Sunday, June 7, 2009

Don't Be a Victim!

Here's something to think about today, and its often a question that i'm faced with from mma fighters and strength nuts alike.

You see, there is a fine line in strength training and high level sports performance that most people don't always adhere to and its important to recognize the difference.

What i'm talking about is the fine line between MAXIMAL training and OPTIMAL training. There are always two sides to the fence. One one side you have the die hard "train til you puke" guys and on the other you have the super technical "the CNS is like a delicate flower" guys. Neither guy is completely right, but both guys can add value and insight to your training.

Number one, MOST PEOPLE just don't know how to work hard. Really, if more people just FOCUSED and worked really hard on a few things - they would triple their results. But with most "type A" personality types, that is rarely the case. For us, its important to know when to push it and when to back off...when to go hard and CRUSH IT and when to take a step back. Not just with lifting, but with anything in life.

Where alot of people fail is that they just push, push, push without ever taking a breath and often just fall flat on their face. Don't fall victim like most people, accept that you aren't superman and know when to put on the brakes.

But before you do this - and this is real important - you have to EARN IT. If you're not putting in the work, if you're being - for lack of a better term - a pussy, if you're not straining, hustling, and always attempting to better yourself, then frankly you don't DESERVE to back off.

Energy is either moving forward or backward, but never at a stand still. This is true for getting stronger, building a business, developing relationships - you name it. Try to go forward as much as and as often you can - go for those PR's and make those huge jumps - and then don't afraid to get back to neutral. Rinse and repeat.

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