We all get older. We all have to come face to face with the reality of aging. My wife recently was blessed with being firmly planted into her 30’s, and I am rapidly approaching 40. Our health must remain a priority as we age.
There is a trend among those that I follow for inspiration…they are getting older too. Every day, I still receive their emails newsletters talking about training like a savage or training like a Spartan. BUT there usually is a little more that is revealed in the text of their message. For most of them, and as I continue to learn, the definition of what it means to train like a savage has changed.
As we age, we learn that there are two keys to training successfully –
- A Strong Mental Game
- Smarter Programming
- Training for a Goal
And that is the reality that we deal with. As we age, it is our mental strength that is more important than ever. We have kids, real jobs with real demands and any number of other things that will push us away from training. It will push us towards complacency. We have a culture that rewards and celebrates ease. Jobs keep us indoors more and more often.
It is easy to stop challenging activities and harder and harder to start them. We only see the mountain and believe the little voice that says…you don’t even know where to start when it comes to climbing. So we stop or don’t even start.
We accept the lie that is our own inadequacy.
The little voice wins!
And so I challenge you to silence the little voice. Just start and commit to starting every day. Commit to pushing through the mental challenge that says it is easier to stay the same than it is to change. Commit daily and just commit for that one day. Don’t promise to give up sugar for a month when one day is a big enough challenge. Give it up – one day at a time.
You build muscle one rep at a time and will power one decision at a time.
And that points to the second challenge of getting older. We cannot train like we used to. We used to see something and say…that looks fun…let’s destroy ourselves. 300 burpees for time, followed by 20 rep max back squat – Let’s go.
And now we look at that and realize, there is no logic to that. There is no benefit to our health and growth. We accept and know that we must train smart so that we can continue to function for those that need us. We have to train smarter and understand what the goals of our programming are.
It is why the role of your coach is critical. They are not there to destroy you, they are there to build you into what you want to be. Coaches are not demolition crews, we are construction workers and project managers. We have to understand what our client’s goals and desires are and then, starting with the foundation, build it.
If we fail to do this, we can and will destroy all that they are doing to be mentally tough. It is on both of us to create and build success. I am willing to do my part, are you?