So how is the week going? Have you tried telling yourself, “this feels good” during a workout (or challenging moment) yet? It is crazy how much your perspective can change just by replacing one thought! As I mentioned earlier this week, I have been applying this principle to numerous different situations with awesome success.
Recently, I was training a tennis academy and we were working on this concept. I had them doing a series of exercises called Iso Extremes that are the best I have ever seen for creating quick and thorough gains in strength and athleticism as well as recovery (I will share these with you soon). Aside from being extremely effective, the Isos are also extremely difficult. We generally perform these exercises for 3-5 minutes EACH and they cause an intense burning sensation throughout. So, I had the athletes saying, “this feels great” when they got to that “breaking point” of the exercise where they may have otherwise wanted to quit. The response from the athletes was unanimous. They all felt a noticeable alleviation of the perceived difficulty of the exercise!
Similarly, this week I had an athlete come in saying they were under the weather with headaches, upset stomach, etc but they still wanted to train. So we used this as an opportunity to train while feeling uncomfortable. We replaced thoughts like, “I feel sick and tired” with “I am always strong”. Often in life, we don’t feel perfect but we have to press on. It is crucial that we train accordingly…using discomfort, sickness, burning sensation as an opportunity to train your mind and will as well as your body.
I am excited for next week. I want to show how this works when applied to food. It has been totally amazing. This simple shift reshapes peoples cravings and nutritional habits like nothing else I have seen. Health and fitness is not meant to be some huge, over-whelming thing. It is a series of small changes that add up over a lifetime creating an ever-increasing state of well being! But we have to know what changes to make.
Always learning and always growing,