I’ve been told that I am in very good shape (for my age) and I can say that I do work out 5 or 6 times a week. I do cardio, lift weights and do a lot of sit ups. I try to eat right most of the time but every once in a while a hamburger or ice cream creep in as a snack.
Today was a day of testing. By that I mean I worked out 4 days in preparation for working out with my trainer, Jeremy. During the four days I went through my normal routine that I mentioned above. At 3:40am the alarm goes off, I get up and get ready as when I workout with Jeremy I am never sure what the routine will be.
I get there 10 minutes early so I can stretch out (a bit), so no matter what gets thrown at me, my body is limber (for my age). We start with back and core and we always do three sets of the exercise. We do seated lateral raises, bench press, leg lifts and 60 pound weighted seat-ups (50 at a time). We move to squats, jump squats and a different lateral raise. Did I mentioned we do 3 sets of each at 15 to 20 reps? Yes, I am breathing a little heavy and we walk over to the treadmill.
I am thinking ok a fast pace jaunt on the treadmill, ok I am good with that and he says “hop on”. Jeremy starts it up and hits the incline 6, 7, 8….15 and then the speed to 5.5 and as the machine is adjusting to the settings, which I am thinking, what the ….. he says 2 minutes. Now I’m sure there are a few of you who have done this and think “what’s the problem”.
I am wearing my Brooks shoes, my knee is feeling good and I am thinking I can do this. Well about 30 seconds into it, my thighs begin to burn, at 50 seconds my back is feeling pain from the angle and at 60 seconds my breathing starts to accelerate. I know what your thinking only a minute to go and it should be no sweat. Well, I am sweating for sure, put the grind is beginning. As you know a treadmill has a handle you can grab onto and its right in front of me. My mind is telling me grab it, grab it, come on grab it. From 60 seconds to 10 all the pain and suffering continue to escalate and worst of all my mind is my biggest enemy (grab the bar). I hear Jeremy counting down 10, 9, 8….3, 2, 1 and done. To add insult to injury we head over (immediately) and do a set of leg extensions. All this in 30 minutes.
As I caught my breath and my heart begin to slow, it dawned on me the importance of the training session. In my own comfortable world, I train and although I feel I’m pushing it and I am, but not to the extent that its really stretching me. When you have someone else pushing you, your limits are extended further than you would do on your own. I can’t say I have ever been in a workout session by my where I was ready to quit, give up or grab the treadmill bar (I am old so maybe there was a time I can’t remeber .
In life there are many paths to success, complacency and failure. I think failure is the best teacher as it’s a learning opportunity. Even if I had grabbed the bar, that would have provided me with what I needed to do to improve and make a choice to do it or not. That I believe creates a better me and puts me on the path of success. I think the biggest issue we all face is complacency where we feel we are good enough. We don’t periodically test ourselves to see how we really stand up to our true potential. This revelation isn’t just for training or competing, but for life in general, for family & work, for your own mind, body and soul.
Are you just good enough, coasting, taking the easy way out as my dad used to say or are you out to make a difference to all those around you? It’s in you, it’s a gift and the question is are you using it? For me, its an easy choice as improving means life and when you’re climbing to the top or going back down a mountain she will throw everything in your way to stop you. Are you really ready and the best you can be? Really?
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This post was written by FJ on August 29, 2013