Happy Monday everyone, hopefully those of you that got thwacked by the snow this past weekend are all safe and warm. Also, apologies to those that got the post last week but had issues with the links, the glitches are fixed, so apologies for that last week. If there is another issue, please shoot me an email and I'll clear it up.
This IS a post about new yearâs resolutions, but itâs not the one you might think. Most people that make fitness related resolutions wind up quitting or failing, it's a stat not an opinion and I'm not trying to be mean. They do so because they go all out, helter skelter, at 1000% for the first like 3 weeks and suddenly they crash out because that just is not sustainable. They miss one workout or have one bad week of eating or something like that and they figure well if I canât do it all 100% of the time, then I might as well give up and try again next week, month, year, decadeâ¦you get the point.
Many people much more experienced and/or smarter than I have said some pretty wise things when it comes to these types of moments and people. The one I like the best is from Jordan Syatt, itâs so good, Iâm just going to let you read it from him.
Also, there are my friends from the Strength Faction, every semester in Faction we spend one of our weekly calls discussing âPerfect Equals Failure, Failure Equals Perfectâ and if this isnât a great reminder to me to cut myself some slack when Iâm not doing all the things and getting all the lifts in. Quick story, when I first started producing content, I was so obsessed with making sure the post was perfect and there were no holes (spoiler alert there definitely still were) that I would not post it until days later, and sometimes not at all, not exactly productive. Then I started letting go of the idea that everything I post needed to be perfect, and itâs not, Iâm just hoping itâs good. Happy to say I've got more consistency with my content once upon a time.
There are countless others out there that have given easy little quips like Jordan and Faction's to remember for this purpose, and theyâre all so true. The simple fact is, staying at 100% for the entirety of your life (yes fitness is for the long haul folks) is just not sustainable. Think about the last time you were perfect on something, how long did it last? A week? A day? MAYBE a couple weeks? Yeah, thatâs about as long as you can keep something like that up, then youâre likely to gas out and fall apart.
So, the next time you have a subpar day in terms of youâre goals (even non fitness related), just keep plugging away, donât skip out on a whole workout if you canât get the whole thing in, donât trash your nutrition for the week because you had one bad meal and donât beat yourself up because things for the week arenât perfect. Youâll still make progress and thatâs all that matters in the end.
Hopefully this was a more uplifting message and gives some that might be down on themselves a bit of hope. Have a great rest of the week folks, go out there and get after it!
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Jarrod Dyke, CSCS