The Devil is in the Details

Aint that the truth.  I got my measurements yesterday with Tony and I’m pretty happy about them.  Not happy as in ‘stoked! OMG’ kinda happy, but happy as in I’m not going to shoot myself happy.

I’ll post the numbers shortly but what I wanted to reflect on was the details in my fitness plan.  I’ve not really made it a massive goal focus on body fat etc but to be leaner is still very much in my sights.  I’m just choosing to focus on some other things and hopefully the fat will melt away.  The devilish detail for me is the food part of any training plan.  I’ve been rather sloppy with my food lately.  Not that I’ve been eating badly.  I’d probably say, poorly.  Not super strict on what goes on my plate, missing meals, eating portions that are too big, you know, that sort of thing.  I think it’s time I got on board with my food plan.  I’ve got a good one written down and when I’m on it, I feel good.  I’ve found before that sometimes a prompt, like new shoes, can inspire a surge of motivation.  I definitely know that a goal is a good source of motivation but I don’t really have one at the moment.  I mean I sort of do, but it’s vague and generalised.  I think I need to change that.  Tony?

A friend of mine owns and runs a sports nutrition and supplement store Mass Nutrition Chermside.  Here’s a link if you’re interested.  I’ve been meaning to pop in and say hi for sometime now and today I got my chance.  I walked away with a new toy, or rather product, to try.  I’m gonna give the Cyborg Bionic Pre-Workout Enhancer a try and I’ll let you know how I find it.

 I’m going to unleash the bionic version of me at tomorrows (Sat) Tough Mudder Group Conditioning Session, lovingly prepared by Tony.  For more info check out their Facebook page here.

For the record this session is a very rewarding and very challenging conditioning session run once a week on Saturday mornings at the very civilised, sleep-in enabling, later than normal Friday night shenanigans possible, 8:30am.  Nice.

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It’s all in your head!

I don’t know about you but Ive found that much of what I can and can’t do in the gym (and life generally) is all in my head.  If I think I can’t do something…. I’m usually right.  That’s not to say that just thinking I can do it is the antidote, but it’s certainly the precursor to it.  One think I particularly love about 1on1 PT is that surrender of your consciousness.  No, it’s not as esoteric as I’m making it sound.  I’m talking about the inner dialogue in our heads that say’s things like… “Ouch, that’s heavy” or “I can only do one more”, or “If I don’t pace myself I won’t make it.”  For the most part when I’m training with Tony that bit of my brain gets turned off.  I just listen and do what he tells me and it’s amazing what we manage to get through.  All I need to do now is learn how to turn that voice off when I’m training by myself.  Any tips that have worked for you?

 

25 chins a’int as scary as it used to be….

I never thought I’d hear myself say this but it’s true.  25 chins ups is no longer as incredibly daunting as it used to be.  Now I know that with consistent training over time I will improve (all things being equal) but chins for me were a real barrier.  No matter how often I did them, whether I added some negative reps on the end or started off doing some weighted chins to build strength, they always seemed bloody difficult.

Well, the other day in the process of introducing a mate to the wonders of high intensity training I had an epiphany.  We were doing Spartan 300.  On our own.  Not because a trainer made me…  I know, crazy stuff and what was I doing putting my mate through that on his third workout.  he he he.  Evil Sean was out to play.  My justification was that we needed a baseline to see how much he had improved in a months time.

Anyway, we started off with our 25 chins.  I smashed it!!  Not 25 straight and certainly not super-strict but I still smashed them.  The total time I posted was not a pb but it was still solid and some of the weights were a little heavier than last time but all good.  I’m not complaining at all.  In fact I’m pretty happy about it really.

I’m actually looking forward to the next time we do it.  Not sure my mate is though.  It really broke him and showed just how far he’d let himself go over the years.  But, he’s on the right track and I think he’s got good genes so expect a post in the not-too-distant future with me complaining about his rapid results.

Night

 

Sometimes it’s not so bad to compare

It just depends on who you are comparing yourself too.

I know that when I want to get stronger, fitter, faster or leaner I look towards someone inspirational (see previous post for more on that).  And while I acknowledge thats a good thing, in fact probably an essential thing… it’s not the only thing.

In the book Shantaram the author finds himself living in a large slum in Bombay, India.  Despite the squalor and filth, he is surprised to find a strong sense of order, of community and hierarchy.  When talking to one of the residents who’s job it is to sweep the porches of the shops surrounding the slums.  I use the term ‘shops’ loosely here too.  More like small, ramshackle tin sheds with the occupants selling a range of reused, recycled things for mere rupees, the author comments “How can you always be smiling?”.  “You have so little and work so hard for virtually nothing when so many people around you have more?”  The little Indian man responds (with a smile on his face “Ahhh… that’s the problem with you Westerners.  You’re always comparing yourselves to the people above you or on TV.  Me, I compare myself to the man with no legs and no home begging for scraps while pushing himself around on an old skateboard.”.

I get this.  He’s talking about gratitude versus envy.  I’d much rather be grateful than envious but beware.  Our consumerist society programs us to envy those with more, fitter bodies, more money, brighter smiles and better lives.  Take time out to compare yourself with those less fortunate than you are.  It won’t be hard to find them.  You’ve got more to be grateful for than perhaps you realise.  🙂

So anyway, I trained with a mate of mine who hasn’t trained in a while.  My goal was to make him spew (he said he wanted to go hard) and I reckon I came pretty damn close. he he.  So my reflection was that even though I might not have achieved all my fitness goals (yet) I had certainly come along way from where I was and where he was currently at.

Have a great day.

What Inspires You?

It’s funny really.  The sorts of things that I find inspirational are really quite varied.  I decided to think specifically about what inspires my physical side, although some things inspire me to be more professional, a better man, kinder, happier, more grateful etc.

Physically.  I like overcoming adversity.  Being the underdog.  Rising above the rest.  I like sacrifice and commitment.  I like people who push the limits of what’s possible, who through their words and more importantly their actions, tell us that it is possible.  That the human race is capable of extraordinary things.  And that average, is a choice.  To not settle for second best, but to judge yourself on what you put in.  Not on what you get out of it.  I admire natural talent and skills, but also admire perseverance, practice and time spent perfecting their craft/skill/talent.

I find some music to be incredibly inspirational.  Not just in an uplifting ‘I feel good’ kinda way but in an intense, focused, powerful “I need to move’ kind of way.  Eye of the Tiger is a classic example that most of us recognise, but there are others for me.  Prodigy do some great training tunes, particularly if you’re about to smash yourself and you need/want to get a little… angry.  I’m also a fan of hardcore, bangin techno.  No words, just a driving beat that allows to escape.  Escape what?  Well…. everything I guess.  It’s like an audio track to my own personal movie.  No one is telling me what to think or what to feel through their lyrics, I get to choose.  I like that.

What sort of music do you like to listen to when you workout?  What inspires you and most importantly “How do you use that to be a better version of you?”

Peace out.