We've all got so many reasons why we let ourselves off the hook. Maybe we didn't get a lot of sleep the night before, or had a long day at work, or had to take care of a sick family member. Sure these are all things that actually happen to us, things that may make it harder to make it into the gym and apply ourselves, but what if I told you that your excuses are only holding you back? Don't believe me? Tell me the last time you had an excuse that didn't result in you taking the easier route.
We only grow if we push ourselves to the limit, test our edge and expand our capacity as often as possible. Turns out that putting ourselves in that position is usually really uncomfortable..sorry I'm not sorry about it. Excuses are just a way for us to avoid doing the hard thing, a way for us to let ourselves off the hook. So what if you set a goal to get your pull ups down, there are like 50 pull ups in this workout so you've gotta use all the bands you can find because otherwise it'll be too hard. Sure you want to get stronger, but lifting all those heavy weights means you won't always be able to finish the workout first in class. Gotta have a beach body ready for summer, but hey, it's been a long day so this donut is okay, right?
Your excuses are letting you down, and when your behavior changes due to an excuse, you're letting the excuses win and you're letting yourself down. There's never a good reason to let yourself down; being old, hungry, tired, busy, overworked, stressed, sore, worried, embarrassed, too hungry, too full, or just being lazy..none of these are acceptable reasons to let yourself down.
As Jack Lalanne says: "Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you." So set your goals, make yourself a priority, and begin a relentless pursuit of excellence and growth.
Want a specific example of someone who doesn't make any excuses? Gustavo Marquez Jr severed his spine in a car crash in 2003 and has been CrossFitting regularly since October 2013. It's your attitude that sets the tone. Accept no excuses, then do the work.
A. 3x3 rack pull from below the knee
*use the same very heavy weight across
*aim for 80-85% of your 1RM deadlift
B. AMRAP 10 minutes:
1 med ball clean (20/14)
1 push up
Posted by Armen.