Too often we get stuck in the past. Either we want to go back to the good old days or lament mistakes we have made.
This is never productive.
Even God says this in the Bible.
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have laid hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” -Philippians 3:13
WE CAN’T MOVE FORWARD IF WE KEEP LOOKING BACK
There is a reason the rearview mirror is small and the windshield is large. We cannot move forward if we always look in the rearview mirror.
I look back at the some of the mistakes I made early in my training and realized I was just “failing forward.” You don’t learn unless you have mistakes. I like to call them “learning experiences.”
Here are my top three things I wish I had done earlier in my fitness quest.
1. Always do a dynamic warm up- I used to do just a couple of warm up sets and jump right into my workouts. How many low back tweaks, pulled muscles and other nagging injuries could I have avoided had I just prepped my body better? Now at age 48 this is a non-negotiable. The result? Injuries are few and far between than in my 20s even though I still lift heavy and train hard.
2. Leave some reps in the bank- “Go to failure” on every set was my mantra. No wonder my strength constantly plateaued on my big lifts. I know now leaving 1-2 reps in the bank and not hitting failure keeps my nervous system from getting fried. A depleted nervous system functions a lot like a battery with low charge so there is not a lot of voltage (strength) to direct to my body. The best lifters I know only hit failure on big lifts during competitions.
3. Cardio is not the #1 way to lose fat – good nutrition is. When I came out of college, cardio for fat loss was shoved down my throat. I drank the kool aide and remember doing long boring hours on the treadmill for fat loss. This usually left me super tired and did not even come close to the results that I got when I dialed in my nutrition. I’ve learned when nutrition is done properly you can literally have “drug-like effects” with fat loss week to week.
There are plenty of other things I have changed or adapted over the years but this email would go on way too long.
Talk to me a year from now and I know there will be even more.
Fitness is a lifetime pursuit.
How about your fitness? Is it stuck in 80s?
Hopefully that doesn’t mean you’re still wearing a leotard or zubaz with a fanny pack while sporting a mullet! But be honest with yourself – does your routine need to evolve?
Is it time to go come back to the future?
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