RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW

Did you use to be a "someone"? Do you remember that time when you were really good, really strong, really fast, on top of your game, etc? Damn, it felt good to be good huh! Of course, it did! But now.....you are older, you aren't the new guy with energy, there are others that are stronger or better, or you had an injury, or haven't been as consistent in the gym, or financial issues have hindered you. The normal mindset is "why the hell am I not like I was?!?!?" or "I should be {insert whatever here}!!!" When you have these thoughts of comparing yourself to what you USED to be or what you thought you used to be, instead of dealing with where you are right now, you will get you into all kinds of trouble and frustration. Think about that time where you had a great workout streak. You were strong. You felt like you had a crazy engine. You could handle ANY workout that was thrown at you. But then a couple years later, school, family, job, life gets in the way and you AREN'T where you were. You come in and do workouts and get crushed. The frustration sets in. You think you suck. "What's the use. I should just not even go to the gym I'm so bad." Does this sound familiar at all?? Well, you need to put a stop to this noise as QUICK as possible!! How can you be performing in the same way as when you were in the gym all the time? You can't. If you are coming back from an injury, you NEED to give yourself workout amnesia: FORGET where you once were. Concentrate on where you are at this moment. In either situation, when you concentrate on where you are, then you can put the most into it and get the most out of it. If you are constantly looking back to the past then it's like running with a parachute, it just slows down the progress. Stay right here, in the NOW. Put your energies into what's happening and where you are right now. This doesn't mean you won't get back to where you were. You might even be able to surpass it. But that will unfold in the future. Let it do its thing. But right now you need to do YOUR thing. Make the most of your RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW!!!:)

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THE SECRET

THE SECRET

There is something the SEAL Teams do that is pretty impressive. They learn that if you tend to your weakest, or faltering, teammate, that you actually forget about how bad you are hurting for a moment of time. Are you still working? Yes, Did the work disappear? No. But do you feel better? Of course. This is a perfect way to think at all times whether you are a SEAL or not. Think about when you are working out. You are aching, your lungs are on fire, you feel dizzy and you just don't want to continue. You look up and see someone else is feeling the same way or resting longer than they should. If you speak up to them to encourage them to keep going or that they are ok, then for that moment you aren't feeling your own pain. It actually gives you a chance to recover from the workout. Sure you may not be doing as much work as if you were full-blown into it, but if you are thinking about how bad it hurts, you aren't doing any work. In real life, if you are struggling with your stuff, but you are able to give someone some help, either cheering them on or helping them somehow, then it takes you away from your own struggles for a moment. It allows your brain to relax a bit. But more importantly, you get the intrinsic benefits of feeling good when you do it. Now you are able to get back to your own stuff with a renewed state of mind. Even if its a slight improvement, that is ALWAYS better than less of an improvement. So when you get the chance, give a helping hand, a word of encouragement, some assistance. It will make you feel better, let you recover and relax and be allow you to get you back to your stuff ready to attack. It's worth it!! :)

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REGRETS?

REGRETS?

When the twilight of your life comes for you, and you are sitting there with a finite amount of time left, will you be thinking "I wish I would have done this or that", or "NOT this or that"? Or will you be saying "I did alright, and even though I don't want to go, I'm happy with my life"? I know its dark, but this isn't about your life ending. It's about what you are doing RIGHT NOW. Since we don't know when it will be over, this question can be asked of you each day: Do you have regrets or are you happy with your life? No this doesn't mean you have the most money possible, or you drive the nicest car. But rather, did you do everything you could and enjoy it? I think people misunderstand the whole idea of "CARPE DIEM", or seize the day. It doesn't mean to throw all responsibilities to the wind and just indulge yourself in only things that feel good. I think it means to not miss living life. Life isn't all easy smooth sailing. Its ups and downs, fights, and battles, joys, laughs, loves and everything in between. I think we are most proud of ourselves when we battle some adversity and make it through. And we should be VERY proud when we do that. There shouldn't be any regrets here. There is pride. Even if you loved hard and it didn't work out, there shouldn't be regrets. So if you asked yourself right now if you did anything that you regret today, what would your answer be? The more times you don't say you regret something, the better you will be, AND I'd venture to say the happier you will be with your life!! So do you have any regrets today?:)

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JOY

JOY

Do you have something in your life that makes you feel good? I don't mean a person. I mean something that you do that makes you feel good. Ok, so how many are saying working out? Yeah I know we all feel better when after we workout. The endorphins etc. I know. But I'm talking about something that you don't ever DREAD to do. Maybe its a walk. Maybe it's sitting with the morning coffee and watching the sunrise. For me during this time of the year, it's listening to Christmas music. December 1st is when it all begins. I will listen to ONLY Christmas music. Doesn't matter if I'm in the car, or listening while I'm working, or if I'm cleaning the gym. It's Christmas music. It makes me feel good. It brings back feelings of good times, fun childhood memories, fun times with my kids, excitement, hope, joy. I don't really sit there and reminisce or anything. But rather it's like these undercurrents that I just ride on. There can be all kinds of shit going on, but with these tunes, I seem to be able to smile and keep going. The weird thing is that the moment Christmas is over, I refuse to listen to any of those songs. Almost like its taboo. But the main point is that there is no dread to do it, it makes me feel good whether its 5 minutes or 4 hours and when I stop, I can't wait to listen to it again. This is the way things you like should be. We have so many things we NEED to do or that we know that are good for us, or that we get paid for. But when you have something that you completely love, and makes you feel good, you MUST do it. It can be painting, or reading, or whatever. But it makes you a better person because you are a happy person. When you are in a better state of mind, in a happy and positive state of mind, you are so much more of what you are supposed to be. Use these things to get you, and KEEP you, in that very positive state. Plus it just feels better to be there anyway! If you don't know what it is, figure it out and then go do it! Well, I'm off to put on some Frank Sinatra or Charlie Brown Christmas!! :)

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HOME GYM

HOME GYM

The home gym. It sounds like such a great idea! You can workout at ANY time. It will take away all the excuses you have to not get your workout in for the day. The convenience makes it perfect! I grew up with my dad using his home gym all the time. I remember him pulling out the bench and the incline sit-up board he made, the barbells for curls and presses and all the weights he had. Of course, he would work out at the gym as well, but his home gym would get used all the time. But what I have seen is that it takes a very special person to be able to work out on their own like that. When you are working out at home, whether we like it or not, priority goes to regular life rather than your fitness. The laundry, the cooking, the kids, or just to take a longer rest than you normally would if you were at the gym. I can't tell you how many times I've heard at the gym people saying, "wow if I had to do that workout by myself I would have quit so early!" When you are at the gym you know you are there for a job, to work out. And you have other things that keep you going. There are others working out too, and maybe you have your buddy to workout with. But the thing that actually makes your hour the best for you, is the coach. The coach is the one that will keep you fired up or at least motivated since they are sitting there watching you, and you know they are! They will give you cues to make sure you are moving correctly and safely so that you maximize the results of your workout. And they will do everything they can to take out the problem of injury or other issues by modifying your movements so that you can still get it in without doing any damage to you. The thing is that you could still be motivated to workout on your own but you are still missing that keep component of correct movement. Training is all about repetition. Every rep you do that is incorrect is moving you closer to injury. If you do more workouts of bad movement, then you just get better at doing bad movement. The coach is there to make sure you get as many good reps, correct reps, and safe reps which will bring you closer to max efficiency and benefits! I'm not downplaying the home gym. But I am UP-PLAYING the importance of the coach. Use them to get the most from each session you are in the gym! It's what they are there for and what they LOVE to do!:)

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