Can I lift my life like I lift weights
Most days of the week I lift weights, ride bikes, swing kettlebells, jump on things and row. It is very important to me to be exceptional at all of these, so every day I perform these tasks In different ways, with different structures, at different angles at different times of the day, hungry, full, happy, sad, hungover. Putting aside the different ways and circumstances that I do these things there is a general theme and mindset in which they are performed.
It is this particular theme and mindset that has continually improved my performance on all of these grueling tasks and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
To put this into perspective I will explain a workout that I recently designed for a client. When designing a workout it is not simply putting some exercises together and attaching numbers to them, there is far a more calculated approach to it. This particular workout I chose was for a client that is exceptional in his own self motivation, so where does that leave me with designing a workout if he is already pushing himself to his perceived limits ?
I could simply put down on paper a target time on the rowing machine that is beyond his current limitation, but that in itself would be too obvious and therefore may not bring out the best in the situation as with his current knowledge of his performance he would realise that it is basically unachievable.
So I decided I would simply distract him from the fact that what I was about to propose was unachievable and incorporate a basic reward/punishment system so that he was ultimately focused on hitting every single one of the goals I had set. This might seem a little complicated but when you see the workout you will understand.
So here it is and with every workout I design I like to name them appropriately.
You’re Fucked Either Way
1. Warm up and stretch
2. Perform 100 meters as fast as you can on the rower (remember your time)
3. Perform 1 minute as fast as you can on the Airdyne (remember your score in calories)
4. Now is where the workout starts, set up the rower to interval you 100 meters of work and 30 seconds of rest.
5. Perform 14 sets, however you must keep your score for the 100 meters no slower than 2 seconds of your original test score.
6. Count up all the times that you did not get within 2 seconds of your original score.
7. If you failed let’s say 8 times you will need to Jump on the Airdyne and perform 8 sets of 1 minute, at no more than 2 calories less than your original Airdyne score, you can rest for 30 seconds between each set.
8. Once you have finished on the Airdyne and perhaps you failed to get within 2 calories on 4 of those sets you will need to then multiply your number 4 by 20 (80) and do the equivalent amount of squats to finish your training session.
9. Cool down and stretch.
So on first look at the above workout it seems a little complicated, this was infact part of the design in which to distract the client from realising that the workout is basically impossible to win at. Knowing the clients limitations and understanding that he would perform both the initial test sets at full velocity, this would then screw him up, as the remaining workout has such limited rest periods that he should not be able to perform all of the sets within the given targets, he would then have to move onto his punishment sets on the next machine which again would be mostly failed at and finally move onto the last set of punishments. At all times thoughout the workout I knew that my client would want to beat the clock, not necessarily to avoid the proposed punishment but because of his mindset, a mindset that as far as I can see has got him very far in life.
He reported back to me after doing the workout that there were some failures and some wins throughout it, what I knew from his figures is that he gave 101% and that was shown through his failure.
Although this particular client does not need as much pushing as most, by design the workout got the very best out of him and that extra 1% really counts.
The title of my blog today “can I lift my life like I lift weights” is inspired by this particular client, when targetting my fitness goals for now and the future I always set them to standards that might seem unachievable, on a daily basis I have some wins and alot of fails, the thing is though, eventually, I always seem to get to where I want to be.
It is now upon meeting this client who has his very own mastery of life goals that I have been woken up to the possibility that I can start to apply the same principles that I have been applying to my fitness, to my life and business. This blog is the start of something huge in my life and I hope you will follow me on this journey.
To be continued………