Category Archives: Motivation
I created this mantra, featured on DetourBar.com today, to remind people that all your workouts have a lot of benefits, outside of just appearance. Even though getting “picked first” is not the reason I train hard, training has affected my overall athletic performance – and it affects so many other areas of my life too.
When you are in the gym, training your guts out, don’t just focus on how your muscle looks or even how you feel in that moment. Think of all the opportunities your new fit body gives you – to be a better athlete, employee, spouse, parent and friend.
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What if you were on the brink of something great? Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Henry Ford all shaped our world, yet failed over and over and over before they became the amazing men as we know them. But they were all just as amazing even before they overcame. The fact that they had every reason to quit, yet did not, is why we know how amazing they are even to this day.
What if the next number called was your million dollar bingo but you walked out just one number to soon? You must keep the faith and hope that your hard work is on the brink of a huge pay off. Keep your eyes on the prize, don’t let doubt, or the temptation to quit, lie to you. Maybe the struggle you are enduring is preparing you for the success you are on the brink of achieving!
Mental fortitude is as important for me as physical fortitude. My parents were Old School German Disciplinarians. My fathers’ favorite quote was “brains, not brawn”. I like to think I married them both. Physical aptitude is secondary to cerebral prowess.
Things I think about:
Your body won’t do what your brain won’t allow.
Fear of failing fuels me both mentally and physically.
My weakness is allowing my doubt, or my fears, to get a head start and lobby my brain for even a second of attention.
When I push out doubt… and I will, there is nothing I can’t finish!
After I wrote my blog yesterday, Bonnie made this mantra to help us all remember what we are working so hard for.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ve heard it said that nothing in life is easy. Have you ever tried failing, quitting, stopping, or even just not caring? That is about the only easy stuff in life, and those things, my friends, are a dead-end road to complete misery. So indeed it does seem like everything in life that is worth having is totally worth fighting for, the same as the things in life that seem to come easily are less appreciated and sometimes are taken for granted.
Our physiques and health is no different. When being healthy is a fight, a real fight, the fight makes you appreciate your health to a degree that would confuse other people. When you have to go to war in your cerebellum to get your body off the couch and out the door for a run, or you have to dig deeper than you think you should to convince yourself to go to the gym, don’t you know that in and of itself is sweet victory.
When is the last time you had an amazing workout, only to the leave the gym thinking, “that was a waste of time” ??? NEVER!!!! But how often are we getting ready for bed, kicking ourselves for not making time for the gym? I’ve even said out loud, “Darn it’, I should have gone to the gym when I was thinking about it”!
If you’re not willing to fight for what you want… You deserve what you get.
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6:45am Shoulder Couplet Workout & Cardio
#1 SUPERSET – No rest between A & B. 30 seconds rest between sets.
A: 15 reps Seated Hammer Strength Shoulder Press
B: 15 reps Reverse Pec Deck (Alternative workout with bands: Reverse standing fly)
CARDIO: 500 Calories of Elliptical (32 minutes)
#2 SUPER SET - Complete 2 sets of A then 2 sets of B, repeating 5 times with little to no rest.
A Right: 10 reps Seated Concentration Curl
A Left: 10 reps Seated Concentration Curl
Repeat x 2
B Right: 10 reps Tricep Kickbacks
B Left: 10 reps Tricep Kickbacks
Repeat x 2
REPEAT ENTIRE SUPERSET 5 TIMES