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10 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Training

By February 14, 2020 No Comments

Falling in love...

What better day than Valentine's Day to talk about the joy and heartache of falling in love?

I recently asked the UA community "where do you feel like you are in your fitness journey?"

There were a lot of great answers...

Like Mary's "Middle, because I expect I won't be at the end till I'm at my end. I don't think you arrive at a certain level and just stop."

Or Alan's "I have no freaking idea where I am! I just take one day at a time, work hard, and try to make it my best day. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, for me. Hell, maybe an ultra-marathon! Just glad to have all of you as my compadres wherever the journey takes me."

Or Sioux's "There is no end. Just cycles"

Mary, Alan, and Sioux have all been working out at Underground Athlete consistently, for years. And they get it...

While a lot people want to lose 20lbs, fit in a wedding dress, or show off their abs on the next Disney Cruise a definitive end is not in the recipe for success...

...​​fitness is life and LONG TERM success requires love...

Love for the process...

Not just the excitement in the beginning or the rally at the "end," but a​​​ love for the whole thing, including, and most importantly, the ups and downs of the messy middle...

...The tweaked back. The tight shoulder. The set backs along the way...

Or t​he scale that says "hey you're a little heavy today"

T​​he days your brain wants it but your body doesn't and the days your body needs it but your heads not in it...

...It's all a gift...

If you're in love...

Here's 10 Ways To Fall Back In Love With Your Workouts

  1. Don't Go Solo - Get a training partner or join a gym that does semi private or group training. We're social creatures and being part of a group makes us feel secure and loved (as long as it's the right group)
  2. Learn Something New - Sure there's a time and place for zoning out on a long distance run but as humans we have a need for growth. Every new movement, new exercise, or new skill is an opportunity for growth
  3. Set a new goal - It could be a race, a hike, or a new skill outside the gym (like skiing). A fit life opens up so many possibilities and those possibilities bring new meaning to the daily workout
  4. Reflect - After your workouts write a note or record a quick voice memo for yourself. Talk about how you feel. As hard as it is to get the gym sometimes, everyone feels better after a great workout. On those days you lack motivation, listen to one of your old memos
  5. Pairing - Pair your workout with something else you love. For example, get coffee with your friend or training partner after. We've all seen the group of (usually women) in their workout attire hanging out at Starbucks after a sweat session. I guarantee they look forward to that as much, if not more, than the workout itself. No workout = no coffee and friends.
  6. Challenge Yourself - Now this doesn't mean you have to leave blood on the bar or leave the gym with chalk in your teeth but a really tough workout once in awhile make you feel alive and the more fit you get the more you'll want to push your limits. As Socrates said "No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training… what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable."
  7. Disconnect - One of the biggest perks to working out is being able to disconnect. So stay off your phone! It's a chance for you to focus on you without interruption. If you're constantly texting or checking work emails you never reap the full benefits. For 1 hour "Let it go. Let it go. Turn away and slam the door. I don't care what they're going to say. Let the storm rage on..."
  8. Celebrate Others - Celebrate their efforts, their energy, their determination. It goes back to not working out alone, but it can't be said enough - a fist bump and a pat on the back goes a long way! It's like they teach you in kindergarten - fill someone else's bucket and it will fill your own.
  9. Variety - Change it up. Listen to different music. Get outside. Change up the routine. To progress you need a certain amount of structure, but as humans we also need variety. We accomplish this by adding finishers to the end of workouts. It keeps things spicy and it's a great opportunity for fist bumps. We also change up the training plan every 4 weeks. It's long enough to create the desired affect but not so long things become monotonous. I know people in their 40s still doing the same workout they did in their 20s and it's not because they love it. Unfortunately they just don't know what else to do...
  10. Mindset - Remember that you don't HAVE to workout. You GET to workout. It's easy to get frustrated with what you CAN'T do but try and pause halfway through your workouts and be grateful for what your body CAN do.

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you go to the gym today and fall back in love with your workout...

Back in love with your body...

And back in love with the journey...

Rise Up!

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