There are times that I wish I had a talent for writing poetic prose.
Because this post would work really well if I could wax lyrically around the phrase
“A candle that burns twice as bright, burns half as long”
But that’s not really me. So Instead keep that phrase in your head and fill in the fancy stuff yourselves…..
The inspiration for this post came from a conversation yesterday in the gym, as so many of my posts are.
But it also follows a bit of a theme from the last few weeks.
Yesterday though I was working with one of my lads, a fella with a laundry list of injury that seems to scupper any attempt to return to any level of serious training.
He’s just coming back to training now after a serious lay off and is pretty much starting from scratch.
But he and I have both noticed something different about this time compared to his previous returns.
Scratch that, 2 things are different.
1: Anatomy in Motion. Damn this method is awesome! It is THE missing link between injury rehab / physio and high performance training. It is without a doubt the most beneficial training I’ve had in any of my careers!
2: (and the important part of this post) His attitude has changed.
No longer does this lad want it yesterday. He’s not chasing some dream that must be fulfilled now. Instead he’s showing patience, a calm understanding of where he’s at and holding onto a vague picture of where he ideally wants to be.
Now I know having a “vague” idea of the goal goes against just about every success guru’s teaching ever.
But sometimes it’s all we need.
I’m of the opinion that so many folk are getting so beaten up in training OR getting no where with their training at all because of the current trend of super-awesome-mega-insane-hardcore-elite-XXX-fusion-special forces-military bootcamp-insert buzzword here-training.
Have a goal we are told.
Now kill yourself until you achieve it.
But what about the bigger picture?
What about in 30years from now?
Would you like to be rolling around on the floor pretending to be a monster and chasing your grandkids around?
Or do you want to be on the waiting list for a hip replacement and surgery?
If we are candles, we want to burn bright enough to stand out, to inspire, to be awesome, but not so bright as to shorten our lifespan.
The fella that has inspired this post has finally figured this out. And while he’s desperate to get back into boxing, desperate to fight before age becomes a limiting factor, he has also figured out that first and foremost he needs to be healthy.
If this means putting the fight off for an extra 6 months, so be it.
If this means following a training program that to an outside viewer looks like nothing at all. Subtle movements, bodyweight exercises, not a violent movement or heavy weight in sight.
But he’s happy with this. He trusting in the process. He’s accepted that 1% better every day is a surer way to progress than do or die.
He’s enjoying the process, as boring as it maybe, because every day he hurts a little less, he can do a little more and he knows that soon the barbells will be brought out to play. Just not yet.
Enjoy the process, become attached to the process and before you know it your goals will be nothing but road signs that you pass on the journey.
Now, there are times we need to turn up the gas.
I’ve just put a handful of people through 8 weeks of serious graft, some for the Irish Kettlebell Sports National Championships and another for a full contact K-1 fight, all of whom compete this weekend.
But even still as we went there were times where we held back, times we pushed forwards. All in the name of building the flame to burn its brightest come competition day, but never burn out.
It never ends.
Train for life.
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