I’m not an elite athlete. I was genetically gifted with the ability to put on mass, but I have no crazy dreams that I could have made it in the NFL or any other professional sport. I work hard and I have goals, that’s the difference in my success under the bar.
Lately I’ve been busier at work and life has sort of thrown a natural training de-load my way. It’s frustrating at times because I love lifting weights and crushing myself in heavy wods. For the last several weeks I haven’t been able to train as hard as I have in past months. I’ve been increasingly worried about my conditioning and ability to move heavy weights around. Fortunately, out of this experience I may have learned something about how my body functions. I perform better when I’m not killing myself everyday. I feel good and I have more fun in workouts. I’ve learned that I can only handle a high training volume for a few weeks before I start going backwards.
With my quantity of workouts going down, I have focused on making each session the best it can be. I attack the bar every rep and push as hard as I can in all my workouts. This style of training works for me, but it might not work for you. Some people need to workout everyday to see results. Next time life throws you a curveball, make sure that you do the best you can to get into the gym and give 100%. Make a mental note of how your body feels and adjust your training from there. If you listen to your body, it will reward your efforts.
Grigor has worked out twice in the time it took me to type these words.