Embrace The Pain

We’ve all heard the phrase, “No pain, no gain.”

It’s currently out of vogue in part because some believe it urges people to train beyond what their body can take, to train injured, things like that, but I still kind of like it. Maybe it’s an artifact of my age, but I do.

Let’s be honest, training is painful in a lot of ways.

The thing is, I find it the lessons I’ve learned through training, through that pain, have applications to the rest of my life. It’s all about how to remove those weaknesses. The pain can almost be purifying, in a way.

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Motivation Isn’t A Requirement, It’s An Excuse

I was checking out the posts in a Facebook group I’m a member of, and I saw this image:

Yeah, it’s a screenshot from a cell phone, but it’s what was posted. I have no rights to this, but it falls under fair use since it’s about to be the topic of commentary.

The meme addresses those who use a lack of motivation as an excuse to not get to the gym. I, myself, have mentioned motivation a time or two, particularly my lack of it.

But what sets me apart from “Robin” in that pic?

Easy. I don’t view motivation as a requirement to get me to the gym, while “Robin” there uses it as an excuse.

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With Renewed Focus

Today, I was back at the training. It was my first real day of lifting since this time last week, and I was eager to get after it today. Especially since I now have a whole new respect for the need to embrace strength and conditioning.

After all, I needed every ounce of it I had yesterday.

There are no real wrong answers to the question, “Why do you train?” However, there are some I consider a bit nobler than others. One example of that is being able to handle anything life throws at you, including a hurricane, being now right up near the top.

The fact that I, a middle-aged fat guy was able to outwork my 17-year-old son despite the relatively limited nature of my conditioning training is particularly telling.

So today, I hit the weights with a renewed focus and a strong desire to make myself even more than I did before.

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Finally Home

I apologize for the lack of a Tactical Tuesday post, but I didn’t have time to figure out a topic. I’ll be back on track next week.

We’re finally home. Safe and sound. We had a bit of a day, but we finally returned home.

I then got to work clearing up the yard debris that I didn’t clean up on Thursday after the hurricane. Yeah, I was a slacker, but I just wasn’t worried about it right then.

It turned out to be a bit bigger job than I thought, and I type this right now feeling kind of exhausted, but you know what? It’s worth it.

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Another Day, Another Training Win

A few days ago, I was reading something where a trainer was talking about how training should be approached a little like a job.

He wasn’t saying that you need to train eight hours per day or anything of the sort. Instead, he was trying to say that sometimes, you just have to do the training, even if it’s not particularly fun.

Of course, this hit me like a ton of bricks considering what I’d written last week and what I was then spending my weekend trying to do. After all, I wasn’t having fun. Was I wrong?

Then I did some thinking and remembered one very important thing. I remembered that if you hate your job, you find a new one, and that’s all I did.

After only one day of training with this new system, I have to say that so far, so good.

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Onward

As noted yesterday, I figured a couple of things out about my training and I needed to start figuring out a few more things.

What follows is my attempt to prioritize my goals and adjust my training accordingly. Warning: This post may include some rambling as this is literally me trying to figure some stuff out, but what the hell, right?

The thing is, by the end, I should have a plan for tomorrow and for moving forward.

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Make The Best Of A Bad Situation

So there I was, ready to lift. It was a light day for my squats, so I’m ready to bang out a quick five reps and move on with my day. I get under the bar and lift it up, take my walkout, and squat. I feel myself break parallel and push the weight up.

It was about at that point I thought to myself, “Self, this feels heavy as hell.”

Despite it being a light day for my main lift, I just couldn’t manage to get things going. I had a lot of potential reasons why. One could be a combination of having been sick earlier this week and not fully recovered, coupled with prolonged caloric restriction as well as my recent motivation issues.

Needless to say, it was shaping up as a bad day…so it was time to make the best of a bad situation.

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