Plyos on Christmas
Do they think we're crazy? In a certain sense we are. But who is not, in some way? Why is three or nine hours watching sports or movies that we have already viewed a more acceptable thing to do on Christmas?
I was thankful to have a handful of like-minded friends join me for the afternoon 12/25 session. Each of us have busy lives but try to find time to train.
Not because I can't take a day off. Every week I take 4 of 7 days "off."
Not because I hate or love my own body.
I also read this today:
"Intensity is for amateurs. Consistency is for pros."
It's absolutely true. You do not need to go crazy with your exercise program, in any sense of the word.
Athletes who lift weights in order to improve in their chosen sport (outside the weight room) should especially heed this advice.
Pros identify a specific goal and enter into a process with razor focus. Pros do not worry about achieving more than one thing at once. Sometimes they feel like doing more, other times like less, but they follow the big picture plan despite their feeling. They put in consistent days of hard work, applying the high intensity techniques few and far between. Pros are highly selective with elements of their life that will cut into their recovery.
And remember that you should not pound your body in the gym for "calorie control" or to make up for what you should be achieving through your diet. That's a ticket to overtraining and spinning your wheels as an athlete.
Every remarkable thing that I've achieved in training has come from following a systematic plan that keeps me on task toward one thing and refraining from pushing the limit at each and every workout.
You don't need a lot of special programs, equipment, or variety. I firmly believe that this applies to what we eat. Eating mostly well, most of the time trumps the extreme diets, gimmicks and quick fixes.
On all fronts, the real magic is in consistency. Focus on quality movement rather than slogging through brutal rep after brutal rep. Whether you walk, run, kick box, lift, etc, do it well before you do a lot of it. Find a good mentor, refine your goals, and following the plan despite what you feel like doing on any given day.
Learn to love the process.