As an athlete in an organized sport since the age of eight years old, I have long been groomed that hard work is the only way to make it. And while I still agree with that sentiment, I now have to sit back and ask myself how much is enough?
You hear it all the time from athletes, “When I’m done playing, I’m never touching another weight again!” I was one of those athletes. Of course, when something has been engrained in you for so long, stopping is much easier said than done. So after about 6 months of “no working out”, I had enough. I couldn’t take it anymore and I had to get myself back to work. What a rude awakening I was about to encounter.
When I hit the gym again I did my old warm-up, loaded the bar with the weight I used to do, and after two reps I thought I was dying. What was going on? Why was it so much harder than it used to be, and what’s more, how did I not see this coming? After about a month of being back in the gym, I finally started coming to terms with the fact that getting back to the ‘old me’ might take a while. I realized that being hard headed and continuing to try and workout like I did as an athlete, at least for the time being, was just not a smart way of thinking. So I had to tone it down. Like we tell our clients all the time, I had to just do my best at that point in time and not focus on the past. That’s what I am encouraging all of you reading this to do.
In the words of John Gruden, “You never stay the same. You either get better or you get worse.” So do not focus on how you may not be the person or athlete you used to be, just focus on getting better each day from now on. Be the best you can be each day and you may just surprise yourself and be better than you ever have.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013