Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fortitude, A Book, Randomness

When it comes down to it, the nitty gritty , the nuts and bolts of the whole damn thing, when taking into account all of the fake training protocols out there, it all always comes back to one thing: Being true to yourself. 

Do you squat deep enough? No? You can do it. You just have to face that feeling. That head pressure, ears exploding, eyes bulging, pressure everywhere, feeling bottom of a squat.  
Because it is a test. A test of your intestinal fortitude.  Sorting out the also-rans and the champs and the "always bettering themselves" and the "exaggerated lat syndrome dudes".

All of that stuff can be learned with just pushing through it all a few times. And then you will see the growth and you can measure it by seeing more weight on the bar. 

Great book, nutty book, profane beyond belief book, laugh out loud book, 

At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed

By Ross Patterson 

is a must read book if you have a crazy, un PC, fun loving sense of humor. That book really
made me laugh.

Do not worry about your training if it is random.  Did the GOD'S of training declare that you must work this and this body part on this and this sacred day? And that each body part must be worked only so many times in a 7 day period? Who says? Do what you want in training. 

Follow your instincts and have a good time. Because there are no rules. People are just guessing. The Bulgarians or the Russians? Louie or Ed Coan? FMS or A coaches eye? Latest science or anecdotal? All are filled with some conjecture. Because new stuff comes along everyday in terms of research. 

But I do know that life in the old days, lets say, 1940 and before, was pretty damn random with what it would throw at you. Lots of farmers. And if you worked on a farm, you were milking cows, shoveling crap, bailing hay. And before that , you were hunting, foraging, sleeping, messing about. And before that, you were hunting, procreating, scavenging.... So since nobody really knows a damn thing, do what you want, what you feel in the weight room.. No rules. 

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.