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I never regret working out....but I always regret NOT working out!

Friday, January 25, 2013

So here's an interesting insight I had into myself today....I look forward to my Strength Training workouts all week....until I actually get to the gym!

Three times this week, as I changed in the locker room before hitting the weights, I had this nagging voice saying, "Oh man, this is going to hurt today" and I wanted to think of an excuse to not go in.

Weird huh?

I don't experience this at all on cardio days, even when I know I'm going into a tough session, either on my own or in an advanced spin class, or a scheduled HIIT day, I am digging every minute of it (well almost every minute.....HIIT days are pretty tough too!)

And I look forward to my ST days as well...except for the 30 minutes from when I change my clothes and go into the weight room. I think it's mostly due to the fact that I'm at my limits for most all of the lifts I'm doing, gains are very incremental, adding maybe 5 lbs every 2 weeks as I increase my reps.

One of my new pictures on my SP page says, "It never gets easier, you just get stronger" captures my current ST regimen. The pain, the strain, the effort, call it what you will, is the same every workout. You get stronger and are able to lift more, build more muscle, lose fat, gain definition....but it takes work....mostly physical....all mental!

So maybe that's why some part of my brain wants to stop, drop, and roll when I know what I'm about to go through in there.

The workouts are tough, and that's why I work out with a trainer, because I really don't think I would do as much, as hard as I do, on my own.

Today for example we moved up on squats. 240 lbs, 4 sets of 5 repetitions...after 3 sets warming up with lower weights. Then 4 sets of deadlifts....5 reps with 280 lbs (I do find these "easier" than the squats), then......

This is where Stasi-trained trainer guy earned his pay. He spotted me well, took just enough pressure off the bar when I stalled, then had me repeat when I thought I was out of Schlitz.

It's slow, it is painful.....but when it's done, I find myself already thinking about how great the next ST session is going to be, and how cool it'll be to do so many of this and that exercise, and man look at how great my arms are looking!

So what's my point? None really, it's just a personal observation I need to say out loud about myself, recognizing that I've got little voices that want me to quit, that don't want to exert or feel strain or pain or discomfort.....I need to know that they are always there and be mindful that it could be real easy to give in and let them have their way, keeping me from feeling discomfort.....and keeping me from getting where I want to be!

I never regret working out....but I always regret NOT working out!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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    I love that quote: "It never gets easier, you just get stronger." So true. And the voices telling you to quit can be pretty loud sometimes--I think it was a great idea to write down your thought process here. Great blog!
    1905 days ago
  • KIMBERLY19732
    1906 days ago
    very true! Maybe I can use this idea for my eating motivation... It never regret NOT having eaten that piece of chocolate...but I always regret HAVING eaten it... or something like that!
    Have a great weekend!

    1909 days ago
    Good self-analysis! Most of the time the anticipation of pain is actually (mentally) worse than the pain itself. It's like ripping off the bandaid. You have to steel your nerves to actually do it, and yes, it hurts like hell, and then it's over and you've moved on.
    1909 days ago
  • BILL60
    The essence of self-discipline.
    1909 days ago
    I agree, the psychology of fitness is fascinating.
    1909 days ago
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