There are times when you think you're training hard.
Soon, someone else comes along and pushed you outside your comfort zone. Suddenly you're not as strong, as fast or as tough as you thought you were.
It's happened to me and still does to this very day. But, this is why I do it. I need to keep my edge, I FEAR losing it. There are ALWAYS holes in your armor.
I've been exposed to plenty of new methods lately and some of them have busted me up. Some are me simply going back to where I started. Sometimes you need a reminder and sometimes you need to get your ass kicked.
7 Ways to Keep Your Edge and Become a Gladiator:
1) Train with reps in the 10-20 range. If you're always training heavy in the 3 - 6 rep range, prepare for an ass whoopin' and a wake up call here. High reps AND heavy weights will take you to another level, prepare to fight through mentally, NOT just physically.
2) Rather than doing 3 or 4 or 5 sets per exercise, set a goal of total reps, such as 50 total reps of benching your bodyweight, 100 total reps of mixed bodyweight pulling, etc. When you hit the half way point your body starts to fatigue and your mind starts playing tricks on you, telling you to stop. Charge onward.
3) Train with people younger than you AND beat them at EVERYTHING they do. The young guns seem to have limitless energy and this is why you wanna train WITH them. Treat the workout like a war, do NOT show them you're tired and push yourself to the NEXT level.
4) Train with people stronger, faster and better conditioned than you are. Nothing can motivate you more than getting your ass handed to you during a workout. Knowing you can't let it happen again will force you to train harder even when you are not around these Dudes.
5) Run as MANY different ways as possible. Run with sleds, the prowler, up hill, in the sand, sprints, longer distances...... any style of running you are NOT used to is what you need to do. Feeling like you're gonna toss your cookies means your pushing yourself.
6) F**K Science. Who the hell cares about science for EVERY freaking workout!?!?! Sometimes the workout needs to be a wake up call to show that you need to step up your game in life AND lifting.
7) Compete. Compete against others NOT just yourself. There is always someone better than you are. Competition makes you vulnerable and shows more holes in your armor. Competing can be scary. Being scared is good. Face your fears and push to become a better man or woman.
Speaking of Gladiators....
Check out some training from The Rutgers Wrestling Team, who I now call The RU Wrecking Crew. They've made the transformation since we've begun training. At first, the workouts exposed the and shocked them, both mentally and physically. Now they are dominating the workouts.
I see the eye of the tiger and how they push through fatigue as if it no longer exists. We still have time ahead of us to continue the transformation.
You'll see one of my first clients, Scotty Winston, training in the rain, who went on to become the only undefeated wrestler in NJ History, now in the running for a national title.
Time to take a trip into The Underground......
Here is my Question for you:
How are you keeping your edge BOTH mentally & physically?
Drop a comment below and let me know!
Lead from the FRONT
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