Monday, December 24, 2018

Earn It

I have always thought, since high school at least, that in order to eat poorly or go to an event, or a party or to go out drinking and carousing, that you had to earn the right to do any of that stuff. You had to put in the time of a training session, whatever that may be, in order to have "fun" and do things that maybe aren't so good for you.

Meaning that you must train first.  Whatever you were supposed to do that day for your training, do it first. Like today, for instance. I have to go to some relatives house and there will be tons of amazing old school Italian food and drink and who knows what else that is so delicious that it'll make your fork hand shake just thinking about it, desserts included. So, knowing this is coming, this freight train of goodies and sin, I got up and rode the exercise bike for thirty minutes, then went to the gym and did ten sets each for chest and biceps and then came back home and rode the exercise bike again for thirty minutes.

I am no great shakes. There is nothing special about me. You can do it too. Nothing special about getting up a little earlier than usual and getting your shit done before you head down the sugar laden, sometimes alcohol laden road. Just takes a little Will Over Hope and a thought that you do not want to go down the road of Weakness. You know that road, you see it all of the time. Those for whom  training is an afterthought, not that important, and just a thing of convenience. For those folks that have zero Will. And if your wife gives you shit about taking care of your health by training, leave her.

You feel superior when you get all your training done when everyone else is all slovenly and undedicated. You see them, so happy for the holidays but so excuse laden that it is weighing them down. And I get it. Well, I sort of get it. Hell, some of my best friends are like that, oh its the holidays. Oh I am on vacation, oh I can make it up. I read an interview with Danny Padilla one time in the 70's where he said that you can never make up a missed workout, and I agree. You can do it, you have time. Oh, but Coach, I really don't have time. 

Okay. I get it.  I am here to help. Here ya go. Don't text or look at Tv or at naughty stuff on the internet, put some workout gear on, drive to the gym and put 50% of your bodyweight on the squat bar. Do five reps, then put 75% of your bodyweight on the bar and do 5 reps. Then put your bodyweight on the bar and do as many as you can. Leave. You will grow from that workout. Or hell, just do one set of 20 at a light weight and then put 50% of your bodyweight on the bar, and go until you cannot even fathom doing another rep no matter how hard you try, and then leave. You will grow from that also. But you will also eliminate all excuses. Just walk out of the gym. No standing and talking to an old friend from high school, discussing how your knee prevented you from being a college football player and remember the game in '91 when you intercepted that pass and didn't Suzie look good and what ever happened to Suzie, anyway? Then, ignore the front desk guy. After all, you have NO time at all, so you cant be frivolous for one second.  Just walk out to the car, put on some Chris Knight, drive home panting and sweaty and now do all the stuff that makes you hate yourself in the morning.

You can do all that.

You earned it.

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.