GOAT Guide #3 : The Mind Is Primary
The Mind Is Primary
People walk into our doors scared or nervous because they hear about "the workouts." They hear they are hard. To be honest, it's not the workouts. It's the framework for self discovery and exploration of effort that makes things hard.
Exploration of effort! We like to see people work hard when it's appropriate and at other times be in control and thoughtful with their effort and exertion. Some people automatically get the physical exertion piece. They have no problem pushing themselves in a gym setting, on a bike, in their sport. They almost revel in it. Masochistic? They get joy out of making themselves sore from workouts and love to beat down their bodies. This is not ideal. Then we have another type of person: for these folks it has been a long time since they felt uncomfortable. They fear going to the edge of the cliff, when I haven't even asked them to jump off.
Fear is seen on both sides of the spectrum. Fear of doing anything out of the ordinary. We are creatures of habit. Change is hard, but necessary when it comes to increasing strength or becoming fitter. You can't lift the same weight you've always lifted. You can't go at the same speed on your run if you want to go faster. Your body adapts to weight. Your body adapts to the same speed. It no longer has a positive effect on your overall fitness. You are stagnant. Some people need to slow down before they go faster. Some people need to reduce their weight and work on their movement before they increase. Improvements can happen in movement just like in speed or weights.
True Effort. The goal is to discover something about yourself. To break new ground, mentally and physically.
Suffering is not the goal. Does suffering happen? Yes. Does it have to happen? No.
I always say that the gym is a great place to test character, and one member describes hard efforts as character building." Will you short the movement when it gets hard? Will you slow down or stop when you get uncomfortable? Will you cheat to keep up with someone else? Do you care about form? Does depth, range of motion and appropriate weight matter to you? It should. Progress will happen - patience is most likely required. We all want quick results, but good things don't usually come easy.
Hard work doesn't mean puking, even though current fitness trends might project that thought. Hard work means showing up each time and doing the work that is appropriate for the day. Hard work doesn't have to mean lifting 400 lbs. Hard work means consistency and sticking to the plan.
Are you willing to step outside your normal routine to better your mind and body?
If you have been in our gym for more than 6 months you have probably walked away at some point defeated. You didn't hit the numbers you wanted to hit. You didn't lift the weight you lifted last week. You weren't able to hit a goal set by the coach. Your body was tight. You were tired. I hate that this happens, but it is necessary. How did you respond? Did you fight back?This where true growth is seen.
I've probably failed more than I've won, but I enjoy the fight.