Keeping it Simple
This is what I used to do every 12 weeks. It was borderline obsessive. Did it get me anywhere? Sometimes... but I hated every minute of it.
I hated how difficult it felt. How complex everything was. But I didn’t know any better, I’d done this since I was 18. I had spent a life time searching for the right form on training.
I was forever hopping from one method to another, do this, train that, drink this, eat that. The only thing that I ever achieved was disinterest, plateau and a feeling of un-achievement.
In September 2014, I managed to finally break myself and herniate a disk in my spine. Poor deadlift & squat form were to blame. My L5 / S1 decided he’d had enough and quit on me.
Gym time was over and I was out of action for a good year, desperately trying to work out how I could alleviate the pain of everyday life.
It was time to stop. Stop it all & re-evaluate everything I was trying to achieve.
I am a husband & a father, I work 12 hour days & training 5 times a week on my own wasn’t healthy for my mind or my body.
I now train 4 hours a week max. I’m in fantastic shape, I eat well, train hard and I am happy.
The goals have been simplified & everything has become more achievable.
Unfortunately we are forever being sold a dream that is unattainable overnight (if at all) and as ambitious people, we are more than happy to fall for the same trick over & over again.
Once I realised that I needed to listen to myself more than adverts on the internet, I was able to set simple, realistic goals and stay motivated.
Time doesn’t wait for anything or anyone and it forces us to want everything now, but when it comes to the body & the mind... be efficient & take your time.