Or why do you keep losing the same 5 kilos every few months?
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transformed.
There are a gazillion options for fitness out there. There are umpteen diet protocols. And there are more and more people on the coaching side of things, as the fitness landscape opens up.
It does require a hero's journey to make it here. You have to conquer your demons. You have to solve your problems and solve them well. You just cannot keep running away from them and hope it will go away. And so, when you step up, you find that you can beat it.
9 times out of 10, you don't go to the gym. You don't do much about your nutrition. You don't get those results. You fail. You get angry with yourself or the gym. Or both. And you give up. You set yourself up for failure from the start.
There's value in understanding what the toll of a task is. Some demand more time or more energy or both, and they form a barrier to entry. Calorie counting for me is impossible and D9 is second nature, but for a lot of folks, it is the other way around.
"You cannot have ice cream for breakfast", for example. What kinda stupid rule is that?!?!
Everything a dumbbell can do, a kettlebell can do. Plus, there are ballistics with a kettlebell. So, that's simple. Barbells vs KBs is a bit harder. But knowing what we wanted to coach and offer - GPP - meant there was only one clear winner.
you and your goals and intentions are different. Do what works for today. Tomorrow, as you evolve, ideas that did not make sense will sound different. Sound right.
In one year, you will be squatting 270 kilos. In two years, you will have the world record in your sights. In three years...
The Obsessive starts out by making robust progress. His first spurt is just what he expected. But when he inevitably regresses and finds himself on a plateau, he simply wont accept it. He redoubles his effort. He pushes himself mercilessly.
The Dabbler approaches each new sport, career opportunity, or relationship with enormous enthusiasm. He or she loves the rituals involved in getting started, the spiffy equipment, the lingo, the shine of newness.
Strength work need not be done to the exclusion of everything else. But done smartly, if you are struggling for bandwidth, it is a good one-stop shop.
Start small. Start today. Don't waste time figuring out the best method. Pick something. Do it daily for 30 minutes. Don't second guess yourself. Don't pick something that yells fad.
There's that clarity that comes from being pissed. Being angry at yourself and yelling/criticising is you acting. Instead, be productive with it. You'll immediately stop with the act. And move on to action.
In almost all cultures, we see a traditional ritual or a rite of passage where "boy becomes a man". Whether it is going on a hunt once you turn a certain age, or getting circumcised, or land diving, it signals a huge transitional moment in life.
As we get older, our joints hurt and simple things like sitting and standing become clunky. Is this how it is? Or is there an alternative?
Starting from scratch, this person transformed their health and fitness. Aa couple of years later went back to square 1. Had the grit to start all over again!
Bodybuilding is a sport where the goal is to have big, showy muscles. Just like how cricket and American football are two completely different activities - so is strength training and bodybuilding.
When students with intent, drive and a desire to learn come in - it is a coach's dream. There are refreshing things to learn from such a student.
Getting old does not mean getting unhealthy. Creaky joints is not a mandatory side-effect of ageing. What are some things that people in their late 50s and 60s can focus on?
Get fit, look good, and stay healthy. How can we do all of them at the same time? What should we focus on at the gym? Well, here we go.
But before we even identify a training plan or what to do and all that, we need to nail showing up. Because if you don't show up, then how can you put in any effort towards your health or fitness habit? You cannot.
I went in to learn and getting a certification would've been a bonus. While it was still a huge hit to the ego when I realised I failed, I quickly realised I knew diddly-squat to have an ego in this and had amongst the best weekends I've ever had.
While there are health benefits to going to bed early and getting a good night's sleep, as well as starting the day early - you should do what works for you. Instead of saying "I should wake up early", how about you think about you making your day's structure work for you?