To make big progress you need to include something that is difficult or that you suck at, in your training. Of course I could rave about how this applies to life too, but that is not what this post is about, and Iâm not interested in putting you all to sleep.
Iâll you myself for a quick example, the post below of me doing 90/90 stretches and hip switches. For those that donât know, Iâm built a bit like the Tin Man, mobility tends to be my weak point, the hips being the biggest culprit of late. Itâs improved, but I still need to get myself into some uncomfortable positions to help it improve. Of course, we all know cardio/conditioning isnât my bag either, so thatâs the second sucky part of my workout most weeks.
Iâm all for keeping the barrier low to a degree to help everyone move more, no arguments out of here. For those that are looking to make a little more progress beyond that and are intentionally training, these difficult or sucky things are things that youâll need to do to see more progress in your training.
For some of you, it may be a movement that is really forced feeling, like a squat for instance. The odds are, youâll be squatting plenty in your program. Maybe a little bit to start, with an increased frequency as things improve. Could also be something as simple as, you run plenty, but donât lift enough, time to include it more in your training. That's it for today my friends. Thanks for reading and feel free to reach out with questions, comments or feedback otherwise.
Some of you may or may not have heard a big commercial gym is not accepting members in January. They claim this is to focus on the member they currently have, but most of us are probably smart enough to know that this is them saying, the gym and their members are too good for the new years resolutioners. For me this is driving a gap between those that are currently active and those that would like to be, but have struggled to find the consistency.
People have pooed hard on the new years resolution thing. While I think there’s a point to it, because why wait until the new year to start improving your health? It does not mean crafty coaches and trainers shouldn't take advantage of folks enthusiasm during this time. Professionals that actually care about doing good, will find a way to ride this wave of energy and get someone down their path to their fitness routine that lasts them a lifetime.
As I’ve said before, the health fitness industry SHOULD be (and is) about improving the quality of health of as many people as we can. This is the opposite of that. It’s not a shock to me that this gym has done this, I do call them the evil empire sometimes. Still, it’s pretty damn disappointing to have to explain things like; this stunt, crappy money grubbing coaches and snake oil salespeople masked as trainers, to friends, family and colleagues.
How about the trainers or coaches that say they’re full, isn’t this the same?
It is a fair question. The answer for me is simple, the day I stop taking new clients will simply be because I don’t have the capacity in my head to keep up with them all. I’d certainly keep anyone on a waiting list that still wanted to be or would find them a home that would take just as good of care as I would. I don't think the same can be said about this big box gym. That's the end of my ramblings for today, I appreciate everyone for reading and giving me their time today.
Happy Tuesday one and all. I hope the first week of 2023 hasn't been too hard on you and if it has, well you've got about 51 more of them for things to improve. This one goes for the young athletes in the universe because I'm not foolish enough to tell working parents something like this. For most of the young athlete, it's a bit of a different story from the adults. I'll try to be brief and stay on topic... (glances to the left) )ooo shiny, oops too late, OK on to it.
The many young athletes out there, chasing dreams (keep chasing them by the way) will play every sport, or for every team of a particular sport they can, but then say they have no time for training to take care of themselves...wait what? This strategy & pathway will work for very few people out there and it's likely those athletes are extremely gifted.
The time for a youth athlete need to train exists in the schedule already, they just need to pick 1 team to play for per season and train around that. Playing for more than 1 team in a particular season (Fall, Winter, Spring) is a good way to wear the body down and get hurt, then it's lots of sitting on the sideline, playing for no teams. A decent training program worth its weight, during a season, is not only likely cut down on injuries (which means more playing, less sideline), it will also get athletes stronger as the season goes.
I promise promise you, making the time to strength train is more likely to keep you on your path to your dreams than playing for a 4th team or hiring a sport specific coach. Give it a few months, and you’ll be shocked at what it does for you. Of course, if there's questions or concerns from the parents, the first step is to reach out to a coach or trainer you know & trust. Thanks for reading today everyone, as always, questions, feedback and such are welcome. Have a great remainder of the week.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS