Today is going to be about me.
Not often anything gets directly written in regards to what goes on upstairs.
This is because it’s in all honesty not worth knowing.
Anyway, let us start of with training and why the minimalistic avenue has been a favoured prescription of mine in the these more recent years.
I’m quite obsessive, in regards to life you may say one is like a dog with a bone, once the teeth are clamped down it’s going to be devoured come hell or high water.
This provides unreal focus and allows the mind/thoughts to spend out like lightning, it can be very useful and also incredibly dangerous.
Training wise in the past it wasn’t uncommon to forgo social events, eating and at some point sleeping to get in training.
Any results were lack-lustre in truth.
While the average person may look on with reverence and wish they had achieved similar (usually strength/physique related) they had no idea how little ROI there actually was because of just doing too much.
Chasing too many rabbits as it were.
Then came the Minimalist Approach, not new by any means and called a lot of different things – abbreviated training, divided training, low frequency, and various other terms.
Keeping the idea of “Inch wide, mile deep” was very appealing.
Getting as close to mastery as possible before moving on helped reduce the tendency to do too much, until it didn’t.
When you love training, just because you love it, explaining it to people that don’t share that view is tricky. Yet it’s the same as people who smoke, drink excessively or partake in whatever it is they do as their obsession, when you strip away everything that is.
I’ve found that people will often get quite nasty towards people who have that deep love for training because of jealousy, as arrogant as it sounds.
They don’t like the fact they don’t look they way they want to, can’t perform the sporting feats they once did and have basically gotten old, fat and useless. So what is the point in them – from a training standing point that is, meaning why even entertain their attitude when they won’t make the necessary lifestyle changes to better them selves physically.
Less for crippling injury or medical condition there is no viable reason for people not to be in shape, it’s pure gluttony.
^ Quite a nasty way to see people, and one I’ve tried of years to rid myself of, unsuccessfully.
A deep help value that is as destructive as it is… well, I guess it’s just destructive.
Hence why when people will ask for ‘the truth’ you’ll often hear me really trying to see if they actually want it or if they’re just after some nice words.
All of the above stemmed from some random childhood happening where the feeling, burden of needing to be the best, or to be worthy was born.
At this point it was so long ago I couldn’t even begin to tell you where it came from.
Now this isn’t the ‘best’ in reference to world level, it’s an internal thing.
It’s why when people get into training care is taken not to infect them with this poisonous attitude, yet that doesn’t always succeed.
Hence why doing less better has been a mantra of mine.
It keeps the obsessive demons at bay just enough.
So, as a word of warning to anyone reading this, don’t end up in this place because once you venture into this void you will lose a bit of who you were and bring back something that you don’t realise is there until it’s too late and it’s now become an integral part of ‘you’.
Worst of all, you’ll one day realise it and enjoy it too.
Dark territory indeed, don’t make that mistake.
Enjoy your training, after all, training (unless an elite athlete) should enhance your life, not take away or consume it.