Friday, December 16, 2011

Unconventional Methods

Bjorn is one of my faithful clients- he epitomises getting it done, just like Brady. Just like all of us. I wanted to show everyone that your WILL is what matters, the will to persevere when training means something and life isn't perfect.

Unconventional Methods

 by Bjorn Hodneland

I'm one of  Steel's clients.  He's been working with me for eleven weeks and I've been making steady progress.  This is due to a program designed towards my goals and more importantly my ability to be consistent in following it.  Being consistent in training can be difficult.  Life is busy and we all have obligations to family, work and ourselves.   Sometimes it just takes some unconventional methods to complete my training.

 I work as a firefighter.  In my department we have a mandatory one hour workout period at 4:00 pm.  Unfortunately, this is also the time when our call volume starts to increase.  I don't particularly like to train at work because I don't like the interruptions.  Once I start though, I'll see the workout through either that day or the next.  There has been more then one shift where I started my training at 4:00, had a call, continued my training at 5:30, had a call, continued after dinner at 7:00 and had another call where I finished the rest of my training the next morning after I was off shift.  I know this isn't ideal but at least I finished.

My shift lasts 24 hours.  This is nice because I work two to three days a week and have a lot of time with my family.  The downside is that I'm always tired.  I've come home countless times after work with a couple hours of hours of sleep and a singular desire for a warm bed and decided to train instead.  I don't have much choice when I know the remainder of my week is going to be filled with work and family commitments.  At least I'm getting my training in.

I'm scheduled to train on a three day a week rotation.  It's supposed to be a Monday, Wednesday, Friday rotation.  It's usually a Sunday, Tuesday, Friday.  Or maybe even a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Again, it's whatever works for my schedule and however I can get the training in for that week.

I'm not trying to push the image that I'm some bad ass or that I have a tougher life then any others.  The fact is that I'm an average guy who's busy like everyone else.  But I've made a goal to get stronger through consistent training without sacrificing my obligations to my family, friends or job.

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.