of progress will occur, in every sense of the word, and if the goal of ‘becoming the best version of yourself’ is to be believed then no one with that attitude would want to stay in the same place.
Knowing this though, knowing what we do, we still see ourselves differently.
Take something I’ve been speaking about again recently.
– Train 2-3 days per week with purpose
This really works wonders for people, especially when combined with any of the training protocols/suggestions you’ll find trawling through the archives on here.
Yet in regards to myself, training less and recovering more is something I struggle with massively.
As such methods to force rest, recovery and not going near places to train gets put in place.
Even then that doesn’t always stop me.
Many other people are like this as well.
The say one thing and do another thing entirely because enterally they don’t put themselves in the same bracket as the person they’re giving the advice to.
Talk about ego.
Physiologically humans are not that different.
As such recovery tactics, training modalities, even understanding the fine balance of chemicals in our body that regulate life, mood, feelings and everything else can be (are already) understood to the point that if we apply that knowledge logically and perhaps with the idea of process & elimination, we’d do all right.
Yet, we ourselves struggle to apply our wisdom to the person ho probably needs it most.
Why don’t you listen to your own advice?
What do you feel has taken you beyond the realm of all the people you connect with that means they should do things in XYZ way, yet you can do it differently because, well, you’re you.
It’s no wonder the general populous is frustrated.
Many go round in circles.
Habits are often the reason, in so much as when people go back to ‘what they know’ (even if it’s never really worked), it shows that they don’t trust in the process or plan/knowledge before them.
Same goes for you.
You don’t listen to your own advice because deep down you don’t really trust it, or perhaps you don’t have enough faith in your own ability, who knows.
When you read on here about ‘looking inwards’, it’s referring to being honest with yourself.
Setting aside pride, vanity and the person you try to portray you are to others and just being alone with yourself.
Often times you know what needs to be done (training wise).
Applying this knowledge, well, that’s the hard part.
You should investigate this thoroughly.
A new day has broken through the starlit canvass of night, and I think it’s going to be a good one.
Over the weekend a companion that has been with me for through thick and thin in the gym for the last 3 years has finally retired.
Training diary 13, it’s been a blast, now you can rest and thank you for all the wisdom you’ve shared with me.
A concise record of your gym antics is an essential tool.
Keeping track of the lads lifted, volume totalled, lifts made and missed, can give you vital information in regards to what worked, for how long, what you didn’t focus on enough and the things you need to be doing to progress.
While not everyone keeps a diary, most people these days do track what they’re doing.
Be this in the form of videos, photos, YouTube training complications or IG live, some tracking goes on.
It seems to be fashionable or heroic to say – “I don’t track, I remember it all.”.
Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, however it just sounds like ego to me.
Why think you’ve remember it correctly when you can KNOW you’ve remember it correctly because it’s immortalised in some form of tracking, like that in a training diary.
Many would rather talk a good game than record what actually goes on and have it written in stone.
Then again, stones too, can lie.
So today was a new training protocol.
I’ve opted for a 6 week modified Delorme protocol.
The Classic Delorme: 3x10x50-75-100% 10RM
^ A solid endeavour that really works if you give it a true effort, many will feel it’s not enough work however to me that means they’re not quite putting in a good effort.
^^ If you’d like to do the above yet feel it’s just not enough then still use the loading perimeters (50-75-100% 10RM) and use this rep protocol: 20-15-10.
So how does the version I am dong differ from the above?
Let’s take a look.
The Modified Delorme: 5×5-5-5 (50-75-100% 10RM)
Day 1: 5×5-5-5 (50-75-100% 10RM) – max series (up to 5)
Day 2: Match total successful series on D1 @5×50% 10RM
Day 3: Match Series on D1 @5-5×50-75% 10RM
– Two lift focus – Bench Press & Deadlift
– Up to 1min rest between 5’s, then 3min rest between series
– When 5 series completed with good form on Monday add load
You might be wondering where my other movements are.
Fear not, the Pulling, Squatting & Carries will be in at the end of the session as accessory work following a rep protocol that takes my fancy on the day.
This will keep total time training to a minimum.
Because for my own personal goals I need to break the old mindset of ‘train more’ that is creeping back in, my last training diary highlighted this was beginning to find its way back into my life again.
The above is only 6 weeks.
If I personally can’t stuck to that then what good am I to the world?
Sometimes we need to stay on a path and see the journey through to the end.
Too much hopping about has been apparent in my training.
Time to stop that.
So dear readers, do you have a training diary?
If yes, what has it taught you and if no, why do you feel you don’t need one?
Do share your thoughts below.