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Amateur athletes, weekend warriors & those who train hard.
Give yourself the gift or more time.
Give yourself the gift or more rest.
Honestly, you’ve got plenty of time to make progress, even if you’re in your 60’s you can still move forwards.
Too many rush and injury is their reward.
This doesn’t mean you will become slothful or lacklustre in your training, oh no.
You will still be required to lift with intent, focus and gusto.
The only difference is that you allow yourself a little more rest between sets, perhaps an extra day off here and there all to allow you more recovery which will translate in to more progress in the end.
You see for the majority of us training is suppose to enhance our lives, not absorb or detract from them.
In my years of training I’ve been obsessive, too rigid, unwavering in adherence to the routine and while it did indeed yield results, would it really have been so bad if I arrive at that point perhaps 2-3 years later?
My prize was glory when the flame burned bright.
Even for a short while I was untouchable, then it all fell to pieces and burnout was my enteral reward.
This took almost as many years to recover from.
Yep. 5 years of the true iron path ended up in 5 years to recover from it, and the kicker is I wasn’t even anything worth shout about in the grand scheme of things.
While we talk about enjoy the journey, which I did, I can tell you it wasn’t worth it, breaking yourself for ego is never worth it, yet many will do this because it’s the message of the world.
Work hard and what you seek shall be yours, oh and it will, you just wont be able to hold on to it for very long.
Sensible training, reasonable & repeatable sessions, more recovery days and optimal nutrition choices, that is what will yield the best long term results.
True you may decide to test/peak/push yourself perhaps once of twice per year, and in truth that’s all you need.
Anything more is superfluous.
As I sit here typing this I do wonder, will you listen to me?
Will these words of warning resonate or run off like water from a ducks back because like a far younger me you still think you currently know better.
The truth is we never know better, we only know what we know, or what we choose to believe and that’s rarely whats best for us.
Anyway, here are 7 suggestions for you, garnered from years grinding away for little reward.
1 – Nutrition trumps training
2 – Consistency is key, so train reasonably & repeatably
3 – Train every 3-5 days
4 – Take 5min rest after heavy sets, maybe even up to 10
5 – Test yourself once or twice per year
6 – Set mini goals that require some effort, not all your effort
7 – Have a greater purpose behind you for training, training for the sake of training rarely ends well
While chatting to a client last night the goal was to listen o their frustrations.
The didn’t feel for the effort they put in (to all aspects of their life) that they were getting their just desserts.
“My training is consistent.”
“My nutrition has been varied and clarions tracked.”
“My work has improved in both productivity and efficiency.”
“My life couldn’t be at a better point, and yet I’m not where I want to be, it’s so frustrating! I just start to think things will never change and just don’t know what the point is in keeping it all up.”
“I know things take time, I just want some hint it’s going to be worth it.”
A truly heartfelt frustration.
Often the effort we put into a great many things doesn’t yield the results we’d perhaps desire.
While this might not be fair it just is what it is.
I have friends who dislike that quote ‘it is what is is’, potentially because of it being the attitude of people who have become resigned to the deterministic philosophy due to their life experience in always knocking them down or the undeserving getting that which they feel should have been theirs.
It’s an understandable annoyance, yet these are also the same people that won’t outwardly express what is it hey want, or vocalise what is perhaps needed to be said to the right people, they often just sit and wait in the hope that they will get recognised just because they feel they should.
Sadly in this life if you want something you have to not only want it, work for it, or go for it, you must also make it known you want it by asking for it.
Fortune favours the bold or brave (depending now his quote you prefer).
It’s quite true. You’d be surprised what you can actually get simply by asking for it.
Anyway, back to the frustrated client above.
I was quite honest in telling them I didn’t know why they where not where they wanted to be or showered with glories praise, from an emotional standpoint that is.
From a training/empirical standpoint it’s been 3 weeks into their current training after they spent 5months being inconsistent and basically pissing about and making poor choices.
Yes I did tell them that directly because pandering isn’t what they needed and the simple truth is that you won’t often see much change in 3weeks, maybe 3 months or 3 years, however not 3 weeks. If you had dramatic change in such a short space of time, like say losing 2 stone I’d advise you go to the the doctor as you may have a terminal illness, yet this is the result people feel they deserve.
This was what prompted me to re-ask “What result/expectations do you feel you should have by now and why?, No, really, why? Why do you have the expectations you do?”.
Now for something a little bigger to consider, especially if you’ve felt/feel this way…..
Why out of all the people on this planet do you feel your the only one with these frustrations?
Why are you so special that the process should be different or miraculous?
Is it because you know someone who knows someone or you say it on social media?
Very few things in this life happen by accident. They are often an accumulation of minor, or major choices we’ve made or didn’t make and eventually they all come to fruition and result in X, Y or Z,which may or may not be your desired outcome.
As with any endeavour, even those that are truly frustrating, you must just accept that they will take time and perhaps be a tad more realistic with your expectations.
Frustration affects us all, yet like a lot of things they’re fleeting and not worth dwelling on.
Take a look around you, see that most other people are in the same boat and enjoy the journey because it’s rarely the destination that makes it worth while, it’s often the experiences you pick up along the way.