Fitmark Ambassador Collin Brooks shares some ideas to keep you digging deep and working hard
Everyone is interested in results. We all have seen infomercials on diet pills or the latest bizarre contraption that can give you the six-pack of your dreams. People go to great lengths to get results but there is one thing that a lot of people are missing: hard work. Naturally, as human beings we want to take the easiest route in everything we do; however, hard work cannot be overlooked. We all have that portion of our training session that is a weakness or that we hate. Maybe it’s doing heavy squats or maybe it’s a 10-mile run. Here are a few ideas to keep you digging deep and working hard in order to keep improving.
Whether you want to stay in shape or aspire to become a great athlete you need to have accountability for your training sessions. The best way to do this is to join a facility that is dedicated to getting the best out of their athletes. Find a place that will tell you when you work hard and tell you when you don’t. There are workout facilities close to where you live that have quality coaches/trainers who can help you on your way to achieving your training goals. Do some research; quality facilities usually list their coach’s credentials, do charity work, host competitive events and have a good overall reputation in their community. If you choose to surround yourself with a community dedicated to quality athletic performance, your results will be consistent and you will be held accountable for your training sessions.
Whether you are an ultra runner, a triathlete, a CrossFit athlete, a weekend warrior or a combination of all of the above, keeping yourself from just “going through the motions” is important. One great way to do this is to schedule a culminating event that will force you to work hard in every workout. There doesn’t have to be just one event, but at least one every few months keeps you motivated and on track to always work as hard as you can. Make time to sit down and plan an athletic competition schedule or race schedule every six months.
Keeping a workout journal is another way to keep you self-motivated. Every training program should have benchmark workouts (i.e. 5K run). Every time that particular benchmark is attempted it should be a PR attempt. Many people do not remember how well they did a few months ago at a particular benchmark and go into their training session “blind” and without a particular goal. The results of this workout will be much lower than if the person was trying to beat a previous time.
Remember, the worst part is the most important part
You must wrap you head around this. If your desired outcome is to be faster and stronger, simply work hard. The part of your training session that is your weakest or that you hate is probably the most important part. To achieve the results you desire, you must find a way to work extremely hard through this portion of your training session.
Every athlete wants to be better and be able to work harder. By creating accountability, working towards a culminating event and keeping a workout journal you will be on your way to getting what you want out of yourself.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013