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So good to me
It was all I hoped it would be…
That means gym 7-8am, 2 meals already eaten, 2 articles written and a back tweak, yay for me :/.
I trust you all had a productive weekend, if you didn’t, well… shame on you.
There is a lot of protection for peoples ego/pride in the modern age and it seems to be having a negative effect because it is making people lazy, more lazy than they have ever been.
Obviously there are those who are the other end of the spectrum and are anything but, however those are not the majority, sadly.
What ever happened to tough love?
You know, people would see you fail in a catastrophic manor, give you a pat on the back with a few words of wisdom and then tell you to crack on and stop wallowing in the mud.
These days that approach would be considered insensitive, inconsiderate to peoples feeling, belittling, demotivating and not supportive of people. I’m all for helping people but wrapping them in cotton wool? Nope, not my style, it does nothing for building character or more importantly, resilience.
Now that’s a word from the past, resilience.
What happened to it?
It seems to have been forgotten in the channels of time along with – that’s life, get over it, better luck next time, toughen up and “perhaps you should try knitting”.
All joking aside, the kid gloves of the modern world are actually a very dangerous thing, they hold people back and give false expectations or rather, they give people a sense of entitlement and that is a very slippery slope, let me give you an example oh how this relates to fitness.
Person A – Works hard, does everything they should be doing to get their desired results, accepts set backs and take on board constructive critique on the chin for what it is (advice to help them grow) to allow progression. The they achieve results because they understand they have to work for them and that nothing ever comes easy. They earn their success.
Person B – Works semi moderate to not really doing anything meaningful, does some of what they should do, feels life is against them and no one ever helps them, rejects critique because it hurts their feelings, stays in the comfort zone but feels they should get the same results as person A because they just should. Sadly results will happen initially then taper off fast, potential regress too and this is obviously not their fault at all… They feel entitled to success (this is not good).
Now these are actually real examples of people, they haven’t been made up I am sorry to say.
Many of you know that nothing in life comes easy and chances are for the majority it never will, that’s just life. While I agree we need to be mindful of people and encourage them there also has to be a line where we say “Stop pissing about, the problem is you.” which we seem to be afraid to say nowadays.
Maybe it’s my attitude… It’s definitely my attitude, it doesn’t have time to waste on people who feel entitled, yep, that makes me an asshole but hey ho, we can either work hard or not, it’s that easy.
Which camp do you fall in to, honestly…
Work hard and you will achieve what you deserve in the end, accept life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, become resilient and earn your success, don’t expect it all to be given to you on a plate, you’re not entitled to success, work for it, earn it, deserve it.
The mentality of a person must train hard to get good results has been a staple of athletes and anyone involved in sports for as long as there has been sport, simply because it was pretty much a fact that those who put in more effort and worked hard usually used to be top of the tree.
A fair observation really.
Over the years it has been translated or rather interpreted as “Everyone needs to train like an athlete” and there in lies the problem.
Do you know why?
Not everyone is an athlete, funnily enough.
Top level athletes not only have some of the most superior genetics around but they also have a whole team of people to support them ranging from strength coaches, nutrition coaches, Dr’s, specialists and many other experts in their respective fields. Not to mention another simple little fact that goes over peoples heads; IT’S THEIR JOB!
An athlete is just that, an athlete. They earn a living by putting themselves through seemingly superhuman feats so that they can shave even 0.05 seconds of a sprint time let’s be honest, Jo Average who works 9-5 won’t ever reach a level where they need to achieve that. All they want is a little less body fat, a little more muscle and to look good naked. It’s time we started telling people what they need to d to achieve that.
Here are the three things I’ve found people need:
– A Plan
– Support to put in the required effort levels
Obviously there is going to be a required level of effort and they will indeed have to ‘work hard’ or ‘train hard’ but remember that the term ‘train hard’ is subjective to each person.
Here is what I look for people to achieve:
– Getting Stronger (adding weight, sets or reps)
– Improving VO2 Max/CV (faster run time, or more distance covered in the same time)
– Achieving the results they desire – If this happens they’re on track.
And a bonus one as well:
– Understanding they need to make an effort but enjoying the majority of their journey (20 rep squats are never enjoyable at the time). If they enjoy the journey they will be more consistent which means in the end they will get better results.
Don’t beat yourself up for not achieving athletic training peaks, it’s okay, unless you’re an athlete that is. Enjoy your training and give it as much effort as you can, just don’t damage yourself in the process because in the long run that will be a steep price to pay (injury, illness, depression and possibly more).