Motivation Monday: The Pushback

It’s easy to talk about motivation, staying strong, staying inspired, working hard, pushing yourself, making adjustments, sticking to a plan, setting goals, and giving it your all.  But it’s hard to admit defeat.  It’s hard to tell the world that you’re struggling, and that it’s harder than you expected.  If you do, chances are you will feel ashamed, especially after being so positive about recent progress.  Nobody wants to admit to the world that they failed at anything, especially in a world where success gets the spotlight and failure is checked at the door. But this is part of the journey too, the...

Motivation Monday: Never Go Back

I’ve been kicking ass and taking names lately.  5 workouts a week for the last 5 weeks, save for one missed due to an emergency, and one missed due to missing an alarm.  Still, it’s week six of early gym visits and the gains have been amazing.  Stronger, leaner, lighter, more muscular, generally happier too! The other half of the fitness equation is eating.  A proper diet can be the difference between gaining muscle and gaining fat that you think is muscle.  It can also mean the difference between having the energy for the gym and feeling too drained to...

Motivation Monday: Working Together

In two weeks, for the second year in a row, I’m running a 10 Km race.  This means running for an hour non-stop.  If you had asked me to train and run this distance two years ago I would have said it was impossible.  I would have said “I’m not a runner, I’m more into lifting weights,” or “I don’t have the body type of a distance runner.”  At the time I signed up for a 5 Km run with my girlfriend and a few friends. Not wanting to embarrass myself, I decided to train a bit to see how...

Motivation Monday: Take a Break to Recharge

One of the best things about being focussed and working hard is that it builds.  You gain momentum. You have been making that small adjustment daily and things haven’t stopped moving forward.  It feels great!  But all of this forward motion comes at a cost.  It takes a lot of mental and emotional toll on a person to constantly fight a bad habit and establish new ones.  It becomes easier once the new habit becomes the path of least resistance, but the time it takes to get there is different for every person and every habit.  Sometimes, you feel you’ve...

Spring Workout or ‘My Pain’

Since I’m done Ultimate Frisbee for the next 6 weeks, during that magical time between winter indoor and the long summer outdoor league, I decided to do my annual spring conditioning.  It gives me a break from the usual workout, and lets me work all those muscles I ignore all year. Plus the weather starts to get nice and it gives me a great excuse to get outside. If you are looking for pictures of the exercises, let me know in the comments!! Here is the workout Schedule: Day 1: Stretching plan Hold each for 30 seconds minimum -Achilles tendon...