Hello and welcome to the Living Revolution 🙂
For the second installment of “Train Safe”, I want to plant in your head an idea I refer to as “1 trillion adventures”. The concept here is that from a training standpoint, there is always something you can do to make yourself better, and while it might not always be easy or pleasant, putting effort into developing yourself is never boring. You are always on a spectrum that extends infinitely in front of you. You are always working to achieve the next step in some kind of progression.
What I want you to think about is a constant avoidance of boredom. I want you to think real hard and try to get a grasp on all the things you don’t understand or can’t do right now. Then I want you to pick one of those things and I want you to figure out how to get “better” at whatever you chose. I want you to start with something basic, and I want you to make it something that allows you to use your body in a way you normally wouldn’t. Right now, stand up and give yourself some personal space. Try a cartwheel, both directions and let me know how that goes. How about a squat on one leg? Balance, coordination, and agility are all aspects of fitness, but they are rarely trained in most current fitness programs. My point is, there should always be some measure of novelty when you train, and I believe this is true regardless of your specific training goal.
What I want you to think about is how to produce organic growth by finding your limits, then continuing to add challenge in a gradual, intelligent way. I want you to consider the concept of learning to train for the sake of training, for experience sake and nothing else. Goal-less isn’t the right word, but you can’t always be focused on the end goal when you are in the middle of working your way to that goal.
This kind of thinking introduces the concept of training for the unknown and the unknowable. This also introduces the idea that training progressions can be used in the gym, but more often than not, these same principles can be applied to the way you live life everyday. For me, this means you develop the ability to detach yourself from the end goal. You teach yourself to remove expectations about what a training session “should” look like and you learn how to focus on the work you need to get done NOW.
For me, this provides a sense of clarity of purpose. I am here today to do A, B, AND C, and that’s it. The beauty of applying this idea to training progressions is that you always have a backup plan. Some days you will feel like crap, and you may not be able to perform at your highest potential, but you can always find a step in the progression you are working on and get some quality practice reps. “Mechanics, Consistency, Intensity”.
I want you to accept that training is a lifestyle commitment. I want you to accept there are ups and downs and good days and bad days and you must be able to take all of that in to account, and not let it break you. I want you to develop this mindset to prevent you from getting down on yourself and judging yourself. Instead you begin to understand that training itself is the reward, and looking good naked and feeling awesome and being healthy are the wonderful “side effects” of committing everyday to make yourself better than you were the day before.
There are all kinds of cliches that go along with these ideas, but to keep it simple I’ll just say “one rep at a time”. Using progression effectively means you grasp the importance of each moment, of each repetition, of each session, and you can keep your focus on these independent parts that will eventually congeal and produce a completed goal.
What are you working on right now? What are you striving for? I’d love to hear about what kind of progressions you are involved in, and what plans you are making to advance yourself in those progressions. If you can’t think of one, you should come see me and we can have a conversation to determine some ways I can help you. It is a goal of mine to help other people create better versions of themselves on a daily basis, and that is something I know you want, whether you know it now or not.
As always, thank you so much reading my words and for participating in the Living Revolution. Until next time…