𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙋𝙝𝙮𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘿𝙖𝙙𝙨
This morning, my youngest brother, Presh, shot me a message. It was about training.
Which got me to thinking about certain training principles.
As a man, as a dad, you are a leader.
That’s reality number one. Until you get clear on that, not much will change in your life.
As far as training, we all have busy schedules. There’s a lot that goes into the day of a man.
With that in mind, I rank density training right up there with anything else.
The density of your training is how much work you can get done in a said amount of time. Setting a timer to your workouts is one of most effective tools you will have.
No need to spend hours at the gym and if you are, you certainly aren’t training for hours, that’d be impossible when you train with intensity.
Next, push your mind. Working out is a great way to learn about yourself and to pull yourself to higher levels of consciousness.
When I was in my prime competing years, I first tried the longer set of squats.
I think I got maybe 3 minutes. And that ceiling was set in my head. It hurt, everything ached and I said to myself, ‘Maybe this Bulgarian wrestler that used to do these 8 minute sets was just a myth’.
Until I decided to stop telling myself that story and went for it.
Many times, we have no idea what our physical body is capable of because the mind usually gives out way first.
How can we switch that around? I’ll let you ponder that.
Next, we need to be mobile. That could be certain mobility drills or it could be making sure that you take each rep through a full range of motion. The only way a joint will stay young is to take it through a full range of motion, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
This goes hand in hand with being able to move your body through space.
One of the first books, check that, THE first book I ever read on physical training talked about this principle: whenever your body is moving through physical space, it has a much more pronounced effect on the training adaptation.
I’d take a pull-up over a pull down any day of the week.
Lastly, for today, once you’ve built your strength foundation, realize the effects it had on the central nervous system are still there, they may be dormant, but they are there.
The reason I want you to be aware of this is that you don't have to chase max effort lifts, such as your one rep max, unless that is a specific goal.
Strength does lead to endurance, which is more the part of the training wave that I’d recommend for most men and dads, the strength-endurance/conditioning aspect.
You can use the strength foundation you’ve built to use lighter weights for more reps or to be able to cruise through your workout even faster.
A few years ago, I had a goal to bench 405, I got 400. I can’t even come close to that now, but the strength is there, I can feel it anytime I am rolling at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or when I want to use heavier dumbbells for a set of pressing.
Be where you are at in your training life cycle.
Different things will engage you at different times.
But don’t just go with a said program because that’s what you’ve always done.
If the mind ain’t engaged, the workout and fitness lifestyle turns into something else entirely.
Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac.
Be Unconventional - Kyle Newell
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