I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I was a BIG
Star Wars fan.
I mean – BIG. I had all the toys – the action figures, the
Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, the Hoth Battlefield…
… TONS of it.
I would watch the movies over and over and over again.
I still remember the first time I saw Star Wars – it was in the
Denbeigh movie theatre in 1977 with my dad. I was 4.5
years old… (Probably not the best move taking a 4 year
old to see Darth Vader choke the life out of someone in
the opening scene…)
Then of course was the “romantic” Empire Strikes Back in
1980. Lots of kissing – Yech.
The cool part was when Darth Vader and Luke face off after
a lightsaber battle in cloud city when Vader utters that
famous line –
“Luke – I AM your father.”
“Search your feelings, you KNOW them to be true.”
You should know that the Dark Side always lies…
… or twists the truth…
… ESPECIALLY about your KB training.
Let me explain.
Last night I was exhausted. Up at 1am to help my son
fall back asleep. Up again at 2am to help my daughter
get back to sleep and let my wife get some sleep too.
So by the time my training time rolled around – which is
in the evening – the last thing I felt like doing was working
out – training – heaving the iron.
Nope, I FELT tired. Exhausted.
If I had listened to Darth Vader, I would’ve trusted my feelings
and not worked out.
That would’ve been a HUGE MISTAKE.
Which brings me to –
Workout Trap #3: Focusing on your feelings instead of
See, I have very specific goals.
I’m working on something BIG. I have some very BIG
long term goals.
So I need to be faithful to show up to my workouts.
And if I had skipped last night’s workout I would’ve really
Because all my weights felt lighter than normal.
My speed was up.
My capacity was up.
And my conditioning was up.
And I got a new recent PR.
If I had followed Vader’s advice – I would’ve missed out
on all that.
And I would’ve been one step further away instead of
closer to my goal.
The same thing is true with you and your goals.
Many of us never reach our goals because we come up
with excuses to miss our workouts.
We don’t “feel” like working out – like training.
“I “feel” like having a beer – after all, I had a rough day…”
“I “feel” like watching TV – after all, it’s playoff season…”
“I just “feel” like relaxing – after all – I’m “tired”…”
Instead, you must discipline yourself to keep your goal
in mind – at the forefront of your mind.
The desire to achieve your goal must be stronger than
your momentary feelings of discomfort.
Self-discipline is not popular these days.
We’re told by “Vaders” in our lives that we should
indulge our feelings.
The Truth of the matter is, if we always did what we felt like
most of us would be fat, broke, and homeless because
we wouldn’t do what was necessary to live productive
Achieving results from our workouts must be treated the
Workouts don’t have to be complicated either.
But they do have to get done if you want to get anywhere -
You have to show up whether you feel like it or not.
If you’re struggling to “show up” and have been giving in
to your feelings, then keep your workouts simple.
Pick “big-bang-for-your-buck” exercises –
Ones (or even one) that helps you accomplish your immediate
The Clean + Press is one such exercise.
You don’t have to do a whole lot of it either to see MASSIVE
changes in your body – stronger, leaner, better conditioned.
Two or three times a week is all you need.
And it doesn’t take that long either – no more than 30
minutes at a time.
However, the volume – the sets, reps, and total load
lifted has to be spot on otherwise the stimulus won’t be
enough to create the change you want.
So no matter how strong your feelings may be, you’ll
have a simple, relatively easy time showing up and
getting one step closer to your goal, which of course,
makes it easier to keep your goals in the forefront of
Tomorrow I’ll be talking about Trap #4 – you’ll want to
make sure you catch this one – if not – it could cost you
(I know firsthand – I’ve been there.)