Episode 23: 3 Things That Tank Your Training and The National Pro Grid League

September 3, 2014

Episode 23: 3 Things That Tank Your Training and The National Pro Grid League

Who in the heck finds new sports on YouTube? I do, that's who and it is a good one. The NPGL is a new team sport kinda based on crossfit although they are not affiliated with it. The matches involve both men and women on teams lifting big time weights and racing against the other team. It isn't on TV yet but you can check it out for free at www.npgl.com or on YouTube. I believe NBC will broadcast the playoffs.

I am a friend to all strength sports and this one is really fun to watch, so check it out.

Next I ramble on about three things that tank most beginners trying to get in shape. In all fairness, these things tank a lot of people so don't take it personally. Here are the 3 things and they really are intertwined with each other.

1. Not Jumping in.

I am not going to tell you anything you don't already know. Getting in shape is tough. Not to sound snide but movement and exertion come easier to some than others. This isn't like brushing your teeth, there is a level of committment that is expected.

Fitness is not given, it is earned.

You need to be ready to jump in and surround yourself with good info and people who have similar goals.

2. Unrealistic Expectations

Many people expect to fail.

" Okay, I will give this exercise thing 2 weeks and if I don't feel different...."

" I am going to lose 25 pounds in 2 weeks."

" I will give this a try....."

If you are not an advanced athlete I guarantee you don't have realistic expectations. You are either thinking you can lose a lot more than you actually can or you are busy setting up a plan to bail if you don't get immediate results. 

It doesn't work like that. This is why it is good to talk to a personal trainer or someone who at least has been doing this for a long period of time. You need realistic expectations.

Fitness is not given, it is earned.

3. You need to adjust

Exercise programming and nutrition isn't easy so don't expect to get it right the first time. What you need to do is build a solid foundation of exercise and eating. From there you can fine tune to maximize your progress. You can only do so much with a crappy plan and if you are avoiding hard work, drinking and eating junk you have a crappy plan.

You will need to put time, effort and sweat into this. If an exercise isn't working for you  change it. If you aren't dropping body fat, change your carb intake. You should always be making adjustments and hopefully it is more fine tuning than complete overhauls.

You may have heard this before....

Fitness is not given, it is earned.


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