Now he's speaking Latin and I just learned CrossFit. . . time to expand your mind for a moment. . .
Ever notice that there is too much to learn, so much in fact that you could potentially become overwhelmed and sit at your desk/stare at your computer for hours on end? And to that end, it all seems like so much, yet with a few months under your belt, you've taken 100 steps forward without reflecting on the past.
Sure, there is something called inundation.
We get one thing out of the way and move onto something else. Because we believe, we've done it, we can move on - I don't think this should be the case. Take things in stride, slow down, become intimate with a movement, but never settle for anything less than the best you can give.
To that end, don't be too hard on yourself. Easier said than done. We constantly strive for perfection, for the best that we can be, and to that - we accept no less than what we did yesterday. If we focus on the past, we live in the past, what we have to do is prepare for what's to come, hence "amat victoria curam" -
"Victory favors those who take pains".
In all walks of bettering oneself, we need to prepare for whats to come. We train hard to work well, our work ethic bleeds into our lives, our friendships that we grow foster outside of a gym, and we become more and more accepting of others and ourselves.
Sure, we strive to get the best lift every time. The key word is strive, if you didn't leave it all out on the floor, that is on you, but we push to get it every time. Whether we do or do not is up to whomever, but we can control the effort in which we put in.
Focus is paramount when lifting, we have no doubt of that. There is also this thing that keeps nagging me, it happens to be that this is all meant to be fun as well, if I haven't gotten you to laugh at least once, then that is my fault, because all of the seriousness that is involved in lifting I believe there should be some light-heartedness to that as well.
So the next time you got a big lift coming up, laugh at the bar, do a little dance, go and get your eagle on (look it up), or best of all do a dance called the dougie...
If you work hard you will succeed, there is no doubt, but do it with a smile.
And if all else fails, at the end of every workout when you are at home recovering, try taking a 3 liter bottle (or 2 liter bottle) filling it with water, freezing it, and ice/foam rolling the spots that ache, that might take the edge off. . .
- Coach Tony