"I feel terrible after I workout"- said nobody, Ever! This is one of the best t-shirts I have ever seen somebody wear.
So true. But before we move forward with this bloggersation, lets talk about what a workout really is.
You see, if you were to peruse most gyms around the US, as I have in my years of traveling with the team, there is a tremendous commonality.
Ready for it?
We are there (meaning at the gym), but we are not really working. Working hard that is.
Like many things in life, we check the box, cross it off the to-do list but it is very clear that only a select few actually like being there and are working for something bigger.
Only a select few are Training. Most are just doing their recommended 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise ( a recommendation that is as vague as "Doing good. Thanks for asking").
Then, after years of doing the bare minimum, the exerciser blames the gym for not working. Or even worse, they blame their age. "This is just what happens when you get old- it is that much harder to lose the weight. My thyroid, my metabolism.. blah blah blah.
So what do they do?
They change gyms!
What many never speak of in the fitness/health media world is the word, "INTENSITY". Your intensity of training determines your result.
Now lets not take that to mean you have to kill yourself everyday. Rather, lets take it to mean that throughout the week, I am going to rotate days of high, moderate and low intensity exercise.
Working this rotation will give the "exerciser" a strong balance in their workload with adequate recovery between bouts.
So you know that energy problem you have? When you start training, losing weight, improving cardio-vascular efficiency, improving circulation and improving your overall confidence as a result of your training- your energy problem disappears.
Your desire to eat like "Crap"- that disappears as well because you have now gotten refocused without taking the Tony Robbins lets get focused class.
You are now driven internally by how you feel. We all want to feel great. Innately, once we get started, we will "figure out" how to take our game to the next level by finding the correct resources. We find resources because we are now seeking more. Seeking better performance.
Now I like Tony, but when it comes to your health, the prescription for improvement always involves physical training of some sort and not exclusively looking in the mirror, breathing like a human locomotive telling yourself, " I am 10 lbs lighter, I have the energy of a gazelle".
It takes work. It takes action. Real committed work. That work performed day after day, with a plan, without excuses will help you to achieve all of your goals.
I am huge on visualization- but it can not substitute the work.
Let's get down to business. What do I recommend?
Planning, scheduling and not compromising for the first 12 weeks of your journey. The first 12 weeks of a physical reactivation take dedication and discipline to the plan.
Do not give yourself the moderation excuse, the time excuse, the "I will take today off" excuse- adjust, but do not stop.
Decide on a start date. Write out a realistic goal of what you want to accomplish in the next 4,8, and 12 weeks. Plan your training schedule for the week. Create a program (either yourself or preferably by a certified Coach). Balance your plan with training that is fun, but also challenging on your high intensity days. Then work the plan.
Reflect after each week. Then repeat.
Simple. Commit to yourself. All-In as my friend Brandon likes to say. You must be ALL-IN.
Get rid of your story immediately. You can do it. You are capable. You are not stuck in the body, shape and mindset of today. Change it.#highperformanceliving#trainlikeapro#likeapro
Dana Cavalea is the former Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees.
Currently, he is a high performance speaker and consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes.
With the New York Yankees Organization, he spent many of those as the Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement, winning a World Series in 2009.
Dana is also the founder of The Proformance Agency, a network of like-minded coaches focused on advancing the performance of CEO's, Executives, Celebrities, and high profile performers. Dana is the owner of ML Strength, a group of health, wellness and fitness centers located in the New York Tri-State area.