In a conversation today, I recounted the story of a phone call I received a few years back, from a young man enquiring about membership. He was very enthusiastic, and was interested in a package that allowed him to train two-three times per day.
We had a bit of a discussion, but I was unable to convince him that there was a better option…… such as maybe just starting with two-three times per WEEK……
It’s strange, but being surrounded by motivated people all the time sometimes makes me forget how hard many people find it to get some regular training done. On the other hand, we sometimes are faced with the hyper-motivated, alpha-type, and occasionally unrealistic.
Don’t get me wrong, I love enthusiasm. Even with the constantly varied and mentally stimulating nature of our training program, some sessions are just ‘punch the clock’ days.
However, enthusiasm needs to be channeled correctly.
In the words of USA Gymnastic coach, Christopher Sommer, you need to be patiently impatient.
You understand that success does not happen overnight and that there are no short cuts.
But at the same time, you are hungry for more, you are always trying to speed up the process, and that is simply reflected in your daily enthusiasm, first to arrive at the gym for class, and last to leave, you’ll be constantly picking the coaches brains for tips and tricks, reading and watching educational material, and sure, once in a while perhaps trying a skill or lifting a weight that is a little too much for you right now.
But not all the time, not every day, not multiple times per day….. well…. mobility you can do multiple times, you can always do more mobility…
If you wanted to learn Spanish, do you think you would be a better speaker if you studied patiently one hour a day, 5 days per week for two weeks, or you impatiently crammed in one solid 10 hour session ?
If you are going to put in extra homework, make sure it’s spent on the basics, endlessly refining those simple movements, that not only will allow you to handle the more difficult training, but a higher volume of it one day, if you so desire.
1. 5 Strict Pullups
Alt EM x 40
30 Box Jump on and Overs 60/50cm (anyhow)