My weekly FLOG (FRIDAY BLOG, GREAT NAME, RIGHT?) each WEEK I WILL DO A ROUND UP OF SOMETHING I'VE LEARNT, SOMETHING I CAN TEACH YOU AND ONE THING that will improve your performance.
Picture above shows Sunny Edwards about to drop a PB on TBDL this week!
This week saw the start of lockdown 2.0 - great! Fortunately, this time elite level athletes can still train. I have set up a Free combat athlete support group that you can join here.
Lets get into it.
Something I have learned
Your mind makes things hard.
Training this week was good but it almost wasn't. I looked at my program and saw 250 walking lunges, RFE split squats, 10 min AMRAP squat finisher - no thank you.
I almost skipped it. I felt flat, my mind wanted to not do it.
'That will be hard' 'You don't want to rush' 'It's been a bad week just leave it'
Those were some of the thoughts I had. Negativity spirals.
My mind was making the session hard before I had even started it.
Post session I felt great.
It was hard, f******g hard, but that is what made the achievement of finishing so rewarding.
Your mind will always look for excuses, you have to cut that conversation and start.
Action stops negativity.
Always act like you can do 1 more set and 1 more rep.
did you know...
Progress in the gym isn't just weights.
Above I showed the PB attempt for Sunny. We have been working with each other for 1 year now. He lifted just under 2 x bodyweight.
No big deal, that's nothing special, you say.
Numbers wise, no.
But let's look at this time last year.
When I first started working with Sunny, he couldn't trap bar deadlift because of issues with his lower back.
He could manage 60kg for a few reps.
Now he is lifting 115kg with no issues.
His mobility, movement, technical efficiency of lifts, injury risk reduction, enjoyment of lifting have all improved.
Progress is not a weight you can lift.
In lockdown, things can go to shit. let's face it.
It's easier to stay up late and sleep in longer.
Before you know it, you have hit a place where you aren't productive and feel bad for it.
Here are 3 simple things you can do in the first 5 minutes of waking up to win the morning, keep to a routine and set up to succeed.
- Get up when alarm goes off, no snooze.
- Make your bed.
- Get dressed.
How easy is that? Those 3 things literally take no effort.
By doing the first two, you are completing a task, winning and getting a feeling of success within 30s of being awake.
The last one will help your subconscious switch on to a 'work' mode. If you are in bed time clothing you will be more likely to want to be lazy.
Doing these 3 simple tasks each morning, or at least 5 mornings a week, will give you the 1% you need to beat lockdown 2.0.
Well done for reading this far! Hope you enjoyed this week's blog. As always, if you have any questions or want more information, drop me a message. Instagram is probably the best bet.