Think about how many people you know personally that have changed their life just through exercise. Something that takes an hour a day to do in the gym, 5 days a week, can literally possess you with good vibes. However, I’ve seen so many people over-work, over-pay, and over-analyze every single pound they pick up or pound they drop.
Fitness should be mind-numbing. It should send chills down your legs when you accomplish something. It should make you constantly crave health. It should make assholes out of non-believers. It should make Victoria release her secrets all over the bedroom. All in all, it should be fun. It should change your life.
1.) Love Mondays
Remember in MarioKart where the stoplight would blink before the race and, once it hit green, you could shoot out of the gates if you pressed the button just in time? Remember how good you got at that? That’s your Monday. Jump out of the gates with authority.
I can understand why people hate Mondays so much. You either just partied your butt off or you did absolutely nothing, leaving Monday making you feel like a bag of smashed Doritos. Mondays are your most important day. It sets the tone. Sometimes people get so concentrated on Fridays that they forget what their purpose is. In life, your goal is to better yourself more than the previous day you just lived. Don’t catch yourself breezing through Monday leaving Tuesday through Friday a total face slap. Crush Monday! Look forward to Mondays. It’s the pistol to get you started in your fitness week and work week.
2.) Find Your Bushido
At first, when I came across this word I thought it was just a new way to say “bullshit”. It’s far from it. In fact, a bushido can totally help you avoid all of the bullshit. In Bruce Lee terms, a bushido is an old term for the Samurai for a “creed” or “loyalty” that they would literally fight for. What is your bushido? A bushido can be the group of people in your life that literally make you the best person you can be. A bushido can be your child. Your job. Your workout crew. Your dog. If you don’t have any of these and you are just a homeless bum on the streets, your bushido can be a free meal from Boston Market. Either way, a bushido is a positive focus group in your mind that brings out the most chivalry in you, thus making everyone better around you. Your bushido is a vicious circle of dedication. It’s nowhere near “bullshit” in my opinion.
3.) Do More Sleds
If all you had was a sled, you could easily sculpt a body more so than if you had a squat rack. The people who don’t do sleds either:
A.) Have never done them because they don’t know what kind of impact they can have on the body.
B.) Have done them, but do not like the hard work or the motivating anger that is sent through your blood streams.
C.) Look at the people doing sleds and think it has nothing to do with muscle building.
Sled pushing is more than a muscle builder. It’s a mind artist. Sleds can single handedly change the way you think about fitness. From a muscle stand point, sled pushing can eliminate the leg extension, leg press, hamstring curl, calf raise, and kegel machines (you know exactly what I’m talking about). During a sled push, it takes every single muscle group in the legs to haul a friction beast across a room or parking lot. Within minutes, muscular exhaustion has been reached, maximum heart rate has been elevated, and the ultimate chemical release has been rushed through your nervous system. The great thing about sleds is that it’s not a joint destroyer. Doing 100 leg extensions, followed by leg pressing triple your body weight, followed by squats with awful form destroy the muscular system.
As far as life goes, sleds can lasso the section of the brain that controls determination and spank it until it refuses to stop. You get so angry at the fact your legs are failing you, that it makes you try harder. Not to mention, sled pushes aren’t about counting reps. Sled pushes are about hitting the finish line. You can easily stop at 12 when you’re going to 15. Sleds, however, are silent killers. Sleds have to be pushed to the ending point. Sleds are the ultimate.
4.) Stay away from these people. . .
A.) Haters – I was told that my kettlebell classes are referred to as “people who dress up like Crossfitters going to rave”. I wasn’t exactly sure what this meant, but there was only one solution for why this was said. . .
He or she was jealous. I’d rather be around high sock wearing, kettlebell swingin’ athletes any day, who don’t give a shit if their head band matches their booty shorts, than a spectator jealous that they can’t even take a lap around the building without asking for a firefighter to come save their ass. That firefighter probably does CrossFit, by the way.
B.) Hypochondriacs – If I have to hear the excuse of how many times that you have a migraine so you can’t work out this evening, you’re slowing me down. First of all, migraines are no joke. Bad headaches are not migraines. Migraines are chronic neurological disorders that affect half of the head that last from 1 to 3 days. If we are going to live in a fitness world that have people hanging you out to dry because every time they get a bruise they think they tore a muscle, you’re better off without them.
C.) Sad People – I get depressed thinking about this. I’m all about uplifting. It’s completely a metaphoric quicksand though if the people you are around are constantly gloomy. You’re alive. You’re free. You’re able to read this. There’s much worse in this world than constant reminder that you hate your job. I know what can exactly cheer us all up . . .
. . . sled pushes.
