Do you think of yourself as an athlete?
What if you did?
We think each and every one of our members are athletes. An athlete isn't just an exerciser. An athlete has goals, a coach and a plan to reach those goals.
Being an athlete takes commitment. Being an athlete means that there are no days off. If you want to perform your best you have to do the work day in and day out.
But I'm not talking about just working out. I'm talking about making the choices that an athlete would make. What if one workout next week was to find a new 1 rep max front squat? It's been a while since you've hit a new personal record on your front squat and you want to do really well.
What choices might you make to set yourself up to perform your best?
Maybe you would eat enough food. Maybe you would stick to meat, vegetables, and some fruit. Maybe you'd get to bed early and stop watching tv right before going to bed. Maybe you'd drink plenty of water. You might even do some mobility work at home so that you can keep your elbows high and your chest up when under that new 1 rep max load.
All of those things are choices athletes make on a daily basis. All of those things are choices you get to make.
Unknown and Unknowable
Our training is constantly varied. We don't train for one specific day like in the above example. Every day is our specific day. This is why our choices are so important.
We have the opportunity to perform close to our best every day and keep reaching our goals if we keep the mindset of an athlete. To be prepared for the unknown and the unknowable we don't get any days off.
Each of us will respond to this challenge differently. Some will embrace it and others will feel overwhelmed by it. Some will feel inadequate or like a failure. That's not the point.
The point here is that the choice is yours. You can choose to skip a week's worth of workouts, eat pizza, drink beer and get 4 hours of sleep at night. Just make those choices with your eyes wide open. You won't perform well in the gym, and your attitude during the day will be awful.
You're an athlete. You are in charge of your body and in charge of your choices. You never get a day off from that. You care about your goals and you care about your progress so make daily choices that help you pursue them.
There is a lot of freedom in that.
Now go live better.