Monday, December 24, 2012

Grab the Bar and Go

I was texting (I hate the talking on the phone, texting is wonderful ) my fellow strength coach yesterday, Tracy, about diets and stuff: The Palumbo Diet, Carb Cycling , etc.,  Finally, I wrote that I was tired of all "it". She asked, "Even the training?" And I never even considered being tired of the training. I have been training so long and I love it so much that I would never consider not doing it or being "tired" of it.

Of course diets are no fun. I don't know anybody that likes hardcore dieting. Im talking about the deprived state of weak/suffering that one must do to obtain sub 10% body fat, not maintenance stuff.

But the training? Do I ever feel  tired before I train? Of course. But every time I feel like that, I just train, I just grab the bar and get started and pretty soon, I get in a groove and the sweat breaks and the tiredness leaves. The few times that it hasn't, I just tell myself that I must push through it, that I will be glad that I did. That I will feel better afterwards. Every single time, I do feel better. Grab it and go, I tell myself, grab it and go.

 Training for me is a true release. A time to forget about all the outside things that bother you, that demand your time. I don't wear headphones when I train at work, but when I am squatting or deadlifting in the basement, I enjoy putting on some death/doom metal and having my dog lying there and getting after it. I had a Muay Thai teacher who once explained that when you enter the dojo, you must bow to the outside of the dojo and  to the inside of the dojo. And this signifies leaving everything on the outside for an hour, all your problems and concerns. That for the next hour, you will give total focus to the lesson. I think of that often.

So it's 5:47 AM and I am squatting in my basement at 6AM. Why? because today is squat day and I have to travel with my family to North Jersey. If I don't squat, I will be in a pissed off mood all day, thinking about how I need to get the workout in when I get home, but what if the baby is asleep? And then I gotta take the dog out, unload the truck, all kind of stuff pops up.It is best to just get it done this morning.

So I have the baby from 7am to 830 this morning. But right now, I am gonna put on the knee sleeves, put on Vulture on the headphones and do 10 sets of squats. I am no different or better than anyone else for doing this, I know it. And it may be a sickness of sorts,this addiction  but who cares? Once I get it done, the whole day is set up for me.  Just grab the bar and go.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.