I coach far more classes than I participate in nowadays. My view on things like working out and health in general are shaped by what I see while teaching and the various fitness articles and books that I read. You can learn a lot by observing, I have found. Some things trend up and some things trend down. Today the scientists claim that eating this will save us but eating that will kill us. There is a constant ebb and flow of human perception that drives us to do different things. However, there is one thing that I find to be constant in people who reach their goals: effort.
Class is kind of like a tornado, stuff flies by, there is a lot of noise, chaos pervades. In the middle of this madness I walk around in what passes for the eye of this tornado. I have the opportunity to see with great clarity while everyone else's vision is clouded by sweat. I can see who was paying attention during the instruction on the hang snatch by looking at technique. I can see who is mailing it in based on suspiciously long periods of rest. I can see who is committed to their goal of weight loss or strength gain by how hard they push themselves, how long they try to maintain their RPM just below the red line.
You see, effort can't be faked. It's either real or it's not. The people who achieve their goals are the same ones who work tenaciously for them. I know this concept is pretty obvious, but you only get what you give. Try giving a little more to something today and see what happens.
Jill pulls Finn during a recent workout!
A. Every 3 minutes for 10 rounds:
odd rounds - 3 very heavy back squats
even rounds - 3 very heavy cleans
B. Tabata Mash up:
Posted by Commish