Thursday, February 11, 2016

Removing barriers

Toby with a high box jump
How is it that some people are able to make it in to the gym on a very regular basis, while others (you know who you are!) seem to get frequently waylaid and have long absences? You know that regular training will get you to your goals, will make you feel better, and will help you avoid those sore-on-re-entry muscles. So why aren't you in every day that you plan to be in?

I could say it's all about priorities, or commitment, but I think it's actually simpler than that. People who come in regularly are good at removing barriers. They pick a training time that makes the most sense with their schedule. They make sure not to schedule things at that time. They streamline their whole process for getting in, from changing clothes to figuring out transportation.

I'm not saying that you should come in even when you're seriously sick, or you have a work emergency, or a family commitment. But don't let these kinds of excuses become barriers:
- I stayed up too late last night and now I feel tired.
- I scheduled a meeting for my regular class time and I don't feel like coming to another class time.
- I forgot to eat lunch and now I won't have time to eat lunch and go to the gym.
- My car is in the shop and I don't know the bus schedule.
- I didn't bring my workout clothes.

Set your day up so that training is a priority. Make a plan to be there, every day if possible, and then make it happen. You will start seeing progress in so many areas, and you won't have to juggle that guilt about missing your workouts anymore.
Workout
strength - add weight from last time (more info) 

3 rounds of max attempts: pull-ups 

then

3 rounds for time:

20 KB snatch left
20 KB snatch right
20 air squats