D.) Cheapskates – I’m not going to hire a kid down the street to mow my lawn and mulch my flower beds when I’ll most likely have to go back a redo the job because he just doesn’t care about it. Although, I’ll only have to pay him half the money rather than hiring a professional to do it- there’s a reason why they are called professionals. Peace of mind is a far greater life calming trait than having to worry about every penny you spend. It’s nice to be thrifty and not waste money, but it’s a totally different subject when you try and heckle hard-working personal trainers to lower their price because you are too cheap to pay what everyone else does. You get what you pay for, and that is a fact.
E.) Rebels – You can’t go around life not trusting people; therefore, if you have someone in your circle that will only depend on themselves and not put their trust in someone’s hands, they deserve to be far outside your circle. You need help. You can’t do everything alone. If you find someone that thinks they can do everything independently, then let them be in their own circle by themselves. It’s where they want to be anyways.
5.) Mind Games
Are you telling me that the only factor in me crushing my workout is some sweetened powder that I mix into water before a squat session? Absolutely not.
It’s one thing to be awake and drink some coffee before a lift. It’s one thing to be so dependent on a supplement that no matter the day, you can’t go without it. It’s a pretty weak addiction. No way in hell any scientist, body builder, professional athlete, or doctor can come up to me and say, “You will have a better workout if you take this.” You’re out of your mind and might as well slap me in the face.
There is a large science field out there that is actually anti-pre-workouts. These things are loaded with artificial sweeteners and fillers (at least some are). Most people only take them because of the name and don’t even know what is in them.
“Megafied Jackedtaurus Rex got me so amped up today, bro.”
If you want to ensure a great workout, focus on your body’s recovery. Take an all natural branch chain amino acid supplement (BCAA), sleep well, stretch well, and make love well. Your body will be recovered enough for you to gorilla stomp the next workout without chugging down a supplement named after a dinosaur.
6.) Wake Up Call
There isn’t a science that really matters on when it’s is more beneficial for you to work out during certain times of the day. Personally, late night iron pumps are god-awful for me. Here’s 3 mind clearing reasons for you to train at the butt-crack of dawn.
A.) It’s out of the way. You are literally lowering your chances by 100% of you getting unmotivated, going home, and ordering a pizza for dinner without training. Now all you can focus on is the other priorities in your life besides dead lifting at 5AM.
B.) You can use last night’s dinner as a fuel; meaning you can FEAST. If you’re going to work out this early, you won’t need a quick meal. Last night’s bigger portioned meal is perfectly fine to get you through. Enjoy that extra serving of rice.
C.) It’s the most natural caffeine you can find. There’s nothing more eye-opening than your body producing chemicals that wake you up, clear your mind, and blast-off your day. Adrenaline. Testosterone. Less cortisol.
D.) The gym is empty. There’s nothing like the sound of crickets as your coffee kicks in.
Here’s a whole blog I wrote about crushing your morning – Wakey, Wakey, Protein Shakey
7.) “I look like an idiot.”
I always tell my clients, “The more ridiculous you look doing an exercise, the more it’s going to help you.”
Honestly, if we’re concerned about how people will perceive you when you’re exercising, then a gym isn’t for you. It happens everywhere you go. However, if you can get around a group of people that you trust, it’s a walk in the park.
Take bear crawls, frog jumps, and duck walks for instance. You look like an animal moving around a gym floor. Good. “The more ridiculous you look the better.”
In life, too. If you wanna rock a blue Mohawk, do it because you want to do it. Don’t NOT do it because someone will think you look foolish. Those people don’t matter in life (unless it’s your boss).
This is your life. Be ridiculous a little.
8.) Eat Your Vegetables
I read a blog the other day that was titled – “The Top 10 Worst Vegetables For You”.
I about shit my pants. I’m thinking, “Holy shit, I’ve been eating vegetables all these years and come to find out some are bad for me?”
I fell into the trap. It was literally some bozo trying to get you to read his article and the information was foolish. It said things like not to eat lettuce because it’s 90% water, or don’t eat broccoli because it will bloat you.
I’ll tell you right now. If a trainer or fitness professional ever tells you to not eat their vegetables, don’t listen. How can you tell people not to eat vegetables? 60% to 80% of your diet should be plant-based.
Save your mind by not believing this stuff. A little gas from some cauliflower won’t kill you. It might even keep the haters away.
9.) Dude, You’re Gonna Make It
There’s always a reminder I say to myself when I am having my most stressful days. No day has been the worst of my life yet (probably because I can’t pinpoint it out), but when I’m feeling like it is, I always say, “If I can get through this day, I can get through any day.”
It may be unrealistic, but think about it. If you can get through your most miserable times, you’ve always have to know that you can build up enough strength to get through most mind numbing days. Tell yourself this. All you need is that reminder and that motivation. It’ll go a long way in life and fitness.
This is where your body changes,